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:
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.
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.
"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
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.
Ingels 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.
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.
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!"
Following some hints and speculation here and there we're pleased to announce the upcoming 7th book in our EC Comics Library series. In October, just in time for Halloween, Fantagraphics will be casting off Sucker Bait and Other Stories illustrated by Graham "Ghastly" Ingels and written by Al Feldstein et al., a collection of 25 of Ingels's infamous horror stories from Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, Vault of Horror and his showcase title Haunt of Fear.
Reached for comment, noted horror afficionado and editorial kibbitzer Kim Thompson had this to say: "Until I re-read all these stories, I'd forgotten how inventively disgusting Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels could be when they put their minds to it. I can't imagine any fan of grisly horror passing this up. (The murderous revived rotting elephant alone is worth the price of admission as far as I'm concerned.)"
This hardcover volume will clock in at approximately 208 pages and, like the other volumes in the series, be presented in glorious black and white.