About a decade after the formation of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 effectively killed off EC Comics' popular line of horror comics, Warren Publishing aimed to bring back some of that malevolent magic. The result was the anthology series Creepy (and later, its sister book, Eerie). Published as a black-and-white magazine, the series didn't have to adhere to the Comics Code's strict content standards, and as such, was able to push the envelope in ways comics in the mid-1960s generally couldn't.
Now, the book's current publisher, Dark Horse, is celebrating the magazine's 50th anniversary with a big, blowout issue featuring work by Fred Van Lente, Corinna Bechko, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Bagge, Alison Sampson, and Art Baltazar, among others.
One of the things that makes Paolo Rivera such an accomplished artist, and a favorite among many comic readers, is his ability to mix in elements from several of his artistic influences and interests in his work. That ability was on display once again this past week, as Mondo debuted a new print by Rivera that pays tribute to the EC Comics cover work of the legendary Wally Wood.
The last of Gemstone Publishing's hardcover EC Archives collections came out in 2009, and it seemed for a while that efforts to collect the company's classic horror comics had come to a sad end. That's why today's news that Dark Horse Comics is picking up the mantle and bringing back the EC Archives with two new volumes: Tales from the Crypt Volume 4 and Vault of Horror Volume 3, coming this October and next January, respectively, is so welcome.
Animation: Warner Bros. Animation has released new images and official box art for Superman: Unbound, which arrives on home video and digital formats on May 7. Movies: There's a new still of Hugh Jackman on The Wolverine
For the first time in decades fans will finally be able to collect the iconic horror, crime and sci-fi stories of E.C. Comics in black and white collections from Fantagraphics starting in 2012. According to The Comi
Following Eisner wins for Best Graphic Album - Reprint and Best Publication Design for Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition, IDW Publishing has announced three more products in the prestigious Artist's Edition line: Will Eisner's The Spirit, John Romita, Sr.'s Spider-Man, and Wally Wood's ED Comics Stories. These books join the just-released Artist's Edition of Walt Simonson's Thor. With all of IDW's
Aside from a love of fancy notebooks, I don't really have much of an attachment to the artifacts of the pre-Internet era of instant communication. That said, the letterheads of the past are a thousand times better than today's neon pink, Comic Sans email signatures.
If you're a fan of things that are awesome, there's a pretty good chance that you're already familiar with Mike McGee and Tamas Jakab's El Gorgo!, the rip-roaring saga of the world's greatest gorilla luchador super-hero, who battles Lovecraftian evil across time and space and still makes it back in time to play in his surf rock band, Gorgo A-Go-Go!
This week is Banned Books Week, when we celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are free to say, write and read what we choose -- and the importance of being vigilant against those who would try to erode those rights and make those choices for us.
Of course, traditional books aren't the only reading material that get
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