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 assumed that One-Fisted Tales cover was a jokey mock-up. Good to know the series really exists! One less thing on my to-do list for when I take over the world.

Another topic: I have a question about EC Comics, and this seems to be our only thread on it, so here goes:

The last four issues of Vault of Horror were co-hosted by a beautiful, silent woman named Drusilla. I assume she was there for fan service, but why? And why just Vault? Were Vault's sales seriously lower than the other two horror books, that they thought it needed a boost? If it's just for sales, why not have a hottie in all three books?

Besides, there were plenty of good-looking women, drawn by exceptional good-girl artists, within the stories. The extra, silent appendage doesn't seem to add much, either as a story crutch or fan service.

Did EC have plans for Drusilla? Was she slated to take over Vault, or maybe get a book of her own?

I'm probably overthinking this, but I was taken aback at Drusilla's sudden, unexplained appearance in Vault when I first read it, and I've wondered about it ever since.

Johnny Craig had editorial control over Vault, whereas Al Feldstein controlled the other horror titles. I'd guess that Craig just liked drawing her!

(I'm not sure if the editing arrangement didn't change late in the runs of these titles. They were relying more upon other writers by that time.)

Frontline Combat v2 (collecting #7-12) has been solicited for October 9 release.

Yesssssss! Getting so close!

Weird Fantasy v4 ships today.

That does it for the SF and Fantasy stories.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Weird Fantasy v4 ships today.

Hey everyone, 

I just joined the Captain Comics group and I actually found the site because of this thread. I am excited to see you guys talking about EC Archives because I am just getting started collecting a lot of these, but I am loving them! My biggest question I have for you is what is the likely hood of Dark Horse reprinting any of the older collections from Gemstone. Some of the volumes (like Tales of the Crypt 3) are really expensive and hard to find. I'd love to be able to read the stories but would prefer to not have to give a kidney to do it. 

Any suggestions, or is it going to be best to just suck it up? Haha. 

Welcome! we'tre glad you're here.

I think the chances are good. Dark Horse has already reprinted some of the earlier Gemstone collections. don't ask me which ones, but I have learned to double-check the solicitations against what's on my shelf lest I duplicate a volume.

Hi Travis! Good to meet you!

Jeff, or Travis -- what's the difference between the Gemstone collections and the EC Archives that Dark Horse puts out? I've got a handful of the Archives, and I've seen some creator-centric Fantagraphic collections, but I didn't know Dark Horse was reprinting a different line of EC reprints as well. Is it worth the complexity to keep track of them, or should I just stick with the Archives?

Hey Rob, 

The Gemstone collection started the EC Archives, but later ran out of money or something and they stopped making them. Eventually Dark Horse picked up the rights from Gemstone and continued the line of EC Archives. So there isn't much of a different besides publisher. The question I was asking, that Jeff so kindly answered, is whether or nor Dark Horse would be reprinting the earlier Gemstone books as they are long out of print and expensive. 

In a nutshell, at this point in order to have the full EC Archives line, you'll need to have some from when Gemstone was publishing the line and some from Dark Horse who is currently publishing the line. Make sense?

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Hi Travis! Good to meet you!

Jeff, or Travis -- what's the difference between the Gemstone collections and the EC Archives that Dark Horse puts out? I've got a handful of the Archives, and I've seen some creator-centric Fantagraphic collections, but I didn't know Dark Horse was reprinting a different line of EC reprints as well. Is it worth the complexity to keep track of them, or should I just stick with the Archives?

Oh, I see what you mean. I think I might actually have a couple of those, then... I'll have to check my shelves. I remember Gemstone had published oversize editions of maybe 2 or three issues at once at one point (maybe in the 90s, and in black and white?), and I thought new editions of those might have been what you guys were referring to. 

Yeah, not those black and white ones. :) If you check the spins on your books, you'll probably see Gemstone on a few of them. 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Oh, I see what you mean. I think I might actually have a couple of those, then... I'll have to check my shelves. I remember Gemstone had published oversize editions of maybe 2 or three issues at once at one point (maybe in the 90s, and in black and white?), and I thought new editions of those might have been what you guys were referring to. 

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