Comic Review: Haunted Horror #30 (IDW)

It’s almost Halloween! The time is ripe, oops, I mean “right”, hehe, for the new issue of IDW’s Haunted Horror. This one boasts a fun and gruesome cover, reprinted from […]

It’s almost Halloween! The time is ripe, oops, I mean “right”, hehe, for the new issue of IDW’s Haunted Horror.

This one boasts a fun and gruesome cover, reprinted from Dynamic Comics #8, from 1943. A man with no scalp hoists a melting candle in the dark, while his own face melts. Oh, and his eyes are skulls, surrounded by red. Around him are scared faces, lit by the candle. Spooky!

Inside, this issue reprints 7 stories from horror comics of the 1950’s. Ghouls, graverobbers, mean-spirited land investors, and lots of other no-good rotten scoundrels get their comeuppance in these short tales.

One thing that’s noticeable in these reprints is that back then, there were a LOT of words in the stories. Some of them are so heavy with text, they’re like reading a novella with drawings accompanying them.

Also, as these stories are reprinted from previously printed comic books, they bear the signs of being unchanged or retouched, including spelling and coloring, and printing plate blemishes.

But all of that is to say that this Halloween, draw the drapes closed, light up your best reading candle, and enjoy this issue!

Haunted Horror #30, IDW $4.99 52 pages

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!