US magazine and Comics publisher which existed from 1970 to early 1975, founded by Sol Brodsky (1923-1984), and Israel Waldman. Brodsky was associated with Marvel Comics for the great majority of his career in various capacities. Skywald issued a short-lived series of colour comics which included westerns, the Horror title The Heap about a swamp monster Antihero reminiscent of the Swamp Thing and Jungle Adventures, all using much reprinted material from the 1950s. None of these lasted more than three or four issues.
Skywald is mainly remembered for such black-and-white Horror anthology titles as Nightmare, Psycho, and Scream, all of which enjoyed respectably-long runs. An sf title, «Science Fiction Odyssey» was planned in 1971 but for uncertain reasons never appeared, although many inventory sf tales later ran in the horror titles. Creators involved included Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Dave Sim, and artists Mike Friedrich, John Severin, and Pablo Marcos. Brodsky soon returned to Marvel and was replaced by Al Hewetson (1940-2004), a Canadian comics writer and editor often active under various pseudonyms. Hewetson attempted to give the titles more of a literary bent, with mixed success, although they remained popular. He later blamed the company's demise on heavy competition from Marvel and other publishers. Black-and-white US comics-format publications were never subject to censorship from the Comics Code Authority, allowing many mature stories to be printed in such magazines. [GFi]
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