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I last participated in the "Halloween Countdown" event in 2008, and I had intended to post scans of the original "Creepy" horror comic/magazine back then. Unfortunately I ended up running out of time because I became so wrapped up in preparing my Lovecraft grand finale, and so I wasn't able to post these for the countdown that year. Other than the two copies of Weird Tales that I recently posted, I haven't posted any scans of comics or magazines in E-book format during the four years I have been running this blog. Most people come here expecting to find music when I update this blog, so I prefer to only post this sort of thing whenever a special event is going on here. The Weird Tales scans were received rather well here, and considering these will likely appeal to a broader range of people, I thought they would be perfect to post for Halloween Countdown. For those unfamiliar with digital comics, you will need a comic book reader program to handle the file format (.cbr & .cbz). I suggest either CDisplay for those looking for a simpler program, or ComicRack for those looking for a fully featured reader. Both are free and have relatively small download sizes. I personally prefer CDisplay, simply because I don't need all the features that ComicRack includes.
If you've never had the pleasure of checking out an issue of Creepy you're in for a real treat. "Creepy" is considered the first horror-comic magazine, and inspired a slew of imitators. Both the artwork and writing are top-notch, as Creepy had the money to lure in some of the most talented writers and artists in the comic-book world at that time, and also gave them a great degree of artistic freedom. Creepy often included a great deal of graphic artwork and mature subject-matter which was intended for adults rather than children, . They were able to do this by taking advantage of a loophole, publishing their material as a black & white magazine, rather than a comic. Thus they were able to bypass the required approval of the Comics Code Authority, which tightly regulated the amount of violence and gore in horror comics during that time period.
I haven't posted anything like this until recently, so please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoy these and wouldn't mind seeing more posted, otherwise I will simply stick to posting music. I have the full run of "Creepy" and "Eery", several horror titles released by EC Comics, and a few more comics inspired by H.P. Lovecraft which I didn't share in my Lovecraft post from Halloween Countdown 2008. I was considering at least posting the first 30 issues of both "Creepy" and "Eery" in 10 issue installments of each, and dedicate another post to the remaining scans of Weird Tales. I hope that you all enjoy these classic horror comics, and again, please let me know if you enjoy these and wouldn't mind seeing more horror comics/magazines posted.
As with my more recent posts, I'm going to allow Wikipedia to fill you in on all the specific details about "Creepy", as I have a ton of other material that I'm preparing for you.
General Info: Creepy was an American horror-comics magazine launched by Warren Publishing in 1964. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and thus did not require the approval or seal of the Comics Code Authority. The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. Each issue's stories were introduced by the host character, Uncle Creepy. Its sister publications were Eerie and Vampirella.
The Creepy Launch: Russ Jones, the founding editor of Creepy in 1964, detailed the magazine's origins and his lengthy negotiations with Warren in his memoir, "Creepy & Eerie," at his website. While doing covers, illustrated stories and photo stories for Warren, Jones continued trying to sell him on the idea of doing a comics magazine, and eventually Warren agreed:
"Originally it was to be a 64-page magazine. Jim cut it back to 48... I made a sketch of my host for the mag and sent it off to Jack Davis to work up a cover. Still no title. Titles are tough. Ask anyone who ever had to come up with one. One night I was sitting in the studio alone, looking at Woody's tear-sheets from the ECs, when Warren called. He was furious and demanded a name for Project D. I was looking at a balloon over an Ingels Old Witch, and in her narrative, the word "creepy" grabbed out at me. I muttered the name to Jim... We now had a title for our mag." - Russ Jones
Joe Orlando was not only an illustrator for Creepy but also a behind-the-scenes story editor on early issues. His credit on the first issue masthead read: "Story Ideas: Joe Orlando." Bill Pearson also worked on the first issue.