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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – Cottonmouth

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 Robert G. suggested this Stephen Bissette classic short story from 1986’s Gore Shriek #1 (from Fantaco). It is called Cottonmouth, and it is a twisted tale of revenge.


I know it is just a three-page story, but Stephen Bissette is still selling copies of SpiderBaby Comix #2 on his site (you can buy them here), and that issue reprints this story, so I need to give you incentive to buy a copy from Steve!

Anyhow, the story is about four undead women who get revenge upon the corporate jerk who put them into their current predicament (think about it as a supernatural Occupy Wall Street).

That’s an extremely well-written and well-drawn set-up.

Now go buy a copy of Steve’s SpiderBaby Comix #2 to see the pay-off (plus a bunch of other good stories in the comic, too)!


Yep, I remember that one…..toxic shock syndrome!

i remember how after reading it had chills for the ghost woman seeking revenge were so scary.

Yes… this one is my fault.

Funny story, back when I was a little bastard in school, I would take my comics with me to read because school was so boring. I had a female teacher who took my comics one morning and bitched at me for reading the ‘garbage’ in her class. (It was an English class.) About 10 minutes later, she was screaming he head off at me to “Get the fuck out of her classroom” and go see the principal. My parents were called in because of the sick, grotesque comic books I had brought to school. The teacher refused to let me back in her classroom and I was assigned to another teacher.

Gore Shriek #1 was the book that freaked her out so much, and I remember Cottonmouth being called “The most foul, disgusting thing ever written.” by the teacher. I am still creeped out by the story as well. There is an excellent short film, based on the story, made a few years ago. Check it out when you get the chance.

Last panel on page 2 – First use of “Snikt” in comics?

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