Scary Tales (comics)

Scary Tales  Was a horror -suspense anthology comic book series published by Charlton Comics from 1975 to 1984. The book was “hosted” by  Countess Von HR Bludd  , an alluring female vampire in a tight-fitting dress. Artist Steve Ditko was a regular contributor to the book during its entire run.

Scary Tales  was published by Charlton during this period. Its many 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),  Haunted  ( with Impy and then Baron Weirwulf), and  Ghostly Haunts  (with Winnie the Witch).

Publication history

Scary Tales  was published bimonthly; it was on a publishing hiatus between issues # 9 and # 10, which lasted from February to September 1977 (Charlton’s horror titles went on hiatus during this period); another publishing break between issues # 20 and # 21 (July 1979-July 1980). After the cancellation of the short-lived  Charlton Bullseye  showcase comic in late 1982, stories are published in  Scary Tales  # 36-40, which explains the superhero story “Mr. Jigsaw” in issue # 38 and “Dragon Force” in issue # 40. Altogether,  Scary Tales published 46 issues.

Regular contributors to  Scary Tales  in addition to Ditko included Pat Boyette , Nicola Cuti , Joe Gill , Wayne Howard , Sanho Kim , Rich Larson , Pete Morisi , Steve Morisi , Charles Nicholas , Don Perlin , and Mike Zeck .  Ghostly Haunts  was edited by George Wildman for its entire run.

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  Scary Tales was canceled along with the rest of the company’s extant titles.  [1]


  1. Jump up^  “Charlton Comics Suspends Publication,” The Comics Journal # 94 (Oct. 1984), p. 18.


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