Posted by: Mark | July 8, 2009

EC Comics

Decades ago a man with the Simpson-esque name of of Max Gaines helped convince DC Comics to buy the character of Superman (it was a controversial deal that made the company millions and essentially gave the creators enough for a cup of coffee but Gaines recognized the potential of Superman).

Gaines had a falling out with DC and started his own company EC (Educational Comics), mostly featuring Bible stories and other parent-friendly, kid-boring subjects. Later when Max’s son, Bill, took over, he kept the initials EC but changed them to mean ENTERTAINING Comics.

EC put out crime, horror, western, SF, and humor comics. Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, and Mad were among the titles. While most comics of the era were slapped together, EC’s stories stand the test of time (for the most part).

Here’s a great one from Weird Fantasy.

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