Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Two US Comic books and one US comic-strip magazine.

1. Pre-Comics Code Horror comic book published by Avon Periodicals, memorable for little except the (almost certainly) first adaptation of Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker (in #12 1952) and a few bondage strips by artist Wallace Wood (1927-1981). A single issue in 1947 was followed by a continuous run 1951-1954, when the name changed to Strange Worlds. [RT]

2. Short-lived comic book published by IW Enterprises in 1964. Some fantasy stories were reprinted from elsewhere. [RT]

3. Large-format anthology-style horror-fantasy comic book published by Warren Publishing 1965-1983; in early issues each story was introduced and rounded off by a facetious homily from a warty-faced grotesque called Cousin Eerie. A companion to Creepy, E adopted an identical format, and had the same high standards in cover artwork and content. In the mid-1970s the storylines became more substantial, with some occupying almost a complete issue while others formed a series concerning one character. There were also novel-length translated reprints in serial form of Graphic Novels from Europe and elsewhere; these included Dax (from #59 1974) by Esteban Maroto, El Cid (from #66 1975) by Bill DuBay, Budd Lewis and Gonzalo Mayo, Spacewrecked (#129-#136 1982) – trans from the first two volumes of Les Naufrages du Temps by Jean-Claud Forest – by Paul Gillon and Haxtur and Haggarth (#111-#136 1980-1982) by Victor de la Fuente (1927-2010), two Sword-and-Sorcery strips translated from Spanish.

A full list of contributors reads like a compendium of the finest artists in comics: they included Neal Adams, Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, Will Eisner, Roy G Krenkel, Reed Crandall, Mike Ploog, Alex Niño, Alex Toth (1928-2006), Al Williamson, Wallace Wood and Bernie Wrightson, plus leading artists from Spain and the Philippines. Cover artists make an equally impressive list: Frazetta, James Steranko (1938-    ), Richard Corben, Gray Morrow (real name Dwight Graydon Morrow; 1934-2001) and Sanjulian. [RT/DR]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.