I just love this comic cover. Soon as I saw it I wanted to keep a copy for later revisiting. I say that but I have so many things like this that I never get back to. Burn them onto dvdr's and forget about them. Maybe when I retire. The cover might be the best thing about the book. I sure like that pose and the creepy skull guy. I'd probably have bought that comic if I had seen it on a newstand but I wasn't around in 1952 to pick it up. It's an Avon Comic. They broke into the publishing world in 1941 and for a while they published a lot of comic books. I'd never seen a copy of City of the Living Dead for sale but it wasn't something I was looking for either. It doesn't have a number and looks like it was a one shot from the little mention on the internet. I don't know where my Overtreet Priceguide is right now or I could look it up. Maybe they'd have something about it. Oh well. It'll turn up.
I found this over at the Digital Comic Museum. It's a place, like the Internet Archive, that collects public domain material and puts it out for people to download for free. The DCM only deals in comic books, old comic books, ones published before the mid-1950's. They are better organized than the IA, but you've got to register before you can download stuff. No charge, easy to do, downloads are quick. The comics are sorted by company and title. Not all runs are complete by any means but there are plenty of entertaining books to be seen. In the Avon section I found several issues of The Saint, a comic book adaptation of the Leslie Charteris crime series about my favorite globetrotting rapscallion Simon Templer. They weren't as good as the prose work but entertaining for me who has always had a soft spot for the TV series with Roger Moore. I have read many of the novels and collections of short stories and pretty much enjoyed them.
I thought the ads were fun to look at. Here's the best from the issue. The story art is really colorful and interesting to look at, even if it's not all great. The first story in the book is the strongest in art and writing. It's titled City of the Living Dead and the art's by A. C. Hollingsworth. I don't know who wrote it. A group of archologists travel to Mexico, and against the advice of the locals, they go to a dangerous and forbidden city populated by the living dead. I know when I hear about that sort of place I immediately want to rush over and see what's up. Lots of people die. Like that's a big surprise. The stories are about average for a horror comic, certainly not EC quality but readable. There are three more stories and a two page prose story. It's a good reason to stop in at the Digital Comic Museum and take a look around. They have lots of other entertaining books to look at. Lots of horror, science fiction, crime, western, humor and romance comics to pick from. Here's the Hollingworth splash page and the one to the witches story. That's some weird ass shit, huh.