Fumetti #3: Horror Fumetti

Why is this woman running from a giant mosquito wearing only her underwear?  If this sort of thing bothers you, this may not be the post for you.  You see, we're diving in to vintage horror fumetti for adults, and things are liable to get batshit crazy.  Buckle up, it's going to be a terrifying ride...

Many of these aren't exactly skillfully crafted; however, they are lurid masterpieces nonetheless.   They do what they're supposed to do: convey a sense of horror and sleaze.  Keep in mind, these are several steps down down from Vampirella, EERIE and CREEPY... these are cheap adult comics from Mexico, Spain, Italy, Argentina, etc. and they don't play around.

The combination of sleaze with some truly horrific imagery makes for compelling cover art.  Granted, the B&W interiors rarely lived up to the covers.  Still, with artwork this awesome, you would have to pick up a copy - even if it was a tenth as good as the cover art, it was worth the peso (or lira, or whatever).

Warning: a nipple may make an appearance here and there.  Not to worry - these are just paintings.  No cause for alarm.

A demon with a pig head and bat wings.... this is nightmare fuel, mixed with foreground sleaze. If you've ever watched a Euro-horror movie from the 1970s (Bava, Franco, Argento, Rollin, etc.) this imagery is all too familiar.

I'm no expert on adult horror fumetti, but I can only assume, given the volume and variety of titles that came out during the 70s and 80s, that they were extremely popular in their day.

You'll note that women's clothing on adult fumetti covers has a bad habit of falling off and ripping to shreds.

As far as I can tell, there's absolutely no reason for her shirt to be torn.  Yet torn it is.

Do you see the expressions of the statues?  That's the expression of your co-workers as you look at this post at work.  Adult horror fumetti is a subject best viewed in the privacy of your own home.

Decades before Birdemic there was I Notturni.

I'm not sure how I feel about Ulala's costume.  It's like they shot for Vampirella, and missed.

This is the scariest, most disturbing cover I've ever seen.

It looks like this poor woman is being attacked by a Buddy Hackett vampire.... while the giant head of David Carradine meditates outside her window.

No need to worry, lady.  This gargoyle comes in peace.  See? He's waving and smiling to the camera.

I do believe this is just a foreign edition of EERIE or CREEPY.

Um.  Not that it will make much of a difference, but there's a good chance this may not actually be a minotaur - just a guy with a creepy helmet.

This is how I feel after watching just a few minutes of 24 hour news networks.

This may be my favorite in this list.  The colors, the horror, the action, the sleaze - this is how it's done.

Zombies on The Walking Dead are pretty much libido-free; not so much in adult fumetti... they're a little rapey.

Ghosts are pretty rapey in adult fumetti as well.

As are cyclops...

...as are mummies....

Come to think of it, pretty much everybody in adult fumetti are a little rapey...... make that a lot rapey.

In adult fumetti, a vortex into hell = an upskirt opportunity.

It's okay, lady.  You can just slide out the side.  No reason to panic.

Truly horrifying stuff.  The twisted imagination that went into these is amazing - if only modern horror was so ballsy and disturbed.

Vincent Price makes an appearance in this issue of Jacula, as does a flamboyantly gay devil.


  1. Good lord. Those clowns! Far out.

  2. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

    Actually, the warren mags (Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella, etc) had, by the 70s, outsourced their art to Spain and South America. So these were very likely the exact same artists you would get there. likely the same stories.

    if you get a chance, check out the craptastic stories in Terror Tales, and such, the warren knockoffs. now, THOSE were a step down.

  3. Italy's "JACULA", like many horror comics from that country, was known for cover paintings that often blatently SWIPED existing photos or paintings. Here's a perfect case...

    JACULA #4
    (Ediperiodici / Italy / 1969)
    cover by ??

    This cover is clearly a swipe of the movie poster for Roger Corman's "THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER". But does it reflect the book's contents? Anybody know????

    "Il Ballo Dei Cadaveri" translates as
    "The Dance Of The Dead Bodies"