Judgment Day and Other Stories

Judgment Day and Other Stories

by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury
     
 

Longtime comics pro Joe Orlando drew this collection of subversive 1950s EC genre comics.
Joe Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects 23 of his best sf 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

Overview

Longtime comics pro Joe Orlando drew this collection of subversive 1950s EC genre comics.
Joe Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects 23 of his best sf 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 also adapted for The Outer Limits TV show and featured Leonard Nimoy.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Levitz
“If you're not familiar with [Joe Orlando's] magnificent EC art, do yourself a favor and order [Judgment Day and Other Stories]. Joe was a deserved member of comics' Hall of Fame for his work as an artist, editor, teacher and industry leader...and mentor to so many of us.”
David Maine - Spectrum Culture
“...Judgment Day is an outstanding collection and a genuinely thrilling addition to this fine, fine series. Fans of science fiction, or comics, or both, would do well to pick up this volume. ... Be warned, though: these compilations are habit-forming. It’s unlikely that just one volume will satisfy.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606997277
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
06/08/2014
Series:
EC Comics Library Series
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
595,663
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Joe Orlando (1927–1998; Will Eisner Hall of Fame, 2007) was a prolific illustrator, writer, editor, and cartoonist who rose from artist at EC Comics to vice president at DC Comics.

Albert B. Feldstein (1925-2014) was an American writer,
editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics (particularly in the science fiction genre) and, from 1956 to
1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1920. Growing up during the Great Depression, Bradbury began writing at the age of 11. Unable to join the military in World War II due to his poor eyesight, he began publishing science fiction stories. In 1947 he married Marguerite McClure and they had four daughters. His career as a writer included such notable works as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and I Sing The Body Electric. Primarily known for his successes in science fiction, Bradbury also worked on various horror and mystery stories, as well as screenplays and television scripts. During his lifetime he received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer in 2007. Bradbury passed away in 2012.

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