Comic Book Stand, 1975

Comic Book Rack, 1975

Photo via Detective21

Oh, how they gleam with fresh-off-the-press-ness. I can smell them from here.

Horror titles (comics and magazines) were immensely popular at the time, and comic back issues will cost you a grip today, even in poor condition. The genre saw a huge resurgence in the ’70s for a number of reasons, all of them mutually reinforcing: the commercial success of 1968’s Night of the Living Dead and especially Rosemary’s Baby; changes in the Comics Code (1971) that permitted the depiction of “vampires, ghouls and werewolves”; the proliferation of syndicated horror showcases across the nation: Fright Night (1970), Creature Double Feature (circa 1972), Chiller Thriller (circa 1974), etc. (I’ll post some of the intros later on Facebook.)

As much as I love The Tomb of Dracula and all of Marvel’s monster titles, DC really set the comics standard with The Unexpected, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, and Ghosts. Weird War (not pictured here) was a brilliant combination of the horror and war genres. If I had a choice of a full run, that’s the one I’d want.

Above the comics you’ll see some magazines, including Monsters Unleashed, Vampirella, and Famous Monsters of Filmland. The pile of Mad magazines on the bottom right is #174. Cheap!

Mad #174

2 Responses to “Comic Book Stand, 1975”

  1. 1 leftylimbo October 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Lol, what a nice rack (pun intended).

    If it even counts as a comic, I was actually really into Mad Magazine at the time, thanks to my dad, who collected them. Mad’s awesome staff of illustrators were also a huge inspiration for me, too, as a young artist.

    Luckily the issues from that time are going for cheap on Ebay. I’ve really wanted to recollect a bunch of issues I remember from ’76 to ’79.

  1. 1 Richard Alf at the Opening of Comic Kingdom, 1975 | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on April 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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