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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Terminated

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!

Commenter Doug Brunell suggested I feature a particularly clever story from Bruce Jones’ horror series for Pacific Comics, Twisted Tales. The story, “Terminated,” from 1983’s Twisted Tales #5, is about a town taking issue with a leper with an ending that they did not see coming. It was written (as were all of the stories from Twisted Tales #1-7) by Jones and it was drawn by the legendary Richard Corben.


It’s just a three-pager, so I’ll just show you the whole thing…

Awesome ending.

Twisted Tales, as a whole, is worth tracking down in the back issue bins. The first seven issues are Jones telling short off-kilter horror stories by a variety of great artists.

A few of you have asked for Bruce Jones horror stories PERIOD, so I’ll be featuring another Twisted Tales story soon (it is even cooler than this one – it is drawn by Mike Ploog – I’m sure you Jones horror fans out there know which one I’m talking about).


Love the ending.

love the little twist. at the end how the towns people think now that they got rid of the so called leaper the town is safe.

That was a nice twist. But does leprosy really make people look like zombies?

Corben is my favorite artist of all time. I’ve been waiting for his entry.

If it’s only leprosy then the townsfolk should be fine if they are healthy enough. Then again, I very much doubt that Holcum only had leprosy.

something similar to that ending was used in the movie Cabin Fever. um, spoiler alert?

While I can’t proof it, I do believe Eli Roth was influenced by this.

Well, to answer sandwich eater, technically, the only ones who say he has leprosy are the townfolk who are hunting him. Maybe its not leprosy, but a zombie type of disease?

See, this is how you do a story with a “message”. Decide on your moral (in this case, the often cliche and ham-fistedly portrayed message of tolerance), do it simply and not all preachy and in-your-face, and, most importantly, make it clever enough to avoid the cheese factor. Awesome stuff. Thanks, Brian (and Doug).


Short and effective. This is essentially the ending to the film Cabin Fever isn’t it?

No. It’s not the ending to “Cabin Fever,” but there is a scene in the movie reminiscent of it. Also, any of you into horror (why else would you be reading this thread), I’d ask you click on my name. I have a new offering for you horror fans.

Bruce Jones and Twisted Tales are the best. Really amazing stuff.

you can read this in color at this link http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2009/03/banjo-lessons-terminated.html

Love the logic on those people though, people like that will cut there nose off to spite there face

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