I have a hankering to buy some EC books. I'm assuming Russ Cochran's Complete EC Library editions is the easiest way to pick up something to experiment with (although if there is a better way, feel free to advise).
So what do I go for? Since they can be hard to come by a couple of suggestions might be an idea, although I'm more than prepared to wait if there's a must have title.
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Saturday, 2 September 2006 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link
― J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Saturday, 2 September 2006 21:41 (fifteen years ago) link
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Sunday, 3 September 2006 08:11 (fifteen years ago) link
The problem w/ all the EC titles is that they are VERY formulaic and VERY overwritten, so are def best read in small doses (tho' of course no comics company has ever had such a superb line-up of artists, so even when the stories start to drag there are lots of purty pics to look at.) As regard the horror comics, my personal pref wld be for the later issues of Vault of Horror (the title edited by Johnny Craig) - as well as the usual E.C. stars, you also get some of Krigstein's best work, which is to say some of the best comics ever drawn (many of these are reprinted in the Krigstein volumes that Fantagraphics brought out - I think these have been reduced to clear, search 'em out.)
― Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Sunday, 3 September 2006 10:03 (fifteen years ago) link
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Sunday, 3 September 2006 10:49 (fifteen years ago) link
Krigstein Comics for $30 off.
― kit brash (kit brash), Sunday, 3 September 2006 15:57 (fifteen years ago) link
― kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 4 September 2006 11:18 (fifteen years ago) link
― aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Monday, 4 September 2006 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link
As to titles, Shock SuspenStories is a good place to start since most issues contained one horror story, one sf story, one crime story and a 'preachie', or social issue story.
― David Simpson (David Simpson), Thursday, 7 September 2006 08:34 (fifteen years ago) link
Heads up: if, like me, you haven't yet pulled the trigger on collecting EC stuff because Dark Horse frustratingly lets random volumes of their collections fall out of print, it looks like they're rebooting the line. Softcovers instead of hardcovers this time 'round but I'll takes what I can gets. First volumes of Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, and Shock SuspenStories all to be released in 2021.
― The Mandolinrainian (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:36 (seven months ago) link
― peace, man, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:52 (seven months ago) link
i think the fanta "by artist" collection is the right way to buy if you're gonna read them but not if you're a completist
― That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 23:29 (seven months ago) link
This HUGE new EC history from Taschen is meant to be amazing:
I've come round to thinking that the best way to read EC is in the Russ Cochran box sets - great size, superb repro and excellent 'liner notes' for each issue. You can sometimes find them online at surprisingly reasonable prices, too. I'm not a fan of the modern recolouring that Dark Horse have used on those collections; the individual comics reprints that Cochran also issued generally have more appropriate and pleasing colour.
― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 23:54 (seven months ago) link
My mother had just started managing a comic book store when the hardcover reprints had pretty much all come out - spent many afternoons and evenings being babysat by EC and Doonesbury collections. Wish they'd just do one big release instead of dripping them out (and focusing mostly on horror, probably).
― Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Friday, 19 February 2021 01:36 (seven months ago) link
Dark Horse has run through all the horror reprints at this point so they've actually been releasing HCs of the non-horror stuff for a little while now.And yes, I'm one of those sick-o completists, is why I'm excited for the rebooted Dark Horse collections.
― The Mandolinrainian (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 February 2021 01:46 (seven months ago) link