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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Cat and Mouse

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

Reader “World Class Running-Man” suggested, of all things, a 1996 issue of What If…? #87, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with artwork by Frank Teran, showed a different path of what could have happened when Sabretooth escaped from captivity in the X-Men’s Mansion in Uncanny X-Men #311.


It opens with Bishop murdered by Sabretooth. Beast and Jubilee try to fix the power at the mansion to bring back the security system, but in the process, Beast does not make it…

What follows is essentially a darker version of the classic Kitty Pryde versus a demon story from Uncanny X-Men #143, with Jubilee using the Danger Room to keep Sabretooth occupied, eventually tricking him to attack the power core of the mansion…

That doesn’t achieve the goal she intended, however…

This leads to the ending of the issue, which is what World Class Running-Man wanted to spotlight in particular..

Teran really did a great job here.


This issue was really amazing. It also started off a run of really dark, creepy stories in What If?

The burned-up Sabretooth is the stuff of nightmares.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 15, 2011 at 6:33 am

I seem to remember Kitty Pryde in a horror/x-mas solo story in the Uncannny X-men # 143, which was the last John Byrne issue of that series.

Odd, that’s very similiar to this one.

Wow. I actually remember owning this issue as a kid and finding it pretty darn terrifying. Especially that bit with ending with Beast’s murder. Having only read UXM 143 fairly recently … I can see how this was a pretty awesome riff on that story and actually think it’s probably works better as an X Men horror story (of course it helps that this was a ‘what if’ where folks actually dies and that it didn’t have the same the ‘Alien’ references).

Teran’s art was so much better than the average What If art.

i remember after reading that issue how freaked out over seeing sabertooth still going after jubilee after getting nuked by the power core. talk about a nightmare image.

This was one of the first (non-Asterix) comics I ever read- I had no idea who Bishop or Jubilee or Sabretooth were, but I picked this issue off a rack at a newsagent, and was just blown away by it.

God, this is bringing back memories! I used to collect anything X-Men related when I was in elementary school, and this was an issue I had to buy. The art was so creepy, and those scenes of the charred up Sabretooth were just so gnarly to little 9 year old me.

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