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A boxed set of four great books (originally priced at $29.99 each, $120 in all) in the acclaimed EC Artists’ Library, which collects the best EC stories of the 1950s, artist by artist, and writer by writer. Featured are: Judgment Day And Other Stories illustrated by Joe Orlando, Aces High illustrated by George Evans, Bomb Run And Other Stories illustrated by John Severin and Will Elder, and Spawn of Mars And Other Stories illustrated by Wallace Wood.
On Bomb Run and other stories: The team of Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories for EC--all here-- each one emotionally powerful and eloquent. Journey to the Roman Empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I & II (including D-Day); and the Korean War.
"The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn."--Stan Lee
John Severin was always overshadowed by the flashier EC artists like Wood, Williamson, even Davis and Ingels. But as Stan says above, for realism and powerful stories that still hold up, Severin was the man. He never let style take away from the story and the action. He brought a powerful authenticity to every EC story he illustrated, and here are all of them!
George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we get a real rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother's Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever."
Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
These special sets are, we suspect, made up of available copies of the four original books. For that reason, the previous two sets are both sold out and this one also may not be available for very long.
Joe Orlando (1927-1998; Will Eisner Hall of Fame, 2007) was a prolific illustrator, writer, editor, and cartoonist who rose from artist at EC Comics to vice president at DC Comics.
John Severin (1921-2012; Will Eisner Hall of Fame, 2003), who had a "realistic" comics style, specialized in war, western, and humor comics. One of Mad's founding artists, he worked for Cracked magazine for forty-five years.
George Evans (1920-2001) worked as a World War II aircraft mechanic, which informed his depiction of all kinds of airplanes in breathtaking aerial acrobatics. He was the regular artist on the newspaper strip Secret Agent Corrigan (a.k.a. Secret Agent X-9) from 1980 until his retirement in 1996.
Wallace Wood (1927-1981) rebooted Marvel's Daredevil, designing the iconic costume that recently appeared on the smash hit Netflix series. He was one of the best and funniest cartoonists of the earliest iteration of Mad magazine and, thanks to his work on the EC Comics line, he is also widely considered one of America's greatest science-fiction cartoonists. With his magazine anthology Witzend, he helped pioneer underground/independent comics publishing.
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Item Code ECAL03H Publisher Fantagraphics Publish Date 2014-15 ISBN 9781683960072 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 904pg Color b&w