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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Amazon has scheduled “Saddle Romances”

It's time to include the Carl Barks Library in this discussion. There are only six left, with two of them on the schedule.*

(*Yes, I know, COVID-19 throws all of this into the Maelstrom of Uncertainty. But until Amazon changes its ship dates, I'm going to take them at their word.)

Here's what's missing:

Carl Barks Library v1:

Carl Barks Library v2:

Carl Barks Library v3:

Carl Barks Library v4:

Carl Barks Library v22: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Twenty-Four Carat Moon (Sep 8, 2020)

Carl Barks Library v23: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Under the Polar Ice (June 9, 2020)

As you can see, I'm still missing both names and ship dates for vols. 1-4. Hopefully we can start sketching those in soon.

Cap, I have v22 and v23 on order. You have the release dates flipped.

EC ARCHIVES: SADDLE JUSTICE has been solicited for June 2 release.

Incidentally, have you seen THE HISTORY OF EC COMICS hardcover? 

It's HUGE, but so is the price. ($200.00)

It is a thing of rare beauty, indeed.

I picked up that Taschen! It is truly gorgeous. I've read many books on EC and this book didn't reveal a ton of new info, but the pictures more than made up for that. Highly recommended

Ouch! That, I fear, is an itch I'll never scratch.

Yeah, I've picked it up. Came in a box that's part of the packaging, like Levitz's 75 Years of DC Comics (another expensive book). I haven't cracked it open yet, as there are some column priorities ahead of it.

It's very on par with Levitz's DC book and the Marvel one as well. They all look quite nice sitting on the shelf together. At this point I would love a book like this that focuses on pre-code horror from all companies. While I love EC, there are lots of other comics I'd love to see get some attention. The stories aren't always as strong, but there are some gnarly covers out there with things like Black Cat and Adventures into Weird Worlds and what not that would look good in a large format. 

Captain Comics said:

Yeah, I've picked it up. Came in a box that's part of the packaging, like Levitz's 75 Years of DC Comics (another expensive book). I haven't cracked it open yet, as there are some column priorities ahead of it.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

That leaves only MD of the "New Direction" titles.

MD had been solicited for August 4 release.

DICK BRIEFER'S FRANKENSTEIN: Dick Briefer did two versions of Frankenstein's monster back in the day: a serous horror version and a comedic version. In 2003, PS Artbooks set out to collect the entire series, BUT they started with volume three (the "funny" version) due to lack of availability of the "straight" version. They promised to keep looking and to collect the early stories when they found copies to reprint. In the meantime, they published six versions of the funny version (vols. 3-8). Now it seems as if copies of the horror version have been found, BUT the solicitation is for a "softee" (i.e., tpb) version of volume one, whereas 3-8 had been hardcovers.

I checked their website to see if hardcover versions of the first two volumes had been released and I had somehow missed them, but that is not the case. Their website says pretty much the same thing I related above, that they released hardcover versions of volumes 3-8, now here's  a softcover version of volume one. I sent an e-mail asking if there were plans to release volumes one and two in hardcover. I expected a response this morning (given the time difference), but so far nothing.

More on this situation as it develops.

There was a Taschen book that collected some of Briefer's Frankensteins, serious and comedic.

The one from IDW (Craig Yoe's "Yoe-Books" imprint) provides a good overview of both serious and comedic, too. I am more interested in the serious, and it was that volume that convinced me I wanted more. 

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