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Exciting stories of daring world traveling reporters, mostly male with one beautiful lady, which continue through each issue. Reed Crandall's globe-trotting gal Geri Hamilton appears in every single issue, as does John Severin's finely drawn Steve Rampart. But long neglected, a high point here is also Johnny Craig's work, who was the editor, cover artist, and drew the other two stories each issue. These are superlative, including one Picto-Fiction style that breaks all the comic book norms.
Collecting the complete run of Extra! from the crack artistic talents of Johnny Craig, John Severin, Reed Crandall, and with coloring by Marie Severin.
All three of these artists went on to produce fine work in comics beyond EC, including some of the best material to appear in the early Warren magazines, Creepy and Eerie.
Extra has long been a neglected EC title, one of the New Direction mags that Gaines and Feldstein worked up when the Comics Code had crushed their horror and crime line. But as I studied the art in these, I learned just how outstanding was the work of Johnny Craig. His clean, competent style has a power and a narrative the likes of which artists like Alex Toth and Jack Davis would rival.
He even does a "tonal" cover, shown here on the cover of the collection, pre-dating DC's long run with these special covers. Lost fortunes, escaped murderers, mysteries of the pharoahs (Geri Hamilton goes to Egypt and a tomb in one tale, superbly drawn by Reed Crandall). These are fun stories, four per issue, twenty-seven in all.
Don't just take my word for it. John Arcudi writes in his forward, "You have here one of the most under-sung gems in the illustrious EC comics library. It deserves a wider audience, and it's getting one, for three reasons: John Severin, Reed Crandall, and Johnny Craig."
In fact, Craig did all the writing, as he did on the last few issues of Two-Fisted Tales which he also edited. So we have a fresh, new viewpoint after years of Al Feldstein and Ray Bradbury, and it's fun and even quite modern. These able-bodied reports have a lot of James Bond in them.
"These are good stories (in fact, "Stromboli" featuring a conflicted physician is especially good...It's no mean feat pulling off what Johnny Craig did with Extra!, which, in the end, was a kind of interconnected anthological graphic novel." -John Arcudi
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Item Code ECEXH Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781506701844 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 170pg Color Full Color