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Spring-Summer 2014, part 13: EC & JW
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under KickstarterJohn SeverinJim WoodringEC ComicsComing Attractions 22 Nov 2013 7:07 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Bomb Run prelim cover

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by John SeverinWill ElderHarvey Kurtzman, et al.

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9 

EC Comics LogoThe team of Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. The work they did combines the taut emotional and psychological insights of Stephen Crane with a verisimilitude so gritty that it seems as if they are reporting from the scene. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories — emotionally draining and dramatically eloquent — in just under three years. This book collects them all. Settings include: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in the trenches and in the air); World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe, including the D-Day invasion); and the Korean War.

Pre-order this book now for a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more!

Jim prelim cover

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9 

Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's bestselling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are common- place. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images — collected here for the first time and including an all-new 24-page story — is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by Jim Woodring while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Jim Woodring t-shirt! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive signed Jim Woodring print! (Or increase your pledge to the sum of all the rewards you want!)



Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham IngelsEC ComicsComing Attractions 19 Nov 2013 3:27 PM

Sucker Bait cover photo

Sucker Bait pages photo

Are you ready to get Ghastly? Our next EC Comics Library volume Sucker Bait and Other Stories, featuring the nauseatingly expressive artwork of Graham Ingels, is a couple of months from haunting your shelves, as evidenced by the acrid arrival of advance copies in our cobwebbed lair. The Old Witch serves up a cauldron-ful of grue and rue in over two dozen classic creepfests, reprinted in glorious, gory-ous black and white. Peek through your fingers at 3 full stories and pre-order your copy right here.

Spring-Summer 2014, part 3: O say can you EC?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodJoe OrlandoJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 8 Nov 2013 5:46 PM

Since we're asking you to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter (and you're coming through in spades so far!), we thought we'd spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Judgment Day prelim cover

Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Joe OrlandoAl Feldstein, Ray Bradbury et al.

184-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7

EC Comics LogoJoe Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects 23 of his best sci-fi stories. All of them, most scripted by Al Feldstein, serve up classic O. Henry-style endings, such as “I, Robot,” and “Fallen Idol.” The title story is one of EC’s most famous, with its blunt anti-racism message. When it was printed during the era of the Comics Code, publisher Bill Gaines and Feldstein had to fight to keep the story’s final panel “reveal” (and thus its whole point) intact. It was a pyrrhic victory, however, as “Judgment Day” became the last story in the last comic book EC published. This volume also features two of Orlando’s outstanding adaptations of classic Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories: “The Long Year” and “Outcast of the Stars.” Also included are all of EC’s “Adam Link” adaptations, a series which was later adapted for The Outer Limits TV show featuring Leonard Nimoy.

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The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1
by Harvey Kurtzman, Wallace Wood, Al Feldstein, Al Williamson, Jack Davis, et al.

four black & white hardcover volumes in a 7.5" x 10.5" boxed set, 832 pages • $94.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-728-4 

EC Comics LogoA 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



The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesEC Comics 6 Nov 2013 2:53 PM

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

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

See Previews / Order Now

The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.

Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesEC Comics 31 Oct 2013 1:14 PM

Will Elder: "Robert Crumb said that he's gotten everything he needed from me. That son of a gun."

William Gaines: "I've never believed in any kind of censorship against anything in any way for anybody nohow."

Al Feldstein: "It was an industry of a few innovators and a lot of followers."

Johnny Craig: "The Code insisted that we put in the last sentence, about how 'he knew in his heart she could not escape, for he wouldn't rest until she was punished.' And that made me angry at the time…"

Frank Frazetta: "I didn't realize you could actually paint for a living and get paid for it, that kind of thing. I just did it for fun. But you did comics to make a buck, see?"

Joe Kubert: "I did the best I could … and for whatever the reason, it just wasn't up to Harvey [Kurtzman]'s expectations, and I just couldn't see myself twisting myself any more than I already had."

Harvey Kurtzman: "I have many friends and acquaintances who literally were on something when they worked and you can see it in their work, which is not necessarily meant as a compliment."

George Evans: "This was the joy of working for Al [Feldstein]. When you brought in the finished art, he would say, 'Oh geez, I never imagined a picture like that."

Al Jaffee: "Haiti had one subscriber. The whole country. One subscriber. And he did not renew. And they had his address because it was mailed to him. So Bill got the whole Mad crew to go down to his house and ask him why he didn't renew."

"John Severin: "I walked down the line there, went up to Stan Lee, pulled out the gun and stuck it at him and I said, 'Stan. I came in for a raise.'"

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/tcjlibrary8

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesEC Comics 30 Oct 2013 12:29 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

Ships in: November 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee.

Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion. The EC artists were renowned for their attention to detail, and the reproduction here takes full advantage of the oversized art book format.

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TCJ Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists cover photo

Tales from the Crypt tribute exhibit opens tonight!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim RuggJack DaviseventsEC ComicsChris Wrightart shows 25 Oct 2013 3:43 PM

Bill Gaines & Crypt Keeper by Jack Davis

Austin! Tonight at Mondo Gallery from 7-9 is the opening of "It Didn't Rot Our Brains," an art exhibit in tribute to EC Comics and Tales from the Crypt! The undisputed star of the show: this brand new piece depicting Bill Gaines and the Crypt Keeper palling around by legendary TFTC artist Jack Davis! Also included: work by Jim RuggChris Wright, our pals Eric Skillman and Mark Todd, and numerous others. See more sneak peeks and get more info at Collectors Weekly.

It Didn't Rot Our Brains

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGraham IngelsEC ComicsComing Attractions 21 Oct 2013 12:10 PM

Hee, hee! Here comes the Old Witch with a foul feast of fetid features cooked up in her cruddy cauldron! Over two dozen terrifying tales from the putrescent pen of the gourmand of gore, "Ghastly" Graham Ingels, are collected in the tomb — er, tome — we call Sucker Bait and Other Stories! It's the next vile volume in our EC Comics Library series and it's due just as the end of the year plunges you into the pit of despair.

In our execrable excerpt you'll learn what atrocities await you in the Table of Contents and read a torturous trio of nauseating novelettes: the title story, "The Rover Boys!" and "Funereal Disease!"

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

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalpreviewsEC ComicsComing Attractions 3 Oct 2013 12:00 PM

Coming in November, a new volume in our in-depth TCJ Library series, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! In these pages you'll get the inside scoop on one of the most revered and influential comics publishers of all time, EC Comics, straight from the horses' mouths, plus insight on their careers before and after.

In these 22 downloadable pages you'll see the Table of Contents (spoiler alert: feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin) and read Ted White's introduction and the first third or so of the Will Elder interview, which covers his pre-EC career, with illustrations in color and black & white.

Don't miss out on this must-have volume — pre-order today.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists

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 2:32 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).