Publication Dates: 1964 – February 1983
Number of Issues Published: 145 (#1 – #145)
Color: Color cover; Black & White Interior, Occasional Color Inserts
Dimensions: Magazine size
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding: Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound (#64-65, 73-on?)
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine
Numbering continues with Creepy (Harris Comics, 1985 series) #146
Information thanks to the Grand Comic Database
Also 2 yearbooks 1968,1969
Creepy was an American horror-comics magazine launched by Warren Publishing in 1964. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and thus did not require the approval or seal of the Comics Code Authority. The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. Each issue’s stories were introduced by the host character, Uncle Creepy. Its sister publications were Eerie and Vampirella.
Joe Orlando was not only an illustrator for Creepy but also a behind-the-scenes story editor on early issues. His credit on the first issue masthead read: “Story Ideas: Joe Orlando.” Bill Pearson also worked on the first issue.
This publication and later companion Eerie, were inspired by EC Comics’ line of horror and suspense publications, from story content and host storyteller Uncle Creepy (similar to EC’s GhouLunatics) to Warren’s use of many former EC artists. The EC tone for Warren was furthered with the addition of Blazing Combat, a gritty war comic that recalled EC’s war titles, Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. On those merits alone, the earlier efforts of the Warren line were relatively well regarded by the small cadre of organized comics fandom of the era.
A variety of editors continued to manage Creepy after Goodwin’s second departure, including Billy Graham and J. R. Cochran. William Dubay, who had started at Warren as an artist with issue 32 in 1970 would become editor of the magazine for issues 50 through 78, except for a short period of time in 1974 where Goodwin returned for issues 61 through 64. During this period the frequency of Creepy and Warren’s other magazines was upped to nine issues per year.
132,133 Yearbook 1970
Limited Series Book 1-4
30, Yearbook 1968,1969