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Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s - Greg Sadowski, Iger Studio, Jack Cole, Jack Katz, Joe Kubert, Lou Cameron, Manny Stallman, Mike Peppe, Reed Crandall, Rudy Palais, Sid Check, Al Williamson, Wallace Wood, Warren Kremer, Basil Wolverton, Bob Powell, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Fred Kida, George Evans, Harry La
Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
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A massive collection of never-before-collected pre-Comics Code horror comics of the 1950s.Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry.... show more
A massive collection of never-before-collected pre-Comics Code horror comics of the 1950s.Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry. Yet before the watchdog groups and Congress could intercede, horror books were flying off the newsstands. During its peak period (1951-54) over fifty titles appeared each month. Apparently there was something perversely irresistible about these graphic excursions into our dark side, and Four Color Fear collects the finest of these into a single robust and affordable volume. EC is the comic book company most fans associate with horror; its complete line has been reprinted numerous times, and deservedly so. But to the average reader there remain unseen quite a batch of genuinely disturbing, compulsive, imaginative, at times even touching, horror stories presented from a variety of visions and perspectives, many of which at their best can stand toe to toe with EC. All of the better horror companies are represented: Ajax-Farrell, Atlas, Avon, Charlton, Comic Media, Fawcett, Fiction House, Gilmor, Harvey, Quality, Standard, St. John, Story, Superior, Trojan, and Youthful. Artist perennials Jack Cole, Steve Ditko, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, and Wallace Wood con- tribute both stories and covers, with many of the forty full-sized covers created by specialists Bernard Baily, L.B. Cole, William Eckgren, and Matt Fox. Editors Benson and Sadowski have sifted through hundreds of rare books to cherry-pick the most compelling scripts and art, and they provide extensive background notes on the artists, writers, and companies involved in their creation. Digital restoration has been performed with subtlety and restraint, mainly to correct registration and printing errors, with every effort made to retain the flavor of the original comics, and to provide the reader the experience of finding in the attic a bound volume of the finest non-EC horror covers and stories of the pre-code era. 304 pages of color comics
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781606993439 (1606993437)
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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This book is nuts. I was never too into horror, and never read too many old horror comics... but maybe it was the William Castle film festival that made me realize how much I'd enjoy these, and damn did I ever.Often they're hilariously nonsensical (the cactus story), strangely off-kilter (the one on...
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