I’ve been collecting scans of Marvel house ads for some time and just ran across this collection of ads for Tales of the Zombie magazine. The ad above, for the first issue of the magazine, shows the original Bill Everett drawing of the character from a short story published before Marvel became the House of Ideas. You gotta love the blurbs: No Grave Can Hold Him! The Zombie Cometh!
The ad for the second issue started featuring the art of regular artist Pablo Marcos.
The color ads for TOTZ could appear in Marvel Comics, but Zombies themselves could not appear in any comics-code approved book. Fans seemed to crave a team-up between the Zombie and Spider-Man. We didn’t get that, nor any team-ups with any other horror characters.
This ad is for my favorite issue of TOTZ—featuring the Steve Gerber story where Simon Garth gains his life back for one day, A Day in the Life of a Dead Man.
I hope you do not feel like a zombie on Monday, dear readers! Nuff said.