Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 – where heroes meet horror!
But before those heroes met up with the likes of spooks and dreadful things, DC Comics met it’s own brand of horror in the late 1970’s.
Biff Bam Pop’s 31 Days of Horror – a salute to the best month of the year, continues in this week’s Wednesday Run column. But first, a harrowing trip down memory lane…
During the Bronze Era’s mournful year of 1978, DC Comics, amidst dreadful sales, laid off a number of staff and cancelled a number of titles, many of which have achieved cult classic status today. (In case you were wondering, I’m thinking specifically about Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, Firestorm, Batman Family, House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, Secret Society of Super Villains, Secrets of Haunted House, Showcase and Doorway to Nightmare, among others.)
You’ll note that many of those titles carry a sort of horror-theme to them. In the great DC crunch of ’78, the horror titles were murdered early and often.
But leftover, unpublished stories, still found like in the pages of Cancelled Comics Cavalcade.
That over-sized but inexpensive publication brought paid-for stories to kids everywhere – even if the stories were unfinished or required a different artist to complete penciled and inked interiors. It was a way of getting the work out there – and, perhaps, drawing interest to some suddenly uninteresting characters.
Today, DC takes a winking nod to Cancelled Comics Cavalcade by placing a new offering squarely into the spirit of the October season with Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1
Although Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 (don’t expect a second issue anytime soon – this is really just a special Halloween-flavoured special for comic book lovers) harkens its 1978 parentage in spirit, it’s really its very own quality, over-sized, comic.
There are ten different tales within the front and back cover, all worked on by a host of talented writers and artists including Mark Buckingham (Fables), James Tynion IV (Justice League Dark), Becky Cloonan (American Virgin, Demo) and horror screenwriter Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, It, The Nun and the upcoming Swamp Thing television series) among others.
Here, you’ll find some of your favourite superheroes, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Guy Gardner and Zatanna, found in the ghastliest of situations – from the dark streets of Gotham City where shadows fall long to the darkest, scariest corners of the DC Universe!
Look at that Doug Mahnke cover! Batman, clawed at by the dead remains of his parents! That’s my kind of October! That’s my kind of Halloween!
Make the 31 Days of Horror themed Wednesday run to your local comic book shop and pick up Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1...and revel in the shriek fest that is your favourite DC superheroes in their worst nightmares!