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
John Severin produced some of the finest war comics ever drawn during his long, distinguished, and versatile career, and working in collaboration with other greats like Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder, his work in the genre for EC Comics is unmissable. Lucky for you, we've gathered all of that material together for the first time in a single volume under this handsome cover. Bomb Run and Other Stories is just off to the printer, is available for pre-order, and launches in July. Keep it tuned for more previews.
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.
For those of you who plan on replacing your standalone copies of each book with the box set (since we're not able to offer empty boxes), might we suggest "paying it forward" by donating your duplicate books to a good cause such as your local library, or passing them along as gifts? Share the EC love!
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.
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.
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.
The printer sent us this handmade sample of our 4-volume EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 (which contains Corpse on the Imjin, Came the Dawn, 50 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?
"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