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Welcome to our daily rending of calendar leaves ’til All Hallows’ Eve 2017 is upon us, all flailing fangs and claws…
We open with a salute to our kindred evil spirits, the ticklish rogues who bring us The Simpsons. Their Halloween Special / Treehouse of Horror episodes, by now numbering thirty entries, have done much to keep the torch of seasonal eeriness ablaze over the years.
The comic book spinoff series is none too shabby, either: launched in 1995, it also appears once a year, when noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay**. It shares its parent show’s penchant for references to comic books and magazines, toys and films and tv shows, some recent, some rather ancient, some known to all and some surprisingly (and wonderfully) obscure.
To meekly invoke but a few: Ba(r)t Out of Hell, The Thing With Two Heads, Famous Monsters of Filmland (down to the logo), War of the Colossal Beast, shock rockers Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and Pat Boone (shudder), EC’s Tales From the Crypt, Mars Attacks, the Bride of Frankenstein, Gremlins, Ghostbusters… and these are just the covers.
This is The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror no. 14 (Bongo Comics, Sept. 2008). Cover by Bill Morrison. Check out a gallery of the issues here!
**Ray Bradbury’s The October Country