Beware (Marvel)

    (Marvel, 1973-1974)
™ and ©1972 Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Series continued as Tomb of Darkness #9

When the Comics Code was originally devised in 1954, it specifically prohibited “scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires, and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism.” Other parts of the code prohibited “scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes…” as well as “all lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations.” Almost overnight, horror comics that had been so popular in the fifties began to die off, having been stripped of both their favorite monsters and the essence of the genre. Countless stories, ready for publication, were destined for the file drawer instead.

The code was relaxed a bit in 1971, ushering in a blitz of monster and werewolf titles such as Frankenstein (The Monster Of…), Werewolf by Night, and catalog titles like Crypt of Shadows. Beware was another such Marvel effort, reprinting forgotten (and generally average) monster stories from the 1950s.

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“On the Trail of the Witch” reprinted from Tales of Suspense #27 Vic Carabotta, Jack Abel, Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott


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 Stan LeeGene Colan, John Forte


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  Al Luster, Joe Maneely, George Tuska


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 Stan LeeJay Scott Pike, Carmine Infantino, Larry Woromay


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  Vern Henkel, Tony DiPreta


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 Stan LeeDick Ayers, George Tuska, Tony DiPreta, Ed Winiarski


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Series continued in Tomb of Darkness #9; “The Helping Hand” reprinted from Marvel Tales (Vol. 1) #129; “The Black Dungeon” reprinted from Mystic #2; “The Thing that Stalks Skull Valley!” reprinted from Mystic #37; “They Walk Thru Walls!” reprinted from Astonishing Tales #56 Paul Reinman