Thursday, October 31, 2013
Marvel Comics Horror
By the mid seventies Marvel Comics had unleashed the horrors, publishing color titles like Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Morbius the Living Vampire, The Ghost Rider, and The Monster of Frankenstein, plus Black and White magazines such as Dracula Lives and tales of the Zombie.
I started reading Marvel comics about 1974, and the monster movement was just getting up and running. Monsters seemed to be popping up everywhere. Spiderman fought Morbius and Dracula and a werewolf called Manwolf. The Ghost Rider turned up in Marvel Team-Up and even joined a short-lived super group, The Champions.
This was also around the same time that movies like The Exorcist, The Omen, and other devil centered films were becoming popular. Marvel jumped in with characters like The Son of Satan and Satana: The Devil's Daughter. I can recall the only time my mother ever flipped out over a comic book was when I brought home The Son of Satan. To me it was just another superhero comic. (He wore tights and a cape.) To my mom it was a tool of the devil. I was requested to remove those comics from my collection. I actually just moved them to the bottom of the trunk where I kept the comics. The lesson here, parents, is dig deeper.
Anyway, here on Halloween I'm thinking about the Marvel Monsters. While I was at the comic book store last night, I picked up the Essential Marvel Horror volume one, a telephone book size collection of an assortment of Marvel horror characters.You get The Ghost Rider, Dracula, Satana, and yes, The Son of Satan. Sorry mom. There's also a second volume which has The Living Zombie and Brother Voodoo. Ah, comic books. There are also Essential collections of Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night and most of the other Marvel Horror titles.
The bad news is many of these volumes are out of print. The good news is, they are readily available at Amazon, Ebay, or well stocked Comic Book Shops like the one I shop at.