Long before filmmakers were trying to outdo each other with outrageous, stomach-churning gore effects, comic book artists were taking advantage of the horror-comics boom of the mid-20th century to draw images filled with heaving bosoms, bloody axes, shambling corpses, leering witches and enough blood and intestines to make George A. Romero barf.
Some of these comics were so unbelievably gross and viscera-laden that they prompted accusations that comics lead to juvenile delinquency, and even spurred the founding of the Comics Code Authority to censor the content of comic books. But even after the CCA started slapping its seal on comics, creators were still pushing the envelope, still fitting as much blood and guts on their covers as they could (and subverting the Code altogether with horror "magazines" that didn't fall under Code jurisdiction).
Decades later, even with buckets of blood in every horror flick we see, these comics still deliver a WTF vibe. For the 16th in our series of 31 posts for the 31 days of Halloween, check out these gruesome covers from classic horror comics like Tales From the Crypt, Eerie and Witches' Tales, and travel back to a simpler time, a time when you could walk to the local comics rack and buy images of ghoulish decapitation and disembowelment for a dime.