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Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) comic books

  • Issue #10
    Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) 10

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    Startling Terror Tales (1952) is a comic published by Star. Prepare to lose your mind with fear with the stories "A Star Presentation", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (pencils by Wally Wood, inks by Harrison; 25 pages). Back-up story, "The Repulsive Dwarf" (art by Wood). Jay Disbrow/L. B. Cole cover. 32 pages, full color, 7-in x 10-in. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #11
    Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) 11

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    Variant cover with black background on title by L. B. Cole. The Ghost Spider of Death!! Pre-Code horror and crime comics from L. B. Cole's Star Publications. This was actually the first cover printed, a misprint with the black background on the logo. It was replaced with a blue background, but approximately 10 percent of issues have the black background. In an issue-length tale reprinted from Fox's Feature Presentation Black Tarantula (1950) #5, vampiric Count Rorret makes beautiful maiden Elthena his undead slave, by tricking her into believing she can live eternally with the commoner she loves. But the scheme is Rorret's undoing when her lover Leopold refuses to play along. Fairly mild for a pre-Code horror comic, except for the vampires turning into gigantic black tarantulas when they attack their prey. Classic horror cover by L. B. Cole. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #12
    Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) 12

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    L.B. Cole cover. Contains original and reprinted material as noted. In order of appearance: "The Tyrant of Terror" art by George Peltz; "Madhouse of Crime!!" retitled and reprinted from "Constantine, The Killer" in Famous Crimes (1948) #8; "The Payoff-Prison!!" retitled and reprinted from "Sadie Krum, Girl Bandit" in Famous Crimes (1948) #1, which was reprinted from Blue Beetle (1939 Fox/Holyoke) #52; "Fool-Proof Scheme"; and "White Hand Horror!!" retitled and reprinted from "Wild Bill Lovett!" in Murder Incorporated (1948 1st Series) #10. "Trial and Execution." text story retitled and reprinted from "Mr. Blackburn Should Have Known Better." in Crimes by Women (1948) #14, which was reprinted from Famous Crimes (1948) #8, and reprinted in Shocking Mystery Cases (1952) #55. 36 pages. Full color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #13
    Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) 13

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    Cover by L. B. Cole. Stories and art by Jay Disbrow and others. Pre-Code horror and crime comics from L. B. Cole's Star Publications. A scientist accidentally contacts a hideous alien from beyond the stars, and she's got a crush on him. Jungle hero Jo-Jo, Congo King and his mate discover The Garden of Lost Maidens. Killer Leonard Scarnici strikes terror in the lawful and lawless alike with his viciousness, but a redheaded beauty proves to be his downfall. Another classic horror cover by L. B. Cole. Love from a Gorgon; Burning Sands of Death; Jo-Jo: The Medicine Men Murders; Jo-Jo: Terror of the Lost Maidens; The "Lone Wolf" of Fear. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.

  • Issue #14
    Startling Terror Tales (1952-53 1st Series) 14

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    Cover by L. B. Cole. Stories and art by Jay Disbrow and others. Pre-Code horror and crime comics from L. B. Cole's Star Publications. Prohibition-era Chicago hoods think they're being arrested, but the cops turn out to be the architects of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Teen hood Jack Hammer graduates to truck hijacking, but a scheme for revenge proves his undoing. Trapped by the Color of Blood; The Man Died; The Shocking Massacre; The Bloody Era...!; The "Lone Wolf" of Fear. Final issue of the series; followed by Startling Terror Tales (1953-54 2nd Series) #4. 32 pages, Full Color. Cover price $0.10.