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Phantoms of Evil (Gredown, 197-? series) #5, 1978?

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Introducing Gredown

From around 1975 to 1984, Gredown published a diverse range of magazine-size comics, predominanly horror but also western, science fiction and other genres. Beginning as sequentially-numbered magazine-size series, the comics later became mainly one-shots with a wildly eccentric range of titles.

Little is know about Gredown's origins, although it seems the company was formed to compete with KG Murray. Greg Murray appears to have established Gredown after his father, Kenneth G. Murray was bought out by Australian Consolidated Press (APC) in 1974. The earliest Gredown publications were magazines, but the company's output was soon focused on reprint comics.

The largest portion of Gredown's output was sourced from the US Eerie Publications, including reprints and reworkings of pre-code horror stories. The company also produced reprints from ACG, Ajax/Farrel, Atlas/Seaboard, Charlton, Dell, Fawcett, Red Circle (Archie) and Skywald (and more), possibly sourced through Transworld Feature Syndicate Inc. Later years saw an increasing proportion of Spanish material, sourced from agencies such as Selecciones Ilustradas and Creaciones Editoriales.

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