With this latest Matinee episode of the Saturday Frights Podcast – we are focusing on the long running horror anthology magazine entitled Creepy. Originally published in 1964 and lasting until 1983 for 145 issues – this was a wonderful magazine that was a large tip of the hat to EC Comic’s Tales from the Crypt. In this Matinee episode – the Projectionist and myself attempt to give a brief but thorough look at the origins of the Creepy magazine as well as shining a spotlight on the many artists and writers that helped to bring the publication to life. As usual, I do share my own experiences, in this case how I first was introduced to the Warren Publishing’s Creepy magazine. I can tell you right now that it’s a recollection made up of an angry grocery store employee, bullying, raised voices and one angry Father.
Warren’s Creepy magazine as we point out in the show itself, was for all intents and purposes a comic book – albeit one that was not only black and white but released in a magazine format to avoid being subjected to the Comics Code Authority. Which considering that the stories presented in the magazine were chock full of murderers, Vampires, Werewolves, and Undead beings – Creepy would have most certainly been in the cross-hairs of the CMAA.
Also in this Matinee episode, the Projectionist and myself talk a little about two sister magazines from Warren Publishing – the Archie Goodwin co-created horror anthology known as Eerie and the more popular magazine… Vampirella. It was that latter that actually saved Warren Publishing in my opinion – for one thing it appears that Dynamite Entertainment is still producing books and collectibles for the character. Although having said that it’s true that Uncle Creepy – the host of Creepy magazine has managed to return in the last few years as well. Don’t believe me? Why not feast your eyes on this incredible stop-motion animated commercial for the return of the character – which was done by Stephen Chiodo (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Killer Klowns from Outer Space)!
Last but not least in this episode we give you a rundown of the top 5 Creepy magazine stories you should not miss – we go into full spoilers but we also leave some surprises for you when you read them!
So come on down to the Vault for a visit and join us as we discuss Warren Publishing’s Creepy magazine!
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