Halloween Comics: Killing Budgets Everywhere

Halloween Comics: Killing Budgets Everywhere

BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME

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Michael Myers and the Halloween franchise are as hot as ever, and the slasher flick icon’s key issues have been flourishing as a result.

This October, the rejuvenated movie franchise will come to a conclusion with Halloween Ends. Riding on the success of its predecessors, 2018’s Halloween and its 2021 sequel, Halloween Kills, you can expect another hit for Blumhouse. The latest entries in the series have been massively popular, and no doubt Ends will be box office gold. The newest movie marks the thirteenth film to bear John Carpenter’s Halloween title. That’s more than The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, or A Nightmare on Elm Street

It’s been a long and winding for the franchise. Like all horror movies looking to squeeze a little extra mileage out of its monsters, there have been plenty of miscues under the banner. The most baffling was 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch that steered away from Michael altogether. It’s been said that writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace wanted to turn the title into an anthology film series, but audiences were having none of it. If we have learned anything about slasher movies it’s that they are only as good as their villains. Fans pay to see their favorite monsters, and Halloween wouldn’t exist without the people’s infatuation with Michael Myers.

Even with Michael back in the lead, the Halloween movies were watered down with forgettable entries throughout the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s. It wasn’t until 2018’s Halloween under the Blumhouse label that the franchise got the fresh coat of paint it needed for years. The film returned the title to its roots and omitted everything past the 1978 original, including H20 in which Jamie Lee Curtis also reprised her role as Laurie. With the ‘78 cast as the centerpiece of the latest films, it has led to a new generation discovering Michael Myers while keeping the traditional fans satisfied. 

THE HORROR ICON

Michael Myers is the blueprint for the modern horror monster. His look was simple with a pair of basic blue coveralls, and a pair of work boots. The real star of the show is the haunting mask. Although it was a simple Captain Kirk mask that was modified and painted white, that resourcefulness established what would be the trademark for the entire franchise. What really brings it together are the mask’s blank, emotionless black eyes that truly creates the soulless monster. 

By no means was Halloween the first slasher movie, but it did perfect the art of mindlessly hacking big screen victims. Psycho, Peeping Tom, Black Christmas, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre all predated John Carpenter’s masterpiece. Once Michael Myers terrorized Laurie Strode and the quaint town of Haddonfield in 1978, the bar for slasher flicks was raised. His success would inspire the likes of 1980s horror franchises Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and several other less successful copycats. Michael has crossed pop culture boundaries, inspiring similar characters in some unexpected places. Bruce Prichard on his Something to Wrestle podcast revealed that the concept for famed WWF/WWE wrestler, the Undertaker, was inspired by Michael Myers.

THE COMICS 

It pays to collect horror movie comics. Ash Williams, Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Leatherface’s comics have carved out a niche market, and their first appearances can turn serious profits. The real jewel of the collection is finding those Halloween comics.

After the success of the last two movies, Michael Myers has been reborn for a new generation of scream fans. That has made him as popular as ever, which has spilled into the comics.

Despite being such an enduringly popular horror figure, Michael Myers was late to the comics party. Jason, Leatherface, and Freddy all debuted on the printed page between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Michael Myers didn’t appear in his first comic until 2000. Once he graced the pages, the floodgates were opened, resulting in several highly-collectible comics.

HALLOWEEN #1 (2000)

Michael Myers fans, this should be at the top of your shopping lists. Published by Chaos! Comics, this issue was tied to the sixth film, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Along with introducing the title character to the world of comics, the issue delved deeper into the Cult of Thorn mythology from the 1995 movie. 

The idea is that the Myers/Strode bloodlines were cursed by druids centuries ago, and that Michael was doomed from the moment he was born. Each generation of the Myers clan had to sacrifice one child to be possessed and kill the rest of the family.

That left Michael to be possessed by the spirit, Thorn, who gave his host supernatural abilities to explain why Michael can’t seem to be killed. Here’s an amusing tidbit. The protagonist of the comic is Tommy Doyle. The character appeared as a child in the ‘78 Halloween, and he returned as an adult in Curse played by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. So the comic revolves around a forgotten Paul Rudd role.

Fans mostly rejected the movie, and it has a dismal 7% critical rating with a 37% audience score. That may explain why the comic wasn’t more popular when it was first printed. At this point, the story is secondary to the issue’s overall collectability. Being such a famous first appearance means it comes with a high price tag, especially for the near-mint grades.

At a 9.8, the standard edition last sold in March 2021 for $315. Meanwhile, the chromium edition brought $550 this past March, blowing past the previous record of $225 set in 2019. Then there’s the premium edition that hit four figures this year when a 9.8 sold for $1,175 in February.

With those lofty prices, it should have you on the lookout for the Fandom.com edition. There hasn’t been a graded 9.8 sold online since one earned $70 in 2015. Factoring in inflation, and this could be on its way to record-breaking sales.

UNTOLD TALES OF HALLOWEEN #1

This may be the rarest of the Michael Myers comics and perhaps the least talked about. Untold Tales was published as an ashcan edition of 2000’s Halloween #1, intended to give a preview of that particular comic.

According to Key Collector Comics, there were only 66 copies printed. In fact, I could not find any records of graded copies in existence. There weren’t any raw copies on eBay, either, which is good news if you happen to own one. With it being so hard to find, this could be the gem of the Halloween comic collection due to its rarity.

HALLOWEEN II: THE BLACKEST EYES #1

Continuing the story from Halloween #1, this comic followed Tommy as he hunted Michael. Meanwhile, Richie Castle was looking to burn down the Myers house. Of course, we all know how this story will go down. 

The second Halloween comic isn’t quite as valuable as its 2000 predecessor, but it is worth your time to track down a copy. Graded at a 9.8, the standard edition last sold for $215 in September 2021. The better cover to own is the Dynamic Forces red foil variant. Last year, there were two recorded sales with one for $510 and the other for a record $700. There’s also a premium edition floating around the internet, though one hasn’t traded hands online since 2007 saw a $43 sale.

HALLOWEEN III: THE DEVIL’S EYES #1

While we are on the topic, you should complete the set with The Devil’s Eyes #1. Halloween, Halloween II, and Halloween III: The Devil’s Eyes were all printed as standalone issues, though they interconnected to tell the full three-part story. Like the other issues, this one is valuable in today’s market, especially if you have it in a higher grade.

This time, the standout is the standard edition. While the first two issues saw the variants get the biggest price tags, the standard cover for Devil’s Eyes #1 makes that claim here. For the past two years, there’s only been one graded 9.8 sold online each year, and both broke records. In 2021, it reached $118 only for the mark to be obliterated by a $200 sale on May 3.

As for the variants, those can save you money if you just want a piece of the action. The last time either the 9.8-graded Movie Madness or variant editions sold online, they each stayed in the $70-$80 range in 2020.

HALLOWEEN: ONE GOOD SCARE #1

Published in 2003 by rehab54.com, One Good Scare was printed for the Halloween convention that was held in South Pasadena, California, that year. Set in the H20 timeline, Dr. Loomis’ son, David, becomes obsessed with Michael Myers when a patient gives clues that point to the masked maniac still being alive. 

Since this is a con exclusive, it is another rare comic to find. That explains why the sales are few and far between. Speaking of rare, a graded 9.9 sold for $555 last year. Besides that, there haven’t been any graded copies to sell online since 2020 when a 9.8 twice sold for over $200.

HALLOWEEN: 30 YEARS OF TERROR #1

Coinciding with Halloween’s 30th anniversary in 2008, this issue featured five short stories starring different characters from the franchise. This is one of the more recent sales on today’s list as a standard cover 9.8 earned $149 just last month. The bigger price tag comes with the retailer incentive edition. Those retailer exclusives always have a smaller print run, thus the higher values. The last time one sold online, it brought $299 in December. You will also want to be on the lookout for the variant cover. There aren’t any sales records for 9.8s, but a 9.6 sold for $159 on May 3.

THE END? NOT BLOODY LIKELY

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from horror movies, it’s to never trust titles that declare a film to be the last ride. Crystal Lake’s story was meant to conclude with 1984’s Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, yet A New Beginning was released in ‘85. Eight years and five movies later, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday proclaimed itself to be the end, which it wasn’t. Jason has since returned for two more movies not including the 2009 reboot. 

The same goes for razor fingers himself, Freddy Krueger. In 1991, Freddy’s Dead had the dubious subtitle of The Final Nightmare, but it wasn’t. He was resurrected three years later for New Nightmare and 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason. There’s been rumors that Blumhouse wants the 75-year-old Robert Englund to dig out his stylish green and red striped sweater for one more go.

Sure, the upcoming Halloween Ends should be the end of the line for Michael and Laurie, but the property is just too profitable to leave dormant for long. The fact that the title advertises this as the last movie almost guarantees that it’s anything but. 

There’s too much money on the table to truly close the book on Halloween. My prediction is that a prequel series will be next on the platter. That way the producers stay true to the Halloween Ends title, but it leaves room for the creative team to play with some new additions to the mythos. It’s kind of like Star Wars in that it can’t escape its pivotal villain, Darth Vader. We get countless movies and shows that explore the past to keep Vader in the mix because he is truly the star of Star Wars.

The same can be said for Michael Myers. No matter what happens, Halloween is his franchise, and it dies without him. Sure, he may meet his demise in Halloween Ends, but there will be more to come in some clever fashion. As long as there’s no time travel or Multiverse, fans will likely buy in.

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.


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