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1952 Series

Publisher: Fawcett
Publication Dates: June 1952 – February 1953
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#1 – #5)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series

1954 Series

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: January-February 1954 – November 1954
Number of Issues Published: 7 (#16 – #22)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues from Lawbreakers Suspense Stories (Charlton, 1953 series) #15
Numbering continues with This Is Suspense (Charlton, 1955 series) #23

1955 Series

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: October 1955 – October 1965
Number of Issues Published: 51 (#27 – #77)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues from This Is Suspense (Charlton, 1955 series) #26
Numbering continues with Captain Atom (Charlton, 1965 series) #78

1967 Series

Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: October 1967 – September 1969
Number of Issues Published: 9 (#1 – #9)
Color: Four Color
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Strange Suspense Stories was a comic book published in two volumes by Fawcett Comics and Charlton Comics in the 1950s and 1960s. Starting out as a horror/suspense title, the first volume gradually moved toward eerie fantasy and weird science fiction, before ending as a vehicle for the superhero Captain Atom. The title’s second volume was more in the horror/suspense vein. Altogether, 72 issues of Strange Suspense Stories were published.

Notable contributors included Steve Ditko, Vince Alascia, Jim Aparo, Pat Boyette, George Evans, Joe Gill, Frank McLaughlin, Bill Molno, Rocke Mastroserio, Sheldon Moldoff, Charles Nicholas, Denny O’Neil, Joe Shuster, and Steve Skeates.

Fawcett Comics debuted Strange Suspense Stories in June 1952, featuring artwork by (among others) George Evans and Sheldon Moldoff. The title ran for five issues under Fawcett. In 1954-55, Charlton acquired a stable of comic book properties from Fawcett Publications, which was shutting down its comics division. Charlton continued publishing two of Fawcett’s horror books—This Magazine Is Haunted and Strange Suspense Stories, initially using unpublished material from Fawcett’s inventory.

In a quirk common to the publisher, Charlton’s Strange Suspense Stories started not with issue #6 (continuing the Fawcett numbering) nor with issue #1, but with issue #16, continuing the numbering of a cancelled crime/horror series, Lawbreakers Suspense Stories—which itself had continued the numbering of the crime comic Lawbreakers. Both of those earlier titles were decidedly pre-Comics Code books, featuring murders, gruesome covers, and scantily-clad women.

Artistic chores were then handed to Steve Ditko, whose moody, individualistic touch came to dominate Charlton’s supernatural line.

Charlton’s Strange Suspense Stories ran seven issues to #23 (Nov. 1954) before being temporarily retitled This is Suspense! After four issues under that name, the title reverted to Strange Suspense Stories, picking up with issue #27 (Oct. 1955).

Artwork from Strange Suspense Stories was used as inspiration for artist Roy Lichtenstein’s 1965/1966 Brushstroke series, including Brushstroke and Big Painting No. 6. The panels in question came from the story “The Painting,” with art by Dick Giordano, in issue #72 (Oct. 1964).

As the industry moved into the Silver Age, Charlton shifted Strange Suspense Stories to a more heroic vein, reprinting short Captain Atom adventures beginning with issue #75 (June 1965). With issue #78 (Dec. 1965), Charlton renamed the title Captain Atom. The Captain Atom title lasted until issue #89 (Dec. 1967) before being cancelled.

In 1967, Charlton revived the title for another run, this time with a more straight-ahead horror focus. Stories were written by Steve Skeates and Denny O’Neil, and the book was edited by Sal Gentile. Strange Suspense Stories vol. 2 lasted nine issues until Sept. 1969.

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UPDATE 02-11-2016

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