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Highly Recommended. Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein, and Ray Bradbury, plus all 8 early EC stories by Fred Peters and four by Sid Check. Grand Ten full pages in which Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) introduces these tales, which include the infamous “The Orphan” — one of the stories that got EC Comics into hot water during the U.S. Senate’s investigation into comic books. And “The October Game,” adapted from the chilling classic short story by Ray Bradbury. Fantagraphics, 2021.

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Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein, and Ray Bradbury, plus all 8 early EC stories by Fred Peters and four by Sid Check. Grand Ten full pages in which Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition) introduces these tales, which include the infamous “The Orphan” — one of the stories that got EC Comics into hot water during the U.S. Senate’s investigation into comic books. And “The October Game,” adapted from the chilling classic short story by Ray Bradbury.

“October Game” is gruesome look at a malevolent Halloween party game perpetrated by a man who believes the child of his unfaithful wife is not his. In “Frozen Assets!,” a woman and her lover seal her still-living husband in a chest freezer. “Standing Room Only” — a brother murders his twin sister and her husband, and disguises himself as her so he can inherit their estate. But then the estate lawyer makes a play for the “widow” …

“Three for the Money” — A woman finds her husband dead — with a knife in his back and a bullet in his head. The police arrest two suspects — but to get a conviction, they must determine who acted first. Who actually committed the murder, and who stabbed or shot a man who was already dead?

Like every book in The Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, Three For The Money And Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic masterpieces.

The 12 bonus stories are by artists who didn’t do enough for EC to warrant their own volume. Michael Catron introduces the work of near-unknown Fred Peters, and the better known Sid Check. Peters’ first work was for the Pre-Trend titles like Gunfighter and War Against Crime. His “Old Prospector” was actually a FOURTH horror host who premiered after the Crypt Keeper and Vault Keeper, but he morphed into the Old Witch when Gunfighter was retitled The Haunt of Fear. Three of his stories are 2-page EC Quickies which a number of artists were involved with, but the only case of three rather than the standard two stories.

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