Originally released in two printings in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011, each of which immediately sold out, Four Color Fear has routinely been our most demanded backlist title for more than five years now, and we’ve listened! Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry. Yet, before the watchdog groups and Congress could intercede, during its peak period (1951–54), over fifty titles appeared each month. Apparently, there was something perversely irresistible about these graphic excursions into our dark side, and Four Color Fear collects the finest of these into a single robust and affordable volume. EC is the comic book company most fans associate with horror, but there remains a treasure trove of genuinely disturbing, compulsive, imaginative, at times even touching, horror stories presented from a variety of visions and perspectives. All of the better horror companies are represented, from Ace to Ziff-Davis. So is a Hall of Fame lineup of comics artists, including L.B. Cole, Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Jack Katz, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, and Wallace Wood. Editor Greg Sadowski has sifted through hundreds of rare books to cherrypick the most compelling scripts and art, and provides extensive background notes. Digital restoration has been performed with subtlety and restraint, mainly to correct registration and printing errors, with every effort made to retain the flavor of the original comics, and to provide the reader the experience of finding in the attic a bound volume of the finest examples of the pre-Code era.
Ranked #8 on Rick Klaw's Ten Best Comics 2010 at The SF Site: Nexus Graphica
Listed as a favorite comic of 2010 by Evan Dorkin in a survey of comics creators at Comic book Resources
“EC is often at the center of the story [of Pre-Code horror comics] ... Four Color Fear strives to provide an accessible sampler of everything else. Editor Greg Sadowski is adept at such missions.” — Los Angeles Review of Books