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Product Details

  • Series: The EC Comics Library
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995464
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Out of the mannerisms of Will Eisner and Milton Caniff, Wood forged one of the most influential drawing styles in the comics medium. His signature work was for Harvey Kurtzman’s MAD, to which he came from the horror and crime titles of EC Comics. This volume presenting all his horror and crime stories chronologically shows him refining what is at first a crude though powerful sense of mise-en-scène into one that is assured, highly detailed, and lightly caricatural. Always film-noirishly dramatic, replete with chiaroscuro and odd angles of regard, Wood’s work became distinctively his as, first, he rendered clothing and backdrops with Caniff’s photorealism, then opted for the juxtaposition of ideal and grotesque faces and figures that Eisner consistently and Caniff in Terry and the Pirates, in particular, exploited. The former change is more obvious than the latter in this book’s contents. A word of caution: the scripts, most by Al Feldstein, editor of the comics they were made for, are prolix, cliché-ridden, dated, and more irksome than amusing. --Ray Olson

About the Author

Thanks to his (literally) stellar work on the EC Comics line, Wallace Allan Wood (1927–1981) is widely considered America’s greatest science fiction cartoonist, but he was also one of the brightest lights of the early MAD comic (“Superduperman!”) and, later, a pioneering alternative/underground cartoonist/publisher with his magazine witzend.

Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.

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It contains most of Wally Wood's fantastic EC work.
Chris Duckworth
The binding and presentation of the book is perfect, hardbound and very well built.
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The paper quality is excellent and so is the cover design.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to imagine how Wally Wood could not be near the top of anyone's list of comic gods. He's certainly part of my holy graphic trinity. This volume, part of Fantagraphic's EC Library series organized by artist, collects over twenty stories, almost all scripted by Al Feinstein and all illustrated by Wood. There are no tales of science fiction, the genre in which I most enthusiastically enjoy the artist's work, but the stories you'll find here -- crime, suspense, social commentary and a dash of horror -- all benefit from Wood's artistic vision and his mastery of line and shadow. I wish the book had been a bit larger than its roughly 7 by 10 inch size, but it's still big enough to adequately display the art, and this hardcover volume issued without dust jacket is well constructed and printed on good quality paper. The reproduction is pure black and white, with no coloring. Some of the stories are a bit overwrought -- this is EC, after all -- and a few perhaps preach what are to us today self-evident truths, but considering when these stories were first published, it's hard not to see them as the very direct ancestors of today's realist graphic novels, in many of which you can see echoes of Wood's style. Get this volume, however, to savor the undiluted original.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fisher on November 13, 2012
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Wallace Wood was one of comics' best and most tragic artists. He was one of the top talents at EC in the 1950's, before the anti-comics hysteria shut the company down. He did notable work at DC and Marvel and at other companies. Sadly, declining health is thought to have led to his 1981 suicide at the age of 54. Came the Dawn is a collection of stories he illustrated for EC and if you wish to develop an appreciation for Wallace Wood's art, this is the book you need. Bill Mason, in his introduction, notes that Wood is best remembered for his work on EC's science fiction and with Mad, "(b)ut the stories in this collection are the crucible in which Wood's skills as a master of visual narrative and scrutinizer of mid-20th century American life were forged." The art is excellent in terms of atmosphere and portrayal. The stories, which were written by others, are of varying quality. Al Feldstein of EC wrote stories of social consciousness and while they were well-intentioned looks at prejudice, some can come across as a tad overwrought. However, when the stories succeed, they are powerful. "The Bribe" is about a fire inspector who relaxes his ethics for his daughter's sake with tragic (and ironic) results. "...So Shall Ye Reap!" is told from the perspectives of a father and mother and their son, who is awaiting execution. "Confession" is a chilling tale of a man accused of a terrible crime and the ending packs a punch. "Came the Dawn" is about a man who finds a beautiful woman in his hunting cabin, falls in love and then he hears a news report about an insane woman running loose in the area. "Fall Guy" is the saga of a man who loves a woman who loves money (she looks like an evil Bettie Page) and what happens when he has a chance to steal a fortune . When I saw this book advertised, something told me it was worth reading and it lived up to expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Newton on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recieved this as a Christmas gift and am very happy with it. I find the Fantagraphics format (B&W, no dust jacket) to be very clean and professional looking. The paper quality is excellent and so is the cover design. Some stories don't read so well while others are quite effective even today. Wood's artwork is wonderful. This volume perhaps makes me appreciate his work more than the IDW artists edition which I also have. Perhaps it's the way he makes civilians talking visually compelling, which you don't get with the scifi work. Although I haven't checked I believe there is no overlap between the two books in regard to the material they present. I like presenting the EC material by artist as you get a better feel for the artist's style and personality, especially with the backmatter included. In fact I would have liked more biographical and/or background material. The only thing I would have wanted that wasn't included would be reproductions of any covers Wood would have done for the horror and suspense books. I don't know how many there are but there must be some.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zen_reader on November 15, 2012
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Wally Wood has always been one of my favorite MAD artists. This is a wonderful book (in black and white), full of his beautifully drawn strips. The binding and presentation of the book is perfect, hardbound and very well built. I love it and will cherish it for a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Groeneveld on December 10, 2012
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Very details artwork in B&W that showcases the EC/ pre-code stories of murder and vengence that were so popular. A great colelction, nicely packaged!
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