Publication Dates: July-August 1972 – November 1975
Number of Issues Published: 24 (#1 – #24)
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Information thanks to the Grand Comic Database
Weird Mystery Tales was a mystery horror anthology published by DC Comics from July-August 1972 to November 1975.
The title Weird Mystery Tales was first used for DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4 in 1971. It reprinted stories from My Greatest Adventure #8, 12, 14, 15, and 20; Sensation Mystery #110 and 116; House of Secrets #2; The Phantom Stranger #1; Tales of the Unexpected #15 and 24; and House of Mystery #49.
The Weird Mystery Tales series was launched in July-August 1972 and was originally hosted by Destiny, but was gradually taken over by Eve, who fully assumed the title with issue #15 (December 1974-January 1975). The title’s name was partially inspired by the sales success of Weird War Tales and Weird Western Tales. Early issues printed material by Jack Kirby that had been intended for his black-and-white, magazine-size DC comic, Spirit World, which lasted only one issue. These stories featured Dr. E. Leopold Maas as host, sometimes with an appended hosting segment by Destiny.
Weird Mystery Tales contributors in addition to Kirby included Alfredo Alcala, Tony DeZuniga, Michael Kaluta, Howard Purcell, Nestor Redondo, and Bernie Wrightson.
In 1996, DC released a free ashcan edition titled Weird Mystery Tales, with the tagline, “Welcome to the Dark Side of DC”; it was written by Adam Philips and drawn by Anthony Williams.