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Crypt of Horror Volume 19- Coming In September!!

Crypt ofHorrorvolume 19 cover art

Crypt ofHorrorvolume 19 cover artDuring the horror comics boom of the early 1950’s, the demand for the macabre was high, and an incredible volume of pages featuring spooky material was churned out- in more ways than one. Aesthetic standards varied greatly. On the high end, that era spawned the EC Comics horror line; considered by many to be among the highest-quality comic books ever produced. At the other end of the spectrum were the poverty-row publishers, employing artists with far less skill and experience. Not always the worst matchup, though- grotesquely hideous artwork on a horror story is far more effective than on a romance comic! All of that aside, many of the artistic giants throughout comic book history have done exemplary work in the horror genre, even if we are more accustomed to associating their names with other types of comic books, and Crypt of Horror Volume 19 highlights a selection of great artists that fit that description. Jack Kirby was the unquestioned “king” of illustrating rollicking action on the comic book page, but did you know he could also craft a moody and mysterious missive as well? Awed my Steve Ditko’s work on the classic Spider-Man ? You ain’t seen nothin’ till you’ve sampled some of the weird chillers he drew for Charlton and other companies a decade before. Alex Toth- storyteller supreme and master of the tasteful use of chiaroscuro? Prepare to be scared out of your WITS! Jack Kirby, Bob Powell, Alex Toth, Mort Meskin, Joe Maneely, Nick Cardy, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko, Joe Certa, Ruben Moriera, Bernie Krigstein, and a host of others are here; great artists all, perhaps better known for their efforts delineating superheroes, adventure, humor or glamour- but never better than when weltering in grisly horror!! Check out Crypt of Horror Volume 19, and see the greatest artists in comic book history in an all-new (and scary) light!! It’s another heaping helping of horror reprints from the 1950’s, including stories like “GRAVE OF DOOM”, “THE SPECTRAL BRIDE”, “VAMPIRE CASTLE”, “MADMAN’S MANOR”, “FANGS OF THE FIEND”, “VOICE OF DOOM”, “WEREWOLF”, “THE COZY COFFIN”, “HORROR HARBOR” and many others!!That’s Crypt of Horror Volume 19; 140 pages of Pre-Code horror comics reprints in black and white with color covers, standard comic book size, saddle-stitched, for $29.95. Order it at your local comic book retailers in the July, 2013 copy  ( V23, #298) of Diamond Previews, for items shipping in September, 2013!!

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