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 love the text pages! I normally wouldn't even read them, but for some reason, my eyes landed on one, and I was pulled right into the stories.

I think I've said before that reading stuff like this just reminds me of being in my friend's basement during a sleepover. After the wrestling matches and farting contests had calmed down, we would kind of retreat into those old magazines. You would think that I found them more scary, but I was much more fascinated by them. There was always something verboten about them.

I always begin reading the text pages in the many '50 horror collections I'm buying, but I often quit 1/4 the way through because I recognize it's going to be terrible. But sadly, some seem well crafted and veterans of the era said nobody read them. I feel weirdly sorry for ink-stained wretches who tried to do a good job on a thankless task and never even had their names recorded.

OK, I just ordered Vault of Horror v5 from Amazon. That completes the horror titles from EC's New Trend. All that's left to finish the New Trend titles are:

  • Two-Fisted Tales Vol 4 (scheduled for Apr 23, 2019)
  • Weird Fantasy Vol 4 (scheduled for Jun 25, 2019)
  • Frontline Combat Vols 2-3 (not scheduled)
  • Crime SuspenStories Vols. 4-5 (not scheduled)

Let's hope the Frontline Combat and Crime SuspenStories volumes are on the schedule for 2020!

I think if you try reading a couple of the text pages in the Red Circle collection, you will find that they are pretty good in that late 70's/early 80's late night local television horror movie kind of way.

Captain Comics said:

I always begin reading the text pages in the many '50 horror collections I'm buying, but I often quit 1/4 the way through because I recognize it's going to be terrible. But sadly, some seem well crafted and veterans of the era said nobody read them. I feel weirdly sorry for ink-stained wretches who tried to do a good job on a thankless task and never even had their names recorded.

Piracy shipped this week.

It's not at instocktrades yet, but I suppose it will be next week. In the meantime, the Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel Omnibus is the moral equivalent of Marvel Masterworks: Ms. Marvel Vols. 1-2, if you missed those.

Frontline combat v2 scheduled!

Crime SuspenStories volume 4 is in Dark Horse's June solicits!

Despite owning nearly all of the EC books in one form or another (having bought all of the reprint editions), I wanted to get the Archives, so that i could see the original adverts, features and, most of all, reader letters-to-the-editor.

The last has been a disappointment. I had expected discussion of the stories from a fresh viewpoint, but much of the letters consist of jokes, puns, song parodies and endless profession of EC devotion!

Have you found any famous names? I have always skipped the letters, for the reason you cite.

Don Mankowski said:

Despite owning nearly all of the EC books in one form or another (having bought all of the reprint editions), I wanted to get the Archives, so that i could see the original adverts, features and, most of all, reader letters-to-the-editor.

The last has been a disappointment. I had expected discussion of the stories from a fresh viewpoint, but much of the letters consist of jokes, puns, song parodies and endless profession of EC devotion!

Also, this seems like a good time to mention that all that's missing on DH's schedule for both New Trend and New Direction is Frontline Combat v3, Crime SuspenStories v4, Psychoanalysis, M.D. and Impact!

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

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?

Amazon now listing “EC Archives Modern Love” for December release. What th-?

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