The Horror of Wally Wood in Avon's Eerie #2, Up for Auction

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The Pre-Code Horror period of 1950s comics is full of weird and underappreciated gems. While we've recently discussed how the ACG series Adventures into the Unknown is considered the first ongoing horror title, the first issue of that series is not considered the first horror comic book.  That distinction belongs to Eerie #1 from publisher Avon in 1947.  Like many Avon titles of the period, Eerie (not to be confused with the Eerie of Warren Publishing magazine fame) did not initially make it past issue #1, but Avon resurrected the title in 1952 with the comic book horror market booming.  Eerie #2 has a stand-out cover and content from the legendary Wally Wood, and there's an Eerie #2 (Avon, 1951) CBCS GD+ 2.5 Off-white to white pages up for auction at the 2021 August 15-16 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122133 coming up from Heritage Auctions.

Eerie #2, Avon 1952.
Eerie #2, Avon 1952.

Eerie's publisher Avon has a strange history of its own.  The publisher began life in 1878 as J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, a publisher of dime novel material in various formats including paperback-like Thick Books.  Distributor American News Co.bought the publisher, by then partly owned by Joseph Meyers and Edna Meyers Williams, and renamed it Avon Publications.  Avon published over 100 comic titles (in comic book format) from 1945 to  1956, most of them extremely short-lived.  Avon Books also sporadically published paperback format collections of newspaper comics and similar material throughout that period and continued to do so through the mid-1990s.  The company was acquired by Hearst in 1959 and is currently a romance imprint of HarperCollins, where it has been active through at least 2019.

The 1952 relaunch of Eerie lasted for 17 issues, and Eerie #2 is one of the best of the bunch.  There's an Eerie #2 (Avon, 1951) CBCS GD+ 2.5 Off-white to white pages up for auction at the 2021 August 15-16 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122133 coming up from Heritage Auctions.

Eerie #2, Avon 1952.
Eerie #2, Avon 1952.

Eerie #2 (Avon, 1951) CBCS GD+ 2.5 Off-white to white pages. Bondage/skull cover and art by Wally Wood. CBCS notes, "Cover detached." Overstreet 2021 GD 2.0 value = $161.

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