Ghost Manor (comics)

Ghost Manor  was a horror -suspense anthology comic book series published by Charlton Comics (in two volumes) from 1968 to 1984 (though it was primarily reprinted title from 1978 onward). Volume one was “hosted” by the  Old Witch  (not to be confused with the Old Witch Who hosted the 1950s EC title,  Haunt of Fear  ), while volume two Was hosted by Mr. Bones  .

Ghost Manor  was part of a new horror wave and suspense comics published by Charlton during this period. Its sister titles, with many of the same creators, were the Charlton anthologies  The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves  (with host Dr. MT Graves),  Haunted  (with Impy and then Baron Weirwulf), and  Ghostly Tales  (with host Mr. IM Dedd ). Unfortunately, Charlton’s low page-rates and slap-dash production values ​​resulted in few notable characters or stories;  Ghost Manor  was typical in this look.  [1]

Publication history

Ghost Manor  Volume One debuted in July 1968 and was bimonthly during its run; all 19 issues were edited by Sal Gentile . The book’s tagline was “Echoes of the Spirit World.” With issue # 20 (September 1971), the book changed its title to  Ghostly Haunts  , with the host, moddish , blue-skinned  Winnie the Witch  , who had debuted in  Ghost Manor  # 13.  [2]

Ghost Manor  volume two introduced a new host, Mr. Bones, has re-animated skeleton butler with a devilish mask. A new tagline was introduced, “Visit Ghost Manor … if you Dare!” The second series was first edited by George Wildman , who took over the title from Gentile with issue # 6 (August 1972) and helmed the book until its cancellation with issue # 77 (Nov. 1984).  Ghost Manor  continued to be bimonthly, except for a publishing hiatus from January-August 1977, between issues # 32 and # 33.

Regular contributors to the first  Ghost Manor  series included Pat Boyette , Steve Ditko , Joe Gill , Sanho Kim , and MB Marcus . Boyette, Ditko, Gill, Vince Alascia , Nicola Cuti , Wayne Howard , Pete Morisi , Don Newton , Charles Nicholas , Enrique Nieto , and Tom Sutton .

With issue # 35 (February 1978), Volume Three  Ghost Manor  has mainly been reprinted, mostly using material from earlier issues, but also culling stories from  Ghostly Tales  and other Charlton horror / suspense titles.

Horror comics in general were in decline in the early 1980s, and Charlton in particular was suffering financially. In the fall of 1984, Charlton suspended publication, and  Ghostly Tales  ended with the rest of the company’s extant titles.  [3]

Notes

  1. Jump up^  Frye, Todd. “Ghost Manor,”Pop-cult.com (2008). Accessed April 2, 2011.
  2. Jump up^   Ghost Manor , c. 1 # 13. July 1970, Charleton Press, Derby, Connecticut
  3. Jump up^  “Charlton Comics Suspends Publication,” The Comics Journal # 94 (Oct. 1984), p. 18.

References

  • Ghost Manor (vol.1)  at the Grand Comics Database
  • Ghost Manor (vol.2)  at the Grand Comics Database
  • Ghost Manor  (vol.1) at the Comic Book DB
  • Ghost Manor  (vol.2) at the Comic Book DB

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