Haunted (comics)

Haunted  was a horror -suspense anthology comic book series published by Charlton Comics from 1971 to 1984 (though it was primarily reprinted title from 1978 onward). The book was “hosted” by  Impy  , a pint-sized ghost dressed in an all-white superhero costume. With issue # 21, the book’s host became  Baron Weirwulf  (who first appeared in  Ghost Manor  # 19, published in July 1974). From That Point forward,  Haunted  ‘s title Was changed to  Baron Weirwulf’s Haunted Library  (though It was still Known As  Haunted in the indicia).  [1]

Haunted  was part of a new horror 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),  Ghostly Tales  (with IM Dedd),  Ghost Manor  (with host Mr. Bones),  Ghostly Haunts  (with Winnie the Witch), and  Scary Tales  (with Countess RH Von Bludd).

Publication history

Haunted  was published bimonthly; with issue # 35 (April 1978), it was primarily a reprint title, republishing material from its own archives as well as those of its sister titles. (Even the covers from the lath years of  Haunted  . Were Often taken from interior art from the reprinted stories)  Haunted  Went was publishing hiatus entre issues # 15 and # 16, qui Lasted from November 1973 to June 1974; another hiatus between issues # 31 and # 32 (January-October 1977); and underwent a final hiatus between issues # 51 and # 52 (October 1980-December 1981). Altogether,  Haunted  published 75 issues – with only the first 34 being primarily original material.

Regular contributors to  Haunted  included Jack Abel , Vince Alascia , Pat Boyette , Nicola Cuti , Steve Ditko , Joe Gill , Wayne Howard , Pete Morisi , Don Newton , Nicholas Charles , Enrique Nieto , Joe Staton , Tom Sutton , and Tony Tallarico (as Tony Williamsune).  Haunted  was first edited by George Wildman , who took over the title from Sal Gentile with issue # 8 (October 1972), and helmed the book until its cancellation with issue # 75 (Sept. 1984).

American 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.  [2]

Notes

  1. Jump up^  Haunted  entry, Grand Comics Database. Accessed April 3, 2011.
  2. Jump up^  “Charlton Comics Suspends Publication,” The Comics Journal # 94 (Oct. 1984), p. 18.

References

  • ‘  Haunted’  at the Grand Comics Database
  • Haunted  at the DB Comic Book

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