Horror Comics: The Theater Of Terror

Comic books, graphic novels and black-and-white magazines that feature horror stories are called horror comics. In the US market, horror comic books reached a peak through the mid-1950s, when concern over content and the imposition of the self-censorship Comics Code Authority contributed to the demise of many titles and the toning down of others. 

From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, black-and-white horror comics that did not fall under Code were popular from a range of publishers. After the Code was relaxed, mainstream American comic books of color experienced a revival in horror in the 1970s. 

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Although the genre has enjoyed greater and less popularity over the years, it still occupies a niche in comics as of 2010. You are likely familiar with Abel and Cain's story, but what about DC's version? Each brother had their own horror anthology books in the Silver Age. Cain was the first to introduce House of Mystery in 1951 and Abel introduced House of Secrets in 1956. 

They were the latest addition to the horror comics craze. After the anti-horror backlash, however, both titles switched to science fiction or fantasy. Horror made a comeback in late 1960s. Both Houses reverted to their chilling roots, and readers were guaranteed a frightening experience in every panel. 

There were many chilling stories beyond the swamp. Issue #94 featured a deadly serum that could turn any ordinary man into a mindless strangler. Issue #97 showed the dangers of black magic. These stories are worth reading next time you gather around a campfire.