A comic that focuses on horror comics, graphic novels, comic strips are called a graphic book. It aims to inflict terror and fear on its readers. Scary comics may be supernatural or not. It is designed to trigger a reaction, whether it be psychological, emotional or physical.
Horror comics use a variety of techniques to elicit this response. They include unreal figures like ghosts and aliens, as well as real figures like serial killers or lunatics. The main ingredient of the ‘best horror comics’ (also known as ‘beste horrorstrips’ in Dutch language) is to include something unexpected in the story.
This can increase the reader's fear and anxiety about the unknown. After the Second World War, horror comics were very popular. However, they crashed in the middle 1950s. Recent years have seen scary comic books make a remarkable comeback and influence movies, television series, and other media.
Comics Magazine Association (CMAA) was formed as a self-regulating body for the comic book industry. Many horror comic book publishers were forced to rewrite their titles by the Comics Code Authority (CCA), or, in some cases (like EC Comics), stop publishing them.
The earliest horror comics (1947-1954) featured gruesome illustrations and scripts. Comics are often viewed as a mix of prose and films, a bit like a film on a page. It is also true that comics are an entirely different medium with unique strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. This is more evident than ever in horror comics.