Thursday, October 2, 2014

Grave Tales!

Joe Staton
Way back in the early 90's I stumbled across the Hamilton Comics magazine line which gave me, an incurable Charlton ghost comic fan, a real thrill. Here were a trio of comic magazines which evoked at once the classic but by then defunct Warren Magazines as well as the vintage Charlton ghostly line. It was a black and white presentation using some pretty mainstream talent (Joe Staton, Gray Morrow, Pat Boyette) as well as some really impressive indy artists (Batton Lash, John Heebink). These were fun stories with a slightly lurid twist.

What I didn't realize then, and only learned recently was that Grave Tales was a title with a specific history.


The title first rose up in the middle 70's as an Independent comic, then likely referred to as "Underground". The cover, see above, was very striking.

L.B. Cole
So striking that L.B. Cole did a knock-off of it for the debut issue of Hamilton's Dread of Night. For the record the third Hamilton horror title was Maggots. For more Hamilton cover magic, see the gallery below.

Gray Morrow
Joe Staton
Gray Morrow
Gray Morrow
Gray Morrow
Gray Morrow

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2 comments:

  1. The Grave Digger fellow looks a bit like the “Digger” character that introduced stories in Marvel’s short-lived Tower Of Shadows…Remember him? Chamber Of Darkness had: Headstone P. Gravely (or H.P. Gravely.) He was an undertaker….Very sweet covers. Thank Rip!

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    1. Well remember those two. Loved Marvel's attempt to tap into that horror genre as short-lived as those books were. Digger was woven into the Marvel Universe but I'm not aware that Gravely has ever shown up again.

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