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Title: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 14, 2012, 09:57:07 PM
This list reports to contain all PRE-CODE HORROR comics published.
It appeared in Four Color Fear (2010) by co-editors Greg Sadowski and John Benson from Fantagraphics.
There might be arguments about some being more crime than horror but I'll stick to their list.

I'm going to note after each how many are on DCM in red.

The Pre-Code Horror Comics

ACE COMICS -97 issues
Baffling Mysteries #5 to 24 (Nov. 1951 - Jan. 1955) [25, 26 approved by CCA] (DCM has them ALL)
The Beyond #1 to 30 (Nov. 1950 -Jan. 1955) (DCM has them ALL)
Challenge of the Unknown #6 (Sep. 1950)  (Got it)
Hand of Fate #8 to 25, 25a (Dec. 1951 - Mar. 1955) (ALL)
Web of Mystery #1 to 27 (Feb. 1951 - Nov. 1954) [28, 29 approved by CCA] (ALL)

AMERICAN COMICS GROUP -119 issues
Adventures into the Unknown #1 to 61 (Fall 1948 - Jan.-Feb. 1955) [62 to 174 approved by CCA] (ALL)
The Clutching Hand #1 (July - Aug. 1954)  (Got it)
Forbidden Worlds #1 to 34 (July-Aug. 1951 - Oct.-Nov. 1954) [35 to 145 approved by CCA] (ALL)
Out of the Night #1 to 17 (Feb.-Mar. 1952 - Oct.-Nov. 1954) (ALL)
Skeleton Hand #1 to 6 (Sep.-Oct. 1952 - July-Aug. 1953) (ALL)

AJAX-FARRELL -62 issues
Fantastic Fears #7, 8; 3 to 9 (May 1953 - Sep.-Oct. 1954) (6)
Fantastic 10, 11 (Nov.-Dec. 1954 - Jan.-Feb. 1955) (1)
Haunted Thrills 1 to 18 (June 1952 - Nov.-Dec. 1954) (11)
Strange Fantasy 2 (1), 2 to 14 (Aug. 1952 - Oct.-Nov. 1954) (13)
Voodoo 1 to 18 (May 1952-Nov. - Dec. 1954) [19 has Seven Seas reprints and other non-horror fare] (13)
Voodoo Annual 1 (1952)  (Got it)

ATLAS -389 issues ALL ARE NON-PD
Adventures into Terror #43, 44, 3 to 31 (Nov. 1950 - May 1954)
Adventures into Weird Worlds #1 to 30 (Jan. 1952 - June 1954)
Amazing Detective Cases #11 to 14 (Mar. 1952 - Sep. 1952) [1 to 10 feature crime stories]
Amazing Mysteries #32, 33 (May 1949 - July 1949) [34, 35 feature crime stories)
Astonishing #6 to 37 (Oct. 1951 - Feb. 1955)
[3 to 5 feature Marvel Boy; 6, listed here, has a straight horror cover with Marvel Boy still in the stories; 38 to 63 approved by CCA]
Captain America's Weird Tales #74, 75 (Oct. 1949 - Feb. 1950)
Journey into Mystery #1 to 22 (June 1952 - Feb. 1955) [23 to 125 approved by CCA]
Journey into Unknown Worlds #4 to 33 (Apr. 1951 - Feb. 1955)[1 to 3 feature s-f stories; 34 to 59 approved by CCA]
Marvel Tales #93 to 131 (Aug. 1949 - Feb. 1955)[132 to 159 approved by CCA]
Menace #1 to 11 (Mar. 1953 - May 1954)
Men's Adventures #21 to 26 (May 1953 - Mar. 1954)
[1 to 20 feature war and adventure stories; 21 to 26 feature horror with adventure overtones; 27, 28 feature The Human Torch]
Mystery Tales #1 to 26 (Mar. 1952 - Feb. 1955) [27 to 54 approved by CCA)
Mystic #1 to 36 (Mar. 1951 - Mar. 1955) [37 to 61 approved by CCAJ
Spellbound #1 to 23 (Mar. 1952 - June 1954) [24 to 34 approved by CCA]
Strange Tales #1 to 34 (June 1951 - Feb. 1955) [35 to 188 approved by CCA]
Suspense #3 to 29 (May 1950 - Apr. 1953) [1, 2 feature mystery-adventure stories; the title gradually morphed into a horror comic; the line "based on CBS radio television series" was carried on the cover through issue 11.]
Uncanny Tales #1 to 28 (June 1952 - Jan. 1955) [29 to 56 approved by CCA]
Venus #14 to 19 (June 1951 - Apr. 1952) [early issues feature romantic fantasy; with issue 10 the title becomes increasingly adventure with horror overtones; the last six (listed here) feature horror stories and the final three also have pure horror covers]

AVON -30 issues
City of the Living Dead (1952) (Got it)
The Dead Who Walk (1952) (Got it)
Diary of Horror #1 (Dec. 1952) (Got it)
Eerie #1 (Jan. 1947) (Got it)
Eerie #1 to 17 (May 1951 - Aug.-Sep. 1954) (ALL)
Night of Mystery (1953) (Got it)
Phantom Witch Doctor #1 (1952) (Got it)
Secret Diary of Eerie Adventures (1953)
Witchcraft #1 to 6 (Mar. 1952-Mar. 1953) (ALL)

CHARLTON -32 issues
Strange Suspense Stories #16 to 22 (Jan.-Feb. 1954 - Nov. 1954)
[23 to 26 do not exist; 27 to 77 approved by CCA] (ALL)
The Thing #1 to 17 (Feb. 1952 - Nov. 1954) (ALL)
This is Suspense #23 (Feb. 1955) [24 to 26 approved by CCA) (Got it)
This Magazine Is Haunted #15 to 21 (Mar. 1954 - Nov. 1954) (ALL)

COMIC MEDIA -27 (28?) issues
Horrific #1 to 13 (Sep. 1952 - Sep. 1954) Terrific 14 (Dec. 1954) (13)
[TERRIFIC #14 wasn't on their list but I believe it's a horror title - and we have it on DCM!]
Weird Terror #1 to 13 (Sep. 1952 - Sep. 1954) (12)

DC/NATIONAL -51 issues ALL ARE NON-PD
[NOTE - this was not on Fantagraphics list]
*House of Mystery 1 to 35 (Dec 1951 to Feb 1955; 36-321 CCA)
*Phantom Stranger 1 to 6 (supernatural; August-September 1952 - June-July 1953)
*Sensation Comics 107 to 109 (Dec 1951 to Jun 1952)
*Sensation Mystery 110 to 116 (July 1952 to Aug 1953)

DS/PL -3 issues
Weird Adventures #1 to 3 (May-June 1951 - Sep.-Oct. 1951) (ALL)

EC -91 issues ALL ARE NON-PD
Crypt of Terror #17 to 19 (Apr.—May 1950 — Aug.—Sep. 1950)
Haunt of Fear #15 to 17, 4 to 28 (May—June 1950 —Nov.—Dec. 1954)
Tales from the Crypt #20 to 46 (Oct.—Nov. 1950 —Feb.—Mar. 1955)
Tales of Terror Annual #1 to 3 (1951— 1953)
3D Tales from the Crypt of Terror
3D #2 (Spring 1954)
Vault of Horror #12 to 40 (Apr.—May 1950 —Dec. 1954—Jan. 1955)

FAWCETT -42 issues
Beware Terror Tales #1 to 8 (May 1952 — July 1953) (ALL)
Strange Stories from Another World #2 to 5 (Aug. 1952 — Feb.1953) (ALL)
Strange Suspense Stories #1 to 5 (June 1952 — Feb. 1953) (ALL)
This Magazine Is Haunted #1 to 14 (Oct. 1951 — Dec. 1953) (ALL)
Unknown World #1 (June 1952) (Got it)
Worlds Beyond #1 (Nov. 1951) (Got it)
Worlds of Fear #2 to 10 (Jan. 1952 — June 1953) (ALL)

FICTION HOUSE -13 issues
Ghost Comics #1 to 11 (1951 — 1954) (ALL)
The Monster #1, 2 (1953) (ALL)

FOX -1 issue
A Feature Presentation #5 (Black Tarantula) (Apr 1950)  (Got it)
A Star Presentation #3 (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) (May 1950)

GILLMOR -12 issues
Weird Mysteries #1 to 12 (Oct. 1952 — Sep. 1954) (ALL)

HARVEY -96 issues
Black Cat Mystery #30 to 53 (Aug. 1951 — Dec. 1954) (ALL)
Chamber of Chills #21 to 24, 5 to 26 (June 1951 — Dec. 1954) (ALL)
Thrills of Tomorrow #17, 18 (Oct. 1954 — Dec. 1954) (ALL)
Tomb of Terror #1 to 16 (June 1952 — July 1954) (ALL)
Witches Tales #1 to 28 (Jan. 1951 — Dec. 1954) (ALL)

HILLMAN -1 issue
Monster Crime Comics #1 (Oct. 1952)

KEY -3 issues
Weird Chills #1 to 3 (July 1954 — Nov. 1954) (All but #2)

MASTER 22 issues
Dark Mysteries #1 to 22 (June 1951 — Mar. 1955) [23, 24 approved by CCA] (All but #11 + 21)

PREMIER -2 issues
Horror from the Tomb #1 (Sep. 1954) (Got it)
Mysterious Stories #2 (Dec. 1954) [3 to 7 approved by CCA] (Got it)

PRIZE -53 issues
Black Magic #1 to 29, 34 to 41 (Oct.—Nov. 1950 — Nov.—Dec. 1954) [30-33 are not in the public domain][34 to 50 approved by CCAJ (ALL)
Frankenstein #18 to 33 (Mar. 1952 — Oct.—Nov. 1954) [1 to 17 are humour stories) (ALL)
Strange World of Your Dreams #1 to 4 (Aug. 1952 —Jan.—Feb. 1953) (ALL)

QUALITY -22 issues
Intrigue #1 (Jan. 1955) (Got it)
Web of Evil #1 to 21 (Nov. 1952 — Dec. 1954) (All but #01+14)

STANDARD -31 issues
Adventures into Darkness #5 to 14 (Aug. 1952 — June 1954) (ALL)
*Fantastic Worlds 5 to 7 (Sep 1952 to Jan-53) (ALL)
*Lost Worlds 5 to 6 (Oct. 1952 to Dec-52) (ALL)
Out of the Shadows #5 to 14 (July 1952 — Aug. 1954) (ALL)
The Unseen #5 to 15 (1952 — July 1954) (ALL)

STANLEY MORSE -27 issues
Mister Mystery #1 to 19 (Sep. 1951 — Oct. 1954) (All but #12)
Weird Tales of the Future #1 to 8 (Mar. 1952 — July 1953) (5)

STAR -36 issues
Blue Bolt Weird Tales #111 to 119 (Nov. 1951 — May-June 1953) (7)
Ghostly Weird Stories #120 to 124 (Sep. 1953 — Sep. 1954) (ALL)
*The Horrors #13 (of Mystery; Jun 1952; other issues devoted to war, crime) (Got it)
*Shocking Mystery 50 to 55 (September 1952 to July 1953; 56 to 60 are crime oriented) (4)
Spook #22 to 30 (Jan. 1953 — Oct. 1954) (7)
Startling Terror Tales #10 to 14, 4 to 11 (May 1952 — Nov. 1954) (9)

STERLING -2 issues
The Tormented #1, 2 (July 1954 — Sep. 1954) (Got #2)

STORY -36 issues
Fight Against Crime #9 to 21 (Sep. 1952 — Sep. 1954) (1 to 8 feature crime stories) (11)
Mysterious Adventures #1 to 23 (Mar. 1951 — Dec. 1954) [24, 25 approved by CCA] (All but #13)

ST. JOHN -25 issues
Amazing Ghost Stories #14 to 16 (Oct. 1954 — Feb. 1955) (ALL)
House of Terror #1 (Oct. 1953) (Got it)
Nightmare #3, 10 to 13 (Oct. 1953 — Aug. 1954) (ALL)
Strange Terrors #1 to 7 (June 1952 — Mar. 1953) (ALL)
Weird Horrors #1 to 9 (June 1952 — Oct. 1953) (ALL)

SUPERIOR -53 issues
Journey into Fear #1 to 21 (May 1951 — Sep. 1954) (All but #1)
Mysteries (Weird and Strange)] #1 to 11 (May 1953 —Jan. 1955) (ALL)
Strange Mysteries #1 to 21 (Sep. 1951 —Jan. 1955) (18)

TOBY -14 issues
*The Purple Claw 1 to 3 (January 1953 - May 1953) (ALL)
Tales of Horror #1 to 13 (June 1952 — Oct. 1954) (ALL)
Tales of Terror #1 (1952) (Got it)

YOUTHFUL/TROJAN -22 issues
Beware #10 to 16, 5 to 14 (June 1952 — Mar. 1955) [15 approved by CCA] (ALL)
Chilling Tales #13 to 17 (Dec. 1952 — Oct. 1953) (All but #14)

ZIFF-DAVIS -8 issues
Eerie Adventures #1 (Winter 1951) (Got it)
Nightmare #1, 2 (Summer 1952 — Fall 1952) (ALL)
Weird Thrillers #1 to 5 (Sep. 1951 — Oct.—Nov. 1952) (ALL)

As you can see we've got almost all of them listed.
If you know of any titles that were missed let us know.

[Updated - Nov. 22, 2018]
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Jean-Luc on January 15, 2012, 03:36:58 AM
A gazillion thanks for this list! Very useful!
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on January 15, 2012, 09:38:28 AM
Great work indeed, Yoc!

Listing all DCM pre-code horror books.
As you may know, PCH is my field of expertise.
I run a (German!) website about the topic:
www.fifties-horror.de (http://www.fifties-horror.de)

In spring there will be a new (English!) website online covering all of ACEs horror books.
Working on it!
I'm planning to tackle all of STANDARDs horror next (Jim has the missing books).

Forgive me for pointing out a popular counting error:
ACE published 101 horror books, the 97 are just the precoders. Add 4 code approved issues.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 15, 2012, 12:11:35 PM
Hi T,
If one adds POST code horror books the list becomes very incomplete T.
I believe the cut-off date is the start of CCA.

Looking forward to your continued work on scanning these books for everyone.
:)
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: narfstar on January 15, 2012, 07:12:09 PM
Amazing the number of books here and how much complete.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 15, 2012, 09:48:18 PM
Yep.  Superior and Youthful are our biggest holes atm.
A Wonderful job by all scanners!
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Whale on January 16, 2012, 01:31:43 AM
what's the difference between (got it) and (all)?
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: josemas on January 16, 2012, 05:50:55 AM
what's the difference between (got it) and (all)?

Ii looks like to me that all of the "Got its" are one shots while all of the "ALLs" are titles that ran more than one issue.

Best

Joe
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 16, 2012, 07:15:06 AM
Ii looks like to me that all of the "Got its" are one shots while all of the "ALLs" are titles that ran more than one issue.

Exactly so Joe.
:)
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Drusilla lives! on January 16, 2012, 09:43:07 PM
This list reports to contain all PRE-CODE HORROR comics published.
It appeared in Four Color Fear (2010) by co-editors Greg Sadowski and John Benson from Fantagraphics.
There might be arguments about some being more crime than horror but I'll stick to their list. ...

Whoa!  :o

That was some typing job Yoc!  Thanks for taking the time to post it.  The info goes a long way in adding weight to a few long standing theories/opinions I have regarding EC, Gaines and the issues surrounding the coming of the code.

Btw, I was considering picking up those Sadowski/Benson "Fear" books... but I took a pass on them.  To be honest with you, beyond the EC material (all of which I already have), I'm not really that interested in all that other horror stuff from the period.       
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 17, 2012, 03:14:38 PM
Glad to share it DL.  I didn't type much though as it came from a quote from the book mentioned.
I did add some titles (with stars) that weren't included in the original.

What the list does show is what an amazing job DCM scanners have done finding a very large percentage of them.

And sure, it's hard to beat a good EC for art and story but seeing the others you can see the lengths they went for shock value and once in a while even find a not bad story mixed in too.

Take care,
-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: josemas on January 18, 2012, 07:06:22 AM

And sure, it's hard to beat a good EC for art and story but seeing the others you see the lengths they went for shock value and once in a while even find a not bad story mixed in too.

Take care,
-Yoc

I think there is some really good stuff scattered among the other pre-code horror publishers that, at times, is the equal of EC in both story and art.  It's just that EC had consistently top-notch art while it was a bit hit and miss with the other publishers.

Best

Joe
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: John C on April 17, 2012, 04:50:09 AM
(Hated to do it, but I removed Tim's post.  Tim, while I have no objection to linking to a torrent of public domain material, you were pointing people towards a large number of properties owned by Marvel.)
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on April 17, 2012, 04:54:47 PM
Thanks John, I missed that.
Tim, for the safety of the site we can't allow non-PD links to be shared here.  I hope you aren't upset by it, I'm sure it was a big job to collect them all.
Title: HAUNTS OF HORROR OR TOMBS OF TORTURE? AMERICAN HORROR COMICS 1939-1955
Post by: Yoc on August 04, 2012, 10:58:27 AM
Here is a link to an excellent blog.
This entry is on the history of horror comics -

HAUNTS OF HORROR OR TOMBS OF TORTURE ?
AMERICAN COMIC BOOKS AND THE HORROR GENRE 1939 - 1955
http://www.panelology.info/HauntsOfHorror.html

A fun read with lots of covers members here might recognize from the site.

Enjoy!
-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: JVJ on August 04, 2012, 12:32:10 PM
VERY well done, as you say, Yoc,
Impressive and comprehensive - even makes reference to Charlton's 1940s Old Witch horror stories in Yellowjacket.

Bravo.

Peace, Jim (|:{>
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on August 04, 2012, 06:03:49 PM
I like that it even has a bibliography.
I'll be checking other entries for sure.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on August 07, 2012, 05:21:32 AM
That's a great site in general.
And wonderfully done.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on August 17, 2012, 08:18:48 PM
This is a repost of sorts from the Obituary topic.
-----
I'm very sad to say Harry Harrison passed away a couple days ago.
Here is a link to his official blog - http://harryharrison.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/harry-harrison-1925-2012/
Most famous for his 'The Stainless Steel Rat' novels he had a connection with golden age comics as well.

He was once an editor for STORY COMICS, well represented here on DCM.

Harry was interviewed about his time in comics in Graphic Story Magazine #15, (Summer 1973)
You can read this fascinating interview at the link which I recommend to all here - especially those interested in the Pre-Code Horror Comics we are hosting on DCM.

http://www.michaelowencarroll.com/hh/comics-gsm-interview.htm
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: richardgc1 on January 11, 2013, 03:08:36 PM
Hi guys

Question about the list. For Avon, Eerie is listed as missing #1. We have issue #1 (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=577). We're missing #13, no?

I have 1 story that's supposed to be in Eerie #13, 'Help Us To Die". There's no content information for #13 at the GCD (http://www.comics.org/issue/214575/). Can anyone confirm if this story is indeed from that issue?

Help us to Die:  http://depositfiles.com/files/rfr2xcf4q

Thanks,
Richard
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: JVJ on January 11, 2013, 06:09:15 PM
I believe that there are two Avon Eerie #1s and I'm missing the second one. Hey, nobody's perfect, okay!

 ::)

(|:{>
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: richardgc1 on January 11, 2013, 07:21:18 PM
I believe that there are two Avon Eerie #1s and I'm missing the second one. Hey, nobody's perfect, okay!

 ::)

(|:{>

I missed that double #1. If you can use it, I have a cobbled together Eerie #1 (1951). The stories are from Avon's Eerie #15 & #1 (1947) and an I.W. reprint, Eerie Tales #12. Download link: http://depositfiles.com/files/9qdeyc1ju
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: richardgc1 on January 11, 2013, 07:33:28 PM
I also have a Fawcett Strange Stories From Another World #3. I don't see it listed on site. This would complete the 4 issue run.

Download link: http://depositfiles.com/files/uolpdvnld
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 11, 2013, 08:34:57 PM
Hi Richard, thanks for your interest in this topic.  

This Precode list is a little old now. Your best bet is to use the search feature on the site to confirm what is missing and not.

Did you have a problem using the Upload File link on DCM?
Here's the link for it - http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?ACT=useradddl (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?ACT=useradddl)
And here's a tutorial showing how it works - http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php/topic,1882.0.html (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php/topic,1882.0.html)

Thanks for your Strange Stories From Another World  #3.  I've asked Prime user to upload it to DCM for you.  

We're going to pass on your Eerie #13 until if can be confirmed it's from that book.  If you can find confirmation we'll add it - but not if it's from a modern reprint.

We have a UK reprint of Eerie 1+2 (1951) here - http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=16925 (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=16925)
Until a real #1 (1951) shows up we will stick with that.  Our worry is adding yours might result in a true #1 not being scanned if an owner thought it was done already.

Movielover has been very busy creating a list of 'COMICS STILL NEEDED FOR SCANNING FOR DCM' that is very up to date.  You should give that a look as well.  It's a work in progress.
http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php/topic,4081.0.html (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/forum/index.php/topic,4081.0.html)
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on January 16, 2013, 07:24:46 AM
Friends! Folks! Fiends!

I took a long and hard look at the pre-code horror “canon” or “index” (as established in the 90s by comics historians like Mike Benton, John Benson and George Suarez), then looked at everything up here on DCM – and THEN decided to write my own.

I struggled with the grey zones of science fiction and crime, of course, and listed a slimmed-down core version. But annotated and hinting at interesting titles hovering on the border of horror.

I think it’s an enlightening read (and fun, too) – alas, it is in German. Because I did it for my German website. Here’s the link:

http://fifties-horror.de/wissen/der-horror-kanon

You’re invited to brood over it via Google translator or such. The automatic translation result is always awkward and sometimes wrong, but generally understandable. Good luck.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on January 16, 2013, 08:01:09 AM
Thanks T!
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index - Updated 2015.03.07
Post by: Yoc on March 04, 2015, 12:05:48 PM
Here's a list of pre-code books still needed for the site from DCM member Dracula
Now Updated!  But if anyone has something from it not on the site PLEASE consider scanning it for sharing or use this CONTACT US (http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/support/index.php) link and we can put you in touch with a trusted staff member who can scan it for you.

Ajax/Farrell:
Fantastic Comics #10 (Nov/Dec 54). Fantastic Fears 7[1], 8[2], 6 & 7. Haunted Thrills #1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 16. Strange Fantasy #3, 4 & 7. Voodoo #8, 9. Voodoo Annual.

Comic Media:
Horrific #2  & 13. Weird Terror #9.

Fawcett:
Beware: Terror Tales #1. Worlds of Fear #9.

Harvey:
Chamber of Chills #21 [1]. Tomb of Terror #10 & 15. Witches Tales #20 & 23.

Key:
Weird Chills #2.

Master:
Dark Mysteries #13.

Stanley Morse:
Mister Mystery. Weird Tales of the Future.

Star:
Blue Bolt Weird Tales. #11 & 117. Ghostly Weird Stories #123.  Shocking Mystery #50 (Sep 52). Spook #28 & 29. Startling Terror Tales #11[2], 14[5], 1, 2, 3, 7 & 10.

Story:
Fight Against Crime. Mysterious Adventures #9 & 13.

Superior:
Journey into Fear: #1, 2 & 5. Mysteries (Weird and Strange) Strange #6. Mysteries. #1, 2, 3, 10 & 21.

Youthful/Trojan:
Beware #14[2] & 15[3]. Chilling Tales. #14 & 15.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on March 07, 2015, 01:55:12 AM
Yeah, Dracula and me pretty much share the same "hunting list".

But the count is mistaken about some books:

Sterling:
The Tormented #1 (July 54).

Toby:
Tales of Horror #9.

These are both up, the Toby one I put there myself.
And these are completed, last time I checked:

Quality:
Web of Evil: #1 & 14.
Last one again by my lovely self.

And I can promise very soon Harvey's TOMB OF TERROR #10.

The rest is shockingly hard to find,  I am massaging a guy in the US about that WEIRD CHILLS issue.
Something will be happening during the year...

There are also rumors about the HORRIFICS going online...
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on March 07, 2015, 08:59:28 AM
Thanks T, I've updated the list.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: moonratt on March 16, 2016, 10:14:25 AM
Thanks so much, very appreciated!
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Grymsayre on May 23, 2016, 09:05:05 AM
This topic really caught my eye. I have assembled, over the last month or so, a library of digital comic books drawn from the DCM by way of Sadowski's list, and the title of my main folder very nearly matches the subject line above!

Anyway, the collection seems to have leveled off with 819 titles found and another 60 missing, which is probably in accord the more recent statistics presented above. But in looking over those missing 60 I notice a definite trend. A full 25 of those 60 missing books are Iger Shop books: 20 Ajax-Farrell, 5 Superior. And of those 25 Iger books, 10 are from the run of Ajax's Haunted Thrills.

Why should this be? Maybe this is just the luck of the draw. And yet, some part of me wants to believe that these peculiarly ugly and warped lines of comics would have been a bit more likely to be trashed by angry parents or incinerated by outraged community groups. I do not know if that is the kind of thing that history records.  But I do know how traumatized I was myself when, as an early reader of Creepy and Eerie, I found the first issue of Weird and made the mistake of dipping into ts mind-sullying pages. I did not know then about the Iger stories that the Weird stories were drawn from.  But many years later, when I stumbled across examples of these in various collections, I recognized them at once.

I also found they had grown on me. In fact it was my hunt for the Iger horrors that led me to take on my library project in the first place. So there is a certain sad irony in the fact that they may comprise the one part of the library I will never be able to complete.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on May 23, 2016, 11:18:53 AM
Hi Gry,
Sadly the missing Haunted Thrills issues have eluded us.  But there are many precode collectors like yourself and we live in hope they will someday be scanned and shared here on DCM.

Take care,
-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on May 25, 2016, 10:52:42 AM
Yeah, it is as it is.
Don't know wyh so much Iger stuff is missing.
Books seem to be rarer than others, prices range higher.
They are out there, in the US, somewhere.
I operate out of Germany and can't get my hands on any more books.
Contributed 110 pre-code horror books to this database in the last five years.
Still hope some US collector is willing to scan his 'reading issues' of missing precoders...
Cheers from Köln (Cologne).
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on May 25, 2016, 09:53:47 PM
Wow, 110, that's AMAZING!
Thanks so much for all you've done for us T!
:D
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Grymsayre on June 19, 2016, 01:12:58 PM
I posted about those elusive Igers about a month ago, and just last week I stumbled across Haunted Thrills #1 being offered in digital format.  I have posted a review on Amazon, but I thought it would reach more of the people who might want to see it if I posted it here as well.  Here it is.

Nice try, but . . .

Yojimbo is one of several companies offering public domain comic books for electronic delivery. I generally steer away from such companies. Websites like The Digital Comic Museum and The Horrors of It All do a fine job of making such material available online, and they do it at no charge. And I suspect they are the ultimate source of most of what is being offered anyway. Still, those sites can't supply everything. So when Yojimbo offered Haunted Thrills #1 on Kindle, I decided it was worth three dollars to find out what they had.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The presentation is (mostly) cover to cover, including text pages and ads. All the pages are beautifully restored, very clean and bright. The stories themselves are no masterpieces but I knew that going in. I don't know how readable they would be on a hand-held device, but they look just fine on my desktop monitor. If I had stopped there I would have given this product five stars for sure.

So why do I give it only four? For three reasons. First, the inside front cover has been moved to the back of the book. Second, a full-page ad for some of Yojimbo's other products has been inserted into the body. Neither of these are major offenses. A publisher must make money somehow, even at the expense of a little historical accuracy. But the third offense is pretty major, and only carelessness can explain it. The sixth page of the fourth story, "The Witch's Curse," is missing. That's right. You heard me. A comic page has been left out.

It is not too late to correct this. I am a forgiving sort. I will be happy to restore the missing star if Yojimbo will restore the missing page. So come on, Yojimbo. How hard can it be? This is electronic publishing, after all. It is not like there are piles of dead-tree books to be pulped. You could correct the problem in about a day, if you have the page. If you don't have the page, I don't know what I can do for you.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on June 19, 2016, 09:30:50 PM
Thanks for the review Gry.
That is a pretty glaring problem, fingers crossed they can find the missing page.

-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Grymsayre on July 02, 2016, 01:10:41 PM
In our last episode, I had just bumped my head against the hard reality that many of Farrell's horror books had managed to elude DCM's scanners, and I was trying to compose myself to live with that fact.  But then I thought:  Why should I?  Weren't these same books all cannibalized a decade or so after their original appearance?  Weren't their stories pulled out, vandalized, retitled and redistributed across a wide range of cheap and lurid magazines?  Weren't those magazines scanned and made available online from such sites as the Eerie Publications Comics Collection?  Didn't the Grand Comics Database provide a convenient means of tracing those stories from book to book, from title to title?  And couldn't an enterprising young man (or a crazy old one), by putting all these pieces together, reassemble those sadly mistreated books and send them out into the world again in some loose approximation of their original forms, like so many resurrected cadavers long past their freshness dates?  He could and did.  That is, I did.  And I am ridiculously pleased with the results.  So, unless I am forcibly restrained (here's your chance, guys), I will soon be uploading some of these here on the sight.  I don't for a moment believe that this work is of any value.  But it amused me while I was doing it, and it might amuse others to see it.  And who knows?  It may even prod some on-the-fence collector into scanning his own authentic issues, if only to help wipe these abominations off the DCM map.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: movielover on July 02, 2016, 01:21:18 PM
I think those reprints or whatever fall well past the cutoff date of Dec. 31, 1959
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Grymsayre on July 02, 2016, 01:30:05 PM
Forcibly restrained it is.  Thanks.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on July 02, 2016, 09:14:57 PM
Thanks for your offer Gry.
As much as I'd like to say upload we can't risk the site.  But good for you and your hard work recreating the books.
We will live in hope the original books eventually all get scanned.

-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Grymsayre on July 03, 2016, 07:45:26 AM
Hard work?  Nah.  Hard work is what I do for money.  This was done for fun.  As everything related to DCM was done for fun.  My thanks to you (and to The Horrors of It All, and to Fifties Horror, and to Craig Yoe and Mike Howlett I don't know how many other book editors and publishers) for showing up when the list of things I would willinging do for fun was beginning to look a bit thin. 
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on July 03, 2016, 10:05:05 AM
Well said.  And I agree, everyone you mentioned are excellent sources for info and stories!

-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: tilliban on July 15, 2016, 05:04:40 AM
You got my attention, Sir Grymsayre!

I am the guy running the FIFTIES HORROR website.
My sources for missing books are dried up. I am very interested in your work...
If you cannot upload it here, give me a call at mail@fifties-horror.de.
Or shoot your data over using a free WeTransfer upload.
I'm always looking for online-missing precode-horror stories!
To present on FIFTIES HORROR. And I can live showing reprints from the 60s or such!

Anyhow: am curious to see what exactly you produced.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: OtherEric on October 05, 2016, 12:02:07 AM
A very minor comment/ question/ possible addition to the list:  Wouldn't A Feature Presentation #5 (The Black Tarantula) qualify as a 2nd horror book from Fox?
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on October 05, 2016, 09:25:35 AM
I agree Eric, adding it now.

-Yoc
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: OtherEric on October 05, 2016, 12:31:25 PM
Thanks, Yoc.  I may have to snag that Star Presentation #3 some day soon, as well- Wally Wood doing Jekyll & Hyde?  Sounds great!  And there are several copies on the bay for under 100.

Update:  There are two reprints of the issue on the site, even if the original isn't, so all that would be added is the cover and splash.  Still would be a nice book to add.
Title: Re: The Pre-Code Horror Index
Post by: Yoc on November 22, 2018, 11:55:40 AM
Just updated our list to our current collection as of now.