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

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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 William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.
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Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Cameron Chaney
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the Humor and War titles at EC Comics were edited by Harvey Kurtzman, the Horror and Sci-Fi titles were in the capable hands of Al Feldstein. Although "Tales From The Crypt" is best known today, (mostly because of the TV series), "The Haunt Of Fear" and "The Vault of Horror" were equally well read in their time.

In the early issues featured in this volume, classic elements of the genre: Voodoo, Vampires, and a preponderance of Werewolves, are featured. Overtime the horror titles increasingl
Timothy Boyd
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
If you want classic comic horror before the Comic Code Authority watered everything down then EC comics was the publisher to goto. In addition to their excellent writing their comics were where some of the greats artists of the industry started or polished their work to master's level. Great read and visually stunning. Recommended
Sep 21, 2008 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
Jennie Rigg
Mar 31, 2015 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
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm borrowing these from my father in law because they're out of print though I'd love to have them in my collection. You can see in this first volume the great leaps in daring the publishers make with graphic content and horrific imagery. The covers are all gold even if one or two stories per issue is a clunker. I also forgot how much fun the pun-filled hosting of the Vault Keeper is and the rivalry between him, the Crypt Keeper, and the Old Witch. E.C. Horror Comics are the best damn thing in ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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EC's horror line remains my least favorite of their titles, but I still enjoy enough of the twists and all of the artists on display to make these volumes worthwhile. Ingels and Kamen really blow me away every time, and Jack Davis (making his EC debut in the final issue collected herein) and Johnny Craig are both excellent as well. Jules Feiffer actually pencils a story in this book as well. Artistry has never been Feiffer's draw, but his work with inker Harry Harrison is actually pretty solid.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Most of the time when I read an anthology collection some of the stories bored me. Not the case with this title. While some of the stories were better than others, I didn't want to miss a thing. My favorite artists in this collection would be Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig and Wally Wood.
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 added it
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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!
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 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.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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May 05, 2016 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.
Sylvester Kuo
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, horror
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.
Jul 04, 2010 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.
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