Do you remember the classic horror comics shown in the opening scene of Creepshow? If, like me you were drawn to this distinctive art style, you’ll want to check out the offerings of horror blogger Karswell, the creator of The Horrors Of It All (and the frontman for “devil rockers” Sons of Black Mass)
Digging into his vast personal collection, Karswell has created an online archive of a huge range of vintage horror comics. Featuring a vast range of pre-code comics, he has always been a horror fan. In an interview with COMICOPIA, he explained “For as long as I can remember I’ve been obsessed with horror. From a very young age in the early Seventies I had the monster model kits, toys, spooky books and records. I collected Famous Monsters of Filmland and constantly scoured the TV Guide for when classics like King Kong and Creature from the Black Lagoonwere airing. I loved ghost stories, and television in the early Seventies was awesome for it — Night Gallery, Kolchak, etcetera. I worshiped Alice Cooper as much as Vincent Price”
Pre-code comics refer to an unregulated era from the late 40s to the early 50s before the industry was forced to self-censor with the Comics Code Authority. The Code forbade the explicit presentation of “unique details and methods of crime…Scenes of excessive violence…brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime…all scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism…Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, or torture”, virtually eliminating the horror comic market.
The blog is an invaluable resource to check out these awesome pieces of horror history in all their glory. It has recieved high praise from the horror community, being described as “…incessantly awesome… a wealth of classic horror strips reproduced in all their crude, four-color glory…” by Frankensteinia and “…an online repository of vintage comic fear fare where individual stories from long out-of-print issues are posted in high resolution, page by page. For a fan of EC, Atlas and other Silver Age-era comic companies, it is pure heaven (and hell)…” by Bryan Reesman (Attention Deficit Delirium)