Midnight Tales

 MIDT   (Charlton, 1972-1976)

Charlton

In the early 1970s, Charlton comics were sold in polybagged three-packs at airports, so that Mom and Pop could give junior his comics fix to keep him quiet on the plane ride to visit the grandparents in Florida. This was shrewd marketing because it assumed that, to parents, a comic book was a comic book (“Spider-Man, E-Man, what’s the difference?”), even if every kid knew that Charltons were the airplane food of the comics cafeteria. Midnight Tales is a typical 1970s Charlton horror/mystery anthology title “hosted” by voluptuous young Arachne and her mentor, the Midnight Philosopher. Creator Wayne Howard blatantly imitated the style of comic art great Wally Wood right down to his gothic signature, but at least he aimed high in his plagiarism. Consequently, Midnight Tales had the look of a seedy, off-register knock-off of an EC horror comic—putting it at the top of Charlton’s quality spectrum.

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#1

  12/1/1972
  $0.20
  $25.00
6 copies available from $1.50
 Nicola CutiWayne Howard, Jack Abel, Joe Staton

#2

  2/1/1973
  $0.20
  $81.00
6 copies available from $6.05
 Nicola CutiWayne Howard, Joe Staton, Tom Sutton

#3

  5/1/1973
  $0.20
  $29.00
2 copies available from $6.99
 Nicola CutiWayne Howard, Joe Staton, Tom Sutton

#4

  7/1/1973
  $0.20
  $22.00
4 copies available from $6.15
 Nicola CutiWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#5

  9/1/1973
  $0.20
  $29.00
5 copies available from $7.80
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#6

  11/1/1973
  $0.20
  $21.00
3 copies available from $9.99
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#7

  6/1/1974
  $0.25
  $22.00
3 copies available from $6.99
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#8

  7/1/1974
  $0.25
  $16.00
1 copy available for $19.50
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#9

  10/1/1974
  $0.25
  $20.00
2 copies available from $5.50
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#10

  12/1/1974
  $0.25
  $20.00
4 copies available from $3.14
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Joe Staton

#11

  2/1/1975
  $0.25
  $19.00
2 copies available from $6.99
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Don Newton, Joe Staton

#12

  4/1/1975
  $0.25
  $16.00
2 copies available from $3.50
ReprintsNicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Steve Ditko, Don Newton

#12 (2nd printing)

  4/1/1975
  $0.35
  $30.00
2 copies available from $10.00
Modern Comics reprintsNicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Steve Ditko, Don Newton

#13

  6/1/1975
  $0.25
  $17.00
5 copies available from $5.00
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Don Newton, Joe Staton

#14

  9/1/1975
  $0.25
  $6.50
2 copies available from $2.25
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Joe Staton, Don Newton

#15

  11/1/1975
  $0.25
  $18.00
1 copy available for $17.50
 Nicola Cuti, Wayne HowardWayne Howard, Tom Sutton, Richard Larson

#16

  1/1/1976
  $0.25
  $41.00
4 copies available from $5.99
 Wayne HowardWayne Howard

#17

  3/1/1976
  $0.25
  $77.00
2 copies available from $17.50
ReprintWayne HowardWayne Howard

#17 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $17.00
No copies available
Modern Comics ReprintWayne HowardWayne Howard

#18

  5/1/1976
  $0.30
  $19.00
1 copy available for $17.50
 Wayne HowardWayne Howard