*Vintage Magazine-Sized Comics: In 1970, after the Warren horror comic magazines, Creepy and Eerie, had been successful for half a decade, the bandwagon jumpers were circling, and one of them was Skywald Publishing. Throwing together a bunch of Pre-Code reprints – artistically amended for added gore – and the occasional new story, they launched Nightmare, followed the next year by its companion Psycho. Quickly amassing enough success that they switched to all-new material, the stories initially read like pale imitators of the Warren line, illustrated either by newcomers to the field – Jeff and Bruce Jones, Doug Wildey, Ralph Reese – or by folks whose professional careers were, by then, largely behind them (Syd Shores, Bill Everett). However, within a very few issues, writer/editor Al Hewetson’s… unique perspective came to the fore, and the threatening but incoherent ‘Horror-Mood’, as he referred to it, became the norm. With a new, largely South American stable of artists, he created a miasmatic air of formless menace that proved successful enough to launch a third, similar title, Scream, in 1973, before Marvel (themselves launching a horror line) and Warren, reputedly, united to deny Skywald distribution. We are delighted to have more of this oddball footnote in comics history in stock, with new listings for all three Skywald ‘Horror-Mood’ titles. Nightmare #1 is FN at £25; Scream #1 VG £15, and both are illustrated here.