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EC Archives: Weird Science Volume 2 Hardcover – May 8 2007

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: William M. Gaines Agent, INC.; Reprint edition (May 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888472693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888472691
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.3 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Albert B. Feldstein (1925-2014) was an American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics (particularly in the science fiction genre) and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

In addition to his pioneering work on the serious EC war comics, Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993) created the all-time greatest satirical comic (with Mad), the most widely-read adult comic strip (with Little Annie Fanny in Playboy), and one of the earliest graphic novels (with the 1959 The Jungle Book).

Albert B. Feldstein (1925-2014) was an American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics (particularly in the science fiction genre) and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4b4618) out of 5 stars SCIENCE FICTION IN LIVING COLOR March 11 2010
By Charlie Gee - Published on
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Although I personally find this series of the EC Archives less engrossing overall than the others (VAULT OF HORROR, SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT), it is still fun to read. It's too bad that the EC Archives appear to be going the way of the rare collectible; perhaps not perfect, perhaps formulaic...they, nonetheless, have a charm of their own.

WEIRD SCIENCE presents six artwork packed issues per volume, beautifully colored, and masterfully drawn. At the end of each issue, there is an essay sharing background information on the artists or on that particular issue. The science may seem "primitive" to our more "advanced" eyes, but it doesn't matter. It's that famous EC surprise ending we all wait for...and sometimes guess in advance. The stories themselves have no shortage of handsome leading men and curvaceous females, not to mention a plethora of aliens. The Letters pages are a bit difficult to read because of the small text and italics originally used but still entertaining.

The men and women of EC were definitely dedicated to their art and the respect they always demonstrated for their audience through their stories makes this series worthy of your archives collection.
HASH(0x9c4bdf18) out of 5 stars so reading these stories again in color was great, well made and very well colored April 12 2015
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I owned the Cochran black and white reprints which I had to sell to pay for college; so reading these stories again in color was great, well made and very well colored. Weird Science vol #2 is when things really start moving towards the quality of the New Trend. You are seeing the EC masters getting into their prime and what a season it is.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4b18ac) out of 5 stars Flawed and Loving It! May 23 2007
By D.P. Merde - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First of all, the book is not flawed in any physical way. The printing is great, the binding is great, and the color is great.

What's flawed are some of the stories. But the flaws are fascinating! For instance, in a story about going to the moon written the decade before it actually happened, we have a man, in a space suit, granted, falling back to earth through space and merely floating to the ground with a parachute. Nevermind the whole tendency to catch on fire when entering the earth's atmosphere at several hundred miles an hour.

Fabulous! I mean it. Far from being a negative thing, such a flaw really points up the refusal of writers like Feldstein to let ignorance get in the way of a good story. It's great to see him stretch a plot to make way for an effect, too. Like introducing a character called "peach pit" (because he likes to suck on peach pits of course) in order to allow for an alien seed to get into his body to be "born" in a way that anticipates Alien, once again, by decades. You would think the government would be pretty careful with such life-threatening cosmic nuts, wouldn't you? Well, I won't spoil the ending. Hilarious!

Even the flaws reveal Feldstein's wonderfully playful talent for either making up altogether or finding stories like these and adapting them to comics. He was so unafraid! For instance, what do you do with a multi-dimensional creature that appears only partially as a floating blob in the air? You theorize about it a bit before harpooning the thing and tying it to a couple of trees with some good, stout rope, that's what you do! And why? To destroy it of course. After all, it's already made the neighbor's cow go poof! That's humanity in a nutshell.

These comics are a monument to the power of the imagination to do the best it can with whatever it has to work with in order to have a little fun (or to defend the planet, presumably . . . without all the red tape). Even the flaws are fantastic!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4bc570) out of 5 stars Get it while you can Sept. 14 2009
By Michael K. Harrison - Published on
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I have absolutely loved all the titles in the EC Archives and am so disappointed that the publisher has evidently ceased publication. Missed release dates and no word on future releases tells me that this incredibly fabulous series of EC reprints is coming to a close. I also like the 8 1/2"x 11" size of them; they're bigger than the DC comics archival reprints. If you're a fan of these great '50s comics, you can't go wrong with any of the books in this series. The colors are bright, crisp, and the paper is extremely high-quality.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c406324) out of 5 stars Not the best April 24 2008
By Jack key - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I really loved Volume 1 but Volume 2 is very disappointing. Simple and silly Ideas stretched out on 6 to 8 pages. It was very boring to read and I had to force myself to continue to read. Absolutely no twist endings and there is nothing new even for the fifties beside the on story in which a Man gets pregnant by eating a nut from space and undergoes an operation and gave birth to an octopus monster which will be killed by TNT.
I would recommend to buy Shock Suspenstories Volume 2. There are 6 science fiction stories out of 24 stories and each story contains more ideas and suspense than the whole Weird Science Volume 2. And the art is also much better in Shock Suspenstories.