Monday, February 16, 2009


Ok. I've just stumbled upon a blog that I'm dying to tell you about. I just came upon it over at The Lightning Bug's Lair. The name of the blog is The Horrors of It All, masterfully done and ran by a gentleman named Karswell. His blog is dedicated to pre-comics code authority comics of the 1950's. I love these comics. They are dark, subversive, and intense, with well written edge of your seat stories and artwork that bleeds with detail and is filled with a sense of urgency. I love the EC comics from this time period such as "The Vault of Horror", 'Tales from the Crypt", and "Weird Science". Karswell offers you these entire, brilliant comics stories uncut and page by page, to read at your leisure He even offers you the original advertsiments from these comics as well. There is an excellent sense of nostalgia in this blog. Head on over to "The Horrors of It All" and give it an eye full. I'm sure you will like it.

I myself am a longtime comics fan with no comics collection at the moment. Comic collecting is an expensive hobby. I had to sell a lot of my comics to buy my first car and to give me some much needed space. The rest were damaged by a fire, and I eventually and reluctantly had to get rid of all of them. My favorites are not only the pre-comics code horror, sci-fi, and crime comics. I also love the 1960's Marvel Comics and the more adventurous DC titles such as "The Watchmen" and "V for Vendetta". I also love the ingenious black & white indie comics such as 'Zot", 'Flaming Carrot","Cerebus", and "American Splendor". I also enjoy those subversive , underground comics from the late 1960's through the 1970's, such as "Zap Comix". Eventually. I hope to rebuy all of these in slick, paperback or hardcover editions.

Anyway, go check out "The Horrors of It All", and I'll see you back here tomorrow.

1 comment:

David Abstract said...

Great find - thanks Steve!

I have an IKEA bookshelf full of comics - mostly trade paperbacks.
I'm not a "collector" but I like reading comics.
The UK doesn't really have a big comics culture - I only ever read a few issues of the Beano and the Dandy growing up. When I was about 17 I found a comics stall at a local street market and started on some of the more modern comics with strong writing - mostly DC Vertigo stuff: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Jeph Loeb, Brain K. Vaughn...

I like the old comics though - they're fun in the same way that old horror movies are fun.