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Eerie CGC Magazines

In 1966 Warren Publishing in an effort to expand, was about to launch a new title called Eerie, the word through the grape- vine was that a rival company was also planning to launch a title called Eerie. To circumvent and assure the copyrights to the title Eerie Jim Warren had an ash can edition of Eerie #1 put together in 24 hours. The ashcan copy of #1 was then rushed by courier to Washington, D. C. to have it copyrighted, and there were two other couriers who had the job of delivering copies to four different states so that Eerie #1 could be quickly sold, thus establishing Warren’s right to the name. The real issue #1 was still in production and was released as issue #2. The first few issues of Creepy were edited by Russ Jones. In 1965 Archie Goodwin succeeded him, with Joe Orlando acting as a behind-the-scenes story editor. Archie Goodwin, who would become one of comics' foremost and most influential writers, helped to establish the company as a major force in its field. After 17 issues of Creepy and 11 of Eerie, Goodwin resigned as editor in 1967. Goodwin wrote many of the stories in those issues and they are still considered by most to be some of the best of those two titles. There were a number of future and current great artist in those issues as well, Neal Adams, Wallace Wood, Johnny Craig, Gene Colan, Al Williamson, Jack Davis, Alex Toth and Steve Ditko. Steve Ditko produced some of his best work to date, influenced by Frank Frazetta and Wallace Wood, his art was very different from that which was normally seen in previous titles like Spider-man. Ditko’s pencils were ink-washed – this added a depth and boldness. By publishing graphic stories in a magazine format to which the Code did not apply, Warren paved the way for such later graphic-story magazines as the American version of Heavy Metal; Marvel Comics' Epic Illustrated; Psycho and other "horror- mood" series from Skywald Publications; and Warren's own line of magazines.