The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt, Volume 1

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Overview

EC Comics (Entertaining Comics) were all published from the late 1940s until around 1956, when the Comics Code Authority whitewashed all comic books to remove all themes of horror and violence. Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham and Senator Estes Kefauver's Committee on Juvenile Delinquency attacked horror comics as causes of the rise in juvenile delinquency and crimes by minors. These comic books were accused of having no redeeming value to society and were effectively banned by the actions of these groups in creating the Comics Code. EC Comics were superior to other comics of the 1950s because of a higher quality of writing and artwork, and they were widely imitated by other comics publishers. The subject matter for EC Comics were horror, science fiction/fantasy, crime stories, war stories and stories with a social message that generally had a twist or "shock" ending.
This volume reprints the first six complete issues (24 stories) of the comic book Tales From the Crypt, originally published in 1950, and features classic horror stories of vampires, werewolves, ghouls and monsters in the vein of hte early Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man movies. This title was EC's best seller, and was the inspiration of several feature films and the HBO series of the same name.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781888472554
  • Publisher: Gemstone Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/14/2007
  • Series: EC Archives Series
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    You just can't put these stories down (cuz they keep coming back!)....

    ...not unlike the undead that are portrayed in many an EC tale.
    Nearly sixty (yep, SIXTY!) years old and these stories and art just can't be kept down (because they ARE that good). Sure a number of stories are formulaic with most having a twist or surprise ending. But what a hoot!

    The artwork is done by the reknown comic masters topping most anything you see today. Why do think these stories can't be kept down after so long with movies, TV shows and more patterned after these books. They are a pop culture icon.

    If you've never dealt with the Crypt Keeper, the Old Witch and the Vault Keeper, you are in for a treat.

    With these hardcover tomes, the foundation is laid for continuing enjoyment for future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Great collection

    I love this collection of stories, so keep writing 'um!

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