3 Volume Slipcased set. Published originally by William M. Gaines. When Shock SuspenStories appeared in 1951 it was designed as a showcase title with examples of EC's (Entertaining Comics) crime, horror & science fiction stories. The second issue featured a shock story designed to provoke a reaction, In Gratitude. In subsequent issues, these "preachies" as publisher William M. Gaines liked to call them, dealt with race relations, rape, bigotry, hazing & all manner of formerly taboo subject.
These stories lift Shock SuspenStories into the upper echelons of EC's output. Whilst not a horror Comic, two issues of Entertaining Comic's (EC) Crime SuspenStories were the subject of US Senate Committees investigations. The crowbar murder Issue (#23) & its predecessor, the notorious severed head cover. As the investigating Senator Kefauver said at the time You have blood coming out of her mouth. After publisher William M. Gaines coy admission, Kefauver continued "There is blood on the axe. I think most adults are shocked by that."
With Russ Cochran's Complete Crime SuspenStories you can enjoy all of these graphic masterpieces, illustrated by Johnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ghastly Ingels, Jack Davis, Reed Crandall & several other top-flight illustrators from the EC stable. There is also an adaptation of a Ray Bradbury short story in issue #9 (The October Game).
There are several late stories by one of the masters of visual story telling, Berni Krigstein. Whilst Al Williamson's artistry was demonstrated in two stories, the second assisted by Frank Frazetta (Fired! #17). There are also the stark yet oddly beautiful covers of Johnny Craig, which will linger and play in the imagination. Each book is smyth sewn and deluxe bound to last a lifetime of re-reading.
Fine condition with minor scuffing to slipcase.Authors:
Edited by Al Feldstein, written by Al Feldstein, William M. Gaines & othersArtists:
Johnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis, Reed Crandall, Al Williamson, Frank FrazettaPublisher:
Russ Cochran, 1981 (Out of Print)Format:
Hard Cover in Slipcase; Black & White illustrationsSize:
10" x 13" (25cm x 33cm)Condition:
F - Fine
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