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The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Volume 1 Hardcover – March 20, 2007


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  • Series: EC Archives
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: William M. Gaines Agent, INC. (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888472561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888472561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When you think about EC Comics you normally think about those wonderfully ghoulish titles such as Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror, and Haunt of Fear. However, EC Publisher William Gaines and editor/writer Harvey Kurtzman were nothing if not resourceful and pragmatic. While EC's horror titles get the most notoriety, the company produced a multitude of different types of comics including thrillers, science fiction and fantasy comics, medical dramas, adventures, and much more. On the surface, Two-Fisted Tales appears to be nothing more than the average war comic...but in truth, nothing was average about EC Comics. These stories were produced in the early 1950's, just a handful of years after World War II. America was settling in and enjoying a decade of prosperity and relative peace.

The Korean Conflict had broken out and EC was there to produce war comics just as so many others were. Yet Kurtzman went in a completely different direction than most of his contemporaries. While most war comics were gung-ho, rah-rah, all aboard the patriot train rides, Kurtzman and EC were the first to truly look at the serious side of war. As Kurtzman states, he felt an obligation to the youth of the nation not to glamorize war but to rather show the reality of war as opposed to the comical stereotypes that we'd seen in comics since the early 1940's.

This kind of groundbreaking realism is exemplified in a tale simply called "War Story" written by Kurtzman with art by John Severin. This is a Korean War yarn about a soldier who hurls racial slurs, as well as bullets, at the enemy and is only too happy to kill the them, even after they've surrendered.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Johns on May 12, 2007
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This is an excellent reproduction of the anti-war comics that were published by Entertaining Comics (EC) in the early 1950's. The archive collection is in color (as compared to an earlier collection printed in black and white format). The stories cover the Korean War, World War II, World War I, and many other wars dating back throughout history. The artists were the best in the field at that time and the stories by Harvey Kurtzman are considered comics classics. This volume contained the first six comics in the Two-Fisted Comics series. Three more future volumes will provide the complete run of this highly collectible title.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on February 16, 2008
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Before he created Mad Magazine, Harvey Kurtzman worked on EC Comic Titles: "Frontline Combat" and "Two-Fisted Tales" in the Early 1950's.
Well, Right here in this Fantastic Volume, are the first Six Issues of: "Two-Fisted Tales" in Glorious...COLOR !!!

With Art by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Alex Toth, John Severin, Wally Wood, Johnny Craig and Harvey himself, this is Stunning Stuff. All of these Tales were scribed and edited by Harvey, and with Themes that vary from Pirates, Cowboys, Jungle Tales, World War II and Korea, these Gritty Stories are Dark, Funny and Smart.

This isn't your Father's, Sgt. Rock or Nick Fury...These are "Two-Fisted Tales" and if you enjoy Top-Notch Comics, you are gonna have a great time reading this Book. If you want to find out just what the fuss is all about concerning the EC Comic Books, give this Volume a try...These are Excellent Stories with some of the Greatest Art, ever seen in the Comics Genre.
Four Stars !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Veedo 182 on July 1, 2013
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As a child who grew up watching the World at War series with my dad on tv, and loving tales from teachers, family , and friends about their time in the military, I grew up loving these movies. Movie portrayals mostly painted the US military as invincible and with few mistakes against a faceless enemy out to undo our way of life, then I read Frontline Combat and Two Fisted Tales, and all of the sudden war wasn't as glamorous, not that I was that naive, war was never real on film until the late 60's on. These were just comics, but stories that hit home. Kurtzman and company showed more of a human element to war than Hollywood ever did. This is something I'm impressed the most of all about these books.
With that being said and out of the way, the artwork is what has always separated EC from all other comics. The faces, the emotions, and the horror in the details is what brought out a visceral response to their stories by (grown-ups) of their day. Plus it did represent well a picture of what was going on at the time. The artwork is and will always be some of the finest ever and the story telling is a lot of times right on the mark.
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