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The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Volume 1

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Gemstone Publishing
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Stephen
As a devoted fan of EC Archives, it's with no small measure of sadness that I confess my nut-shrinking disappointment with the sad sack stories in the first half of this collection.
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I'm sorry...but it needed to be said. Most of the early stories in this volume were simply not up to EC's standards of juvenile corrupting excellence.

Thankfully, my twisted, horror-happy was salvaged by the demented doings of last two issues which largely rehabilitated my admiration for this collection. However, it w
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Timothy Boyd
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
No one did Horror comics like EC. The art and writing were top notch for the time and still read well today. The stories were considered very graphic then and let to much of what EC did getting a lot of bad press and being banned from news stands in some cities. The artists and writers that made these incredible comics became some of the industry leaders a few years later. Recommended
Jess Landry
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
If you so happen to be a product of the 70s, 80s or early 90s, then chances are you may be most familiar with Tales from the Crypt in video format. There was HBO’s show of the same name for the more mature viewer, a show that spanned seven seasons and that managed to spew out a handful of enjoyable flicks. There was Tales from the Cryptkeeper, the animated series aimed at weird children like you and me. And last but not least, there was the short-lived but super fucking awesome kids game show, S ...more
Papercut
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young babies before bed,and old grandmas on their death bed.
I remember growing up my dad was obsessed with Robins Donuts,this is before the Tim Hortons revolution hit Canada.Nonetheless The cafe was located next to a comic shop. This place supplied my addiction to the sinister crypt keeper that would introduce each and every tale. That would put shivers down my spine and equal a sleepless night.
Ademption
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Rudimentary. Every series has to start somewhere, but this volume is out of print with good reason: the first issues aren't good.
Brett
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one's most intriguing if you've already read a few other volumes of EC horror comics already. Here, one really gets the feel for what the evolution of crime/suspense comics to outright supernatural horror was like. With the vast majority of the artwork done by Feldstein, the imagery can get a little monotonous, but again, this one is all about the birth of the "new trend" and it's not like Feldstein's thick lines and graphic sensibilities are unpleasant.

I also like how one story towards th
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Michael
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Of the EC Archives I've read so far, it is ironic that my least favorite is probably the one with the most famous name. That said, there are still some terrific stories here - it's simply a case of horror not being a favored genre of mine.

Any story drawn by Ghastly Graham Ingels is a winner though. Nobody uses shadow and light like Graham did, making messy black pages that are filled with emotion and terrifying things that lurk just beyond your sight. The other stories had solid twists, good cha
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Bart Hill
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a long time to complete this collection of EC classics. It may not have been due to the stories but more due to the fact that I've already read several of these Dark Horse Books EC Archives over the past several years. Perhaps, I'm a bit burned out and need to wait a year, or more, before I tackle another collection of these classic stories.
The Stumps
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
It was so scary. I will have to sleep with the lights on like the back of the book recommends. Times like this make me glad I wear adult diapers while reading scary books...because of the spontaneous urination.
Ralph Carlson
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have always enjoyed the old EC Comics and these archive HC editions are great.
Simone Cox
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
creepy fun
Morgan
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The recoloring looks like shit
Sean Carlin
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really nice collection of horror stories from Tales from the Crypt and The Crypt of Terror, printed on coated stock with digitally remastered coloring. To read these comics, you'd wonder why they were ever censored in the first place (as detailed in David Hajdu's The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America), as they're all -- almost exclusively -- morality tales about bad people meeting just (if often gruesome) ends. Most of the stories have understandably lost the ...more
Brandon Montgomery
It's great to pick up this volume and read a couple stories at a time, but this selection represents the comic's early days, which aren't their glory days - These stories are tamer than the ones that would come later, and they're very formulaic...There's about four different stories retold with minor variation throughout the volume.

Overall, this collection is enjoyable and fun if taken as something to thumb through or read slowly, but it doesn't inspire compulsive reading the way, for instance
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Alex
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is the first few comics from the "Tales from the Crypt" series, along with some interesting commentary on the process and history of making them.

The comics are pretty good. The writing is a little shaky in the first few issues, and in my opinion the series doesn't really get good-and-pulpy until the last issue of this edition (and even better in the issues after it), but if you're into this stuff, you're into this stuff.

The addition of the commentary/history is pretty interesting, though so
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David R. George
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While not really a horror fan, I read all of these stories in their original form as part of individual 10-cent comic books in the 1950s. The EC line, which included three horror titles, two science-fiction titles, two war (really anti-war) comic titles, one crime comic, a contemporary title called Shock Suspenstories, and MAD as a 23-issue comic book. There were others, including Panic, a companion humor comic to MAD. But these were the core of so-called new-trend comics, and that they were. Th ...more
SHUiZMZ
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the history of E.C. Comics and Bill Gaines' horror, sci-fi, and crime comic empire. A great book showing how censorship ruined some of the greatest comic books ever created. Full of glossy pages, colorful photos, comic strips and loads of artwork---this has regained my interest in these wonderfully crafted pieces of dripping and gory artwork. How fitting that I finish this book on my birthday.
Michael
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book and the stories, although they may seem tame compared to more recent horror tales, still are twisted enough to give you a chill down your spine. The book also gives you sneek peeks into how these comics were made, how they dealt with the new "comic code" and a little about the writers and artists. It is quite an expensive book since it's a hardback, but worth it in my opinion (mostly because I got it for a gift so I didn't pay anything for it). :)
Dave
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Found extremely cheap.Great way to reread without dragging my originals out
As per usual great stories and artwork by the best in the buisiness.50 years later and the artists stories still do not get any better than than these.
Kyle Burley
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
These are some of the earliest stories to kick of the great 1950's horror comic craze that led to congressional hearings and the formation of the "comics code". Not bad, but better, and more extreme, stories were yet to come.
Kat
Sep 04, 2011 added it
I can't believe I read this, but I actually did. I won't rate it because I don't have anything to compare it to. This was a summer ago and I was very bored at the time and a friend of the family had this laying around. So crazy!!
Erik
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-horror
Pretty tame for today's audience. Most of these are just basic monster stories. Doesn't have the depth that other EC series sometimes had.
Jordan
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Mediocre art and extremely repetitive storylines. I can see how a kid in the fifties might have found some entertainment but it's hard to recommend it to anyone today.
Olivia
Mar 17, 2013 added it
really great
Sylvester Kuo
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror, mystery
The stories were once again somewhat predictable. Kinda disappointed in the lack of supernatural elements, but still was quite a good read overall.
Edwin Vazquez
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Yep...a must read for any comic fan. I own some of these in the original format size (reprints)but I also a sucker for large format printings of comics.
Russell Grant
Jul 29, 2011 added it
Shelves: owned
the series hasn't hit it's stride in this volume, but it's still a great read.
Yves-antoine
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
the retro atmosphere is the best feature
Matt Williams
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll always have a soft spot for these comics, and if the stories aren't all that, the artwork holds it up. Hold tight The Crypt Keeper!!
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