Template:Infobox publisherSkywald Publications was a 1970s publisher of black-and-white comics magazines, primarily the horror anthologies Nightmare, Psycho, and Scream. It also published a small line of comic books and other magazines.  Skywald's first publication was Nightmare #1 (Dec. 1970). The company lasted through the end of 1974 or early 1975, with Psycho #24 (March 1975) being its final publication. Nightmare published 23 issues and Scream put out 11 issues.

Zangar #1 in Jungle Adventures no#1 ,1971-another in a countless number of Tarzan imations,is only note worthy,in Jack Katz of the First Kingdom series drew it. In 1971, publisher Sol Brodsky's Skywald Comics published three double-sized issues of Jungle Adventures, which reprinted a number of Golden Age jungle hero comics featuring such luminaries as Jo-Jo, Taanda, Rulah The Jungle Girl, and the original Sheena. But each issue also included a new adventure of a new savage hero: the crimson-maned Zangar -also known as Bob Gordan presumably created by artist Jack Katz, although the great Gardner Fox is credited for scripting the first issue. I have the first Zangar adventure above, and would like to get the other two.Zangar's origin, Jo-Jo story reprints, origin of the Blue Gorilla, and Taanda, plus White Princess #1 Kinstler reprinted.Zangar cover and story, Sheena reprint from Sheena #17 and Jumbo #162. Plus Jo-Jo, White Princess, Rulah, and origin of Slave Girl reprinted from Slave Girl #3.

Some found Katz's artwork interesting, appealing and a bit eccentric. A few years after working on this comic, he would create one of the very first independent comics (as we know the term today), a very personal, 24-issue science fiction epic called The First Kingdom, which he would write and draw for over a decade



The company name is a combination of those of its founders, former Marvel Comics production manager Sol Brodsky ("Sky") and low-budget entrepreneur Israel Waldman ("wald"), whose I. W. Publications (also known as Super Comics) in the late 1950s and early 1960s published comic book reprints[1][2][3] for sale through grocery and discount stores. Skywald was based in New York City. Brodsky, who also served as editor, brought in Al Hewetson — briefly an assistant to Marvel chief Stan Lee and a freelancer for the Warren Publishing horror magazines and others — as a freelance writer. "Archaic Al", as he later jokingly called himself in print, quickly became the associate editor, and when Brodsky returned to Marvel after a few months, Hewetson succeeded him as editor. Under Hewetson, the horror magazines attempted a somewhat more literary bent than the twist-ending shockers of early Warren Publishing, the field's leader with such popular titles as Creepy and Eerie. Hewetson called this "the Horror-Mood", and sought to evoke the feel of such writers as Poe, H. P. Lovecraft and Kafka.[4]
Comics professionals who produced work for the Skywald magazines include writers T. Casey Brennan, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Gardner Fox, Doug Moench, Dave Sim, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman, and artists Rich Buckler, Gene Day[5] Vince Colletta, Bill Everett, Bruce Jones, Pablo Marcos, Syd Shores, Chic Stone, and Tom Sutton. Many who also contributed to rival Warren employed pseudonyms. Future industry star John Byrne published his first professional story, a two-pager written by editor Hewetson, in Skywald's Nightmare #20 (August 1974). In an unusual arrangement, Hewetson managed editorial from his home in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, though the publisher was based in Manhattan. As he described in 1973, Template:Quote 

Non-horror magazinesEdit

Skywald also produced two issues of the magazine Hell-Rider (Aug. and Oct. 1971), featuring a vigilante motorcyclist with a flamethrower-equipped bike. The character was created by Gary Friedrich (who would go on to co-create the Marvel motorcyclist Ghost Rider) with artists Ross Andru (penciler) and Mike Esposito (inker). Backup features were "The Butterfly" and "The Wild Bunch", both written by Friedrich, with art credits disputed by different sources for issue #1; the second-issue "Butterfly" story is credited to penciler Syd Shores and inker Esposito, the second "Wild Bunch" to penciler-inker Rich Buckler. Another two-issue title, The Crime Machine, consisted solely of comic-book crime fiction reprints from the 1950s.[6] A remaining title, Science Fiction Odyssey, was planned for September 1971 publication, but withdrawn; some of its stories eventually appeared in the horror magazines.
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The company also published a small number of magazines unrelated to horror or comics. Among these was Judy Garland (1970), a "special tribute issue".[7] Hewetson said in 1973, "We produced, when this company began, a production called The Judy Garland Book which is the most threatening thing which ever happened to our company. We printed far too many copies and we sold maybe four or five. We lost a lot of money."[8]  

Comic book lineEdit

The short-lived color comic book line, edited by Brodsky, comprised the Western titles Blazing Six-Guns, The Bravados, Butch Cassidy, The Sundance Kid, and Wild Western Action; the romance title Tender Love Stories; the horror series The Heap; and Jungle Adventures. These all were combinations of new material and reprints. Contributors, in addition to some of those noted above, included Dick Ayers, Mike Friedrich, Jack Katz, John Severin, and John Tartaglione. Notably, The Sundance Kid #1-2 (June–July 1971) contained Jack Kirby Western reprints from Bullseye #2-3 (Oct. and Dec. 1954). None of the comics lasted more than three issues.[6] "The color comics, more or less, broke even," Hewetson said in 1973. "I think we could’ve continued with them to try and establish a color comics area, except for the fact that, at the very same time as Skywald began the color comics, National and Marvel were engaged in a price war which hurt just about everybody."[8] 

=Skywald's endEdit

Editor Al Hewetson, in an interview given shortly before his death of a heart attack on Jan. 6, 2004, asserted the demise of Skywald was caused byTemplate:Bquote 


  1. Archive of Shaw, Scott, "Title: Wambi (The Jungle Boy) Issue: No. 8", "Oddball Comics" (column) #1084, September 02, 2005. Original page
  2. Super Rabbit at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
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  4. Template:Cite magazine Interview excerpt from Hewetson, Al. The Complete Illustrated History of the Skywald Horror-Mood (Critical Vision : 2004),ISBN 978-1-9004-8637-8
  5. "A Conversation with Gene Day" in Orion: The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space, #2, Fall, 1982
  6. 6.0 6.1 Template:Gcdb publisher
  7. Johnson, Jim, ed. Judy Garland Magazine Cover Gallery, 1970, Judy Garland Database. WebCitation archive.
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