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McGregor entered the comics industry with stories in Warren Publishing’s black-and-white horror-comics anthology magazines. His first purchased script “When Wakes The Dreamer” did not see print until Eerie #45 (Feb. 1973), long after his first published script, the 12-page cover story “The Fade-Away Walk” in Creepy #40 (July 1971), credited as Donald F. McGregor, with art by Tom Sutton. Through 1975, he wrote more than a dozen stories for those magazines and its sister title Vampirella, drawn by artists including Richard Corben and Reed Crandall.
Of “When Wakes the Dreamer”, he explained decades later, “What held it up was that Billy Graham was going to draw it and he’d done a spectacular opening page for it, but for one reason or another, it just didn’t happen. … I don’t think we ever found the finished art for Billy’s version of another early story of mine, ‘The Vampiress Stalks the Castle This Night.'” That story eventually appeared in Vampirella #21 (Dec. 1972), with art by Felix Mas. After a stint with Marvel, McGregor returned to write another 18 stories for those Warren titles as well as The Rook between 1979 and 1983.