Halloween is around the corner, and we’re all looking for spooky things to fill our days. Why not curl up with a spine-tingling comic? Since the early days of comic books, the medium had been used to bring some of the best thrills and chills around. So let’s take a look at some of the best horror or Halloween comics out there and get in the holiday spirit. Do you have any additional suggestions? Say so in the comments!
We can’t talk about horror comics without going back to their roots. Adventures into the Unknown was the first ongoing horror comic. The first issue was published in 1948 and running 174 issues, ending in 1967.
And arguably one of the the most well-known of the older horror comics is the The Tales from the Crypt Horror anthology that was published by EC Comics in the 1950s. You’ll find lots of pulpy classics in these pages, and while a lot of them may be hokey by today’s standards, they have an important place in history and laid the foundation for many of today’s horror titles.
Tales of the Crypt was considered very risqué for its time. In 1954, psychologist Frederick Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, which claimed that comics like this one were corrupting children with their violent imagery and sexual content. This led to comics being targeted in the Senate Subcommitee on Juvenile Delinquency and as a result, the industry instituted the Comics Code Authority, which forbade the gruesome and supernatural imagery important to the horror genre. As a result, Tales from the Crypt was cancelled. Adventures into the Unknown managed to survive, however.
Tales has gotten several TV and movie adaptations and a rebooted TV series by M. Night Shyamalan was recently announced. Tales was revived as an anthology in 2007 by the indie publisher Papercutz. 13 issues were published.
30 Days of Night is a comic written by Steve Niles, drawn by Ben Templesmith and published by IDW comics. This three-issue series tells of an Alaskan Town that is plunged into darkness for 30 days due to a harsh winter. Well, you know what that means! Vampires don’t have to deal with the sun, so it’s a blood-sucking free for all! The brutality and suspense that follows are well done and combining the threat of vampires with the bitter cold and isolation this town endures just makes the story all the more exciting. 30 Days of Night was popular enough to get adapted into a movie in 2007. It also has numerous sequel comics.