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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Uzumaki Volume 1

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!

A number of you have suggested Junji Ito’s classic horror manga, Uzumaki, about a small Japanese town tormented by spirals.

Enjoy! Remember, this is also a graphic tale of horror, so, well, you know, don’t read on if you’re freaked out by graphic gore.

Uzumaki is a three-volume collection of stories of a small town called Kurôzu-cho. Viz translated it into English (translated by Yuji Uniki). Slowly, but surely, the people of the two are driven insane by spirals. The hero of the story is Kirie Goshima. She tends to be a bit of a centerpiece for the drama, along with her boyfriend, fellow high schooler Shuichi, who is the first person to realize that something is messed up about this town (he realizes it when he goes out of town to attend a different high school).

Shuichi’s father is the first one to become totally obsessed with spirals…

This leads to the first (of many) disturbing scenes in Uzumaki, when Shuichi’s mother throws her father’s spiral collection out…

Eventually, he becomes so obsessed that he kills himself – but that is not the end of it. He comes back even after death in a spiral of ashes!

This drives his widow insane…

Things continue along this way for the rest of the novel. Great stuff.


Truly, a modern horror classic. Every arc is wonderful and draws you into this twisted story …
Like a spiral. Necessary reading.

Reread this a while ago, and it still is seriously creepy stuff. And a friend of mine always points it out when he comes across a spiral somewhere…oh, the snails…and mosquito women…and the babies…

given how freaked out every becomes over spirals to the point like the main characters mother self mutilating herself. this story is a truely perfect fit for this column

“Uzumaki” is just one of those stories…I love it, but I also HATE it. I hate it! I now I have a fear of snails…

Yes this comic is absolutely amazing. One of my favorites of all time, and incredibly creepy.

Creepy series, but also extremely stupid as none of the “normal” characters act sensible.

That said my favourite chapters were the cremation cloud one and the snail schoolboy one. Fuuuuck.

It was only a matter of time before Uzumaki appeared on this list. Had it not, I would’ve lost all respect for you. ;)

Our wink emoticon is so weird looking. You can barely tell that it is winking!

Not just Uzumaki. Pretty much everything Junji Ito writes is messed up. You think a town plagued by spirals is bad? Try Hellstar Remina. That is about a sentient planet that invades the solar system and starts to devour all the planets, starting with Pluto.

Imagine a planet with eyes, a planet that can look at you, and I mean seriously LOOK AT YOU. It has a tongue, it has teeth, and what its atmosphere can do to a person…

And while it’s coming closer, the people of Japan are screaming for the blood of one girl, Remina. They think she and her father are the reason Planet Remina is coming to Earth, and they want to sacrifice her. They hunt this girl down like an animal, and by they, I mean, pretty much EVERYONE ON EARTH. Why? Her dad discovered the planet and named it after her.

Then you’ve got the six page Hell’o Dollies, Hanging Balloons, Gyo, Flesh-Colored Horror, The Enigma of Amigara Fault is another especially horrible one.

Uzumaki is terrifying, even to the strongest willed reader. Should you read it all, the thought of snails will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Of course, I see a few of you have already hit on that.

Great work of horror, not because of the gore, but because of the originality and psychological pace the story takes.

Uzumaki is amazing, pretty scary stuff, the snail people is disturbing.

A must-read for everyone, even if you don’t like manga

PS: I don’t like manga :D


some nice pencils, but more goofy than scary.

Just thinking about the mother’s self mutilation makes my skin crawl.

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some nice pencils, but more goofy than scary.

It does start of as a series of short little slightly goofy horror stories that are based around spirals, but as the series progresses and it becomes more of a single narrative it becomes creepier and creepier.

There is nothing goofy here, it builds momentum, very sick an twisted, a must have.

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