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PRE-CODE CLASSICS THE THING Volume 1

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Closeout Price! Collects #1-9, 1952-53. Highly Recommended. Foreword by Lawrence Watt-Evans. The extremely offbeat Charlton Comics Pre-Code horror title, featuring long-time DC Stalwart Dick Giordano. Lawrence Watt-Evans provides a lengthy introduction with an overview of the development of horror comics in the late 1940s through to the mid-1950s. This is one of the must-have titles outside the EC Horror canon--it pushed the envelope with stories of severed heads, headlights, and injury-to-eye. Issue #9 is in Seduction of the Innocent!

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The extremely offbeat Charlton Comics Pre-Code horror title, featuring long-time DC Stalwart Dick Giordano. Lawrence Watt-Evans provides a lengthy introduction with an overview of the development of horror comics in the late 1940s through to the mid-1950s. This is one of the must-have titles outside the EC Horror canon--it pushed the envelope with stories of severed heads, headlights, and injury-to-eye. Issue #9 is in Seduction of the Innocent!

For me, the highlight here is an outstanding new essay by Watt-Evans, where he makes the strongest possible case that EC neither started the horror comics trend, nor were they slavishly imitated by all publishers. He carefully outlines the entire history of pre-code horror, profusely illustrated with related covers, from all the publishers. 15 pages in all are here. Part 2 will continue in the next The Thing collection.

The Thing is a perfect example of what he discusses. What it lacked in EC-level storytelling and A-list artists, it made up in bizarre tales, quirky art, and violence not seen in most Ecs. Even among comics horror titles, The Thing is in a category of its own. And few if any stories here have ever been reprinted.

Stories include "The Creature from Dimension 2-K-31," "Hellfire of Doom," "The Red Death," "El Torro Diablo," "The Petrified Ghost," "Harmony of Horror," "Twins of Doom," and "The Warlock of London." And don't miss "Spiderman and His Web of Doom!"

They even imitated Avon, with cool black & white contents pages on the inside front cover of each issue. Above average artwork by Bob Forgione (who did many covers and lots of stories), John Belfi, Al Fago, Albert Tyler, several unidentified creators, as well as Dick Giordano.

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Item Code PCT01H
Publisher PS Artbooks
Publish Date 2013
ISBN 9781848636606
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 368pg
Color Full Color
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