no 1 at the stroke of midnight

série: Tower of Shadows
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: Horreur
classement: carton131
date: 1969
format: broché
état: TBE/N
valeur: 15 €
critère: *
remarques: Tower of Shadows is a horror/fantasy anthology comic book
published by American company Marvel Comics from 1969 to 1971.
after the ninth issue, the title changed to Creatures on the Loose,
publishing a mixture of sword and sorcery features, horror/fantasy reprints
covers mostly by John Romita
and issues of good value with stories
by Wally Wood beginning with issue no 5

Tower of Shadows no 1, serie 2124, September 1969

1/ at the stroke of midnight
written and illustrated by Jim Steranko

2/ from beyond the brink
by Johnny Craig

3/ a time to die
by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Tower of shadows featured work by writer-artists Neal Adams, Jim Steranko,
Johnny Craig, and Wally Wood, writer-editor Stan Lee,
and artists John Buscema, Gene Colan, Tom Sutton,
Barry Windsor-Smith (as Barry Smith), and Bernie Wrightson,
it is unrelated to the novel The Tower of Shadows by Drew Bowling

designed to compete with DC Comics' successful launches
House of Mystery and House of Secrets,
Tower of Shadows, like its companion comic Chamber of Darkness,
sold poorly despite the roster of artists featured,
after its first few issues, the title, published bimonthly,
began including reprints of "pre-superhero Marvel" monster stories
and other SF/fantasy tales from Marvel's 1950s
and early 1960s predecessor, Atlas Comics,
after the ninth issue, the title changed to Creatures on the Loose,
and the comic became a mix of reprints
and occasional sword and sorcery/SF series (by Wally Wood)

"at the stroke of Midnight", writer-artist Jim Steranko's
lead story in the premiere issue (Sept. 1969),
won a 1969 Alley Award for Best Feature Story,
its creation had led to a rift between the celebrated Steranko and editor Lee
that caused Steranko to stop freelancing for Marvel,
the publisher that had showcased his highly influential work,
Lee had rejected Steranko's cover, and the two clashed
over panel design, dialog, and the story title,
initially "the lurking Fear at Shadow House",
according to Steranko at a 2006 panel and elsewhere,
Lee disliked or did not understand the homage to horror author H. P. Lovecraft,
and devised his own title for the story,
after much conflict, Steranko either quit or was fired,
Lee phoned him about a month later, after the two had cooled down,
and Steranko would return to produce several covers for Marvel from 1972-73

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