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Weird
1. Weird v1n10, Jan 1966, 52pp, $0.35



  1. Intro (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Frankenstein (8p, Carl Burgos, Roger Elwood)
    Original?
    An updated version of the Frankenstein story told from the monster's point of view.

  3. Coward's Curse (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #8 (Ajax, April 1953)
    A young couple vacationing in Spain stop for the night at an old monastery, where they are abducted by demonic monks bent on torture.

  4. Deadly Pickup (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    While driving late at night, a doctor and his wife come across a girl with a horrible chest wound and attempt rescue her - only to get a deadly surprise.

  5. Doomed (6p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #15 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
    An executioner who delights in his work and collects the heads of his guillotined victims gets his comeuppance.

  6. Devil's Bride (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    After a woman leaves her fiancé for a new man, the fiancé leaps to his death, but he soon returns from the grave as a bloodthirsty ghoul and inflicts her with "Satan's Disease".

  7. Creatures From the Deep (5p, Iger Shop)

    Reprint of Beasts of the Bog, Voodoo #4 (Ajax, Nov 1952) - may have been reprinted in Voodoo #17 (Sep-Oct 1954) as Creatures From the Deep

    A British captain is stationed to the Irish bogs where his ancestor ordered the massacre of a group of peasants - peasants who return in the form of the "bog people" seeking vengeance.


  8. The Terror of Akbar (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #10 (Ajax, Feb-Mar 1954)
    A professor from the "Smithson Museum" is delighted when he receives a pair of mummy's eyes from Cairo, but his delight turns to horror when the eyes' owner returns to claim them.

  9. Trumpet of Doom (7p, Robert Hayward Webb)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
    A homeless man named Gabriel finds a trumpet in the local dump and becomes convinced he must use it to call sinners to repentance by calling forth the dead from their graves.


This first issue of Weird differed in many ways from subsequent issues. The inside front cover featured art previews from two of the stories inside introduced by "Morris, the Caretaker of Weird". Morris would last a dozen issues, but the art previews would not, appearing only in this one. The preview page also says "Watch for 'Suspense' and 'Shock' 'New'…that dare probe unknown horrors!....On Sale SOON at your Newsstand." It is unclear if 'Shock' and 'Suspense' were planned new titles or not, but if so, they never appeared.

The opening story, Frankenstein was one of (at most) four stories that appear to be originals created specifically for Eerie Publications. The story was signed by Burgos and associate editor Roger Elwood. Overall, the issue is a decent, if not spectacular, one, especially considering that Eerie had yet to start producing its own art and tackling pre-code publishers other than Ajax/Farrell. Frankenstein, Coward's Curse, Devil's Bride, Creatures From the Deep, and Deadly Pickup are so-so (with the last marred by an all-too-predictable ending). The three remaining stories, however, are delightfully bizarre examples of the kind of offbeat stories that were Ajax/Farrell's best. Terror of Akbar could have been a very pedestrian attempt at a mummy story, but the idea of featuring the mummy's disembodied eyes provides an odd twist. Trumpet of Doom is perhaps the most bizarre story, featuring a Christ-like figure (perhaps God himself) arriving to save the world from an army of the living dead summoned by a trumpet playing tramp. Doomed may be the best story in the issue. The idea of an executioner requesting that he be allowed to keep the severed heads of his victims is wild enough and the idea that his request is granted is even wilder (if unrealistic). Things get wilder still when the disembodied heads (apparently) return to pursue the ne'er-do-well en masse. A weak ending somewhat detracts from this otherwise excellent story.

2. Weird v1 n11, April 1966, 52 pp, $0.35

Cover: Bob Powell





  1. Untitled feature on odd facts (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Web of the Widow (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    Things look grim after an Egyptologist is bitten by a deadly "temple spider" while exploring a pyramid but they look up when a mysterious woman arrives from nowhere to cure him - at least until he finds out that she has an unnatural fondness for the eight-legged creatures.

  3. Scream No More, My Lady (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic #10 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    A psychiatrist treats an actress who has been typecast as a vampire so often that she fears she is becoming one.

  4. Fangs of Fear (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #12 (Ajax, June-July 1954)
    A stranger dedicates himself to keeping tabs on a man who is bent on leading an invading army of rats.

  5. I, The Coffin (5p, Robert Hayward Webb)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #7 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
    The life story of a coffin, narrated by the coffin itself.

  6. Murder On the Moor (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #10 (Ajax, July 1953)
    On the eve of his execution, a murderer escapes from prison into the British moors where he murders a witch and her cat - only to find out that they don't stay dead.
  7. Be My Ghost (5p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #8 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    Desperate for money, a newlywed husband takes a job as executioner, only to be given the unenviable job of executing his own wife.


  8. Monster in the Mist (5p, Robert Hayward Webb)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #17 (Ajax, Sep-Oct 1954)
    A Scotland Yard detective summonses the ghosts of Roman legionnaires to combat an ancient monster created by Druids.

  9. Night of Terror (5p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    After a quarrel with his wife, a man decides to teach her a lesson by running out of gas near a "haunted" house. But the joke turns to terror when the couple encounter a dead body and an ax-wielding maniac inside.

  10. Little Red Riding Hood and the Werewolf (6p, Myron Fass?)
    Reprint of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Werewolf, Fantastic Fears #2 [#8] (July 1953)
    A twist on the classic fairy tale.

With just the second issue, things have already begun to change. The issues starts with a cover by golden-age and pre-code horror legend Bob Powell (and a painted one at that, one of the few that Powell did). Powell's most well-known pre-code horror work was for Harvey but he also did horror work for St. John, Ziff-Davis, Charlton, Fawcett, and Atlas. As mentioned in the introduction, Powell was working for Fass at this time on the Henry Brewster teen humor comic. The preview of internal art is gone, replaced by a feature on macabre facts (example: "Coffin rings when dug out of a grave…will cure rheumatism.") introduced by a horror host Morris (though he doesn't give his name).

Another uneven mix of Ajax/Farrell stories. The last story was narrated by "The Old Crone" - one of a small handful of Ajax attempts at creating an E.C.-style horror host (the idea of grisly versions of classic fairy tales was another concept popularized by E.C.) Fangs of Fear and I, the Coffin provide two more examples of the publishers off-the-beaten-path stories (though the idea of a talking coffin was used by another pre-code publisher) and for that reason are my favorites.

3. Weird v1n12, Oct 1966, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. The Blood Blossom (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #1 (May 1953)
    While working in Japan, an archaeologist unearths a 2000-year old lotus seed. Ignoring the warnings of local officials, he plants the seed and is horrified when it blossoms in to a man-eating carnivorous plant.

  3. Heads of Horror (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
    A jilted husband gets revenge by shrinking the heads of his wife and her lover to miniature size, while keeping them both alive.

  4. Swamp Haunt (6p, Joe Doolin?)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    A bayou-dwelling woman enlists the aid of a witch to rid herself of an unwanted lover, the foolishly decides not to pay up and reaps the consequences.

  5. Cry From the Coffin (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #8 (Ajax, Oct 1953)
    A man struck by a car and presumed dead remains alive but paralyzed throughout his autopsy and funeral.

  6. Fanged Terror (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #18 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    A policeman investigates a series of brutal murders committed by a one-legged, three-toed demon.
  7. Black Death (5p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #4 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
    A newlywed couple shipwrecked on a desert island encounters a colony of ravenous giant ants.


  8. Nightmare (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprint (?) of Dream of Horror, Strange Fantasy #9 (Ajax, Dec 1953)
    After a series of nightmares involving severed heads, a man discovers that anything he wishes for comes true. Things seem to be going swimmingly when he wished his wife and mother-in-law to Hades, but the nightmares return and he discovers that his wishes were granted by an evil relative - an executioner during the French Revolution who now seeks a human head to replace the one he lost.

  9. Rest in Peril (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #6 (Ajax, June 1953)
    A philandering husband drives his wife insane and has her committed to an insane asylum so he can indulge in an affair with a younger woman, but when they begin to see her ghost, things don't seem so rosy anymore.

For whatever reason, there was a 6-month gap between this issue and the previous one. The legend "Terror… Shock… Suspense…" is added above the title with this issue. I found this issue a bit weaker than the first two with a number of lackluster stories. Cry From the Coffin featured the timeworn plot of a man buried alive while Nightmare's plot was convoluted and implausible. Heads of Horror included the bizarre (or was it ridiculous?) sight of a pair of lovers with comically undersized heads. The Blood Blossom and Black Death featured two of my favorite plot devices - man-eating plants and giant ants (the latter theme being especially popular in pre-code horror likely due to the influence of the film The Naked Jungle).

4. Weird, v2n1, Dec 1966, 52pp, $0.35



  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Tiger-Tiger (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #18 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    A two-timing husband tries to lure a tiger into killing his tiger-tamer wife so he and his lover can collect the insurance money, but he succeeds only in injuring her - and it arousing her ire as she transforms into a tiger to exact revenge.

  3. Nightmare Island (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #15 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
    After a couple's plane crash lands on a desert island, they are forced to spend the night in the home of a reclusive scientist - where there discover he is experimenting with giant rats.

  4. Three In a Grave (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #8 (Ajax. Apr 1953)
    A henpecked husband kills his wife but his plans go awry when he inadvertently releases a vampiric demon while burying her.

  5. Beast of Baghdad (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #9 (Ajax, June 1953)
    To get rid of his wife, a wealthy older man purchases a demon-infested killer rug from a local antique shop. Things, of course, do not go as planned.

  6. They Couldn't Die (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #13 (Ajax, Jan-Feb 1954) Originally printed in Voodoo #3 (Ajax, Sep 1952) as There's Peril in Perfection.
    In an effort to create the perfect woman, a beauty contest judge creates a lifelike robot - who turns out not to be as perfect as he thought.
  7. Fatal Scalpel (7p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    A plastic surgeon exacts grisly revenge on his two-timing wife and her lover.


  8. Corpses of the Jury (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #6 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    Former inmates return from the grave to seek revenge on a Nazi prison camp warden who's atrocities had included making a pair of gloves from one of his victim's skin.


The "Terror… Shock… Suspense…" legend still appears, but is joined by what would become Eerie's most common blurb: "Told in new chilling picto-fiction". The phrase was borrowed from E.C.'s failed attempts to skirt the Comics Code in late 1955 (as described I the introduction). Eerie may have been trying a similar strategy here, though in their case (unlike in E.C.'s) there was absolutely no difference between the traditional comic book format and their "picto fiction" format. I also do not know what prompted the strategy (if it was a strategy) but the phrase began to be heavily used on covers and in advertisements for Eerie's line of comics. This issue also featured a color ad on the back cover instead of the normal practice of printing the last page of the final story. The ad was for the batman color projector, which Frank Motler in an article in From the Tomb #24 claims was sold from a Myron Fass address. The printing of ads on the back cover would disappear after the next issue and not return for years.

I found this issue to be easily the best so far. Two of the stories included, Fatal Scalpel and Corpses of the Jury, are considered minor classics and I enjoyed both of them but I liked Nightmare Island and the bizarre Beast of Baghdad (perhaps the only story ever to include a killer rug - though Ace utilized a similar theme) even better. The issue is also a rather bleak one, with They Couldn't Die being especially so.

5. Weird, v2n2, Apr 1967, 52pp, $0.35




  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Fiends From the Crypt (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #2 [#8] (Ajax, July 1953)
    Parisian police chase a suspect into the sewers, only to find them populated by a race of reptilian creatures.

  3. Dying is So Contagious (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
    A pair of crooks decide to rob an eccentric professor who studies death and sleeps in a coffin.

  4. Terror in the Attic (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #13 (Ajax, Aug-Sep 1954)
    A newlywed bride discovers her husband's twin brother chained up in the attic of his ancestral home.

  5. Doom at the Wheel (7p, Robert Hayward Webb)
    Reprinted from Fantastic #10 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    An arrogant racecar driver loses his arm in an accident then forces a doctor to sew it back on, but things don't go quite the way he planned.

  6. Pit of Horror (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #6 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A zoo director acquires a minotaur for his collection and begins collecting victims for human sacrifice.

  7. The Corpse Who Killed (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #7 (Ajax, Mar 1953)
    A scientist revives the brain of a murderer, only to find it begins to take over his own mind.
  8. Cult of the Cruel (7p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Voodoo #17 (Ajax, Sep-Oct 1954)
    A businessman traveling in India learns the secrets of the thugee then returns home to begin his career as a murderer.

With this issue there appear to have been some changes at Eerie. Their address is now listed as 150 Fifth Avenue, New York NY, 10011. The publisher and Producer are no longer listed. Fiends From the Crypt is a decent example of a fairly common pre-code genre: the monsters-in-the-Paris-sewers story (later done to perfection by Dick Ayers in his The Sewer Werewolves).


6. Weird, v2n3, June 1967, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Horror in the Mine (9p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #2 (Ajax, Aug 1952)
    Workers opening a new mine encounter a multi-tentacled creature from the center of the earth.

  3. Ghoul For a Day (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    A newly wed bride's hatred of her husbands job as an undertaker leads her to kill him and bury him in the basement.

  4. Terror Unlimited (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprint of Horror Unlimited, Voodoo #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    A family encounters the Wudgies, a tiny group of elf-like creatures who seem harmless at first, but soon begin to take over their lives.

  5. The Gruesome Garden (6p, Iger Shop)

    Reprint of Plantation of Fear, Voodoo #3 (Ajax, Sep 1952)

    The owners of a tea plantation encounter a race of living, killer mandrake roots.


  6. When the Sea Goes Dry (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Journey #1 (Ajax, Sep 1957) with new splash panel. Code-approved version of Death Holds an Auction from Strange Fantasy #2 (Ajax, Oct 1952)
    An couple seeking a sunken (??!) Aztec treasure encounter a giant man-eating octopus instead.

  7. Rendezvous With Doom (4p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #13 (Ajax, Voodoo #13 (Ajax, Jan-Feb 1954)
    An egotistical actor becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman who seems to disappear after an auto accident. When the woman turns up at his hotel, the man is overjoyed - but not for long.

  8. Zombie Bride (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #2 (Ajax, July 1952)
    A couple's honeymoon in Haiti is interrupted when the wife is turned into a zombie.

  9. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, back cover)

When the Sea Goes Dry presents an example of Eerie reprinting a version of story from one of Ajax/Farrell's code-approved horror comics of the late 1950s instead of printing the pre-code version, though the changes in this case were relatively minor (the restoration of a severed finger in one panel, the removal of he monster's human head in another, and the removing of a floating body from the final panel etc) In the Eerie reprint, the severed finger is still restored, but they added a bit of blood to hand to which it was formerly attached.

The Gruesome Garden presents what may have been Ajax/Farrell's most off-the-wall idea ever (and that's saying something) - killer mandrake roots.

7. Weird v2n4, Oct 1967, 52pp, $0.35



  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. The Ghostly Guillotine (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #8 (Ajax, Apr 1953)
    After arriving in England to claim an ancestral castle he has inherited, Geoffrey Moorsby decides to spend the night, despite the fact that the castle is said to be cursed by an executioner who'd been wronged by one of Moorsby's ancestors.

  3. Demon Fiddler (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #7 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
    In centuries past, a demonic fiddler travels the countryside sowing conflict and hatred with his playing.

  4. Monsters For Rent (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #3 (Ajax, Oct 1952)
    When business slows down at Sam and Lorna Cox's lakeside resort, they decide to create a fake sea monster to drum up customers.

  5. In a Lonely Place (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #11 (Ajax, Apr-May 1954)
    After he is called in to help identify a bloated body found floating in a river near his house, a police captain commits suicide. Then we are told of the tragic events leading to his death.

  6. Blade of Horror (5p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #16 (Ajax, July-Aug 1954)
    After a jilted man decapitates his girlfriend and her lover with a scythe, only to have them return in the form of a pair of swans and peck his eyes out.

  7. Death Dance (8p, Matt Baker?)

    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #3 (Ajax, Dec 1952)

    Pulah rescues a woman from a band of gorillas led by a strange woman in a veil.


  8. Temple of the Beast (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #5 (Ajax, Jan 1954)
    While exploring a temple in Siam, a tourist couple purchases the severed hand of an idol from a merchant. Later the merchant returns and desperately tries to reclaim the hand, only to be killed when it comes to life.

  9. Madness of Terror (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #9 (Ajax, May 1953)
    After murdering his wife, a man begins to panic when she apparently keeps trying to get out of her coffin.

Death Dance is the first Pulah" story reprinted by Eerie. These were reprints of stories featuring the jungle girl Rulah, who had first appeared in Fox Features' Zoot Comics in 1947. The title was eventually renamed after the jungle girl, Matt Baker was the artist most associated with Rulah. A number of these stories were reprinted by Robert W. Farrell in various issues of Voodoo. It is odd that they Eerie chose to change the name to "Pulah" when reprinting these stories. Perhaps this was done to avoid trademark restrictions with the name Rulah. It seems unlikely that it could be a copyright issue with the material itself since merely changing the character name would seem to afford no protection against copyright infringement (if Robert Farrell didn't own the copyrights himself). Despite the Baker art, I found the Pulah and other jungle stories among the worst that Eerie (and Ajax/Farrell) produced

With its finale featuring a man's eyes pecked out by swans, Blade of Horror epitomizes the type of story which aroused such ire in the 1950s. Demon Fiddler is one of my all-time favorites from Ajax/Farrell.

8. Weird v3n1a, Jan 1968, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Demon in the Dungeon (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #4 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A writer travels to his family's ancestral castle where he finds the ghost of a man his grandfather had walled up alive years before.

  3. Grave Rehearsal (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #7 (Ajax, Aug 1953)
    B.S. Fitts, a wealthy magazine publisher seeking peace, travels to a Transylvanian health resort where he encounters the sadistic overseer Madam Satin.

  4. Secret Coffin (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #9 (Ajax, Sep-Oct 1954).
    Originally printed in Horrific #1 (Comic Media, Sep 1952) as Iron Doom
    Ben Matterman, a descendent of the inventor of the iron maiden, returns to his family's ancestral home with hopes of opening a torture museum, but his plans are dashed by the ghosts of the iron maiden's victims.

  5. Horror Comes to Room 1313 (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #11 (Ajax, Oct 1953)
    Everybody who stays in room 1313 at the Rex Arms sees something that drives them insane and causes them to leap to their deaths - what is it?

  6. Witch's Horror (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #10 (Ajax, July 1953)

    The owner of a small island evicts a tenant he suspects of being a witch. In return, she curses his son, turning him into a vicious, apelike creature.


  7. Terror Below (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #12 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
    Sir Giles Romney, governor of Tortuga [sic], has a unique method of executing criminals - he has them eaten alive by crabs.

  8. Screams in the Swamp (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #10 (Ajax, July 1953)
    A newlywed couple moves into a new home where the man dreams about a ghostly woman who claims to be his lover come back from the dead - or was it a dream?

  9. Carnival of Terror (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #2 [#8] (Ajax, July 1953)
    A carnival hula dancer and her lover decide to kill the show's snake charmer to get their hands on his money - but things don't go quite the way they planned.

Grave Rehearsal includes some thinly-veiled S&M elements. At one point, Madam Satan awakens Fitts in the middle of the night brandishing a wish and ordering "Strip! Remove your garments Mr. Fitt! Don’t dawdle…" Terror Below offers the delightful sight of a man eaten alive by crabs.


9. Weird v2n6, Apr 1968, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. Careless Corpse (7p, Joe Doolin?)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #2 [#8] (Ajax, July 1953)
    After being horrible disfigured in a car accident, a husband returns home to find his wife in the arms of another man.

  3. Dearest, Deadest Dummy (8p, Carl Burgos??)

    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #6 (Ajax, Feb 1953)

    A lonely ventriloquist's beautiful dummy comes to life - along with her murderous friends.


  4. The Needless Night (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Midnight #2 (Ajax, July 1957). Code-approved version of Haunted Matador, Fantastic Fears #3 (Ajax, Sep 1953)
    A young matador enlists the aid of a witch to win the hand of a maiden from a rival.

  5. Hands of Terror (6p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    In a plantation home of the old south, Vincent Cox returns from his swampy grave to seek vengeance on the jealous cousin who killed him.

  6. Horribly Beautiful (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #11 (Ajax, Oct 1953)
    A jealous, homely woman throws acid in the face of her beautiful sister, who then exacts horrible revenge.

  7. Fate Laughs at Clowns (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic #10 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    Tired of being laughed at, a circus clown visits a plastic surgeon to undo the effects of a childhood maiming that left him with his trademark grin.

  8. Death's Shoes (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #9 (Ajax, June 1953)
    A cruel count kills a cobbler after the poor man makes a pair of shoes for him that are a bit too tight - but the cobbler has the last laugh.

This issue illustrates one of the numbering quirks that makes collecting Eerie Publications frustrating. The previous issue was numbered v3n1. Given its cover date of January 1968, this seems to make sense as it was the first 1968 issue. Except that the first issue of volume 2 had borne a December 1966 cover date. It seems that perhaps Eerie had decided to start new volumes at the beginning of the year, as is the common practice and then changed their mind and decide to continue with the volume 2 numbering after all (they skipped v2n5, which makes some sense, but then skipped v2n7 as well, which doesn't). To top it off, they issued ANOTHER v3n1 in February of 1969. Starting with 1969, Eerie (for the most part) used a more standard numbering scheme, staring each volume with the new year and starring new volumes with issue #1 (except for volume 1, which always started with a higher number). This issue also begins the common practice of including an ad on the inside back cover (for the Fass magazine Great West)

10. Weird v2n8, July 1968, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. The Murder Pool (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #13 (Ajax, Aug-Sep 1954)
    An agent seeks revenge on his enemies by inviting the to take a dip in his new pool - which he has filled with acid.

  3. Werewolf Castle (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #18 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    A honeymooning couple spend the night in Werewolf Castle - a German castle owned by a strange Baron and Baroness.

  4. If I Should Die (5p, Joe Doolin?)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #18 (Ajax, Nov-Dec 1954)
    A writer is mistakenly told he has only a short time to live.

  5. Killer Lady (7p, Joe Doolin?)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #6 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A vain reporter is romances a princess he is sent to interview, but when he returns with her to her country, he gets a nasty surprise.

  6. The Ghoul and the Guest (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #1 [#2] (Ajax, Aug 1952)
    When a tramp shows up at her door begging for a meal, a woman cruelly orders him to chop a cord of wood first. When the tramps drops dead of exhaustion and hunger, she tries to hid the body, but it keeps popping up again.

  7. Corpses…Coast to Coast (7p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Voodoo #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)

    An undertakers strike is the front for a plot to create a zombie army to take over the world.


  8. The Dancing Ghost (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #3 (Ajax, Dec 1952)
    A man becomes obsessed with a woman in a portrait, with tragic results.

  9. Stretching Things (5p, Steve Ditko, script: Bruce Hamilton)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #5 (Ajax, Jan 1954)
    A man with brittle bones is given an experimental drug that allows him to stretch his body like rubber.

    The last panel of page three of The Murder Pool is one of my favorite pre-code panels ever and I think it's even better in black and white. Stretching Things is, of course, one of the most well know pre-code horror stories because it was the first comic book story Steve Diko drew (though not the first he published). It was actually produced for Stanley Morse (of Gillmor fame) who then resold it to Iger for a profit.


11. Weird v2n9, Oct 1968, 52pp, $0.35




  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover)

  2. The Weird Dead (8p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #6 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A group of explorers encounter a feathered serpent in a South American temple said to be guarding an Aztec treasure.

  3. Skull Scavenger (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #6 (Ajax, June 1953)

    While destroying an ancient monastery, workers encounter a man who claims to be a 900-year-old alchemist seeking a locket containing the antidote that will cure him of immortality and allow him to be reunited with his love.


  4. House of Chills (8p, Carl Burgos??)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    During a food shortage after the Napoleonic wars, a German butcher turns to murder to supply his customers with meat.

  5. Devil Flower (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #7 (Ajax, Mar 1953)
    A man uses a man-eating flower he found while shipwrecked on a desert island to commit murder.

  6. And Death Makes Three (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #1 [#7] (Ajax, May 1953)
    A London woman's uncle invents a formula for invisibility and uses it to engage in bank robbery.

  7. Debt of Fear (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #4 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A chateau in modern France is visited by the red death.

12. Weird v2n10, Dec 1968, 52pp, $0.35




  1. Untitled odd facts feature (1p, inside front cover) - Reprinted from Weird v2n2

  2. Idol of Evil (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #10 (Ajax, Aug 1953)
    A stone idol comes to life to seek vengeance on the thief who stole its jewels.

  3. Death on Ice (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #6 (Ajax, June 1953)
    A group of mountain climbers scaling Mt. Everest encounter a spirit warning them to turn back.

  4. Fear of the Witch (5p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #15 (Ajax, May-June 1954)

    Every night, Richard Farson's new bride is transformed into his former lover who died in a car accident


  5. Our Green-Eyed Princess of Dumbrille (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprint of Blood Revenge, Voodoo #8 (Ajax, Apr 1954)
    The hunchback companion of a blind princess plots to take over the kingdom.

  6. A Hole in the Sky (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Journey #2 (Ajax, Nov 1957). Code-approved version of Monster in the Building, Strange Fantasy #14 (Ajax, Oct-Nov 1954)
    A detective is called in to investigate reports that a monster from space has taken up residence in an abandoned building.

  7. Torture Garden (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #13 (Ajax, Jan 1954)
    After crash-landing on a south seas island, two men are taken in by a man who'd disappeared a decade before, only to find that he wants to go hunting, with them as the prey.

  8. Mirror of Death (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #9 (Ajax, Dec 1953)
    After saving a man's life, a New York banker is given a ring that allows him to see tragedies before they happen.


Mel Lenny is no longer listed as publisher (in fact, no publisher is listed. Gene Broxson indicates Lenny was publisher thru 1974 but I don't know if this is accurate). Torture Garden is another take on Richard Connell's Most Dangerous Game. Our Green-Eyed Princess of Dumbrille is one of my least favorite Ajax/Farrell efforts and this (along with the non-horror material they reprinted) represents Ajax at its worst (overall I find Ajax to be a middling pre-code publisher at their best when they tackle offbeat and bizarre themes).

13. Weird v3n1b, Feb 1969, 52pp, $0.35


  1. Free Bonus! A Weird Horror Mask FEATURE

  2. Hissing Horror (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #4 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
    A snake-hating man on an island paradise infested with the creatures meets a beautiful and strange woman.

  3. The Game Called Dying (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #3 (Ajax, Sep 1952)
    After killing and robbing an African diamond mine owner, a thief is pursued by his severed hand.

  4. Fear Has a Name (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #12 (Ajax, Dec 1953)
    A seaman with a fear of rats steals precious jewels from an Indian temple, only to find out that it is a temple of the rat god - who seeks vengeance upon him.

  5. Nightmare Mansion (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #3 (Ajax, Oct 1952)
    A cop is drummed off the force after he suggests that a series of murders were the work of ghosts in a haunted house on his beat, but his theories are validated when he visits the house.

  6. The Devil Collects (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #15 (Ajax, May-June 1954)
    After being told he is dying from a rare tropical disease, a rubber planters sells his body to his doctor for $10,000, only to find the man having an affair with his wife.

  7. Sound of Mourning (7p, Iger Shop)

    Reprinted from Voodoo #18 (Ajax, Dec 1954)

    Terror Tales v3n3 (May 1971), Horror Tales v5n1 (Feb 1973)
    A crooked lawyer gets his client sent to the electric chair for a murder he didn't commit - but a doctor brings the man backs to life, allowing him to get his revenge


  8. The Zombi's Bride (8p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #3 (Sep 1953)
    A fruit company executive investigating the general of a mountain republic hears rumors that the general is a master zombie.

With this issue a new (and in my opinion much superior) more cartoony style of cover art begins. I am uncertain who the artist is, but it may be Bill Anderson, whom The Warren Companion lists as an Eerie cover artist (though it doesn't indicate if this is the same Bill Anderson that worked for Marvel). If this is correct (and it may well not be), Anderson may be the artist who occasionally signs his covers "Ander", whom I believe to the artist here.

Morris, the Caretaker of Weird, is gone from his inside front cover spot replaced by a cutout horror mask. While Morris would no longer introduce any issues, he would appear (unnamed) in a number of reprinted one-page features.
14. Weird v3n2, May 1969, 52pp, $0.35
Cover: Bill Anderson/Ander??


  1. Escape From Hell (4p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Fantastic Fears #5 (Ajax, Jan 1954)
    After he dies, Richard Benton finds himself in hell and begins desperately searching for an escape.

  2. Terror Town (5p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Fantasy #12 (Ajax, June-July 1954)
    A city is terrorized by a giant, living ape brain.
  3. Blood in the Sky (8p, Robert Hayward Webb)

    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #11 (Ajax, Sep 1953)
    After framing a romantic rival for murder and seeing him hanged, Lufe Wagner is caught in a rain of blood.


  4. The Empty Coffin (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprint of The Spiteful Spirit, Voodoo #5 (Ajax, Jan 1953)
    A gold-digger poisons her lover's wife only to have him go insane and his wife return from the grave.

  5. Monster Mill (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Haunted Thrills #6 (Ajax, Feb 1953)
    A scientist creates artificial life in the lab.

  6. Witch or Widow (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #14 (Ajax, Mar-Apr 1954)
    People think it odd when Jessie Wuxton's husband builds here a house in the shape of a shoe. They think its even odder when she buries 7 husbands in 20 years.

  7. Torture Travelogue (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Voodoo #9 (Ajax, June 1953)
    While on a world cruise, a woman has a dalliance with a voodoo practitioner. After she decides to leave him, she finds out it isn't as easy as she thought.

  8. Zombie Vengeance (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprint of Voodoo Vengeance, Haunted Thrills #12 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
    A ghost writer travels to a Central American country to secure the release of a political prisoner, only to find out that the country is ruled by voodoo practitioners.

This issue features my all-time favorite Eerie Pubs cover. A zombie hippie (or is it a demon hippie?) with a severed head growing from the crown of his own head is in the act of dismembering a co-ed protester, while in the background are a trio of gleeful demon hippies (or is it zombie hippies?) holding signs saying "Down with violence" and "Love Not Hate". Dave O'Dell claims that Chic stone did the cover for this issue, but I find this questionable (see comment on Terror Tales v1n8).

Ezra Jackson is now listed as art editor. This is (apparently) not a pseudonym for Myron Fass, as has been claimed in Eerie Publications' Wikipedia entry. Eerie researcher Mike Howlett claims that this is indeed the real comic book artist Ezra Jackson (and he ought to know). I am not sure how this rumor got started, but I suspect it came from a positing to The Claw's Eerie Publications website that appears to have been made by Countrywide editor Jeff Goodman.

15. Weird v3n3, July 1969, 52pp, $0.35
Cover: Bill Anderson/Ander??


  1. All This is Mine (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Midnight #3 (Ajax, Sep 1957), Code-approved version of Castle of Fright, Voodoo #12 (Ajax, Dec 1954)
    John McCleod and his wife travel to a Scottish castle to visit his uncle. When they arrive,, they find his uncle murdered and encounter the ghost of the Red Laird, who warns them to leave.

  2. Exit the Lone Ghost (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Strange Journe #3 (Ajax), Code-approved version of The Werewolf, Voodoo #1 (Ajax, May 1952)
    When a couple's car breaks down, they make their way to an old house that his haunted (its residents say) by a lone ghost.

  3. The Last Laugh (7p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Midnight #5 (Ajax, Feb 1958). Code-approved version of Death Laughs Last, Haunted Thrills #12 (Ajax, Nov 1953)
    A practical joker travels to his uncle's castle in Spain where he encounters a ghost who doesn't appreciate his sense of humor.

  4. The Gateway to Yesterday (6p, Iger Shop)
    Reprinted from Midnight #2 (Ajax, July 1957). Code-approved version of Dead or Alive?, Strange Fantasy #5 (Ajax, Apr 1953)
    A woman visiting a museum notices a mummy that looks just like her. When she takes a closer look, she finds herself transported to ancient Egypt.
  5. Ghouls Castle (8p, Iger Shop)




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