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Gene Colan, Russ Heath, Basil Wolverton, Dr Michael J Vassallo

Adventures Into Terror: The Atlas Comics Library Vol. 1

On sale date: September 12, 2023

Fantagraphics is embarking on a project to reprint Marvel Comics’ 1950s genre titles —war, crime, supernatural, funny animal, Western— under its Atlas imprint with the first eight issues of the pre-code horror series Adventures Into Terror.

Atlas holds a special place among aficionados of the genre, producing more horror titles and issues by far, than anyone in the industry. While the quality of E.C.'s six horror/sci-fi titles was unsurpassed with their elite cadre of talent, Atlas was the equivalent of the B-movies studio, churning out anywhere from 8 to 12 different horror titles a month, giving a wider array of artists, including some of the best craftsmen of the era, a chance to show off their talents: in addition to those already mentioned, future volumes will include Bill Everett, John Romita, Bernie Krigstein, Jerry Robinson, Harry Anderson, and Matt Fox. Stories from Marvel’s Atlas line have barely been reprinted. The Fantagraphics Atlas Library is the first attempt to publish a carefully curated line of Atlas titles.

Our first volume Adventures Into Terror includes a treasure trove of stories drawn by many of the most stylistically accomplished artists of the Golden Age including Russ Heath, Gene Colan, George Tuska, Carl Burgos, Don Rico, Mike Sekowsky, Joe Maneely, Basil Wolverton, and Joe Sinnott. Highlights include Russ Heath’s two-part story “The Brain” from issue #4 and “Return of the Brain” from issue #6; Basil Wolverton classic “Where Monsters Dwell” from issue #7; Gene Colan renders the moody “House of Horror” in issue #3; Don Rico’s wild layouts are on display from #4’s “The Torture Room”; and Allen Bellman puts his young daughter into the last panel of #4’s “Vampire Brats.” The stories are written firmly in the tradition of the pulpy, perverse, borderline deranged style that brought Fredric Wertham, the United States Senate Sub-Committee, and public opinion down on like a sledgehammer on comics in the early ‘50s.

Edited by Atlas scholar Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, scanned directly from the published comics, and meticulously restored by Allan Harvey, the first volume of the Fantagraphics Atlas Library is an event among comics lovers, collectors, and historians


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