Pre-Code Horror Comic Book Stories Come To Life in Witch Tales

Fans of 1950s pre-code horror comic books will love the stories presented in WITCH TALES, a feature length horror anthology film based upon Golden Age comics of the late 40s and early 50s.
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The HALLOWEEN HORROR ANTHOLOGY BUNDLE features the WITCH TALES blu-ray and the HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE DVD together for one low price with Free shipping in the U.S.
Play the HORROR TRIVIA GAME and enter to WIN MOVIE PROPS from WITCH TALES.
The two movies give you over 3 hours of eerie and creepy horror tales perfect for a chilly night this Halloween season!
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Witch Tales (2020) Pre-Code Comic Book Origins

The new feature length horror anthology movie WITCH TALES (2020) is based upon pre-code horror comic book stories of the 1950s from a variety of publishers.  One of the most well known publishers of the time was Jerry Iger and his Iger Shop.  Helmed by editor and story writer RUTH ROCHE, the Iger Shop employed many artists who made assembly line comic book stories to keep up with the many monthly titles offered by Ajax-Farrell and other pre-code comic book publishers.pre-code comic book writer and editor ruth roche
Roche started as a writer at the Will Eisner- Jerry Iger studio.  She wrote stories for “Phantom Lady”, “Senorita Rio”, “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle”, “Kaanga”, and “Camilla”. ruth roche experiment in terror
She is also credited for writing the pre-code horror tale EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, one of the three stories adapted into segments for WITCH TALES.  Experiment in Terror (shown on the cover of FANTASTIC FEARS #8) was originally published in HAUNTED THRILLS.

 

bon appetit aka chefs delightBON APPETIT, originally known as CHEF’S DELIGHT, was also later released as FOOD FOR GHOULS in Eerie Publication’s WEIRD magazine in the 1960s. It first appeared in MYSTERIOUS ADVENTURES #20 in 1954.

CYCLE OF HORROR COMIC BOOK STORYCYCLE OF HORROR originally appeared in CHAMBER OF CHILLS #16 from Harvey Comics in 1953. The writer is unknown, probably the editor at the time, but the artist was Al Eadeh, who did a lot of work for Harvey in the 50s.
WITCH TALES is now available on VIMEO VOD and as a special limited edition signed and numbered blu-ray that includes a bonus DVD and the HORROR TRIVIA CONTEST where you can enter to win one of ten MOVIE PROPS from the film.
More info on the website.

Halloween Sale on Pre-code Horror Film and More

‘Tis the SEASON to be SCARY!
Halloween season has officially begun and we’re celebrating by giving you deep discounts on all of our indie horror and sci-fi movies!
WITCH TALES (2020)
The new horror anthology by filmmaker Mike Lyddon, this incredible new film based on classic pre-code comic book horror stories from the 1950s was shot in Peru using a bilingual cast to produce two different versions – One in English and one in Spanish language, both of which are on the blu-ray!  This is the first horror anthology in history to achieve this.
Right now, you can get the WITCH TALES blu-ray and the HORROR ANTHOLOGY MOVIE VOL. 1 DVD for this incredibly low price of $16.45 with FREE SHIPPING on EBAY!
Already have the DVD? Buy the blu-ray solo for only $14.45 with FREE SHIPPING.
And don’t forget to play the HORROR TRIVIA contest inside each blu-ray so you can enter to win one of ten amazing movie props from the film!
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Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 DVD – signed edition is now on sale for $6.45 on Ebay…our lowest price EVER!
Approx. 2 hours in length, featuring 6 original tales of sci-fi horror stories like you’ve never seen before, all at an incredibly low price for our fans of fright!  Shot in New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and even one segment in New York, Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 is the perfect fright flick to celebrate the season!
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Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 2 VOD.  With segments filmed in New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., and New York state, this anthology features segments adapted from stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Joe Lansdale, Jeff Strand, and Lafcadio Hearn.  Now you can Rent It in HD for $2.95 or BUY IT for the incredibly low price of $5.95.

Pre-Code Horror Anthology WITCH TALES (2020) Blu-Ray and VOD Release

Witch Tales horror vod blurayReel Progress LLC is pleased to announce the official blu-ray and VOD release of the Pre-Code horror comic anthology movie WITCH TALES.
This Halloween, the pretty girl next door wants to invite you in for a treat…or a TRICK!
The enchanting Witch presents three tales of terror based upon 1950s pre-code horror comic book stories in the style of TALES FROM THE CRYPT.
The limited edition blu-ray comes with a special HORROR TRIVIA CONTEST.  Answer the trivia questions and enter to win one of ten custom movie props from the film!
Only 300 blu-rays are available, so your odds of winning are 1:30!
And while supplies last, get a FREE Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 DVD when you buy the Witch Tales blu-ray.
Please visit the main site http://www.horroranthologymovies.com/
for purchase info, more pics and trailers.

Pre-code Horror Anthology Movie Wins Big at Film Festivals

witch tales horror anthologyCuentos de la Bruja aka Witch Tales, the latest feature film by Mike Lyddon, has ended it’s year long festival run having been selected in 13 film festivals worldwide winning 6 awards including best feature film.
Witch Tales, also known as Cuentos de la Bruja, was filmed in Peru.  Mike Lyddon is currently editing the English language version of the film.  The Spanish language version is an official selection in one last festival, Horror On Sea, taking place in January, 2020.
The film has three stories adapted from the lesser known pre-code horror comic books of the 1950s.  Lyddon is a big fan of those comic books and is also working on a documentary called Haunted Thrills which will hit the festivals in 2020.
He has also just sold his first short story, “Thing in the Shed,” which has been published by Deadman’s Tome in the collection titled “Monster Party” and is available here.
For more information, please follow the Reel Progress page on Facebook, and the flagship site, horroranthologymovies.com.

Ace Magazine Pre-Code Horror Comics

ACE MAGAZINES published several pre-code horror titles including BAFFLING MYSTERIES which lasted 22 issues from November 1951 – October 1955.ace magazines baffling mysteries
Artists included Jim McLaughlin, Charles Nicholas, Lin Streeter.
Known for the classic covers which depict someone looking at a painting or ancient drawing and saying “Why that couldn’t possibly exist!” Meanwhile said impossible creature, ghost, monster is lurking behind them.
Some of the more tame horror comic books of the pre-code era, but with some snappy covers.
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ACE MAGAZINES pre-code comic book title THE HAND OF FATE – 19 issues from Dec. 1951 to Dec. 1954.
Next up in the pre-code line from ACE and less remarkable than THE BEYOND.
Toward the end of the series, they brought in the “Fate” character on the covers as a kind of host.
“What was that noise? OHH!” and other unintentionally hilarious dialog from WEB OF MYSTERY – ACE COMICS – 29 issues from Feb. 1951 to Sept. 1955.
Some of the more tepid of the pre-code horror comics era, WEB OF MYSTERY often had characters reacting to horrific things with phrases like “Flee! The giant werewolf has awakened from his forest sleep!”
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The cover for WEB OF MYSTERY #17 features the menacing witch head aka “Tunnel of Love” story is by Lou Cameron.
Cameron was the artist for many of the Classics Illustrated series including adaptations of novels by Herbert George Wells, Ann S. Stephans, Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola and Robert Louis Stevenson.
He did a lot of pre-code horror comics for ATLAS, ST. JOHN,DC and ACE.
You can watch the Ace Magazines video here.

Pre-code Horror Comic Books from Standard Comics

Standard Comics pre code horrorSTANDARD COMICS presents OUT OF THE SHADOWS – 10 issues from July 1952 to August 1954.
A ton of great artists did pre-code horror comics for STANDARD including Alex Toth (also known for animation designs for Space Ghost, Sealab 2020 in the 1960’s), George Roussos who penciled the great spider creature cover pictured here (he drew comics for EC as well), George Tuska, Vince Colletta and Jack Katz.
Several of these issues are highly sought after and demand big bucks in the collectors’ world.
standard comics pre code horrorADVENTURES INTO DARKNESS from Standard Comics – 10 issues from August 1952 to June 1954.
Standard employed some of the best artists from the pre-code era including George Roussos, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Jack Katz, Alex Toth, Nick Cardy and George Tuska, just to name a few.
The awesome skeleton shadow cover (The Man Who Could Not Die) for issue number 10 was drawn by Ross Andru who is probably best known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man comics from Marvel.
The stories in this series tended to be more classic horror in nature and we some excellent pieces of original art from some of the stories in Adventures into Darkness on ghostclinic.com.
pre-code horror comic book The UnseenTHE UNSEEN
Standard Comics – 11 issues from June 1952 – July 1954.
Featuring the usual lot of artists and writers from the other Standard horror titles such as Alex Toth, Ross Andru, Mike Esposito, Jerry Grandenetti, Abe Simon, Irwin Shapiro, Jack Katz, George Roussos.
There are some great stories in this title and we’ll present some original art with the next post.
The Wailing Woman by George Roussos in issue #9 is based upon the classic hispanic horror tale of “La Llorona,” wherein Mexico City is haunted by the “Wailing Woman.”
Some images and scans from Heritage Auctions and Comics.org.
Watch the Standard Comics video.
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Strange Stories from Another World

Fawcett pre-code horror comic booksSTRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD
Featuring the gloriously ghoulish pre-code painted horror covers of Norman Saunders.
Fawcett – 4 issues from Aug 1952 to Feb 1953.
Pictured here are all 4 issues of this extremely short series.
The outstanding feature of this title is that all the covers were painted by the great Norm Saunders (1907 – 1989) who was a successful commercial artist for decades, perhaps most famous for the wildly popular MARS ATTACKS trading card series which eventually spawned the movie of the same name directed by Tim Burton.
Thanks to the Grand Comics Database.

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Web of Evil Part One

WEB OF EVIL – Part 1
Quality Comics. 21 issues from 1952 – 1954.
Quality Comics was famous for super hero titles like PLASTIC MAN, but when they got into pre-code horror comics, their go-to artist, JACK COLE ended up making some of the most sought after PCH comics in the collectors’ field today.
Cole’s electrocution cover for issue 5 is among the most popular covers, selling at hefty prices…if you can find a copy!
It is thought that Cole also wrote some of the stories in Web of Evil, and indeed this series supplied some of the best terror tales in the pre-code period.
Check out VALLEY OF HORROR in issue #8, one of my personal favorites. This story can also be found reprinted in FOUR COLOR FEAR from Fantagraphics and HAUNTED HORROR #5 from IDW.
Watch the Web of Evil Video.
WEB OF EVIL – Part 2
Quality Comics. 21 issues from 1952 – 1954.
We finish our look at WEB OF EVIL with some of the latter issues in the series. By this time, the great JACK COLE was no longer doing covers (or much of anything) with the series, but it is interesting to note that REED CRANDALL, one of the greats from the EC Comics line who would eventually do a lot of fantastic stories for CREEPY and EERIE magazines (Warren Publishing) in the 60’s and 70’s, did the cover for issue number 14 pictured here with the title WITCH OF DEATH.
Charles Nicholas was doing the lion’s share of interior art for WEB OF EVIL for the remainder of the series.
Many thanks to https://www.comics.org/ for additional pics and info.
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Stan Lee Pre-Code Horror Comics

One of the greatest figures in the history of comic books and American pop culture in general,  Stan Lee (Dec 28, 1922 – Nov. 12, 2018) re-popularized the superhero comic genre in the early 1960’s when Marvel Comics released THE FANTASTIC FOUR (Nov. 1961) followed up quickly by THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, IRON-MAN, THE HULK, THOR and countless others.
But many people are not aware that Mr. Lee was inventing  superheroes many years before Marvel’s silver age.
Timely/Atlas/Marvel Comics in the 1940’s saw Stan Lee Lee’s first superhero co-creating The Destroyer in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941) and supplying “text filler” for Captain America comics around the same time.
But it was in the late 1940’s after the end of WW2 when superheroes were not selling as well as they once did, so Timely/Atlas publisher Martin Goodman and upcoming editor-in-chief Stan Lee  quickly jumped into more crime, horror and science fiction comics to satisfy a new generation of readers.
Months before EC Comics hit the stands, Atlas/Marvel was publishing titles such as MARVEL TALES, ASTONISHING, SUSPENSE, SPELLBOUND and many others, some of them lasting through the pre-code era into the late 1950’s/60’s.
Stan Lee knew talent when he saw it, and so it’s no surprise that he gathered some of the best names in the business along with some young up and coming talent including artists Russ Heath, John Buscema, King Ward, Joe Sinnott, Gene Colan, Victor Carrabotta, Joe Maneely, George Tuska, Bill Everett, Syd Shores and countless others.
And you better believe that Stan Lee wrote many of the horror stories in these pre-code comic books, long before The Thing would shout “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”
Here we present many memorable covers to these Atlas pre-code horror comic books for your viewing pleasure and you can also watch the Stan Lee Pre-Code Comics video.

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