Horror and crime shockers from the EC vaults, illustrated by a comics grandmaster.
Wallace Wood applied his preternaturally lush brushwork to over two dozen stories in the thematically overlapping (âdreadful things happen to people, both innocent and guiltyâ) horror, crime, and suspense genres. This work is the subject of one of the two premiere releases in Fantagraphicsâ highly-anticipated new EC reprint line.
Taking its title from one of Woodâs all-time classics, the evil little paranoid thriller âCame the Dawn,â this collection features page after page after page of Woodâs sleek and meticulously crafted artwork put in the service of cunning twist-ending stories, most often from the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein.
These tales range from supernatural shockers from the pages of Tales From the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear (âThe Living Corpse,â âTerror Ride,â âMan From the Grave,â âHorror in the Freak Tentâ) to often pointedly contemporary crime thrillers from Crime SuspenStories (âThe Assault,â âThe Whipping,â and âConfession,â which was singled out for specific excoriation in the anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent, thus giving it a special cachet), but the breathtaking art and whiplash-inducing shock endings are constants throughout.
Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, âCame the Dawn!â will feature extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts â but the real âmeatâ of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) will be supplied by these ofted lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.Black & white throughout