Growing up I got my comics from a local Mom and Pop store that was across the street from my Elementary School (Oxford Street School in the Woo) and later West Side Pharmacy on Pleasant Street about a mile from my house. Buying comics in those days was a crap shoot— you didn’t know if you’d get the next issue or not of a series you were following. They didn’t carry everything either— I’m pretty sure my Mom and Pop spot didn’t carry Marvel Comics— and since I was a Batman freak I probably wouldn’t have noticed anyway, but one day, my older sister brought home copies of TOMB OF DRACULA and WEREWOLF BY NIGHT from Marvel Comics and I was blown away.
I loved monsters as a kid and these really hit the spot for me. This particular cover is one of my favorites of the run, illustrated by Mike Ploog it’s nicely composed and really draws your eye in. I’m a sucker for Black in covers.