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EERIE is largely a horror-comics magazine published by Warren Publishing from 1966 to February 1983. Inspired by how MAD MAGAZINE had avoided the need of obtaining approval from the Comics Code Authority by publishing it as a black-and-white newsstand publication in magazine format. The anthology stories were introduced by the host character, Cousin Eerie, much like Uncle CREEPY and later VAMPIRELLA
The new magazine was officially distributed starting with #2 the actual first issue! while the issue numbered "1" was a small black and white "ashcan edition" of only 200 copies distributed locally to a few newsstands and comprised solely of reprinted stories from Creepy Magazine. In a rush and panic, editor Archie Goodwin, letterer Gaspar Saladino with a logo designed by Ben Oda created the prototype overnight to secure publisher Jim Warren's ownership, copyright and trademark of the title when it was discovered that a rival publisher (later known as Eerie Publications) planned to use the name.
NOTE: THERE ARE KNOWN COUNTERFEIT COPIES OF THE ASHCAN EDITION