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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 October 23rd 2007 by Gemstone Publishing
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The followng review has NOT been approved by the Comics Code Authority
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
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
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!
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.
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