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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Thanks, Travis! I just looked, and it turns out the five volumes I have are all Gemstone ones!

The B&W ones were from Russ Cochran in the ‘70s or ‘80s. I have some in that format.

Ah, thanks, Cap! Man, so many reprints of these books! Cochran did the single issue reprints from the 90s, too, right? I have a bunch of them...somewhere.

Yes, Cochran did single issue reprints, enough to fill a longbox.

NOTE: Gemstone did some, too, but they were "two-fers" and not nearly complete.

Wednesday will see the publication of Creepy Archives v46 (reprinting #141-145), the end of the series.

Yes!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Wednesday will see the publication of Creepy Archives v46 (reprinting #141-145), the end of the series.

Modern Love (collects all eight issues) – December 11

Choke Gasp! – A Selection of Handpicked EC Comics Stories - December 4

I saw the Choke Gasp! announcement. Since I will soon have all the New Direction titles in HC, is there a reason I need it? Talk me into it, someone!

I had to talk myself into it for the same reason. I used the justification of the potential visitor who might be marginally interested in EC. For that person, it would be nice to have a sampling of the best of EC comics between two hard covers, wouldn't it?

I had the same debate as both of you. What I am hoping is that it comes with a few essays or extras in the back. If it doesn't, I might pass unless I find it discounted somewhere. Of course, I say that now, but the odds are, I'll buy it when it comes out! Haha. 

I've heard on Instagram once that Taschen was putting together a large EC book similar to what they did for DC and Marvel, but I can't find any news on it anywhere. Anyone hear anything about that?

EC ARCHIVES CRIME SUSPENSTORIES v4 ships Wednesday, August 14.

So I went to order EC Archives Modern Love at Amazon, and saw EC Archives Impact (Apr. 14, 2020) and EC Archives Psychoanalysis (Feb 18, 2020)! Which I ordered, of course. I think that almost brings us to the end of the "New Direction" as well. All that's left, I think, is M.D.

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