Or so it would seem. The off the kennel wall cover of BLACK CAT #52 was like most of the covers in the series (from #30 on) designed to outgross the competition and shock the young readers. Probably lost on most readers was the artistic subtlety and talented work on the covers. Like the shadow with the smoking gun on #52 ...pretty darned clever and opening up some intriguing interpretations as to actually what is going on.

Promoted as "The Strangest Tales of Fear and Superstition" on the cover headline, BLACK CAT #52 really had little of those things. The comic was more wild forays into the queasy world of shock and violence than it was a handbook for voodoo.The stories are wierd. "Jack of Horror" for example has a deck of cards come to life and terrorize a tinhorn gambler. And just to show that excess was success, the story used (count 'em) eight graphic panels depicting the victim's grisly death by fire. Other stories on the roster feature witches, mangled ladies and a demented Halloween party.

BLACK CAT #52 is classic--actually trendsetting--horror which like most of the numbers in the series goes over the taste and discretion line frequently. Incidentally., Black Cat who was let out in BLACK CAT #30 will be purring again in a couple of issues as the braintrust at HARVEY reformats the title
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