Publication Dates: 24th March 1984 – 30th June 1984
Number of Issues Published: 15 (#1 – #15)
Color: Colour Cover
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Incorporated into Eagle.
Scream! was a British weekly comic anthology with a horror theme, running from March 24, 1984 until 30 June 1984, published by IPC Magazines.
With a tagline of “not for the nervous”, Scream! was supposedly edited by the fictional Ghastly McNasty. Ghastly’s face was concealed by a hood, and a regular feature of the comic involved readers sending in drawings of what they believed he looked like.
15 issues were published before the title was cancelled due to an industrial printer’s strike. Scream! was absorbed by Eagle, with the two most popular strips continuing in that publication. There were also five Summer Specials released, mostly consisting of reprints of horror-themed stories from IPC’s back catalogue.
It is an urban myth that the Scream! comic was banned due to a flurry of complaints from parents with such claims that “Scream!” being aimed at a younger audience, receiving a backlash from concerned parents over cover art and content, deemed unacceptable by adults who supposedly claimed that it was pushing graphic violence (mainly horror and fantasy) on younger children. This rumour by many fans and collectors of this short lived IPC publication is often cited for the reason of it only running up to fifteen issues (last issue dated: 30th June 1984), but on the contrary, it was nothing of the kind but merely an unfortunate industrial strike involving the publication’s printers. The industrial strike resulted in IPC not being able to print any comics for several weeks. This repercussion led IPC to feel the publication had lost momentum, opting to cut their losses and cancelling it, leaving the strip stories within, unfinished. Scream re-emerged eight weeks later as the amalgamated Eagle and Scream! (issue date: 1st September 1984). Another comic title that fell the same fate with this particular industrial strike was Tammy. Tammy disappeared also at the end of June, and then two months later the Tammy masthead was added to Girl for a handful of issues before Girl received a makeover and relaunched with a new look.
“The Dracula File”, written by Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman, drawn by Eric Bradbury. Dracula stalks 1980s England.
“Fiends and Neighbours”, reprinted from Cor!!.
“A Ghastly Tale” – one-off strips introduced by Ghastly himself.
“Library of Death” – one-off morality tales.
“Monster”, first episode written by Alan Moore, thereafter by R. Clark (John Wagner and Alan Grant), about a deformed man who grew up locked in an attic, before escaping. Continued in Eagle.
“The Nightcomers”, written by Tom Tully, in which children investigate a haunted house where their parents died.
“Tales from the Grave” – short stories set in Victorian London.
“Terror of the Cats”, written by Simon Furman – an animal experiment goes wrong, turning cats against humans.
“The Thirteenth Floor”, written by Ian Holland (John Wagner and Alan Grant) and drawn by José Ortiz. The computer controlling a revolutionary appartment block goes mad. Continued in Eagle.
11-15, Holiday Special 1985-1989