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A Mere Taste
on April 21, 2013
Before the Comic Code Authority/Gestapo censored them out of existence, the pre-code fifties horror comics were a wonder to behold. Monsters, fiends, psycho killers, mutants and bizarros of every shape and size populated these 10 cent comic pages with no holds barred. There were hundreds of horror comic book titles and each publishing house tried to up the ante and beat the competition. But there was none better than E.C. horror comics - gut-wrenching stories intelligently written and graphically illustrated by bona fide artists. E.C. was the King of Horror Hill.
This little book doesn't cost too much, but it doesn't really deliver much either. It's a too brief, paste-up amalgam of misc. horror comic book covers, ads and incidental pictures that comes across as a quick throw-away effort by the publishers. The written narrative is far more detailed and focused, but alas, again way too short.
In conclusion, if you want to really understand what fifties horror comics were all about, go to your local comic book store or to Amazon and buy a E.C. reprint of Tales From the Crypt or The Vault of Horror. It'll cost you about the same as this book, but truly delivers the goods about which this tiny volume merely insinuates.