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The EC Archives: Shock Suspenstories Volume 2 Hardcover – Jun 25 2007
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did not disappoint. The books have great written bios and historical tidbits throughout, and the reproductions are very
well done. I'm not a purist, so the coloring didn't bother me as it is clearly a modern job. Closest thing most of us will get
to holding these formative comic gems in our hands.
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- Mike S.
Indeed, in Volume 2 of "Shock Suspense" we see covers portraying a terrified woman with a knife held to her throat as a man hold's her by the hair. We see a man handcuffed to a corpse while vultures eat at the decaying body. And perhaps even more disturbing, a drug addict lying in his bed, screaming, tears running down his face, his drug "paraphernalia" on the table next to him. Strong stuff.
Most stories often started innocuously enough, but quickly descended into violent, gory tales with ironic, surprising and "Shocking" endings. Some were tales of racism. Some tales were adaptations of Ray Bradbury stories. In this volume, there are two Bradbury stories. The art on the covers and the interiors is stunning and lush. With talent like Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Al Williamson, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, its no wonder EC was the company to beat in quality.
This volume reprints Shock Suspense Stories issues 7 through 12 complete, cover to cover. This includes all the "text" stories, the readers' letter section and advertisements. It also has a foreword by Dean Kamen, son of EC artist Jack Kamen. I am slowly trying to purchase all of the EC archives. However, I started with the Shock Suspense collection first as these are my personal favorites of the EC titles. But I highly recommend not just this particular volume, but all of the EC archives. They aren't just gory, decadent fun, they are comic book history.
Issue 7's last story, "The Small Assassin," is an adaptation of a Ray Bradbury story. Issue 9's first story, "The October Game" is also an adaptation of a Ray Bradbury tale.
The story "In Gratitude..." deals with racism and the small town mindset. It is stories like these that offer a glimpse into how life was back years ago. Taking into account the final message of this story, the moral lesson, one can see how it conflicted with an agenda of racism. I will not give you the particulars and details because the story presents the realities of war, two heroes' homecomings, and how different they were. For children and teenagers to read comic books with such social commentary rebuking the establishment, EC branded themselves.
Great stories and a great glimpse into the history of comics!