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    This has been driving me mad since I remembered it. When I was just a kid - in the 1980s - I came across this black-and-white comic in the grocery store newsstand. I can't recall if it was part of a larger comic compilation or horror magazine, but I remember the gist of the story.

    Basically, it's about a group of people who accidentally catch a mermaid. They hook what they think is a swimming woman, but the fish tail is sort of a giveaway. They realize that there are a lot of others, and they all have rather sharp, carnivorous teeth. So of course they haul the one they hooked into the boat. She winds up in an aquarium, blah blah blah. One of the guys thinks it'll be a good idea to swim with her, she tenderly embraces him...and drowns him. That's most of what I recall - I think they released her after that, realizing she was too dangerous to keep around.

    I've been looking ALL OVER for this comic. No matter what I plug into Google, I can't seem to catch a lead on this thing. Hopefully someone out ther knows what I'm talking about!

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    I don't know the exact title offhand, but I'm thinking it sounds like it could have been an issue of Creepy or Eerie?
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    I did find a reference to a mermaid in Creepy #33. I was suspicious, since it was from the 1970s, but I got a copy off eBay for not-too-much. It wasn't in there - just a one-page illo and blurb - so the search continues.

    This had to have been published in the latter part of the 1980s, otherwise it wouldn't have been on the magazine rack in the grocery store at a time when I could read (and remember) it.

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    The rag you're talking about is called 'Monsters Attack!' - I have the issue you just described and it was a very short run monster comic that came out in the '80's...
    I have four of the five issues that I've ever heard of - I say that there is five because I have issues 1, 2, 3, and 5 - but am missing issue #4.
    I've looked everywhere for this "lost" issue, but nobody seems to have heard of this comic - so in a way, I'm sure glad that you brought this up...
    because I was beginning to think that it was some cosmic trick being played on only me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwynplaine View Post
    The rag you're talking about is called 'Monsters Attack!' - I have the issue you just described and it was a very short run monster comic that came out in the '80's...
    I have four of the five issues that I've ever heard of - I say that there is five because I have issues 1, 2, 3, and 5 - but am missing issue #4.
    I've looked everywhere for this "lost" issue, but nobody seems to have heard of this comic - so in a way, I'm sure glad that you brought this up...
    because I was beginning to think that it was some cosmic trick being played on only me...

    The tragic/funny bit is that I *just* figured that out and was heading over to post that I'd discovered my source. When I saw that you'd provided the information already, I had a definite "d'oh!" moment - so much time spent with Google, and all I had to do was wait a little longer to have it handed to me!

    Memory is a funny thing: once I saw the cover of Monsters Attack! #2, I immediately remembered WHY I had picked up a horror comic that - unlike its contemporaries/reprints, such as Vault of Horror or Tales from the Crypt - had a tale which was sufficiently creepy as to remain vividly memorable almost two decades later. As were many kids of the age, I loved MAD and Cracked, and would read them avidly whenever I could convince my parents to buy me a copy, and the cover art was the same as many issues of Cracked; no surprise there, as the artist was the same. The B-type title and the impression that Freddy was just about to pick his nose led me to crack the magazine open.

    After scanning a few tales, I realized that this was NOT really a humor comic, but was nonetheless awesome (if a bit shaking - after all, while capable of the same melodrama as found in TftC and VoH, the stories pulled fewer horrific punches, as I recall). I put it down after reading the mermaid story, definitely creeped out, but it grew on me and I decided that I must have it. Sadly, the next time I was in that store, it had sold out. Indeed, the copy I had read had been the last one on the shelf.

    I hadn't remembered much of this until *after* I saw a picture of the cover, and the recollection is a bit suspect (as are all memories), but it is as accurate a retelling of events as I am ever going to have.

    I did manage to find an online retailer who listed - get this - issue #2 and ONLY #2 for sale, and ordered it. So hopefully within a week or so I will *finally* be able to re-read the story that so embedded itself in my memories. I really hope that it is still as good and as eerie as I recall.

    I really appreciate everyone who posted with information, and even those who read this post but who (sadly) did not have any leads that could point me toward. This is one more mystery from my childhood that I no longer have to agonize over.

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