The arrival of Weird Fantasy Vol. 3 had the usual effect series collections have on me, making me wonder how close we were to finishing that series. In this case, that also means, by extension, the EC line.

I have cause to worry -- Dark Horse's track record on series collections isn't good. Currently it appears that the Tarzan, Archie and Crime Does Not Pay series have all stalled at nowhere near the end.

Anyway, I felt we were close enough to make a summary worthwhile. Here's where I think we are:

COMPLETED

Aces High: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Aces High Vol. 1.

Extra!: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Extra! Vol. 1.

Incredible Science Fiction: Four issues collected in EC Archives: Incredible Science Fiction Vol. 1.

Panic: 12 issues collected in EC Archives: Panic Vols. 1-2.

Shock SuspenStories: 18 issues collected in EC Archives: Crime SuspenStories Vols. 1-3.

Crypt of Terror/Tales from the Crypt: 30 issues collected in EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Vols. 1-5.

Valor: Five issues collected in EC Archives: Valor Vol. 1.

Weird Science: 22 issues collected in EC Archives: Weird Science Vols. 1-4.

SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION

Haunt of Fear: Fifth and final volume scheduled for Oct. 23.

Vault of Horror: Fifth and final volume scheduled for Dec. 28.

Piracy: One volume, scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019

UNSCHEDULED

Crime SuspenStories #19-27: The first 18 issues have been collected in EC Archives: Crime SuspenStories Vols. 1-3..

Frontline Combat #7-15. The first six issues have been collected in Frontline Combat Vol. 1.

Impact! #1-5.

M.D. #1-5.

Psychoanalysis #1-5.

Two-Fisted Tales #36-41: Issues #18-35 have been collected in Two-Fisted Tales Vols. 1-3.

War Against Crime! #7-11: First six issues scheduled to be collected on Aug. 28 in EC Archives: War Against Crime! Vol. 1.

Weird Fantasy #19-22: The first 18 issues have been collected in EC Archives: Weird Fantasy Vols. 1-3.

Weird Science-Fantasy #25-26: Weird Science-Fantasy picked up the numbering of Weird Science with issue #23 and turned into Incredible Science Fiction with issue #30. Issues #23-24 were included in Werid Science Vol. 4, and issues #27-29 were included in Incredible Science Fiction Vol. 1. (I suspect these two issues will be collected with the last four issues of Weird Fantasy, for the standard six-issue package. But I don't know that for sure.)

I'm not including MAD, since DC Comics has that franchise now (and has reprinted all the comic book issues in MAD Archives Vols. 1-4). I'm also not including the Picto-Fiction line, which consisted of B&W magazines.

Did I miss anything? Who else is collecting these? And who's with me on wanting a few more pre-"New Trend" titles like Crime Patrol, Land of the Lost and Moon Girl?

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I found a couple reprints cheap. They featured some intriguing dream sequences, but I can't say that they really grabbed me. They're interesting curiosities. I half-wondered if EC wanted to see if Fredric Wertham would attack comics that valorized his (sort of, kind of ) field.

Don Mankowski said:

I think it's because Bill Gaines, and numerous members of his staff, underwent psychoanalysis. No, seriously. Maybe he wanted to encourage others.

Captain Comics said:

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I admit to a morbid curiosity about Psychoanalysis. How on Earth did they try sell that?

After the “New Trend” titles are all collected, all I’m really interested in is Impact! I assume that it’s a cleaned-up version of Shock SuspenStories, but I don’t really know. 

New member, any thoughts on if they'll release "Three Dimensional E.C. Classics/Three Dimensional Tales from the Cr..."? 

Given the books used new art (and there was an unreleased issue), I'd love to add to the collection.

Welcome, H!

We're glad you're here!

I think that the stories in Impact! are quite good. That title demonstrates that the EC crew didn't need blood and guts (however well they might handle that stuff).

Captain Comics said:

After the “New Trend” titles are all collected, all I’m really interested in is Impact! I assume that it’s a cleaned-up version of Shock SuspenStories, but I don’t really know. 

Howdy! Like Jeff says, we're glad you're here!

As to your question, I haven't heard of any plans for those books to be collected, but then again, Modern Love was something of a surprise, so they could be included in some future book. The upcoming SF collections is a mish-mash of stuff that wasn't included in other books, so there's precedent.

Now I have a question for you. Do you know how much of the 3D books was new? Here are the descriptions that I have found, which kinda makes it sound like a mix of old and new:

Three Dimensional EC Classics #1: "V-Vampires" (art by Wally Wood, story from Mad 3), "The Monster From the Fourth Dimension" (art by Bernard Krigstein, story from Weird Science # &), "Frank Luke" (art by George Evans, story from Frontline Combat # 13), and "Mr. Biddy, Killer" (art by Graham Ingels, story from Crime SuspenStories 5). Stories redrawn to 3-D format. Original stories not necessarily by the artists here. Series continues as Three Dimensional Tales From the Crypt. Harvey Kurtzman cover. NOTE: This issue was originally distributed with 3-D glasses, but available copies may or may not still have them; see individual item notes for details. Cover price $0.25.

Three Dimensional Tales from the Crypt #2: Series continued from Three Dimensional E.C. Classics. Unless otherwise noted, this comic will not come with the original 3-D glasses. "The Trophy" (art by Jack Davis, story from Tales From the Crypt # 25), "The Strange Couple" (art by Bill Elder, story from Vault of Horror # 14), "Bats in My Belfry" (art by Johnny Craig, story from Tales From the Crypt # 24), and "The Thing From the Grave" (art by Joe Orlando, story from Tales From the Crypt # 22). Stories redrawn to 3-D format. Original stories not necessarily by the artists here. Al Feldstein cover. Cover price $0.25.



H Waterman said:

New member, any thoughts on if they'll release "Three Dimensional E.C. Classics/Three Dimensional Tales from the Cr..."? 

Given the books used new art (and there was an unreleased issue), I'd love to add to the collection.

Just thought I'd mention: Two-Fisted Tales v4 shipped yesterday.



Jeff of Earth-J said:

Just thought I'd mention: Two-Fisted Tales v4 shipped yesterday.

It's a crime that no porn book was ever titled One-Fisted Tales. If I was a billionaire, I'd print one just to make sure it exists.

You'll be happy to know Slave Labor put out 11 issues of One-Fisted Tales in the early 90s, according to the GCD.

The cover gallery is something to see.

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