Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sword and Sorcery Week! Shades of Gray: "Barometer Falling..." by Morrow

As the great Jerry Reed said, "When you're hot, you're hot!" and in the mid-1970s, Gray Morrow was hot! Hot enough that Archie Comics let him create and spearhead a comic very, very different than their normal teen-age fare. They christened what was to be a line of comics Red Circle, and the imprint's first mag was Chilling Adventures in Sorcery. The supernatural (thanks in no small part to The Exorcist) was all the rage in December 1973 when CAiS #5 hit the stands. Sword and sorcery and sci-fi were also making inroads into comics at that time, so when Gray Morrow combined all of those elements for "Barometer Falling...", t'was no wonder the tale was made the cover feature. Sure got Young Groove's twin dimes with ease!


  1. Wow, that's a lot of text! Now that's a story you can sink your teeth into. And the art's lovely, too.
    Thanks for posting this.

  2. Morrow ... a genius. Sheesh, this was an age of titans, wasn't it?

  3. Great story. Kalos has quite a refined lexicon for a ruthless mercenary.
    Had it been Conan, he would have killed Spider-girl, then would have grabbed what he could get, and he probably would have fled as soon as possible, thus saving his life. All this without saying more than 20 words to his buddy.

  4. Chilling Adventures in Sorcery was at its best when it first started and was pretty much a Gray Morrow one man show.

  5. Just picked up Chilling Adv in Sorcery #3 in a bargain in at a used book store, could not believe my luck.



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