Horror Comics

Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, and Al Milgrom Discuss the Origins of Marvel’s Magazine Line at Terrificon 2019 Panel

Most horror fans of the 1970s fondly recall Marvel’s black and white magazine sized comic books, and for many of those that grew up in that era, they often served as an introduction to the horror genre  and Marvel’s versions of classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein as well as some of their own such as Man-Thing and The Zombie: Simon Garth.

Word Balloon Podcast’s John Siuntres dug deeper into the origins of the magazine line at 2019’s Terrificon panel “The Lost Marvel Magazines of the 70s” with the help of some of the most prominent artists and writers of the time period in the form of Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, and Al Milgrom.  And while all three creators joked that they didn’t produce a whole lot of content for the magazines, they all certainly knew the history behind them. read more

‘Nocturnals’ Creator Dan Brereton Discusses Art and Horror at Terrificon: The Horror News Network Interview

Between his successful Kickstarter initiatives and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking Nocturnals comic franchise, writer/artist Dan Brereton is one busy guy. His appearance at Terrificon 2019- his first convention ever in the state of Connecticut- delighted fans, who showed up in droves to shake hands, seek autographs, and support the Hero Initiative (a program designed to provide financial support and emergency medical aid for comic creators in need) with cash donations. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brereton on the first day of Terrificon to discuss the world of horror which has greatly influenced his work, and his own artistic process. read more

‘The Great Monster Magazines’ by Robert Michael Cotter: The Horror News Network Review

The amount of books that have been written about comic book history (before and after the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) reaches to the stars, not even taking into account all of the price guides and checklists which have been a staples for readers ever since Atlas Comics became Marvel.

Much less time has been spent cataloging the history and impact of horror comics, other than the EC Horror boom and bust which nearly ended all comic publication in the 1950s, and certainly ended horror comics.  This was the sad reality for fans until the black and white magazines of Warren Publications repackaged classic EC style horror stories in a different format for newsstand distribution (avoiding the pesky and arbitrary Comics Code Authority), and the horror comic had risen from the dead. read more

‘Vampirella’ Cover Model Erica Fett: The Horror News Network Interview

Ever since Barbara Leigh appeared on the cover of Vampirella Magazine #67 in March of 1978, the vampiric alien from Drakulon has been brought to life by a number of different models across a number of different eras.  This trend continued even when Warren Publishing ceased to exist and comic publishers Harris and Vampirella’s current home, Dynamite Entertainment, took over the reins.  With the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vampirella and a new series by Christopher Priest and Ergun Gunduz, it was only natural for one of the many covers of the newly launched series to feature a photo cover of one of the most recognizable characters in the history of comics. read more

Alexandre Aja to Direct ‘Tomie’

According to The Wrap, Quibi has teamed with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Content Pictures to create a life-action adaptation of the Japanese horror classic Tomie. Alexandre Aja who is known for his work on High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, and Crawl has signed on to direct the series. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick the writer behind Orphan, Aquaman, and The Conjuring 2 will handle the writing duties and co-produce the project.

Tomie follows the story of an eternally youthful and beautiful high school girl, whose admirers are obsessed to the point of murdering her. But to their horror, she is reincarnated over and over. read more

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey’ Finishes SDCC Adorably

Writer D.J Milky and colorist Dan Conner were on hand at SDCC with Moderator/Copy-Editor Kae Winters to discuss their TokyoPop graphic novel “The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey.” This story focuses on the ghost-dog of Jack Skellington, Zero, is his own adventure. The series run is currently on issue 12 and the 20-issue series will be collected into 4 collected graphic novels as well as a Collector’s Edition which will contain all 20 issues. Issues had sold out at the TokyoPop booth early on in the convention and even though this was the last panel of the show, there was still a great turnout of fans looking for more information and the chance to see some upcoming art from the series. read more

Marvel Studios Announces New ‘Blade’ Film and New Star Mahershala Ali at SDCC 2019

Marvel Studios pulled out all of the stops at the annual San Diego Comic Con, announcing over 10 new films and four new television series, but for horror fans, they saved the best for last.

After all of the official presentations, the President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali, who promptly donned an official Blade baseball cap, as Feige announced the new Marvel Studios feature film Blade.

Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLADE with Mahershala Ali. pic.twitter.com/mtrDBy5OV0 read more

‘Locke & Key’ and Joe Hill Return to SDCC

Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Chris Ryall spoke at SDCC about their latest issue of the beloved comic “Locke & Key” and the upcoming show.

The show will be available on Netflix and contains 10 episodes that have already been completed filming. The release date was still not announce but Hill noted that the show could be added to you cue now. Fans were thrilled to see this series be reincarnated in another form to be available for viewing after multiple previous attempts to get the series off the ground. The original pilot was screened to SDCC fans in 2011, but despite positive feedback never aired beyond the convention. Hill also noted that while the new show is in the spirit of the comic, not everything will be exactly by the panel. “We pull the rug out from under you” and don’t always show what was in the comic to keep fans guessing. read more

‘Gideon Falls’ Wins Best New Series at 2019 Eisner Awards

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart’s Gideon Falls took home the Best New Series Award at the 2019 Eisner Awards.

Lemire accepted the award on behalf of the entire creative team at the annual celebration for the best in graphic storytelling (which is held annually at San Diego Comic Con).  The noir horror series had stiff competition, beating out fellow horror series Bitter Root (by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green), Crowded (by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt), Isola (by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl), Man-Eaters (by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk), and Skyward (by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett).  Every one of the best new series nominees were published by Image Comics. read more

Trailer Drops for Season 10 of ‘The Walking Dead’

It’s hard to believe that we’re already coming up on season ten of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. I can remember how hyped up I was for the first episode to premiere on Halloween night in 2010. My wife and I made sure that all of the candy was handed out to the trick ‘r treaters and that the popcorn was ready so we could indulge in a brand new zombie world.

Well now it’s 2019 and this zombie world ain’t so brand new anymore. Hell, there are only two characters remaining from season one and they weren’t even “main characters” from the start; though it’s safe to say that Daryl and Carol certainly became favorites as time went on. read more