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Category >> Al Feldstein

New Digital Comics: The Sincerest Form of Parody & Zero Hour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under John BensonJack KamenEC Comicsdigital comicscomiXologyAl Feldstein 26 Feb 2014 3:04 PM
Sincerest Form of Parody
Finally, you can stop hitting yourself in the face in bed reading these large tomes! Fantagraphics and comiXology have released The Sincerest Form of Parody available for you to read digitally! Edited by John Benson, this collection includes the best and funniest material from the bandwagon-jumping MAD imitators, with work by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby and many more, plus expert commentary. Casual comics readers are probably familiar with the later satirical magazines that continued to be published in the '60s and '70s, such as Cracked and Sick, but the comics collected in this volume were imitations of the MAD comic book, not the magazine, and virtually unknown among all but the most die-hard collectors. For the first time digitally, Fantagraphics is collecting the best of these comics in an unprecedented collection for only $18.99.
 
"Some of these pieces can stand up to the best of Mad (or at least match the magazine's average), but even the stories that are clunky and unfunny are fascinating for the way they rip off Mad shamelessly, including all the asides and mini-gags that Will Elder once labeled Mad's 'chicken fat.' It's a testament to how quickly the innovative and subversive can become mainstream." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 
 
Also check out Zero Hour and Other Stories illustrated by Jack Kamen
Zero Hour and Other Stories  
With his wholesome approach, Kamen stood out amongst the grand-guignol grunge, gritty realism, or futuristic dazzle of his fellow EC cartoonists - but his brilliant editor/writer Al Feldstein found a way to exploit the surface innocence of his style with seemingly nice stories of romance gone horribly wrong, or future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. And nowhere did Kamen's clean-but-lush graphics work better than in the stories he created for EC's science-fiction comics. There are EVEN a few Ray Bradbury adaptations in this book, for only $22.99
 
Along with the full Zero Hour, we're offering three complete stories: Off DaySuprise Package and The Tripeach available for only 99 cents on comiXology! Go ahead and test drive Jack Kamen, we promise you won't be disappointed.  
The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 - Video & Photo Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace Woodvideopreviewsnew releasesJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 11 Feb 2014 2:26 PM

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1
by Harvey KurtzmanWallace WoodJack DavisAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein et al.

832-page four-volume hardcover 7.5" x 10.5" x 4" slipcased box set • $94.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-728-4

Ships in: March 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now  

EC Comics Logo

A boxed set of our first four books in our acclaimed EC Comics Library, which collects the best comics of the 1950s from the greatest mass market comic book publisher in history. Featured are: Corpse on the Imjin! by Harvey Kurtzman, et al.; Came the Dawn by Wallace “Wally” Wood, Al Feldstein, et al.; 50 Girls 50 by Al Williamson, Al Feldstein, et al.; and 'Tain’t the Meat... It’s the Humanity! by Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, et al. A great gift for Father’s Day or for the genre fiction fan in your life!

"EC Comics' output of crime, horror, and war comics have been reprinted and collected multiple times, but never like in Fantagraphics' new 'EC Comics Library,' which repackages some of the most influential comics ever published in writer/artist-driven volumes, printed in black and white.” – The A.V. Club

"The EC Comics Library collections display the grace of cartooning." – The Chicago Tribune

"Fantagraphics has been inventing unique ways to publish [this] treasure trove of '40s and '50s crime, horror and war comics." – The Toronto Star

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EC's Sucker Bait and Other Stories on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham Ingelsdigital comicscomiXologyAl Feldstein 5 Feb 2014 7:20 PM

Sucker Bait, suckers

Fantagraphics and comiXology continue to bring you the thrills and chills via techonological frills with Sucker Bait and Other Stories illustrated by the amazing Graham Ingels (written by Al Feldstein). 25 classic horror stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment by the artist so good at gruesome, grisly depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature he earned the nickname "Ghastly."

And as with our other EC comics, you can also try out a few stories for just 99 cents! That's not EVEN a dollar like the picture states below (but let's get real, pennies are worthless -- unless you've got NINETY-NINE!). Try out one of three stories drawn by Ghastly Ingels:

• PIPE DOWN!
• Hook, Line and Stinker!
• An Off-Color Heir

And then get the whole kit and grave-caboodle once you realize you LOVE the team-up of Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels. 

99 cent

New Comics Day 2.5.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 4 Feb 2014 3:54 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Sucker Bait 

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8 

"Even sixty years on Ingels grisly pages still hold the power to shock and delight in equal measure. Not for the faint of heart, but anyone feeling brave is dared to look inside." -Shaun, Gosh! London 

Zero Hour 

Zero Hour and Other Stories  (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

"[see] illustrator Jack Kamen use his clean but lush style to twist readers expectations in a series of dark and gripping sci-fi comics." –Shaun, Gosh! London



Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 28 Jan 2014 1:30 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al.

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

See Previews / Order Now

BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

Jack Kamen's deceptively wholesome approach to comics storytelling was never put to better use than in the science fiction shockers Al Feldstein wrote for him at EC Comics. Together, the two conspired to exploit Kamen's clean-yet-lush graphics with fantasies of the future that take a startlingly brutal twist and high tech romances that veer suddenly, awfully out of control.

The suburban Spielbergian idyll of the title tale, "Zero Hour" (one of three here adapted from stories by Ray Bradbury), is particularly well served by Kamen's slick surface innocence. Kamen performs similar magic in "A Lesson in Anatomy," with Mayberry-perfect notes that conceal an interstellar threat.

But the devil in Kamen comes out when he pours on the sex appeal. Cheating wives and jealous mistresses alike drive Kamen's hapless heroes to extremes, sometimes fatally, as in "Punishment Without Crime" (Bradbury again) and "Hot-Rod" (a fast woman and an even faster car make for a dangerous combination). Even the supercomputer in "Only Human!" falls victim to a beautiful woman's charms.

Discover for yourself why Jack Kamen, perhaps the most underrated artist during the heyday of EC Comics, is undergoing a long overdue rediscovery and earning fresh appreciation from a new generation of readers.

Zero Hour and Other Stories contains 22 classic EC yarns — plus the usual all-new biographical, historical, and critical essays that have made Fantagraphics' EC Library series the ultimate version of these classics.

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 28 Jan 2014 1:25 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library)

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

See Previews / Order Now

BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

Before Halloween and Freddy Krueger and Night of the Living Dead, there were EC horror Comics. And before John Carpenter and Wes Craven and George Romero, there was Graham Ingels.

"Ghastly" Ingels's fine-line depictions of the corruption of flesh and nature made him the premier artist for stories involving gruesome dismemberments, maniacal homicides, and oozing terrors. And if it took place in a fetid, gurgling swamp, so much the better!

In fact, EC fans voted "Horror We? How's Bayou?" as the company's "best horror artwork."

More than just disturbing images, though, there is a fascinating poetry to Ingels's drawing, perhaps best exemplified by "There Was an Old Woman," one of two Ray Bradbury adaptations you'll find in this collection.

And if you think romance can't blossom in a horror story, just take a look at "A Little Stranger," a sweet story of marital bliss — between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf!

Even today's masters of movie splatterfests and undead horrors could take a shock lesson or two from the undisputed master of horror comics. Brace yourself, look inside, and you'll see why.

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoe OrlandoEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 24 Jan 2014 5:37 PM

Get ready for another dose of rocketships, robots, and bug-eyed monsters from the pages of EC Comics, illustrated by the able hand of Joe Orlando (who would go on to become editor in chief of a little outfit called DC Comics). Judgment Day and Other Stories continues our acclaimed EC Comics Library series of artist-focused volumes with more of that Cold War-era sci-fi we all love so much, including more Ray Bradbury adaptations and the "Adam Link" stories that were later adapted for The Outer Limits.

In our downloadable preview, peruse the Table of Contents and read 3 complete stories, including the groundbreaking anti-racism title tale, the space-faring suspense shocker "Keyed Up!" and the Plutonian temporal anomaly of "Time for a Change!" The book lands in May; pre-order your copy right here.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library)

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 14 Jan 2014 5:13 PM

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 photo

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 photo

The printer sent us this handmade sample of our 4-volume EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 (which contains Corpse on the ImjinCame the Dawn50 Girls 50 and 'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity!) for our inspection. We caught one design error (first person to spot it gets a no-prize), which we fixed, and now the boxes are getting printed up, the sets will be assembled & shrinkwrapped, and the whole shebang will hit shelves in April. Pretty darn handsome, huh? It's a good deal, too, saving you over $20 versus buying the volumes separately and sans box. (Sorry, we're not going to be able to offer empty slipcases.) Hey, why not pre-order one for yourself or a favorite person?

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al (EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 3:41 PM

"Kamen's art is deceptive in its seeming sweetness. It positioned him perfectly to go over the line into perversity, the hapless reader having no warning.... I look at him as being a seed of a style we'd later associate with David Lynch." – John Linton Roberson

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/zerohour

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 2:52 PM

"No one could draw a rotted, walking corpse like Graham Ingels." – Donald Vaughan, (Florida) Sun-Sentinel

"I love Ingels …" – George A. Romero

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/suckerbait