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The EC Archives: The Vault of Horror, Vol. 1 (The EC Archives)

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Legendary publisher Bill Gaines provided the forum and creators like Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Wally Wood, Harry Harrison, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, and Jack Davis provided the mayhem. Six full issues and 24 complete stories are collected in this full-color, deluxe volume.
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published November 13th 2007 by Gemstone Publishing
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Sep 09, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
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Remember the good old days when horror comics had absolutely no redeeming value except that they were completely awesome. Back before Dr. Fredric "UptightaDouche" Wertham got his panties all sweaty and bunched up and went accusing the comics industry of seducing the innocent. Back before the funny book publishers had their spines surgically removed and “voluntarily" adopted the CCA...which sounded the death knell of the “gold
Ever since TNT announced they'd be returning the Cryptkeeper to our TV screens, I've been in the mood for some...

*Sigh* I'll never forget being 8 years old, buying a Tales from the Crypt VHS, and putting the tape in to see a woman being hacked up with an ax while in a restroom stall. Oh, and let us not forget that ghastly little Christmas story called "And All Through the House..."

Needless to say, I was a little too young to watch Tales from the Crypt at the time. So I settled for the children's
Sep 29, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest ever pop culture injustices is the ridiculous 1950's fearmongering by Estes Kefauver and Fredric Wertham regarding comic books. By instilling fear into the hearts of parents, these men laid the blame for juvenile delinquency squarely at the feet of comic books. So, the industry agreed to self-regulate, forming the Comics Code Authority. Many of the Authority's regulations forbade the use of words like Horror, Fear, and Terror in comic titles, and heavily censored violent stor ...more
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Apr 14, 2015 Jennie Rigg rated it really liked it
If you want to know where a lot of the visual clichés for horror started, you need to pick up one of these EC archive books; they didn't start in film or television, but comics that film and television directors read.

Aficionados of the genre will find a lot of old favourites in here. The artwork is beautiful, especially given the limitations of comic printing at the time these were originally out. The stories have that little twist of sick humour we all know and love. It even has an intro by RL
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is another in the EC Archives series, consisting of the first six issues with some of the letter pages. There is also one page per issue that goes into a discussion of the stories and artists. R.L. Stine writes the foreword to the book.

The stories vary in quality. I think sometimes the play on words that are used in introducing the stories and concluding them get to be a little boring. Some of the stories have very moralistic endings, evil being repaid with death.
May 05, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of the first 6 issues of the series. I skipped the ads, letters and prose sections. Good writing and illustrations.
Sep 23, 2015 Sylvester rated it liked it
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There was basically at least 1 werewolf tale in every issue... The first volume of the Vault of Horror was fun but lacking in creativity.
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Aug 02, 2011 Ron rated it it was ok
While on the edge of a storm of controversy, EC Comics were quite over-rated and appealed only to the juvenile tastes of the sort of people who worship all of the bad kitsch from the 50s (you know, the ones who went on to found the punk rock movement and loved bad B-Movies and boring rockabilly). The crime comics and the science fiction work at EC was often the best, and the horror work often appealed to the lowest common denominator.
Russell Grant
EC had gotten most of the kinks out of their horror tales with "Tales From The Crypt" by the time "Vault Of Horror" appeared on the shelves, and as a result this 1st volume of stories is pretty great. The artwork is amazing, and on the whole, there are no clunker stories in this one (other then one that gets a retread...). It's a shame these archives seem to be stalled out and not getting published, I want the rest of this run!
Jul 04, 2010 Kevin rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the stories (look out werewolf, you're being attacked by a vampire. Oh no!) but the in-text advertisements and digital coloring were incredibly irritating.
Jun 20, 2008 George rated it liked it
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