Halloween Treats: Your Guide To Creepy Comics This Holiday (Part 1)

by Olly MacNamee

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With both DC Comics and Marvel offering up their Halloween specials this week (albeit a collection of reprinted strips from previous years), I thought it best to inform you of the spooky strips and creepy comics that will be out over the coming weeks in the run-up to Halloween.

It’s going to be a busy few week of it, with literally every company offering up something spooky for your reading pleasure. So, rather than run down the full list (it’s HUGE!), as per usual, I thought it best to offer up a handy reading guide in weekly part, starting with what’s out this coming new comic book day; Wednesday October 2nd.

A Very DC Halloween (DC Comics)

Your favorite superheroes are usually busy keeping the universe safe, but when Halloween winds blow through the DCU, these heroes are transformed into nightmares! Batman is driven mad by haunting visions of The Joker! Wonder Woman brawls with an undead sea monster! Superman fights a demonic entity! Swamp Thing battles in the mystical realm of the Green! Harley Quinn urges a man to commit a brutal murder! All of these supernatural adventures-and more-are collected in A VERY DC HALLOWEEN. Collects 18 eerie tales from DC HOUSE OF HORROR #1 and CURSED COMICS CAVALCADE #1.

Vampire State Building #1 (Ablaze)

The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard! Just in time for Halloween, get ready to be bitten from the first full color page.

Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty, and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends – and the city of New York – before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city!

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror Vol.1 (Ahoy Comics)

A comedic collection of classic tales and brand new stories, adapted by comics’ snarkiest talents, in this cross between Drunk History and Tales from the Crypt, all introduced by Edgar Allan Poe at his drunkest. Collecting all of the comics from the 6-issue AHOY Comics series, plus terrifying prose and poetry features.

Casper’s Haunted Halloween #1 (American Mythology Productions)

Happy Halloween from everyone’s favorite friendly ghost! We open the Harvey vault and deliver an instant Halloween classic with an issue of Casper’s trick or treat hijinks. Treat your best friend to a comic that will scare up some laughs and classic tricks. Join the Casper gang, Hot Stuff, Wendy, Spooky, and the Ghostly Trio for an issue that celebrates the season with spooks and smiles. Casper’s Haunted Halloween #1 is available in two covers – Main and a nostalgic Retro Animation Limited Edition Cover!

Archie Halloween Spectacular #1 (Archie Comics)

Get ready for a hauntingly hilarious collection of some of the best Halloween stories Archie has to offer!

Betty Page Halloween Special #1 (Dynamite)

Something evil is lurking in the dark woods of Upstate New York, and hunting the student bodies at exclusive and isolated Annandale College. Model Agent Bettie Page investigates the Annandale Horror…and finds herself enrolled in Werewolf 101, for extra credit…plus, Bettie and Lyssa go to the drive-in with a bunch of intergalactic gate crashers!

Bizarre Adventures #1 (Marvel)

PREPARE FOR THE BIZARRE! To celebrate Marvel’s 80th we’re resurrecting one of its wildest creations, Bizarre Adventures! Within these pages you will see Shang-Chi take on a martial arts master, Ulysses Bloodstone battle a master of the dark arts, Dracula meet his match, and the Marvel debut of Achewood’s Chris Onstad! These adventures will be thrilling, exciting and most definitely BIZARRE! Rated T+

Grimm Fairy Tales Present 2019 Horror Pinup One Shot (Zenescope Entertainment)

Just in time for the Halloween season, comes the Grimm Fairy Tales 2019 Horror Pinup Special! Get ready to check out all of your favorite Grimm Universe heroines and villainesses, donning the cosplays of pop culture’s most famous monsters! Some of the industry’s top artists contribute gorgeous pin-ups of the Grimm Universes’ most popular female characters in this stunning collection. Also includes a never before published Grimm Fairy Tales short story!

That’s all the Halloween themed titles out this week. Be back here again in a week, or so, for more ‘orrible offerings.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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