Creepy was an American horror-comics magazine launched by Warren Publishing in 1964. Like Mad magazine, it was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and thus did not require the approval or seal of the dreaded Comics Code Authority. The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. Each issue’s stories were introduced by the host character, Uncle Creepy. Its sister publications were Eerie and Vampirella.
Russ Jones, the founding editor of Creepy, detailed the magazine’s origins and his lengthy negotiations with Jim Warren in his memoirs: I made a sketch of my host for the mag and sent it off to Jack Davis to work up a cover. Still no title. Titles are tough. Ask anyone who ever had to come up with one. One night I was sitting in the studio alone, looking at Woody’s tear-sheets from the ECs, when Warren called. He was furious and demanded a name for Project D. I was looking at a balloon over an Ingels Old Witch, and in her narrative, the word “creepy” grabbed out at me. I muttered the name to Jim… We now had a title for our mag.”
This publication and later companion Eerie, were inspired by legendary EC Comics’ line of horror and suspense publications, from story content and host storyteller Uncle Creepy.
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