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Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!

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Legendary publisher Bill Gaines is perhaps best remembered as the founder of MAD Magazine, but in the opinion of many dedicated comic book fans, his greatest achievement was E.C. Comics, a line of adventure, horror, and science-fiction comics whose influence on American graphic novels is undeniable, even today. Foul Play! is the perfect book for anyone wanting to understand the special place E.C. holds in the comic fan's heart — or who just wants to read some real good comics!

Foul Play! celebrates the fan-favorite creators of E.C. Comics, profiling their artists — a veritable who's who of mid-20th century popular illustration — and describing how they came to work with Bill Gaines and how their careers evolved after E.C.. Among the comics art legends profiled are Al Feldstein; Harvey Kurtzman; Johnny Craig; Jack Davis; Graham Ingels; Jack Kamen; Wallace Wood; Joe Orlando; Will Elder; John Severin; George Evans; Al Williamson; Reed Crandall; Bernie Krigstein; and more! Plus, the book includes a special bonus: a lost E.C. Comics story "Wanted for Murder!" originally intended to be published in 1956 but forgotten and unseen until now.

When originally published, E.C. Comics titles like Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and Weird Science became best-selling titles, embraced by readers for their macabre wit and stunning illustration. Eventually, E.C. Comics ran afoul of a full Senate Subcommittee investigating (but never proving!) the link between comic books and juvenile delinquency, but not before winning a legion of fans that still treasure E.C.'s output. Foul Play! demonstrates — in glorious, gory detail — exactly why these are among the most beloved comics stories ever published.

About the Author

Grant Geissman is a recognized expert on E.C. Comics and MAD Magazine, having authored the books Collectibly MAD and (with co-author Fred von Bernewitz) Tales of Terror! The E.C. Companion. Additionally, he has compiled, annnotated, and contributed to numerous books on MAD Magazine, and is also a television composer currently working for the CBS TV series Two and a Half Men.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060746988
Publisher:
HarperDes
Location:
New York
Author:
Geissman, Grant
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Cartoonists
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Comics & Cartoons
Subject:
Techniques - Cartooning
Subject:
Form - Comic Strips & Cartoons
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.
Subject:
Cartoonists -- United States.
Subject:
Humor-Cartoon Comics
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
2002-211835
Publication Date:
20050329
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 39.07 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » History and Criticism
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Humanities » Literary Criticism » Comics and Graphic Novels

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