Synopses & Reviews
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.
“A fresh look at the story of Entertaining Comics, the company that brought you Tales from the Crypt and MAD.” Asbury Park Press
Three and a Half Stars: “A great introduction to E.C. history.” Brent Frankenhoff, Comics Buyer & #8217;s Guide
“A colorful, in-depth survey that will grab ECs many devotees and generalist pop-culture vultures alike.” Booklist
“Heres an easy review: If you have any interest in E.C. Comics, you need a copy of Foul Play.” Mark Evanier, author of MAD ART
“A beautiful and long overdue art book, but more than thata fascinating look at the artists behind the art.” Michael Mignola, creator of Hellboy
“A monument to the achievements and enduring influence of an American institution that briefly shook up the staid 50s.” Charlotte Observer
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.