no 1 the altar of the damned

série: Tales of the Zombie
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Horreur
classement: carton131
date: 1973
format: broché
état: TBE/N
valeur: 20 €
critère: *
remarques: a serie of 10 issues (1973-1975) >> see information,
black and white, 76 pages, 75 cents

only the first seven issues are collected here
with the logo Marvel Monster Group on the cover

Tales of the Zombie no 1, serie 2189, 1973
cover Boris Vallejo

1/ Zombie, the alter of the damned,
Simon Garth, the zombie, the living-dead
with the zombie girl Leyla
by Steve Gerber and John Buscema
part two, Zombie, a man without soul

2/ Iron-head by Dick Ayers

3/ the Thing from the bog (= mystic waters)
by Marv Wolfman and Pablo Marcos

4/ Mastermind, a Marvel mini-monsterpiece

5/ the night of the walking dead
by Steve Gerber and John Buscema

Tales of the Zombie was an American black-and-white horror comics magazine
published by Magazine Management, a corporate sibling of Marvel Comics,
the series ran 10 issues and one annual publication from 1973 to 1975,
many featuring stories of the zombie Simon Garth
by writer Steve Gerber and artist Pablo Marcos

a magazine rather than a comic book, it did not fall under the purview
of the comics industry's self-censorship Comics Code Authority,
allowing the title to feature stronger content
— such as moderate profanity, partial nudity, and more graphic violence —
than color comics of the time.

copyrighted as simply Zombie and commonly known by its trademarked cover title,
Tales of the Zombie, the magazine ran 10 issues cover-dated 1973 to March 1975,
with sister titles including Dracula Lives, Monsters Unleashed and Vampire Tales,
it was published by Marvel Comics' parent company,
Magazine Management and related corporations,
under the brand emblem Marvel Monster Group

to star in the new title, Marvel's then-editor-in-chief Roy Thomas plucked Simon Garth,
a character from a standalone, 1950s horror tale created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett,
introduced in Marvel predecessor Atlas Comics' Menace #5 (July 1953),
this was a story published prior
to the comics industry's self-censorship Comics Code Authority,
which among other strictures forbade zombies,
this seven-page story was reprinted in Tales of the Zombie #1
(with the art slightly altered to give Simon Garth shoulder-length rather than short hair)
as the continuation of a new, 12-page prequel story
co-scripted by Thomas and Steve Gerber
and drawn by John Buscema and Tom Palmer

following the premiere, all the Zombie stories were by Gerber and artist Pablo Marcos
(one of these in collaboration with writer Doug Moench and artist Alfredo Alcala),
the original series' finale, set at Garth's daughter's wedding in issue #9,
was a three-chapter story written by Tony Isabella
(chapter 2 with co-scripter Chris Claremont),
drawn by pencilers Virgilio Redondo, Yong Montano, and Ron Wilson, respectively,
and inker by Alcala (chapters 1-2) and Marcos (chapter 3),

Simon Garth was laid to peaceful rest in Tales of the Zombie #9;
the following, final issue contained a Brother Voodoo story and three anthological tales
(Brother Voodoo also appeared in a backup feature in issue #6.)

in addition to reprinting the original 1950s Simon Garth story,
the magazine reprinted other pre-Comics Code stories,
including work by artists Win Mortimer and Tony DiPreta,
painted covers to the series were done by artists
including Boris Vallejo and Earl Norem

an annual publication formally titled Tales of the Zombie Annual
was published in 1975, reprinting stories from the magazine
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