Ghastly Terror!: The Horrible Story of the Horror Comics



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In Ghastly Terror!, Brit comics fan Stephen Sennitt describes the melodramatic panorama of '50s horror comics as "an incredible array of primal fears; a plunge into the abyss of social and cultural insecurity, and a deep distrust of one's fellow-man -- but more than this, a ghoulish fixation on vengeance, guilt and punishment. The punishment of vanity, greed, gluttony and arrogance, all in the pages of comics aimed ostensibly at children and youths! Major themes of the precode horror comics are decapitation, or dismemberment, or disfigurement of some kind, such as destruction of the face by acid, or the poking out of eyes."

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From the publisher:

In the 1950s horror comics flourished to the extent that fifty or more different titles could be published in a single month. Later these comics were effectively banned, indicted as a cause of juvenile delinquency'. Prurient imagery incorporating scantily clad women, limb-chopping and trauma to the eye', was often outlawed.

Tracing their development from the grotesque visions of the pre-code' horrors through to the relative sophistication of b&w titles in the sixties and seventies, "Ghastly Terror! "is an entertaining examination of this most persecuted and popular of comic genres.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Stephen Sennitt

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine (very slight flaring to the upper corners otherwise Fine)



Publishing Information

Critical Vision/Headpress

Physical Description

9.5 inches
6.75 inches
224 pages
over 220 black & white illustrations
color wraps