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Frightful Friday: George C. Romero's Top 5 Horror Comics

Kevin Community • Oct 8, 2021

 

The Romero name has become synonymous with the horror genre; George A. Romero, the legendary film director known for Night of the Living Dead and a number of iconic horror movies, is famous for bringing zombies into pop culture and modern monster lore. His son George C. Romero, a prolific horror storyteller, is now exploring the world of Night of the Living Dead further in his Heavy Metal comic book series The Rise, a prologue to the film which is currently being published in monthly issues of Heavy Metal Magazine.

We're excited to kick off a weekly series in October called Frightful Friday with a guest post by George C. Romero, the renowned horror author, filmmaker and producer. It goes without saying that George C. knows good horror stories, and he's picked out five of his favorites. Share yours in the comments, and be sure to check out George C.'s The Rise and historical zombie horror-war series Cold Dead War here on GlobalComix. You can get the latest issue of The Rise on October 13th in Heavy Metal Magazine #310.

And now, I hand things over to George C. Romero:


I was thrilled to be asked to write a post about my 5 favorite horror comics of all time! I think this actually hit home a bit extra for me this year because I’m just starting to open our son’s eyes to some of these, so revisiting my love for them has been relatively present in the forefront of my thoughts lately!

5. The Tomb of Dracula

 

Who doesn’t love Dracula? I think Dracula is probably a lot of horror fans first obsession when it comes to monsters, and if I’m being 100%, I’d say that Dracula paved the way for fans to accept the undead as a “thing.” Every kid I knew, including myself at the time, wanted to be Dracula on some level. He was cool, stayed up all night, and in the comics, he was constantly fighting villains which gave him a heroic element people weren’t really used to with regard to monsters.

 

4. Swamp Thing

 

Hard to go wrong with Swamp Thing as a kid in the 70s!  It had everything a kid like me needed at an early age.  There just wasn’t anything else like it out there and it was a comic, so I could openly read it in front of my mom…most of the time. The art was just bonkers for a kid like me and it basically solidified my love for the genre that had been awakened at a very early age, anyway. 

 

3. 30 Days of Night

 

This comic was pure, in my opinion. Such a simple concept and setting, and it did such a great job of preying on fears that were long instilled in readers against an unusual setting. And then it paired those things against some of the most stunning visuals I can remember seeing at the time. 

 

2. Sandman

 

So I could write an entire dissertation on Sandman. I think most comic fans could as well! Sandman was a game changer. The story and the art and the format and everything about it set a new bar for comic creators everywhere, in my opinion. I cannot tell any Sandman fans anything they don’t know and I could probably learn a lot from more hardcore fans than me, but it had a profound impact on me when I read it and I devour all things Sandman. 

 

1. Spawn

 

Is there any surprise that this hits number one? I mean really. It was glorious! It was the darkest of fantasies at the time it came out and it did such a great job of using the tone of the early 90s to bring some lighter elements into a Hell story, while at the same time really diving deep into a darkness I think fans were craving at the time.

 

ABOUT GEORGE C. ROMERO

George C. Romero is a producer, film director, and comic writer. He is one half of Romero Pictures with Rebecca Romero. The two also founded The Veterans’ Compound, a non-profit organization designed to help veterans process their experiences through filmmaking and deliver career training to find work in the film industry. 

With almost two dozen films and hundreds of commercial campaigns under his belt, George’s most recent releases are the Cold Dead War and The Rise comics published by Heavy Metal. Both inaugural issues went to second printings soon after release.  

He has written, produced, directed, and arranged financing for more than 35 film, television, and streaming projects and serves as a business consultant and mentor. Romero also works as a set/production designer. He spent his early life working in the film industry, including working on the set of iconic films like his father George A. Romero's The Dark Half, The Crucible and Road House.