(October 1973)

Western, 1972 Series
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Price
0.50 USD
Pages
132
Indicia Frequency
six times per year
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
Gold Key
Editing
?

Issue Notes

Cover code: 92501-310
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
George Wilson (painted)
Inks
George Wilson (painted)
Colors
George Wilson (painted)

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Brad Stewart

Indexer Notes

Based on the story The Fire Worshippers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

The Slime Thing (Table of Contents: 3)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Don Glut
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Spicer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is not the first time that Theodore Golderson, multi-millionaire owner of a prosperous chemical plant, has been picketed!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Boris Karloff; Theodore Golderson; Professor Lohr
Synopsis
Golderson's chemical plant creates a slime thing.

The Fire Worshippers (Table of Contents: 4)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Roy
Inks
Mike Peppe
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fire worshippers honoring their god of fire -- observe how they walk unharmed through a river of burning coals!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Boris Karloff; Brad Stewart
Synopsis
Brad Stewart tries to steal an idol by using chemicals to let him walk across burning coals.
Reprints

The Door of Doom! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Draut
Inks
Bill Draut ?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In a weird New Orleans curio shop...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Carl Denver; Trudy Denver; Cagliostro; Countess Duroc; Count Duroc; Fritz Ulrich
Synopsis
The Denvers buy a cursed paperweight.
Reprints

Mystic Journey (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Thorne
Inks
Frank Thorne
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Perhaps we should start our bizarre journey into the oddities of present-day man with this prehistoric skull of the nutcracker man!
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

An explorer tells the reader a variety of acts about humans and animals.

A Taste of Money (Table of Contents: 7)

Tales of the Macabre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Don Glut
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Spicer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The erupting sounds of blasting guns roar over the noises of traffic... as Joe Techter and Carl Zangerl run from the bank of a small southern town...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Joe Techter; Carl Zangerl
Synopsis
Two bank robbers get away in a plane, but crash in a valley with dinosaurs.

The Man Who Lived In Yesterday (Table of Contents: 8)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Frank Bolle
Inks
Frank Bolle
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come in... come in, Seth, darling! - If you really love me, you will follow!..
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Linda; Seth Parker; Boris Karloff; Emile
Synopsis
Linda is convinced she is a witch and has Seth join her on a journey into the past.
Reprints

Miracle From the Deep (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Gill
Inks
Tom Gill ?
Colors
?
Letters
Tom Gill

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the spring of 1871, a schooner off the New Zealand coast makes her run through French Pass, a treacherous strip studded with submerged rocks and hidden rocks...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Robertson; Jack
Synopsis
Jack the porpoise leads ships through a dangerous pass.
Reprints

The Curse of the Scharnhorst (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Fred Fredericks
Inks
Fred Fredericks
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Fredericks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Germany, as the Nazis prepare for the coming war...
Genre
non-fiction; war
Characters
Adolf Hitler
Synopsis
The curse of the German ship Scharnhorst.
Reprints

The Evil of Xorkon (Table of Contents: 11)

Tales of Sword and Sorcery / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Don Glut
Pencils
Jesse Santos
Inks
Jesse Santos
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Spicer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What prompts a man to place his life in mortal danger?
Genre
sword and sorcery
Characters
Duroc; Lorlee; Xorkon
Synopsis
Duroc falls in love with a mermaid who saved his life.

Indexer Notes

Features Duroc (a proto-Dagar character). Duroc actually shows up in Dagar's strip, although his appearance is changed.

Valley of the Monsters (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Luis Dominguez
Inks
Luis Dominguez
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The elder and the young man sat on plush pillows amid a tropical garden bathed in sunlight as they talked
Characters
Pooka; Irach; Anthony Bridges; Clare Palmer; Dr. Lakeridge; Don Boyle; Paul Carson; Targo
Synopsis
A plane lands into a valley paradise in the Himalaya Mountains.

Indexer Notes

Illustrated text story, 16 text pages, 5 illustrated pages.

Burn, Witch, Burn (Table of Contents: 13)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Heck
Inks
Mike Peppe
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A violent thunderstorm, a car racing through the night, and a lonely road near Salem, Mass!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Boris Karloff; Duke; Joe; Abigail Whiteside; Mephisto (cat)
Synopsis
Two bank robbers car stops working and they are forced to go into Abigail's house.
Reprints

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Table of Contents: 14)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sal Trapani
Inks
Sal Trapani
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This is a genuine voodoo doll, very dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Boris Karloff; Casper Gumm; Nancy; Harold; Annie
Synopsis
Casper buys a voodoo doll and then discovers it actually works.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

See Twilight Zone (Gold Key, 1962 series) #49 (May 1973) text story.

The Screaming Skull (Table of Contents: 15)

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jeff Jones
Inks
Jeff Jones
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Psychiatrist Dr. Dan Brothers has heard many strange stories, but none more eerie than that of his friend, Max Kidron...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Boris Karloff; Max Kidron; Dan Brothers
Synopsis
An archeologist can't sleep because of a skull he took from a tomb screams at him.
Reprints

How Green Was My Thumb (Table of Contents: 16)

Midnight Mysteries / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Don Glut
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Spicer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was midnight when Jerry Conway, weary from his long hike through the raging downpour, saw the building.
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Jerry Conway; Mr. Strang; Midnight (cat)
Synopsis
In an out-of-the-way hotel, the owner kills some guests and steals their money.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  2. 1. ["It's magic!"]
  3. 2. Contents
  4. 3. The Slime Thing
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  5. 4. The Fire Worshippers
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  6. 5. The Door of Doom!
  7. 6. Mystic Journey
  8. 7. A Taste of Money
    Tales of the Macabre
  9. 8. The Man Who Lived In Yesterday
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  10. 9. Miracle From the Deep
  11. 10. The Curse of the Scharnhorst
  12. 11. The Evil of Xorkon
    Tales of Sword and Sorcery
  13. 12. Valley of the Monsters
  14. 13. Burn, Witch, Burn
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  15. 14. Oh, You Beautiful Doll
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  16. 15. The Screaming Skull
    Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery
  17. 16. How Green Was My Thumb
    Midnight Mysteries
  18. 17. ["Riddle: It fits in your pocket. It's full of your favorite cartoons. It comes out six times a year. What is it?"]
  19. 18. ["It's golden fun time... anytime of the year!"]
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