December 1, 2013
If you count a few hundred “Mads” and a number of “pocketbooks”, Thorpe and Porter produced a couple of thousand (mostly black and white reprints of American) books and comics between the early 1950s and the mid 1970s. I believe there were only three issues of “Eerie” circa 1952. This British version contained the contents of Avon’s “Eerie” No 1 and to fill up the remainder of the 68 pages, SF/Fantasy stories “Dara the Viking” and “The weapon out of time” from Avon’s “Strange worlds” No 2 and “Crom the Barbarian” from Avon’s “Out of this World Adventures” No 1. But not all issues of Eerie No 1 appear to be the same !?!
The copy available on the Interweb doesn’t contain the strips from “Strange Worlds” or “Out of this World Adventures”. It consists of black and white versions of the whole of Avon’s “Eerie” No 1 and No 2 between different inside and back covers. Either this was a “copy-and-paste” job (which is doubtful considering the source of the file) or my copy has been tampered with (looks original to me), or there were actually two completely different versions of this comic !!! Looking at the “Classics Illustrated” ads It appears that my copy is the earlier of the two. The images on the blog are from my issue. Here is the “other” issue.
Many Thorpe and Porter titles disappeared after a few issues, but Kid Colt, Tomahawk, Laurel and Hardy and Korak had respectable runs. The “Classics Illustrated” issues were very popular. Here is the back inside cover and the back cover from my “Eerie” number 1.
December 1, 2013
Warren’s “Eerie” officially appeared on the newsstands/at the newsagents with Issue number two. Number one was only an “ashcan” edition supposedly meant to claim copyright of the title. I’m puzzled as to what that was meant to achieve. There had already been a number of comics entitled “Eerie” not too many years previously so didn’t someone somewhere already own the rights to the name ??
IW/Super produced three issues of Eerie, numbered 1,8 and 9. No I don’t understand it either. And number 1 was mostly material from “Spook Comics” from the 1940s.
Not too long after Warren began publishing the title even Alan Class used the name. Why Alan would go to the trouble of producing a new logo for a one-shot no-number comic that only contained the usual ACG material already available in his other monthly reprints is another mystery to me !?!
The cover and contents of the mid-1960s un-numbered “Eerie” (cover story from ACGs “Adventures into the Unknown” 74 of 1956) was finally recycled by Alan Class for the last ever issue of Creepy Worlds published in 1989.
A number of Warren comics were reprinted by K.G.Murray in the 1970s.
Eerie is currently available monthly, although I prefer collecting the Archive books of the Warren series. 15 and counting so far !!
April 21, 2008
In the late 1960s I was the proud (?) owner of the first 20 issues of Warren’s “Creepy” magazine. I also had most issues of “Eerie”. Eerie No 1 however eluded me. I didn’t know then that there hadn’t actually been an Eerie Number One as such. The series had officially begun with issue No 2 !!!
Due to the success of “Creepy” Jim Warren was planning a companion magazine. He heard rumours that a rival company (Perhaps Myron Fass ?) were about to launch a horror comic/magazine using the name Warren had chosen. The story goes that to beat them to the punch, Jim Warren hastily assembled an “Ashcan” edition of Eerie No 1 containing reprints from earlier issues of Creepy. Enough copies were printed and “distributed” to supposedly secure the trademark of the title “Eerie”.
This all seems odd to me as there had already been at least two comic books in the early 1950s in the USA and another in the UK that had used the title “Eerie”. It wasn’t until Creepy Issue No 81 when I saw this editorial that I discovered the story of the missing Eerie No 1 and that pirate copies had been produced. I admit I’ve still never seen one.
PS: As of March 2009 you can purchase a hard back book collecting the first six issues of Warren’s Eerie (with presumably more volumes to follow). This book surprisingly contains Eerie Number One.