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"Corpse on the Imjin" and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.
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Like many out there, I wasn't initially interested in purchasing EC stories printed without color. I realized that there were those who preferred the EC stories without the gaudy comic-booky coloring (including an entire generation who grew up on Russ Cochran's b&w "EC Library"), ultimately the cartoonists who worked on these stories drew them for color. However, with the news that the incomplete "EC Archives" series has been put on indefinite hold (after only 2 books by new publisher Russ Cochran, ironically), Fantagraphics new series might be all there is for a while. Another drawback might be the fact that these stories have been reprinted many times before, in many formats. Cochran alone has put out b&w hardback editions, facsimile comic books, oversized tabloid editions, etc... Putting this material out again doesn't make much commercial sense if you're not going to do anything different with it.
This is where Fantagraphics rose to the occasion.Read more ›
drew collected in one book as well as the pages of the covers he did for both
Frontline Combat and Two Fisted Tales. The text pieces are a nice additional as well
and make for informative and enjoyable reading. If you never read any EC comics before this a great introduction and a must for any fan of great visual storytelling.
Harvey Kurtzman's hard-hitting approach to the war comics genre certainly makes a tasteful collection of some of his finest EC work in hardcover seem long overdue. I'd like to thank Fantagraphics for stepping to the plate and publishing this, so many years after these stories were crafted and printed initially.
It may seem contradictory for me to say this, in spite of the praised heaped above, but I'm somewhat of two minds about Harvey Kurtzman's war comics. Truth be told, I feel that yes, this are classic comics, but often Kurtzman's approach to this material is gratingly repetitious. The effect is akin to someone endlessly re-dotting the same "i" and crossing the same capital "T" over and over, and belaboring the same (obvious) point. Not in all of these stories, certainly, but in enough of them to arouse at least the suspicion that this artistic conceit of his begins to border on becoming annoying. Is this literary technique rhythm or repetition? The reader will have to decide.
Unfortunately, the interview with Mr. Kurtzman that's included may have further codified some of these vaguely disquieting reservations for me. Kurtzman, a noted perfectionist and notorious my-way type of artistic personality, really comes across as pretty arrogant here, and dismissive of the talents of almost everyone except himself. The phrase "pompous ass" actually came to mind as I read, on more than one or two occasions.
Yes, Kurtzman has nice things to say at times about the work of some of his collaborators in this volume (but they come across, in the same breath, as compliments fielded grudgingly).Read more ›
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While this book does not present Kurtzman's stories in the colorized versions which they originally appeared, it does, nevertheless, constitute the best & most economical... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Buddy
I would not have bought this book had I known that much less than half of it is drawn by Harvey Kurtzman himself, - most of the content is only written by Kurtzman. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Øystein Grønli
The quality of this publication exceeded my expectations. The reproduction of the art and the story content are outstanding. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Russell49
Another great EC book full of the drawings and/or scripting of Harvey Kurtzman. He was a genius, in my opinion. One of my favorite MAD artists, but much more than an just artist. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by zen_reader
I was very excited to be thumbing through a copy of Corpse on the Imjin at a local bookstore. I have been looking forward to this book for some time. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Victor from Boston