Lurid cover art from 1950s comic, Witches Tales


A fantastic collection of covers from the pre-Comics Code comic book Witches Tales. Too bad Fredric Wertham had to come along and spoil the fun. (Via Dooby Brain)


  1. Today I learned that being a buxom beauty in a red dress all but guarantees you’ll die a gruesome death at the hands of bizarre and supernatural forces.

  2. This is beautiful work that often even rivaled the EC output. Lee Elias and warren Kremer were just two of the top notch artists that worked on these. What inspirations these guys were and still are!

  3. Wertham didn’t help things, but he wasn’t the catalyst. If you want to blame somebody, blame the big publishers of the time — in particular National Periodicals, now DC, and Archie Comics — who saw it as a golden opportunity to kill off the competition that was cutting heavily into their sales.

    (There’s also a bit of a date problem. The hearings into juvenile delinquency that focused on comics in particular were already scheduled and, if I recall correctly, may have actually already been under way by the time Seduction of the Innocent hit the press.)

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