Over the weekend The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that horror comic magazine staples ‘CREEPY’ and ‘EERIE’ have both been picked up for Hollywood representation! Okay…to be clear, this does not mean that the series have been picked up OFFICIALLY for movie/TV rights, only that they are now being optioned. Whatever the case this is big news for fans of each series respectively, and if you are in one of those categories you can get all the details beyond the break. “reepy was an American horror-comics magazine launched by Warren Publishing in 1964. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and thus did not require the approval or seal of the Comics Code Authority. The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. Each issue’s stories were introduced by the host character, Uncle Creepy.
“Classic 1970s comic magazines Creepy and Eerie have picked up Hollywood representation.
ICM has signed New Comic Llc., the company behind the two magazines, for representation. The agency will look to mine the titles for movies, TV and online content.
Creepy, which launched in 1964, and Eerie, which took off in 1966, were black and white comic anthology comics published in magazine format, which allowed it to circumvent the industry’s censoring body, the Comics Code of Authority.
The comics were in print for 20 years, had two creative golden ages and produced copious amounts of stories produced by some of the mediums most noted artists (including Neal Adams, Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta and Wally Wood) and writers (Archie Goodwin and Bruce Jones, to name a few).
Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, in Tales of the Crypt fashion, hosted the stories. Creepy focused on standalone stories; Eerie evolved into having continuing stories involving returning characters, such as a cyborg assassin known as Exterminator One, a zombie man named the Spook, and Hunter, a man sentenced to death who kills his jury using the 12 days of Christmas as inspiration.
The titles were released by Warren Publishing, which went bankrupt in 1983. New Comic, run by Dan Braun, Josh Braun, Rick Brookwell and Craig Haffner, acquired all rights in 2007. The company struck a deal with Dark Horse Comics to release the classic comics in archive volumes.”