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:
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
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.
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?
I know you’re not reading the series of Fantagraphics collections spotlighting various EC artist or writers because you consider them superfluous to the EC archives (and they are), but I love them. I never did complete my collection of Russ Cochran hardcovers, but the ones I do have taught me to appreciate EC comics in black and white. The Fantagraphics series is black and white, too, with lurid titles and a trade dress that looks good sitting together on a shelf. Sometimes I’m in the mood to read the comics as originally presented, but sometimes I’m in the mood to read, say, Wally Wood. The 23rd volume, Doctor of Horror featuring stories drawn by “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, shipped yesterday.
23 volumes? I guess they're repeating some artists?
I had no idea there were so many. That's too many to play catch-up, should I decide to add those to the library now!
Some artists have more than one volume, yes.