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The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Volume 2

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From stories by the legendary team Bill Gaines & Al Feldstein come the classic horror tales written by Feldstein and illustrated by the all-star line-up of Wally Wood, Jack Kamen, Johnny Craig, Feldstein himself, Joe Orlando, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis, and Marie Severin. Reprints 24 stories from Tales from the Crypt with a foreword by Joe Dante, director of Gremlins. R ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.
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Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun read, though maybe not as fun as the first volume. The stories start out strong, but lose their kick over the course of the volume. It's like having that third jelly doughnut: still good but definitely crossing the line into over-indulgence.

Of course, I didn't go into this expecting great horror stories. I went in looking for old-school vibes and classic riffs from the dawn of horror comics. Volume Two delivers on that count. The plots are "Tales from the Crypt Standard Issue": i
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It's still no Shock SuspenStories, but I enjoyed this book as much as the second Weird Science.

A little too much voodoo, but the rest of the stories definitely worked. I loved Wally Wood's "Scared to Death." Right from the opening splash (one of the best of all time), to the final shot of Ralph's hand disappearing beneath the lake, it just clicked.

"Loved to Death" was the first EC story I ever encountered, in the HBO Crypt TV series. Andrew McCarthy and Mariel Hemingway were in it.

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Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
For some reason this collection didn't tickle me as much as the other EC horror collections I've read so far. It's a lot of ho-hum stuff until towards the end where the latter stories are pretty much all knockouts. Always good stuff in general, though. Highlights here are "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" (much better and different than what one would expect) and "Bargain in Death."
Timothy Boyd
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I really love going back in time and reading the EC comics. Not only do I get to see some of the greats of comic art and writing as they get their start, I also get some damn fine stories from the 1950s. These comics resisted the Comic Code Authority's attempt to censure comics. Very nice art and plots make these a joy to read. Recommended
Diane Arcand
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Loved them when I was younger and they are still a good read today. Great artistry and interesting story lines.
Nicholas Kawalec
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This volume, though it had some weak stories, was overall very good. It felt like some of the writers were really hitting their stride, while some were beating one concept to death (how many witch doctors hath Haiti?). Overall, there were far more good stories than bad, and the artwork is always top notch.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was great from beginning to end. Packed full of thrilling short stories. This hardcover collects issues 7-12, and the quality of this reprint is fantastic. Full colour throughout the whole book, they include all of the old ads that were in the original issues. If you're thinking of reading this book, you definitely should.
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 added it
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A much stronger collection then volume one. The kinks have been worked out, the editors know what they are doing and everything is firing on all cylinders. They aren't the most literate stories you'll read in the EC line, but they are fun and entertaining. Great stuff!
David Bales
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Mostly acceptable graphic novel along the lines of the old style horror comic books. Stories were o.k., but nothing much special.
Greg Harrison
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection.
In fact I gave it 4 SCARS! AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahaaaaaaaaa...
Sylvester Kuo
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Slightly better than the first volume with some nice stories without all the "psychological" twists.
Deimosa Webber-Bey
Quality work from the arch-nemesis of the Comic Book Code Authority. This will keep you up at night (checking under the bed, etc).
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great 50's horror comic which was burned in many towns due to violence.just look at the cover.
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