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The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics

by Peter Normanton (Editor)

Other authors: Jack Abel (Contributor), G. Altman (Contributor), Augustine Funnell (Contributor), Bill Benulis (Contributor), Otto Binder (Contributor)63 more, John Bolton (Contributor), Frank Brunner (Contributor), Lou Cameron (Contributor), Paul Chadwick (Contributor), Foo Swee Chin (Contributor), Maelo Cintron (Contributor), Jack Cole (Contributor), Richard Corben (Contributor), John Coulthart (Contributor), Charles Cuidera (Contributor), John D'Agostino (Contributor), Jay Disbrow (Contributor), Vic Donahue (Contributor), Lee Elias (Contributor), Edward Fedory (Contributor), James Fletcher (Contributor), Matt Fox (Contributor), Michael T. Gilbert (Contributor), Joe Gill (Contributor), Jerry Grandenetti (Contributor), Don Heck (Contributor), James Helkowski (Contributor), Al Hewetson (Contributor), David Hitchcock (Contributor), Mike Hoffman (Contributor), A.C. Hollingsworth (Contributor), Rand Holmes (Contributor), Robert E. Howard (Contributor), Bruce Jones (Contributor), Jeff Jones (Contributor), Michael Kaluta (Contributor), Jack Katz (Contributor), Stuart Kerr (Contributor), Vince Locke (Contributor), HP Lovecraft (Contributor), Bob Lubbers (Contributor), Grant Margetts (Contributor), Marilyn Mercer (Contributor), Joe Monks (Contributor), Peter Morisi (Contributor), Socar Myles (Contributor), Steve Niles (Contributor), Rudy Palais (Contributor), Mike Ploog (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Chuck Regan (Contributor), Ed Robbins (Contributor), Tim Sale (Contributor), Jose Martin Sauri (Contributor), Vicente Segrelles (Contributor), Stephen Sennitt (Contributor), Ferran Sostres (Contributor), John Stanley (Contributor), John Stanley (Contributor), William Stout (Contributor), Tom Sutton (Contributor), Arthur Suydam (Contributor), Ben Templesmith (Contributor), Roy Thomas (Contributor), Serena Valentino (Contributor), Francisco Javier González Vilanova (Contributor), Pete Von Sholly (Contributor), Bernie Wrightson (Contributor)

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Bringing together the finest names in comic book horror, this volume features nearly 50 comics that caused a furor in the US and sparked legislation to crack down on explicit horror--from the 1940s to the 21st century. Includes names like Steve Niles, Pete Von Sholly, Michael Kaluta, Mike Ploog, Rudy Palais, Rand Holmes, Vincent Locke, Frank Brunner, and many more. Reproduced in black and white for this brand-new collection.… (more)

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I liked this one. It is a pretty big collection of old comic books from the mid-40s to today. Though they are in black and white, the quality is still good. The stories are an interesting blend of monsters, horror, scary situations, and things reminiscent of an episode from "The Twilight Zone." TO be honest, as a reader today, I did find it kind of amusing to see what some people considered "shocking" back then. They worried kids would go insane if they read some of those comics. Then again, I probably would have been the kid back then sneaking these comics into their house. Overall, the publisher did a good job of bringing these together in one volume. It also looks like they put out similar volumes on other topics, which I may seek out. Anyhow, if you want a look at older comics, or you want something to read for Halloween, this is certainly a good choice. And it lends itself to browsing and skipping too if that is more your style.

I borrowed it through Interlibrary Loan at my workplace, but this would be something I could see myself buying.

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I first read it in October 2008. Reread it in September 2010 after I got in the mood for some horror (and hey, just in time for Halloween). I finally bought a copy (it was pretty cheap, so I said why not). I had forgotten that this book, as other reviewers mentioned, seems to have shipped out with a couple of defective pages (basically a couple of pages in a couple of the comics are duplicated, and I noticed one incorrect cover in an introduction), which can be a bit of a nuisance. However this is still a pretty good collection.

The best part is definitely the chapter with the comics from the 1950s and 1960s. I think not only are the comics entertaining (certainly some are cheesy by today's standards), but you get a glimpse at what people thought was a "big deal" back then. The 70s and 80s was ok, a bit of hit and miss. The 1990s was ok, better than the previous decade. The new stuff was interesting. Clearly, you get to see a variety in the genre. It is a pretty good time to read horror and horror comics/graphic novels, even if you do have to put a bit of effort to find some since it seems the best work is being done by smaller publishers.

So, the anthology is not perfect, but it is pretty good. And I think a lot of readers will enjoy it. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
WOW! This thing is brimming with weirdness. Fun look at pulps you'd never see otherwise. I try to read one a night before going to sleep... muhahah. ( )
  arnzen | Mar 8, 2015 |
I understand that licencing issues probably put the kibosh on including any EC stories, that said:

The commentary talks about the use of colour, yet the strips are reprinted in black and white. One strip is even reprinted with pages out of order. (Or, at least, is in my copy.)

Interesting enough content but poor production values. ( )
  g026r | Dec 30, 2009 |
The comics are pretty good, many are vintage. My only complaint is how can this be the BEST of HORROR COMICS without including EC's line of great horror editions like VAULT OF HORROR, TALE OF THE CRYPT etc. Otherwise, good collection. ( )
  silversurfer | Nov 5, 2009 |
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Bringing together the finest names in comic book horror, this volume features nearly 50 comics that caused a furor in the US and sparked legislation to crack down on explicit horror--from the 1940s to the 21st century. Includes names like Steve Niles, Pete Von Sholly, Michael Kaluta, Mike Ploog, Rudy Palais, Rand Holmes, Vincent Locke, Frank Brunner, and many more. Reproduced in black and white for this brand-new collection.

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