Who invented horror comics?

Comic Book MarketplaceI was a guest on James DC’s excellent Atomic Bark show on Resonance FM recently. The theme of the show was EC and pre-code horror comics – that wonderful cavalcade of quickly drawn, anonymously written and often badly printed horror comics that flourished for five brief years in the 1950s before the creation of the comics code authority. The fact that these throwaway items are still being discussed over 60 years later is a testament to their importance to both horror and popular culture in general. EC, and their brothers in badly drawn blood, have had a huge impact on the most influential writers, filmmakers and musicians working in modern horror, names such as Stephen King, George Romero and Rob Zombie all acknowledge their influence.

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