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The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalJohnny CraigJohn SeverinJoe KubertHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl JaffeeAl Feldstein 25 Sep 2013 1:32 PM

TCJ Library 8: The EC Artists cover

TCJ Library 8 pages

TCJ Library 8 pages

From the editorial offices of The Comics Journal comes the latest TCJ Library edition, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! This hefty oversized book, edited by TCJ co-editor Michael Dean, includes feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin — some from the pages of TCJ, some from other sources, some expanded from previous appearances, and some published here for the first time! Together they form the first part (yes, there will be a Part 2) of a wide-ranging oral history of the greatest mainstream comic book publisher, amply illustrated in black & white and color. The perfect companion to our EC Comics Library series and a must for any EC fan or student of comics history!

Stand by for more sneak peeks, and reserve your copy by pre-ordering now for delivery in November (subject to change).

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 22 Aug 2013 2:21 PM

"Johnny Craig is probably my all-time favorite cartoonist. I love everything about his work, from the scripts to the storytelling, to the flawless ink lines. The true under-rated genius of EC Comics." – Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Fatale, Incognito, Gotham Central, Scene of the Crime)

"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

"It's fitting that Fantagraphics -- long-time champion of the rights and importance of comics creators, and re-issuer important historical comics -- would arrange a publishing line this way. Even though it may not be surprising, it's still a commendable decision. It's also an important development in further establishing comics as art and literature worthy of serious consideration and study.… It presents work by EC’s most important artists, drawing the work from across all EC titles." – Sam Costello, Full-Stop

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/fallguyformurder

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 22 Aug 2013 11:41 AM

"Al Feldstein [was] the mastermind of EC's horror and science fiction comics..." – Time

"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

"It's fitting that Fantagraphics -- long-time champion of the rights and importance of comics creators, and re-issuer important historical comics -- would arrange a publishing line this way. Even though it may not be surprising, it's still a commendable decision. It's also an important development in further establishing comics as art and literature worthy of serious consideration and study.… It presents work by EC’s most important artists, drawing the work from across all EC titles." – Sam Costello, Full-Stop

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

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-659-1

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/childoftomorrow

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 21 Aug 2013 6:35 PM

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

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Surrounded by the ornate, retro, proto-splatter horror graphics of Jack Davis and Graham Ingels and the slick, futuristic sci-fi stylings of Wally Wood and Al Williamson, EC Comics superstar Johnny Craig stood out in the 1950s with his elegant, crisp, contemporary graphic style. And nowhere did this style work more beautifully than in the dozens of superb crime and horror comics he wrote and drew for EC, mostly for the two comics he also edited, Crime SuspenStories and The Vault of Horror. (Craig was the only EC artist to habitually write his own material for the entire length of EC's run.)

EC Comics LogoFeaturing murderous husbands and wives, executioners, thieving surgeons, vengeful sword-swallowers, time bombs, private dicks, vampires, werewolves, and ghouls, the 23 stories in this book comprise a perfect encapsulation of the very best and darkest kind of noir and horror writing, stunningly executed (in more than one sense of the word) by one of the great cartoonists of his (or any) era. And all in seven or eight pages per story!

Fall Guy For Murder and Other Stories is once again, as are the other EC Comics Library releases, supplemented with several fascinating essays and informative historical notes on the stories.

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Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 21 Aug 2013 6:05 PM

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-659-1

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Al Feldstein is best known as the main writer/editor of the EC comics line during the first half of the 1950s — and then the editor of Mad Magazine for the first three decades of its existence.

But what many don’t know or remember is that Feldstein was also an accomplished and distinctive cartoonist, whose comics (which he both wrote and drew, a relative rarity in those days) adorned the pages of many of those selfsame EC comics. His powerfully composed, meticulously inked pages, often featuring grotesque creatures or scenes of ghastly destruction (and some of the greatest stiffly handsome/beautiful specimens of 1950s humanity ever put to paper), were a vital part of the allure of these classic comics.

EC Comics LogoFeldstein's contributions to the first year and a half of EC’s two SF titles, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy — comprising 16 classic O. Henry-style shock-ending stories with such evocative, vintage title as "'Things' From Outer Space." "The Flying Saucer Invasion," "Spawn of Venus," "Destruction of the Earth," and "Am I Man or Machine?" — are collected in their integrity in this volume, along with a handful of bonus stories drawn by a few of Feldstein's oft-overlooked collaborators, including Graham Ingels, George Roussos, George Olesen, Max Elkan and Sid Check. This volume also boasts a new interview with Feldstein about his years at EC, focusing in particular in his work on these science fiction titles that were the company’s pride and joy (and were killed a few years later by the Comics Code).

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Child of Tomorrow

New Comics Day 8.21.2013
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJohnny CraigHal FosterGilbert HernandezGahan WilsonEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Aug 2013 10:50 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. 

The Children of Palomar

The Children of Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez

108-page black & white 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-625-6

"It's an engaging collection of vignettes full of magical realism and compelling characters...evoke[s] comparisons to the short fiction of Jorge Luis Borges or, in the case of the science fiction-styled entries, Ray Bradbury." -Publishers Weekly  

Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics

 

Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics
by Gahan Wilson

176-page full-color 12" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-612-6

"Fantagraphics has reprinted the full run of Gahan Wilson's Sunday Comics with their customary attention to detail and gorgeous reproduction... These comics crack me up, especially the weeks that are seemingly endless variations on different themes." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin  

Child of Tomorrow

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-659-1

"Feldstein's art has a delightful amount of expressiveness to it and a remarkable amount of subtle beauty - if a word like beauty can be applied to comics that feature strange blob aliens from outer space." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin 


Fall Guy for Murder

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

"Arguably the greatest comics ever created, EC's terrific stories and compelling artwork included Feldstein's Weird Science and Craig's Crime Suspenstories!" -Dan Greenfield, NY Post  

Prince Valiant 7

Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950
by Hal Foster

120-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-645-4

"Foster's meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field." - Library Journal 












Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 14 Aug 2013 4:19 PM

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

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

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Johnny Craig pulled off some of the most mind-bendingly clever shockers to appear under the EC Comics banner — such as the sexy perfect-crime story "When the Cat's Away...," the supremely ironic "The Execution!," and the impeccably paced slow-burn descent into madness of the Ray Bradbury adaptation "Touch and Go!"

EC Comics LogoBut Craig also applied his eerily crisp and elegantly designed artwork to EC's more outré horror comics, producing many of the finest examples of their trademark Grand Guignol revenge thrillers, including "A Stitch in Time!," "Split Personality!," and "Fed Up!" — as well as a handful of outright supernatural horror yarns such as "Two of a Kind!," "A Bloody Undertaking!," and "The Mausoleum!," featuring some of the most clean-cut (yet still terrifying) vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies ever committed to paper.

Fantagraphics' first volume devoted to Craig's brilliant crime and horror spellbinders (including the fiendish twist-ending title story), Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories also delivers revealing and insightful historical and critical essays and biographies.

If you're a genuine devotee of comics or noir fiction, it would be a real crime not to steal a look inside! 

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 14 Aug 2013 3:58 PM

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

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-659-1

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Jack Davis's Tales from the CryptOrder this book and receive the Jack Davis's Tales from the Crypt Halloween mini-comic shown here as a FREE bonus! Limit one per customer while supplies last.


The stories Al Feldstein wrote and drew for EC Comics's science fiction titles captured precisely the popular science fiction zeitgeist of mid-20th century America.

Feldstein applied a flat-out pulp sensibility to his treatment of such themes as atomic war ("Child of Tomorrow"), defense against nuclear weapons ("The Last City"), the arms race ("Destruction of the Earth!"), the cruel perils of space travel ("Space-Warp!"), and (of course!), horrifying alien monsters ("Spawn of Venus," "Seeds of Jupiter," "It Was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension").

EC Comics LogoBut he also explored notions of personal identity ("Am I Man or Machine?"), and had a little fun with time travel ("Made of the Future," "The Origin of the Species") and mass hysteria ("Panic!") along the way.

Feldstein's full-throttle scripts and powerfully composed, meticulously inked artwork come at you with a raw, blunt force — a quirky directness which is a vital part of the allure of these classic tales, presented together here for the first time.

Also, in a candid new interview done especially for this book, Feldstein speaks out about his science fiction days.

As a bonus, you'll find even more Feldstein stories drawn by a few of his oft-overlooked collaborators.

So strap into your spacesuit, power up your time machine, and take a look inside... 

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Cover, Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohnny CraigEC ComicsComing Attractions 7 Aug 2013 11:36 AM

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Our other EC Comics Library volume due out later this month, Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories, is another auteur turn, featuring Johnny Craig's writing and artwork (for the most part; Al Feldstein scripted a couple). Crime, suspense and horror were Craig's forté, as these 23 delightfully fiendish tales attest, and Craig was responsible for some of EC's most shocking and notorious images.

This is the first of four projected volumes to showcase, for the first time, the full chronological run of Craig's EC stories from Crime SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and elsewhere, with our trademark bonus features and top-notch production values. See out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein - Cover, Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 7 Aug 2013 11:35 AM

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein

One of two new volumes in our New York Times best-selling EC Comics Library series coming later this month, Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories finds prolific EC scripter (and longtime MAD editor) Al Feldstein behind both the typewriter and the drawing board for 16 tales of spine-tingling sci-fi suspense, plus 7 more stories drawn by other EC short-timers and stalwarts. The influence of Feldstein's writing and brushwork can be seen in the work of contemporary cartoonists like Charles BurnsDan Clowes, and Gilbert Hernandez, who provides an intro ot this volume. Our usual historical features are joined by a new interview with Feldstein. Another indispensible entry in the series! Check out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.