Eerie (Avon)

Eerie  was a one-shot horror comic book cover-dated January 1947 and published by Avon Periodicals as  Eerie  # 1. Its creative team included (among others) Joe Kubert and Fred Kida . It was the first true, stand-alone horror comic book and is credited with establishing genre horror comics.  [1]  [2]

After the initial issue, the title went dormant for a number of years and was returned to newsstands as a continuing title in 1951.

Description, content, and creative team

Eerie  is a full-color, 52 page, standard format, one-shot horror comic published by Avon Periodicals with a price of US $ 0.10 and cover-dated January 1947. The book was released as  Eerie  # 1.  [1]  [3]

The comic book’s glossy,  [3]  cover depicts a red-eyed ghoul clutching a dagger and a rope-bound , voluptuous young woman in a derelict moonlit ruin. The book’s content includes six full-length horror feature stories and a two-page humorous tale.

The issue featured six stories that were fairly tame in the depiction of gore and violence found in horror fiction .  [2]  “The Eyes of the Tiger” follows a man haunted by the ghost of a stuffed tiger;  [2]  [3]  “The Man-Eating Lizards”, with the story by Edward Bellin and pencils by Joe Kubert , tells the story of an island infested with flesh-eating lizards;  [2]  [3]  and another, “The Strange Case of Henpecked Harry” (with art by Fred Kida ), follows a man spooked by the bloody corpse of his murdered wife.  [2]  [3] Other features include “Dead Man’s Tale”, “Proof”, and “Mystery of Murder Manor”. A two-page humorous tale starring Goofy Ghost rounds out the issue.  [3]  Members of the creative team include Fugitani  [1]  and George Roussos .  [2]

Following the January 1947 issue,  Eerie  disappeared from newsstands shelves.

Ongoing series

In 1951,  Eerie  # 1, cover-dated May / June 1951, was published by Avon and saw a run of seventeen issues.  [2]  The first issue of  Eerie  reprinted “The Strange Case of Henpecked Harry” from the 1947  Eerie  one-shot as “The Subway Horror”,  [3]  and issue # 12 printed a Dracula story based on the Bram Stoker novel. Several covers featured large-breasted women in bondage . Artists Joe Orlando and Wallace Wood were associated with the series. The title saw a run of seventeen issues, ceasing publication with its August / September 1954 issue.

Eerie  then morphed into the second iteration of the science fiction anthology  Strange Worlds  with issue # 18 (October / November 1954).  [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to: d  Overstreet, Robert M. (2004).  Overstreet Official Comic Book Price Guide.  Random House . 527.
  2. ^ Jump up to: g  Goulart, Ron. (2001).  Great American Comic Books  . Publications International, Ltd. 173.
  3. ^ Jump up to: g   Smith, Keith (2009). “GCD Issue Details: Eerie # 1” . Grand Comics Database . Retrieved 2009-02-07 .

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