Publication Dates: October 1988 – July 1990
Number of Issues Published: 22 (#1 – #22)
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
Fright Night is a comic series spun off from the film of the same name by NOW Comics.
Charley Brewster is an average teenager who finds his world turned upside-down when vampire Jerry Dandrige moves in next door. He enlists the aid of horror movie star/TV host Peter Vincent to kill Dandrige and they’re successful—but not before Charley’s best friend, Evil Ed, is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster whom delights in tormenting his former buddy. Soon Peter and Charley team up to fend off a variety of monsters, including squid-men, a spider boy, aliens, a minotaur, an evil sorceress and the nefarious Legion of the Endless Night, a vampire coven which later resurrects Jerry Dandrige.
Aiding Peter and Charley on their adventures are Charley’s girlfriend, Natalia Hinnault, whose father has ties to the vampire underworld; Natalia’s eccentric Aunt Claudia, who is the reincarnation of Greek Princess Ariadne; and hapless bartender Derek Jones, who seems to have a magnetic attraction to unworldly beings—much to his chagrin. Frequently featured are Evil Ed’s minions, freelance reporter Dana Roberts and bartenders Donna and Jane, who all work in the nightclubs that he owns and perform in his band, Eddie and the Vamps. Also regularly seen are a group of mindless, nameless hippies who are continuously in search of a savior to follow, be it good or evil.
The series ran for 22 issues until July 1990, when NOW was forced to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, so production of the series was halted and storylines were never tied up. After corporate restructuring, the comic label briefly returned and, in 1992 and 1993, four special “annual” 3-D issues were released. Three of these were merely 3-D reprints, but the 1993 “Fright Night 3-D Halloween Annual” featured a completed but previously unpublished story entitled “Nightmares.”
3d Fall special, 3d Halloween annual, 3d Special, 3d Winter special
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