Publisher: Charlton
Publication Dates: August 1975 – October 1984
Number of Issues Published: 46 (#1 – #46)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Publishing hiatus between #9 (February 1977) and #10 (September 1977) and again between issues #20 (July 1979) and #21 (July 1980).

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Scary Tales was a horror-suspense anthology comic book series published by Charlton Comics from 1975 to 1984. The book was “hosted” by Countess R.H. Von Bludd, an alluring female vampire in a tight-fitting dress. Artist Steve Ditko was a regular contributor to the book during its entire run.

Scary Tales was part of a wave of new horror and suspense comics published by Charlton during this period. Its sister titles, with many of the same creators, were the Charlton anthologies The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves (with host Dr. M.T. Graves), Ghostly Tales (with I.M. Dedd), Ghost Manor (with host Mr. Bones), Haunted (with Impy and then Baron Weirwulf), and Ghostly Haunts (with Winnie the Witch).

Scary Tales was published bimonthly; it went on a publishing hiatus between issues #9 and #10, which lasted from February to September 1977 (Charlton’s horror titles all went on hiatus during this period); another publishing break occurred between issues #20 and #21 (July 1979–July 1980). After the cancellation of the short-lived Charlton Bullseye showcase comic in late 1982, stories intended for that title were published in Scary Tales #36-40, which explains the superhero story “Mr. Jigsaw” in issue #38 and “Dragon Force” in issue #40. Altogether, Scary Tales published 46 issues.

Regular contributors to Scary Tales in addition to Ditko included Pat Boyette, Nicola Cuti, Joe Gill, Wayne Howard, Sanho Kim, Rich Larson, Pete Morisi, Steve Morisi, Charles Nicholas, Don Perlin, and Mike Zeck. Ghostly Haunts was edited by George Wildman for its entire run.

Horror comics in general were in decline in the early 1980s, and Charlton in particular was suffering financially. In the fall of 1984, Charlton suspended publication, and Scary Tales was cancelled along with the rest of the company’s remaining titles.







One response »

  1. John Nyberg says:

    Would it be fair to say that, apart from the Bullseye material, everything from (and including) 1978 onwards is reprints? I’ve not gone through this yet but most of the later covers look very familiar from earlier horror anthology comics and even 50s stuff like the Mysterious Traveler.


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