The Witching Hour

Published
April 1982
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 AUD
Colour
Black & white
Size
Magazine size (205mm x 275mm)
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic
Branding
Murray Comics (Black)
 
Murray Comics (Black)
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/1237020

Credits

Editing
?

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Show/hide Cover Untitled Cover, 1 page

"In these fear-filled pages it's always midnight"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Characters
Cynthia; Mildred; Mordred

Credits

Art
?
Joe Orlando (original)
Colours
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino
Editing
Joe Orlando (original managing editor)
Jack C. Harris (original editor)

Reprint history

Based on
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #191 — Untitled (page 1)

Notes

This cover is based on the back portion of the wraparound cover on The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #191 (May-June 1979), with the positions of the three witches moved and explicit science fiction reference removed except the moons. The colours are significantly different from the US printing.

Show/hide 1. Here Comes Murray Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"Here comes Murray with comics for the 80's. Fun for everyone with Mighty Murray Comics. Look for Murray on the great Murray Comics."

Details

Printed
1981? to 1982?
More...
Here Comes Murray

Notes

This black and white version was generally used on the inside back cover, sometimes on the inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Witching Hour Spectacular Comic story, 2 pages

"Come, dear reader, come along!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
[G-138]; [N-785]
Characters
Cynthia; Mildred; Mordred

Credits

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Dick Giordano
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original credited editor)
E. Nelson Bridwell (actual original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #2 (April-May 1969)
No title recorded

Notes

This printing is probably sourced from the reprint in The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974). The table of contents in that issue calls this "Meet the Three Witches".

Show/hide 3. The Ever Constant Drum! (Cynthia's Tale…) Comic story, 8 pages

"Since the time is ripe for tales, let me pluck one out of the shadows of the African jungle!"

Featuring

Feature
Cynthia's Tale…
Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
G-229
Characters
Cynthia (host)

Credits

Script
David Kaler (credited)
Pencils
Reginald Pitt (layouts, credited)
Stanley Pitt (credited)
Inks
Stanley Pitt (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original credited editor)
E. Nelson Bridwell (actual original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974)
Cynthia's Tale... The Ever Constant Drum!

Notes

Stanley and Reginald Pitt are Australian; this is one of their few US credits.

Show/hide 4. A Ghastly Revenge Comic story, 8 pages

"You think you've heard everything?"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
B-1399
Characters
Mildred (host)

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler
Art
Alfredo Alcala
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #46 (September 1974)
A Ghastly Revenge
Show/hide 5. Bring Me Back to Life Comic story, 6 pages

"Not a bad brew, Mildred, but I Mordred have cooked up a delicious main course!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
[J-5789]
Characters
Mordred (host); John Benson [Walter Casper]; Trunche; Hilda Benson; Professor Scott

Credits

Script
George Kashdan (credited)
Art
Rudy Florese (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Dick Giordano (original editor)
Cary Burkett (original associate editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #213 (August 1981)
Bring Me Back To Life

Synopsis

John Benson, wanted for murder, has the warlock Trunche transform him into another person.

Show/hide 6. Dream Girl Comic story, 6 pages

"They laughed at me because he sought something--someone--who supposedly existed in man's mind alone!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
N-792
Characters
Cynthia (host)

Credits

Script
?
Art
Bob Brown
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor, credited)

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #69 (December 1957)
Dream Girl
Also printed
Australia
My Greatest Adventure (Colour Comics, 1955 series) #37 ([April 1958?])
Dream Girl!
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #36 ([February 1966?])
Dream Girl
 
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974)
Dream Girl

Notes

This reprint is sourced from The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974) and has a small image of Cynthia added as host on the first page. The introductory words have been incorrectly edited as Cynthia's words, rather than Paul Hastings ('laughed at me' rather than 'laughed at him').

Show/hide 7. Look into My Eyes... and Die! Comic story, 8 pages

"Here's a shocker I've drummed up in which greed is a killer…"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
J-5808
Characters
Mildred (host)

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler (credited)
Art
Rudy Nebres (signed)
Letters
?
Editing
Dave Manak (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #215 (October 1981)
Look Into My Eyes...And Die
Show/hide 8. Never Hijack a Witch Craft! (The Witching Hour) Comic story, 4 pages

"the five terrorists that commandeered the U.S. bound airplane at gunpoint overlooked a cardinal rule of the skies--"

Featuring

Feature
The Witching Hour
Genre
Fantasy-Supernatural
Code
J-5821
Characters
Cynthia; Mildred; Mordred (also as host)

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler [as C. Wessler] (credited)
Art
Gerry Talaoc [as J. Talaoc] (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Jack C Harris (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #198 (May 1980)
Never Hijack A Witch Craft!
Show/hide 9. Something Sinister about Uncle Harry Comic story, 7 pages

"He was a beautiful person to Mac and Jeannie Dowling."

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
B-2043
Characters
Cynthia (host)

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler (credited)
Art
Jerry Grandenetti (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #45 (August 1974)
Something Sinister About Uncle Harry
Show/hide 10. For Whom the Ghost Bells Toll Comic story, 7 pages

"How crude can you get?"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
B-1960
Characters
Mildred (host)

Credits

Script
Leo Dorfman (credited)
Art
Alex Nino (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #45 (August 1974)
For Whom the Ghost Bells Toll
Show/hide 11. The Mask of Medusa Comic story, 6.85 pages

"Myth and today's headlines exist side by side in the magical isles of Greece!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
J-7574
Characters
Mordred (host); Rona Douglas; Medusa; Athena; Perseus

Credits

Script
Bob Kanigher (credited)
Art
Vic Catan [as Vicatan] (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Dave Manak (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #218 (January 1982)
The Mask of Medusa

Notes

The final panel of the original story, which features Mordred promoting the next issue of The Unexpected, has been replaced with a small Murray Comics promotion.

Show/hide 12. Murray Comics [For the best in comics reading] Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.15 pages

"For the Best in Comics Reading - Murray Comics"

Details

Printed
1982
More...
Murray Comics [For the best in comics reading]
Show/hide 13. The Man with the Stolen Eyes Comic story, 5.67 pages

"Right now, Harvey Byrd, you are blind as a bat!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
N-788
Characters
Mildred (host)

Credits

Script
?
Art
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor, credited)

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #47 (February 1956)
The Man With the Stolen Eyes
Also printed
Australia
My Greatest Adventure (Colour Comics, 1955 series) #15 ([June 1956])
The Man With the Stolen Eyes
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #24 ([January 1963?])
The Man with the Stolen Eyes
 
Australia
Superman Presents World's Finest Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #47 ([March 1969?])
Man with the Stolen Eyes
 
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974)
The Man with the Stolen Eyes

Notes

This version of the story has Mildred as host and is probably sourced from the reprint in The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974).

Show/hide 14. The Masked Manhunter… Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

"The Masked Manhunter... World's greatest detective appears in all Batman, Detective Comics"

Details

Printed
1982
Genre
Superhero
More...
The Masked Manhunter…

Notes

There was never an Australian series titled Detective Comics, although a one-shot was released just before this advertisement was used. This might suggest that a series was considered or simply that an error was made.

Show/hide 15. 'Til Death Us Do Join! Comic story, 6.5 pages

"Oohoohhooo oh ho! Oh, ho! When the moon is gibbous and the owl cries fowl…"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
G-555
Characters
Mordred (host)

Credits

Script
Bob Haney (credited)
Art
Pat Boyette (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974)
'Til Death Us Do Join!
Show/hide 16. The Greatest in Western Entertainment Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

"Reward. The Greates in western entertainment with Mighty Murray Comics. Jam-packed with Action. Available at newsagents now!"

Details

Printed
1981 to 1982
Genre
Western-Frontier
More...
The Greatest in Western Entertainment
Show/hide 17. Round Trip to the Past! Comic story, 6 pages

"From the yellowed pages of a 13th century diary leapt the words that told the story of a modern magician…"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
G-555
Characters
Cynthia (host)

Credits

Script
?
Art
George Papp (credited)
Letters
Artie Simek
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Secrets (DC, 1956 series) #8 (January-February 1958)
Round Trip to the Past
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #19 ([April 1958?])
Round Trip to the Past
 
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974)
Round Trip to the Past!

Notes

This printing includes an image of Cynthia as host and is probably sourced from the reprint in The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974).

Show/hide 18. The Head that Haunted Gerald Hess! Comic story, 5.5 pages

"To what extreme will ambition drive a man?"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
B-798
Characters
Mildred (host)

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler (credited)
Pencils
Frank Redondo (credited)
Inks
June Lofamia (credited)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #42 (May 1974)
The Head That Haunted Gerald Hess
Show/hide 19. Look for the Exciting Superman Comics [Murray Comics] Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages
Show/hide 20. The Corpse That Lived Twice! Comic story, 7 pages

"Hang onto your heart or it'll leap right out of your mouth at this terrible tale of treachery…"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
B-1687

Credits

Script
Carl Wessler (credited)
Pencils
Buddy Gernale (credited)
Inks
Alfredo Alcala [as Fred P. Alcala] (signed)
Letters
?
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #41 (April 1974)
The Corpse That Lived Twice!
Show/hide 21. Untitled Comic story, 1 page

"...And that's that!"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
[G-139]; N-785
Characters
Cynthia; Mildred; Mordred

Credits

Script
?
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Dick Giordano
Letters
?
Editing
Dick Giordano (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #2 (April-May 1969)
Untitled

Notes

Based on the job code, this printing is sourced from the reprint in The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #38 (January 1974), which used an updated number. This is the conclusion of framing sequence.

Show/hide 22. The Choice Comic story, 1 page

"There have been many women in this life…"

Featuring

Genre
Horror-Suspense
Code
J-7814

Credits

Script
Tamsyn O'Flynn (credited)
Pencils
Keith Giffen (credited)
Inks
Bob Smith (credited)
Letters
Pierre Bernard, Jr. (credited)
Editing
Karen Berger (original editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #301 (February 1982)
The Choice

Notes

This feature is on the inside back cover.

Show/hide 23. Batman and Robin the Teen Wonder Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"Batman Robin the Teen Wonder Look Now on sale at your newsagents TM and © DC Comics Inc. 1979"

Details

Printed
1982
Genre
Superhero
More...
Batman and Robin the Teen Wonder

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 31743

Entry created

  • 16/06/2007

Cover added

  • 04/05/2019

Index completed

  • 01/05/2019

Last updated

  • 04/05/2019