Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holiday Reading Room JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY "House!"

Here's a Halloween treat...
...one last haunted house tale to wrap up our Holiday Reading Room series!
And a never-reprinted one at that!
In 1971, the Comics Code loosened restrictions on many of the banned horror comics tropes that caused the "Seduction of the Innocent" witchhunt of the mid-1950s that almost destroyed the comics industry.
Vampires, werewolves, maniac killers, and their ilk, limited to b/w magazines for the last couple of decades, returned to four-color comics...along with adaptations of classic horror stories and new tales by enthusiastic writers and artists who were big EC Comics fans and never thought they'd have a chance to create similar color comics again!
Marvel jumped back into the horror comic business with a slew of new titles like Tomb of Dracula, Monster of Frankenstein,  Marvel Spotlight, which featured Werewolf by Night, Ghost Rider, and Son of Satan, all of whom got their own books,  Man-Thing in Advenutres into Fear and then his own title, a revival of Strange Tales with The Golem, and Brother Voodoo, and a trio of anthologies, Chamber of Chills (a title used by Harvey Comics in the 1950s), Supernatural Thrillers, and a revival of Journey into Mystery!
Quite a bit of the new material from these anthologies (all of which went reprint in a year or so) has never been reprinted, so when we searched through the archives for rare haunted house-themed stories, this long-unseen tale from Marvel's Journey into Mystery V2#1 (1972) all but jumped up at us!
Enjoy this 45-year old bit of long-lost comics history!
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