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Creepy Archives, Vol. 1

(Creepy Archives #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Gather up your wooden stakes, your blood-covered hatchets, and all the skeletons in the darkest depths of your closet, and prepare for a horrifying adventure into the darkest corners of comics history. Dark Horse Comics further corners the market on high quality horror storytelling with one of the most anticipated releases of the decade, a hardcover archive collection of l ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Dark Horse Books (first published September 3rd 2008)
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Year of the Goat: The CCA, EC Comics & Creepy
In 1954 a book was published about comics. It’s not recommended… for anyone, by anyone; but the over-the-top alarmist bullshit provides a modicum of entertainment, if you’re down for squeezing it from all the logic-leaping exposition and bad science. When it first hit the shelves it began getting press for its claims, and it was the kind of sensationalistic craziness the papers loved. So once the national controversy surrounding this book -- Dr.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
When I was growing up, anything that smacked of horror was forbidden in my family. The only comic books allowed were Illustrated Classics and Disney. However my lifelong obsession with horror fiction began at the age of 6 when a babysitter allowed me to watch the movie Frankenstein while my parents were out. I was hooked. I was an avid reader even then and I devoured anything I could as I got older including classic horror like Poe and those great paperback Alfred Hitchcock Presents story collec ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Creepy" was a black and white horror anthology comic book series that began in 1964. It is clearly heavily influenced by "The Twilight Zone" which had just begun in 1959 and was still a big cultural force. The stories locales ranged from deep in the Bayou to the outer reaches of space. These stories frequently had classic monsters (vampires, werewolves, and zombies being the most popular). However, the one thing that all of the stories had was the big twist ending (duh, duh, duuuuuuuhhhhhhhh!) ...more
Quentin Wallace
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love horror anthology comics, and other than EC Comics, which I consider the best of all time in the genre, Warren was my favorite. This volume includes the first 5 issues and it's great. You do have some predictable stuff, some may be a little cheesy, but thats horror comics in general and part of the appeal.

The talent that worked on this series was also amazing. Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson, and many more. The late Archie Goodwin did much of the writing, and he was
Midnight Blue
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great!!! I had heard about these comics in fanzines and in forwards by Stephen King but they weren't really out there for my generation. If you liked Stephen King's Creep Show movies and Tales From The Crypt then these will feel like a slice of heaven from page 1; I can't wait to read the whole archived series. Thank you Hoopla!!!
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comci book connoisseurs
Shelves: comics
This was absolutely my favorite comic book when I was growing up. Too bad that Dark Horse finally put out these archival volumes only AFTER I had spent several years and major money collecting ALL the original comic books, mostly on eBay. I never would have done it if high-quality reprints like these had been available back then.

As it turns out, my youthful tastes were not simply arbitrary: Creepy featured some of the greatest comic book artists ever, like Wallace Wood, Steve Ditko, Jerry Grande
Michael Mallory
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Those of us who were around in the mid-1960s when "Creepy" magazine could be found at the newsstand for a paltry 35 cents (for the industrious among us, that was 18 discarded pop bottles scavenged from the streets and alleys and turned in at the grocery store) are rejoicing that these pages are back in print. "Creepy" came from the same publisher as "Famous Monsters of Filmland," and it eventually spawned sibling publications "Eerie" and "Vampirella." It was unlike any other comic book of its ti ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
Despite being a long-time EC fan, had not yet delved into Creepy or Eerie until this past week. And now I'm glad that I have a new series of reprints to catch up on.

The art ranges from good to amazing, with many panels being right up at the top of any horror comic I have ever seen. Gorgeous and stark. The writing (in the sense of dialogue and pacing) has many bright spots. It blends humor and horror fairly well, with a few stories trying to mix-up some old standard yarns. The addition of scienc
C. Hall
Sep 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The earliest issues of the legendary Creepy Magazine are at long last collected in a lavish hardcover edition...and what a collection it is! The original magazine-page proportions are maintained, as is the original publication order and format, right down to the inclusion of the famous Warren magazine in-house ads. No fan of great comic book art should be without this volume, because what the early Warren stories lacked in literary innovation (herein you'll encounter the to-be-expected retinue o ...more
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I remembered seeing Creepy kicking around the stands as a kid, and the few issues of it and it's horrid cousin EERIE that I got my hands on left an impression. After devouring the EC COMIC reprints, it's great to finally be able to get these, and from the start of the run!

The books are top quality, and with many of the EC artists working on these stories, the art is amazing! That said, this volume content wise is a little weak. The first couple issues that are reprinted read like EC knock offs a
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This hardcover compilation of the first six issues of the legendary horror magazine features amazing work from Frank Frazetta, Jack Davis, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson, Alex Toth, Gray Morrow, Angelo Torres, and Roy Krenkel. The volume, produced in the same oversized dimensions of the original magazine, includes the original color covers, advertisements, letters pages, and an interesting historical introduction by noted Warren magazine historian Jon B. Cooke. The Creepy Archives Volume 1 provides ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was lucky and collected a full set of these magazines and got a chance to read the fantastic stories and enjoy the incredible art from many of the greats, many of who got their start here, from the comic world. If you like offbeat horror, supernatural, SiFi and just plan different stories then these are the magazines for you. Very recommended
Jonathan Briggs
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
DC Showcase, take note: This is how you do reprints. Dark Horse did a beautiful job collecting the first five issues of this old horror magazine. Slick paper. Color reproductions of cover paintings. It's a class job all the way, not like DC's shoddy phone books. The Creepy hardbacks cost more, but they're not likely to ruin you financially. The content of the book is a little more problematic. The stories ... well, the stories pretty much all suck. This stuff was hackneyed and hoary back when i ...more
Orrin Grey
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The stories are about what you'd expect from an EC-style horror anthology comic, but where the issues of Creepy (and its brother publication Eerie) really shine is in the art. It varies in quality from artist to artist and even from story to story, but mixed among it is some of the best black-and-white artwork to ever grace the genre, from artists like Angelo Torres, Gray Morrow, Alex Toth, Reed Crandall, Roy Krenkel, Al Williamson, etc. There's even a couple of pieces by Frank Frazetta in this ...more
Oh man this stuff is so fun! The stories are mostly cheesy; once in a while there'll be a real kicker or an adaptation of a classic that's really good. But honestly the strength of these stories in in their usually incredible artwork--a few migrated from EC, and the newer ones tended to follow suit in terms of style. Black and white is perfect for the intense inks, creating the perfect mood. These collections also include ads and letter columns, which increase the immersive experience even more! ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The original Creepy magazine was a pivotal influence in my appreciation of comics as art. The stories are mostly silly hob-goblin and monster-movie balderdash, but they're written with tongue firmly in cheek. The artwork is real show. Artists that had been confined to funny books and superheroes really got to shine in the pages of the black and white Creepy. Without the use of color, the artists created a tonal palette that fit the texture of the stories. Frank Frazetta created some amazing effe ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best part are the ads/letters to the editor.

"I"m a girl but so what! I read and love CREEPY. I agree with Sam Morrell that Frank Frezetta should do the cover, but I like the dark colors better!"

From an ad for a ski mask:

"At last you can have your very own Hollywood MYSTERY-MAN type MASK. Use your mask to: Make a movie, with yourself starring as the 'Mysterious Avenger!'"

From Charles Darwin's "review" of a mailorder Venus Fly Trap:

"This plant, commonly called Venus Fly-Trap ... is one of the
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like creepy stories
Recommended to Robin by: Tom
Okay this is a collection of the first five issues of Creepy comic which is a horror comic from the 1960s that I was introduced to by Tom who read these when he was a kid. I never would have thought that I could like horror comics but I do. (And I watched a few zombie movies lately as well!)The stories are awesome.

As Tom, who got me to read this said, nowadays kids read Thomas the Train and other stuff like that but he was five, he read Creepy! I think these stories appeal to the same people who
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Horror comics in hardback! Gotta love it. Felt as if I was a kid again reading these stories. The artwork throughout is mostly very good with only the occasional of the mark drawing. The stories are typical, but fun (at least the majority), with many twists and turns in the endings. The nice part is that they are complete reprints including the letter pages so you can get the feel how people back in the day liked the magazine. This collection definitely allows a whole new generation of people to ...more
Tom English
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
The stories in Creepy Archives, Volume 1, are simplistic (usually told in 6 pages) and now seem cliched but, hey, Creepy was a comic book -- and a very well done comic book that greatly influenced the medium. The art by Crandall, Frazetta, and others is worth the price of the book. However, a tip for those who enjoy finding a bargain: join and then wait for one of their frequent deals. I did, and I was able to get this book (the actual publisher's edition, still in its original shrink w ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice visit to this document of the 60’s homage to EC Comics. The art is stunning throughout, particularly the covers. Frazetta is awesome both with the Dracula cover gracing the collection (and Volume 5) as well as the story work in "Werewolf" in Vol 1.

Considering the release during the height of the Civil Rights movement, I can’t help but think there are timely resonances with the Adam Link stories.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente calidad la de estas añejas historias. Unos dibujantes excelentes y unas tramas que, aunque abusen siempre del giro inesperado, tienen una calidad envidiable. Y claro, los recuerdos que traen de un niño que iba a comprar los tebeos al mercadillo con su paga semanal y esas tardes de domingo al sol leyendo historias tenebrosas que luego no le dejarían dormir....
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The stories weren't particularly frightening, and they aren't as clever as they probably were when they were first published. But dang -- so fun!
Chris LaMay-West
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Having grown up reading horror comics in general, and being especially a fan of the 70s and 80s reprints of Creepy and Eerie, I was excited when the were finally made available again in the hardcover editions from Dark Horse. But those are a little pricey, so I've only slowly picked them up, mostly when I could find used copies. So I was OVERJOYED when I found that they are now available on the Nook. I downloaded volume 1 just before my Disneyworld/St. John delayed honeymoon in February, and hav ...more
Bob Wolniak
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Eisner award winning collection of 1964-65 issues of the B&W horror anthology newsstand magazine. The vast number of short stories include the writing of Archie Goodwin and Russ Jones working with artists and legends like Frank Frazetta, Joe Orlando, Angelo Torres, Alex Toth, Gray Morrow, Al Williamson, Reed Crendall and others. Common themes include gothic haunting, classic monsters like vampires, werewolves and mummies along with outer space and robot adventures, and an adaptation of Edgar ...more
Paul  Hankins
Reliving the horror of the CREEPY magazines left on end tables by my older uncle to be found when I visited my grandparent's house as a child. I love the older references back to other "horror" books that we might see on curriculum maps today.

The collection finds all of the first editions of the series collected together. Everything is here: The super introduction by Uncle Creepy, the letters to Uncle Creepy, the advertisements, and of course, the stories, the creepy, black and white stories of
Víctor Segovia
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pues ¿Que puedo comentar sobre esta seria de antología? Pues que la muerte no le pudo haber sentado mejor; al ser un sincero homenaje a las antología de Terror de EC Comics, pero con un adicional, con un sentido más moderno pero conservado el clásico blanco y negro (así como el presentador que en una de las historias del recopilatorio cuenta la suya personal) así que vemos todo tipo de historias de terror, una interesante mezcla de monstruos y estilos narrativos (incluso weird western) que te ha ...more
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I can't say Creepy was bad, because I did enjoy it, it's just that it was so derivative of EC (down to the Good Lords! in some cases), but didn't have the same perverse EC sense of humor. The stories just didn't have the same zip as the ones Gaines and Feldstein produced during the lightning-in-a-bottle period before the government basically shut EC down. No slams on the art, since they had quite a few of EC's artists in their stable, though Frazetta is a great addition. But Uncle Creepy was no ...more
Rowdy Scarlett
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
I started reading Creepy some years after the start. Issue 50 or so. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to go back and read a few of the classic early issues. I was very pleased to discover that Dark Horse was collecting the series in a high quality hardcover format and they deserve it. Some of the best comic artists of the day worked on the early issues. Frazetta, Williamson, Toth and more. Sure, the stories are a bit dated, but the artwork still shines and I've enjoyed reading this colle ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Essentially nudged towards four stars because of some superb artwork (always a hallmark of the Warren magazines) while deserving of a lesser score simply because the eight pages story format lent itself mainly towards blackout sketches rather than fleshed out stories...and Archie Goodwin, frankly, had an ongoing thing for vampires. However, there is distinct improvement all around with each succeeding issue. Also, the period ads are worth a chuckle.
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