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PRE-CODE CLASSICS OUT OF THE SHADOWS Volume 1

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PRE-CODE CLASSICS OUT OF THE SHADOWS Volume 1

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Limited, 1,700! Collects #5-10, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. By Alex Toth, Reed Crandall, George Tuska, Grandenetti, Andru, et al. For a minor title, this has an all-star line-up of artists! Standard Comics did not believe in #1 issues--they started all their horror titles with #5. But what titles--these were above-average in both art and story, and good, solid storytelling. Their titles included The UnseenAdventures into Darkness & and this-- each lasted just ten issues or so. All well done E.C. imitations. Alex Toth is brilliant here; Reed Crandall does two stories (noted in his new bio), Jack Katz (The First Kingdom) is bizarre and fun.

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For a minor title, this has an all-star line-up of artists! Standard Comics did not believe in #1 issues--they started all their horror titles with #5. But what titles--these were above-average in both art and story, and good, solid storytelling. Their titles included The Unseen, Adventures into Darkness & and this-- each lasted just ten issues or so. All well done E.C. imitations. Alex Toth is brilliant here; Reed Crandall does two stories (noted in his new bio), Jack Katz (The First Kingdom) is bizarre and fun.

The other creators are very competent and fun to look at and read.Here are two stories by Toth, a cover by George Roussos, four stories plus a shrunken-head cover by Jack Katz, Rueben Moreira (who concurrently was one of DC's best artists on the early issues of House of Secrets and House of Mystery), and even Tarzan arist John Celardo.

Standard also produced a suspense one-shot, Who Is Next? #5, that deserves mention -- it features a town terrorized by a serial killer. So they were willing to try new ideas, using the best of the available talent. Standard began its career as Nedor, home to The Black Terror, The Fighting Yank, Captain Future, Miss Masque, Princess Pantha and Judy of the Jungle. Although not the best drawn heroes of the forties, many were at least memorable, particularly for the many covers by Alex Schomberg.

Late in their Golden Age era, Standard began picking up better and better talent, such as Jerry Robinson and Mort Meskin, who did some brilliant Black Terror stories, Art Saaf (who is here also) and Frank Frazetta, doing funny animal and jungle comics. And this is the pool they would draw on for these 1950s titles, which also included some fine science fiction, like Brick Bradford and Fantastic Worlds. Standard disappeared along with many other comics companies in 1956, although publisher Ned Pines continued under the Popular Library imprint to publish paperbacks. He also published pulp magazines before and during the Standard Comics era.

Meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

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Item Code PCOS01H
Publisher PS Artbooks
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781786360717
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 180pg
Color Full Color
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