Wednesday, May 1, 2019

GOLD KEY'S 'BORIS KARLOFF THRILLER' (PART 1)


BORIS KARLOFF THRILLER
Vol. 1 No. 1
October 1962
K.K. Publications, Inc. (Gold Key Comics)
Editor: Bill Harris?
Cover: Photo of Boris Karloff
Pages: 80
Cover price: 25 cents

CONTENTS
"Gleam of Evil"
Script: ?
Art: Mike Sekowsky: Mike Peppe

"The Crystal Ball"
Script: ?
Art: Ray Bailey

"The Man Who Vanished"
Script: ?
Art: Tom Gill

"The Green Monkey"
Script: ?
Art: Mike Sekowsky: Mike Pepe

"A Haunted Honeymoon"
Script: ?
Art: Tom Gill

"Vengeance of the Frigorifique"
Script: ?
Art: Tom Gill

"Past and Present Danger"
Script: ?
Art: Alberto Giolitti

"The Hand in the Wall"
Script: ?
Art: Jerry Robinson

"Into the Blue"
Script: ?
Art: Tom Gill

"The Plague of Gornau"
Script: Leo Dorfman
Art: Alberto Giolitti

"The Dream"
Script: ?
Art: Tom Gill

"The Tracks"
Script: ?
Art: Bob Fujitani

"Before you read another word - - - lock your doors!" So says the beginning of Gold Key's comic book adaptation of the TV series, THRILLER. Hosted by Boris Karloff, THRILLER ran for two seasons in 1961-1962 with a total of 67 telecast episodes. Stephen King called it "the best of its kind" up until then (which means in his eyes, it upstaged THE TWILIGHT ZONE). The show succumbed to the pre-emption of other shows in its stead after two seasons.

For sale just in time for Halloween, the stories were a mixed bag of mystery, suspense, fantasy and horror drawn by Gold Key's bullpen of reliable, B-list artists. With the demise of the TV show, the 80-page giant format morphed into the regular-sized BORIS KARLOFF'S TALES OF MYSTERY with number three, and ran for a whopping 95 issues!



































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