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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The horrors to come!

British publisher PS Publishing have more hardback collections of pre-code American horror comics on their schedule. Here's the info on two books that will be available early in 2018...

(A) L. B. Cole, Jay Disbrow, Lee Leob, A.C. Hollingsworth, Jack Kamen
The great Jay Disbrow (who died just a few weeks ago on 2 May) featured memorably in this often overlooked and certainly unsung gem, appearing alongside the likes of L.B. Cole and EC stalwart Jack Kamen. Folks, this is an embarrassment of riches, truly it is. There are no slouches at all in these five comics. Collects issues #120-124 (September 1953 to September 1954).
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018

(A) Alex Toth, Art Saaf, Jack Katz, Mike Sekowsky, Rocke Mastroserio, Nick Cardy, Mike Roy, Gene Fawcette, George Tuska
It was the 1950's - the Atomic Age, the Cold War, and just the before the Space Race. Comics books were the education, the entertainment, and, according to some, the downfall of America. What a great time! We loved to be scared - still do, it seems - from the comfort of our own home, secure in the knowledge that there's no real danger (or so we think). Nothing could match the imagination, the surprise, and the chilling-of-your-spine like the great horror comics of yesteryear. Who Is Next? #5, is a suspense one-shot and features a town terrorized by a serial killer. Collects The Unseen #11-15 (August 1953 to July 1954) and Who Is Next? #5 (January 1953).
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018

You'll be able to pre-order them from the publisher soon!


Unknown said...

Have you seen the Digital Comic Museum site? They claim "We are the best site for downloading FREE public domain Golden Age Comics. All files here have been researched by our staff and users to make sure they are copyright free and in the public domain."

You'll find some Ghostly Weird and Unseen there. Either the comics there really are copyright free or the DC comics lawyers havent picked up on the ton of Captain Marvel comics on the site!

Lew Stringer said...

Those 1950s horror comics are public domain now apparently, which is why so many publishers are reprinting them these days. (Although each publisher still needs to reproduce them from their OWN comics, not lift scans from DCM as some do.)

As for Captain Marvel... I heard there was some grey area regarding copyright. I would have thought that DC owned the rights to that old material but if they do I'd have expected them to send DCM a cease and desist by now.

Yeah, DCM have that horror material but it's much nicer and convenient to read those strips in a book than going through their scans page by page.

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