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Monday 12 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday 12 pm - 4 pm
Wednesday 12 pm - 4 pm
Thursday 12 pm - 7 pm
Friday by appointment
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

By appointment: Intersession, Summer Term, Winter Term and all other hours


Phone: (410) 455-2353


Special Collections Librarian

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Susan Graham

phone: 410.455.5825

Horror Comics

There are a number of comic books at Special Collections that can be classified as horror comics.  Below is a list of some of the comics that fall within the horror genre.

Creepy: 1971-1979                                                                                                          

            The flagship publication of Warren Publishing, Creepy was published as a black and white magazine in order to avoid Comics Code scrutiny.  The stories included gore, nudity and adult language. They are particularly notable for thier stunning and bizarre cover art.

              See also: Eerie, Vampirella

Tales of the Zombie: 1972-74                                                                                     

            Marvel Comics created its Marvel Monster Group Magazines as an answer to Creepy and its ilk, and Tales of the Zombie is the result. Also a black and white magazine, the titular Zombie is after vengeance, not brains.  While a little gory and risqué, the primary reason for publishing this as a magazine was because zombies were explicitly banned under the Comics Code.

                See also:  Bizarre Adventures