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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

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 3:22 PM

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

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

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

With his wholesome approach, Jack 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.

The title story, "Zero Hour" (one of three in this book adapted from works by Ray Bradbury), set in a Spielbergian suburban idyll, is particularly well served by Kamen's surface innocence; "A Lesson in Anatomy" works similar magic, with its Mayberry-esque setting veering into alien-invasion terror.

EC Comics LogoIf there was any devil in Kamen, it came out in his loving depiction of the female face and form, and you could see why his hapless heroes were often fatally entranced with them — as in "Punishment Without Crime" (Bradbury again), "He Who Waits!" (a scientist finds an extreme way of rejoining his eight-inch-tall inamorata), and "Miscalculation!" (the lucky recipient of a package from the future literally brews his own harem); even the supercomputer in "Only Human!" proves vulnerable to a beautiful woman's charms.

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.

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Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 3:21 PM

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

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

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

Even sixty years after their original release, in a post-Saw-and-Hostel era of explicit horror, EC Comics superstar Graham "Ghastly" Ingels's grisly pages retain the power to shock.

His loving depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature made him the go-to guy for stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment — and all three combined to best effect in one of the standouts of this collection of his stories: "Horror We? How’s Bayou?" — considered the single most spectacularly drawn of all of EC’s horror stories, with a climax that would give body-horror king David Cronenberg nightmares.

EC Comics LogoIngels specialized in depicting the unimaginable. If you ever wondered what the vengeful, decaying corpse of an elephant stomping a woman to death would look like, it's in here ("Squash...Anyone?"). Or living rats sewn into the bodies of a tyrannical king and queen ("A Grim Fairy Tale")... or the results of injecting a "poison-pen" letter writer with literal poison and reducing him to, in the words of Al Feldstein's script, a "foul-smelling, oozing pool of putrescence" ("Notes to You!"). One of the two Ray Bradbury adaptations in the book, "There Was an Old Woman" (about a deceased crone who simply refuses to stay dead) provides the closest thing to a note of sweetness that you'll find here — perhaps with the exception of the genuinely romantic "A Little Stranger!" and its loving marriage between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf.

Sucker Bait and Other Stories features 25 classic stories from Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and Ingels and his "Old Witch" character's special showcase Haunt of Fear — plus the usual fascinating historical, critical, and biographical material.

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Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack KamenEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 9 Dec 2013 4:56 PM

Zero Hour cover photo

Zero Hour pages photo

The countdown to Zero Hour continues with this first glimpse of an advance copy of the upcoming volume in our EC Comics Library series. Artist Jack Kamen brings Al Feldstein's scripts to life with confident chiaroscuro brushwork in these spine-tingling sci-fi yarns. Mad scientists, creepy aliens, desperate criminals, beautiful women, cigar-chomping government types, apocalypse survivors, sideshow freaks... the classic EC stuff, reproduced in crisp black & white in our handsome, bookshelf-friendly hardcover presentation with scholarly bonus features. Secure your copy by pre-ordering today!

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJack KamenEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 6 Dec 2013 5:01 PM

A new volume in our EC Comics Library series beams your way next month: Zero Hour and Other Stories, drawn by Jack Kamen and mostly scripted by Al Feldstein, with 22 pulpy sci-fi & suspense shockers full of Cold War paranoia, barely-suppressed sexual urges, desperation, alien invaders, bioengineering gone wrong, mass extinctions, lovelorn automatons, and man's folly in the face of technology he can't fully understand or control.

In our downloadable excerpt you'll find the haunting title story, adapted from a story by Ray Bradbury, sandwiched between the ultimate self-loathing tale "The Parallel" and the teleportational "Hot-Rod!"

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

New Comics Day 12.4.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Roy CraneNew Comics DayJulia GfrörerJesse ReklawEC ComicsCaptain Easy 6 Dec 2013 11:12 AM

This week's comic shop shipment included 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.

Black is the Color  

Black is the Color 
by Julia Gfrörer

72-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-717-8

"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." –Sammy Harkham 

"Gfrörer's most moving comic to date, Black Is the Color eroticizes suffering not to glamorize it, but to endure it. We're adrift; what other choice do we have?" –Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

"This is Julia Gfrorer's fine-looking work, very idiosyncratically told in a way that makes you love cartoonists that take those opportunities and run with them." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Couch Tag  

Couch Tag  
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

"[A] family's evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious." –Houston Chronicle 

"…it's another work in a very strong year for Reklaw that included the short he did for Robyn Chapman. An autobiographical tale that gets increasingly unhinged, Reklaw's work also reminded me of some of the emotionally infused alt-manga I read this year: a really unique comics-reading experience." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

There's a lot of energy hidden, pent up, in Reklaw's older normal "square" cartooning style, and it's starting to bust out and become unpredictable, more like he is in person." –Kevin Huizenga

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

A lot of those folks were very thoughtful artists, and this TCJ generated book can take you into what many of them were thinking." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

Captain Easy 4

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 4 (1941-1943) 
by Roy Crane

144-page full-color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-698-0

"It's easy to toss around the word 'genius,' especially when it comes to comics. We all have our favorites and we all like to think ours are the great ones. But one look at Roy Crane's work and anyone can see that he definitely was worthy of the 'genius' tag." - Tom Mason, Comix 411  

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." –The A.V. Club 







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!)