(June 1969)

Western, 1965 Series
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Price
0.15 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1969-04-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Dell/Western Eight-Digit Code
10208-906
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Edited out of Western Publishing's New York offices. Subtitled "True Demons and Monsters" on the cover and interior logos. On-sale date from 1969 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.

The Demon of Beachy-Head (Table of Contents)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Wilson (painting)
Inks
George Wilson (painting)
Colors
George Wilson (painting)
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; historical; horror-suspense; non-fiction
Characters
Demon of Beachy-Head; Ray De Vekey
Synopsis
In a composite image, The Demon of Beachy-Head is about to throw Ray De Vekey over a cliff to his doom in the background, while the Demon rises from the watery depths in the foreground.
Reprints
Keywords
castle; chains; cliff; demon; historical setting; terror; watery doom

Indexer Notes

Art credit from Alberto Becattini.

Mighty "Matchbox" Rug Rally (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Matchbox / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The Demon of Beachy-Head (Table of Contents: 2)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
José Delbo
Inks
José Delbo
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One eerie day in the 1940's, as an adventurous teenager collects birds' eggs along the chalk crags of Beachy-Head, England... Suddenly...
Feature Logo
Ripley's Believe It or Not! True Demons and Monsters [Western Logo 2]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; historical; horror-suspense; non-fiction
Characters
Demon of Beachy-Head [Sir Robert]; teenage girl; constable; old abbot; various servants; various peasants; Ray De Vekey (spirit medium); De Vekey's hooded followers
Synopsis
In the 1940's, a constable tells a panicked teenage girl, who has seen "a huge creature in chains" up on Beachy-Head, the story behind her sighting. Later, in 1952, spirit medium Ray De Vekey has a final showdown with the feared Demon of Beachy-Head. Who will reign victorious?
Reprints
Keywords
16th century; 1940's; 1952; castle; cliff; demon; historical setting; legend; terror

Indexer Notes

Cover story. This story is adapted in the text story "The Fiend of Beachy Head" in Mystery Comics Digest (Gold Key, 1972 series) #4 (June 1972).

Return of the Monsters (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Certa
Inks
Joe Certa
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For generations now, people of our northwestern backwoods country had talked of "Big Foot" the monstrous gorilla-like creature which was reported to be hiding back in the remote uninhabited forests.
Genre
adventure
Characters
"Big Foot" (aka "Yeti" or "Sasquatch")
Synopsis
Accounts of recent "Big Foot" sightings in 1967 and 1964. "Recent", of course, for a comic published in 1969.
Reprints
Keywords
"Big Foot"; 1964; 1967

Indexer Notes

© 1969, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Ripley’s story.

The Horror of Lincoln's Inn (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Roy
Inks
Mike Roy
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One night in 1913, a fearful scream resounds through Lincoln's Inn, London's famed law building...
Genre
adventure; fantasy-supernatural; historical; horror-suspense
Characters
winged demon; bystanders; old barrister; young lawyer; London Bobby; Scotland Yard inspector; two inquiring newsmen
Synopsis
A winged demon, casting the shadow of a huge bat, inhabits a famed London building.
Reprints
Keywords
1913; demon; England; London

Indexer Notes

© 1969, Western Publishing Company, Inc. Not officially a Ripley’s story.

Gold Key Comics Club News (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Gold Key Comics Club / preview (from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Reader's Page Monsters (Table of Contents: 6)

Gold Key Comics Club / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Drawings of various monsters, submitted by readers.

Military Men - Your Credit Is Good! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Military Diamond Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Jokes on You (Table of Contents: 8)

Gold Key Comics Club / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why is money like a secret?
Characters
Gold Key Kid
Synopsis
Jokes and riddles submitted by readers.
Keywords
jokes; riddles

The Foxes of Doom (Table of Contents: 9)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Roy
Inks
Mike Peppe
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the legend-shrouded hills of County Meath, Ireland...
Feature Logo
Ripley's Believe It or Not! True Demons and Monsters [Western Logo 2]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; historical; non-fiction
Characters
two fox-hunters; many supernatural foxes; the first Viscount Gormanston; 1st Gormanston's servants; the 12th Viscount Gormanston; 12th Gormanston's servants; various peasants; the 13th Viscount Gormanston; Lady Gormanston; Gormanston's two young sons, the 14th Viscount Gormanston; two doctors
Synopsis
Early in the 20th century, one fox-hunter tells another of the legend of "The Doom of the Gormanstons" and the eerie presence of a frightening number of foxes that herald the death of generations of Gormanstons.
Reprints
Keywords
death; fear; foxes; historical setting; Ireland; legend; ominous moment

Indexer Notes

Reworked into a one-page text story, "The Foxes of Death" in Ripley's Believe It or Not! (Western, 1965 Series) #60 (February 1976).

In this comics version, the family name is spelled "Gormanston". In the later text version, the family name is spelled "Gormanstown".

Various accounts of the story can be found on the Internet, such as this one published in 2018. https://jackhammersley.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/gormanston-castle-a-tale-o…

The Monster of Croglin Grange (Table of Contents: 10)

Ripley's Believe It or Not! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sal Trapani
Inks
Sal Trapani
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Jon D'Agostino

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ellen Demming and her two brothers have been most happy living at Croglin Grange in Cumberland, until one summer night when Ellen retires to her bedroom to escape the oppressive heat...
Feature Logo
Ripley's Believe It or Not! True Demons and Monsters [Western Logo 2]
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense; non-fiction
Characters
Ellen Demming; Ellen's two brothers; werewolf; doctor; hunting party
Synopsis
A werewolf attacks Ellen Demming, causing the Demmings to flee their Croglin Grange home. After several months abroad, the Demmings return and Ellen is attacked once again.
Reprints
Keywords
werewolf

Prehistoria Neanderthal Man (Table of Contents: 11)

Gold Key Comics Club / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
One hundred thousand years ago, the most primitive type of human, Neanderthal Man, roamed wide areas of Europe and Asia.
Genre
non-fiction
Keywords
educational feature; Neanderthal Man; prehistory

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text article on Neanderthal Man. Copyright 1969 by Western Publishing Company, Inc.

["Two Bells", But is All Well?] (Table of Contents: 12)

Gold Key Comics Club Mini-Comics / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
bell-ringer; female friend
Synopsis
A tower bell-ringer zips in and out of sight, to the dismay of a female friend.
Keywords
bells; puzzlement; tower

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Top half of page. On final interior page of the comic.

[Flower's Fleeting Fame] (Table of Contents: 13)

Gold Key Comics Club Mini-Comics / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Sign: "Win a Flower Club prize for most exotic plant"
Genre
humor
Characters
huge flowering plant; contestant; judge; photographer
Synopsis
A would-be trophy winner enters a huge flowering plant in a flower show.
Keywords
exotic plant; fame-is-fleeting; flower show; trophy; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Pantomime. Lower half of page. On final interior page of the comic.

Large - Fluorescent Colored Posters (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Artko Studios, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

3 Complete Fishing Outfits (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Niresk Discount Sales / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Demon of Beachy-Head
    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  2. 1. Mighty "Matchbox" Rug Rally
    Matchbox
  3. 2. The Demon of Beachy-Head
    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  4. 3. Return of the Monsters
  5. 4. The Horror of Lincoln's Inn
  6. 5. Gold Key Comics Club News
    Gold Key Comics Club
  7. 6. Reader's Page Monsters
    Gold Key Comics Club
  8. 7. Military Men - Your Credit Is Good!
    Military Diamond Sales
  9. 8. Jokes on You
    Gold Key Comics Club
  10. 9. The Foxes of Doom
    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  11. 10. The Monster of Croglin Grange
    Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  12. 11. Prehistoria Neanderthal Man
    Gold Key Comics Club
  13. 12. ["Two Bells", But is All Well?]
    Gold Key Comics Club Mini-Comics
  14. 13. [Flower's Fleeting Fame]
    Gold Key Comics Club Mini-Comics
  15. 14. Large - Fluorescent Colored Posters
    Artko Studios, Inc.
  16. 15. 3 Complete Fishing Outfits
    Niresk Discount Sales
This issue was most recently modified by:
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