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on June 9, 2012
These little books are beautifully designed, beautiful print quality, flex soft covers and high quality papers. The subject of this volume is pre-code 1950s horror comics. The contents consists of covers of the old horror comics, blown up panels, mail order advertisements, ads for various horror comics, and some text pieces. Not bad for $5.95 plus shipping costs. However, these books are about one inch taller than a pack of Brand X 100s and about three and a half inches wide. Don't let their smallness scare you off, they are cool little books. Cheers
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VINE VOICEon January 8, 2013
The Little Book of Vintage Horror is a collection 1940's and 1950's comic book covers, panels and ads assembled mostly in random fashion (with an eye toward the more amusingly jingoistic illustrations and dialogue) and reproduced on a miniature scale, mere inches in both width and height. If you've set foot in a bookstore, like, ever, you'll have surely spotted teensy-tiny books just like these, generally in the vicinity of the cash registers, as they are to bookstores what candy and gum are to grocery stores: cheaply-priced trifles designed to be purchased on impulse, and to fit perfectly in a typical shirt pocket.

Little if any of the material within these editions is presented in anything approaching its entirety or even in continuity (though some panels certainly are), nor is scholarly appreciation really the point beyond Tim Pilcher's brief introductions and backgrounders. The books in this series -- comprised of tiny tomes encompassing lurid, often hyperbolic material likewise culled from Horror, Sci-Fi, Combat, Romance and other comics of the golden age (much of it produced under the legendary aegis of EC Comics -- are best savored as entry-level novelty items, which is obviously the spirit in which they were produced. If you want to read complete stories, or learn the full-bodied history of this glorious period in American publishing, there are bountiful histories, biographies, trade paperback reprints, and coffee-table books that will introduce you to the form from almost every conceivable angle. These little amusements, on the other hand, are simply samplers of the era and its comic art, an era all too short-lived as the holier-than-thou Catholic Legion of Decency (sheeyeah, right!), the Comics Code Authority and their vile ilk largely succeeded in their mission to whitewash the fun out of America by the mid-1960's. Whenever someone who lived through this period laments how much "simpler" and "better" and more moral times were "back then" compared to today, you can rest assured they're remembering the rose-colored, corn-fed Andy Hardy version of America these organizations tried so desperately to make real in the face of all evidence of natural human behaviour to the contrary, and not the reality itself. Comic books like those feted in this collection were the sacrificial lambs on the altar of wishful thinking.

If you're an artist of designer of any kind (as I am), or in any way a fan of this pulpy greatness already in possession of the types of standard-size books mentioned above (as I am), then a set of these miniature quickies may still prove useful when you're looking for a quick shot of inspiration without fear of unintentionally devoting several hours to re-reading these lurid stories all over again simply because you cracked the cover of some hefty volume on your shelf and couldn't put it down.

For those interesting in building a complete set of nine, here's your links:
The Little Book of Vintage Sci-Fi
The Little Book of Vintage Romance
The Little Book of Vintage Combat
Little Book of Vintage Love
Little Book of Vintage Terror
The Little Book of Vintage Horror
The Little Book of Vintage Sauciness
The Little Book of Vintage Crime
Little Book of Vintage Space

And yes, you'll likely see this same review on many of those listings, but this little series deserves the attention.
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on March 24, 2015
Cool little book filled with lots of great full color horror images from the Golden Age of comics. This book is the size of a pack of smokes (fits perfectly into your back pocket) and contains classic creepy covers, advertisements and more . Mine also came with a fridge magnet of a Haunting Thrills cover that looks great and was a nice surprise. Perfect stocking stuffer gift for fans of horror, monsters or comic books.BE WARNED, THIS IS A VERY SMALL BOOK.
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on March 29, 2016
Boy, some of the reviews take longer to read than this book! I'll just say, yes, it is little tidbits, not whole stories, of sheer horror, and yes, it is meticulously produced, is cheap (costing), looks beautiful for display.
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on January 16, 2013
I have lots of pre-code horror comic reprints/collections so this book caught my interest right away! As others reviews have mentioned, there are no full stories in this book. Lots of cover art and selected panels that sum up what these comics were all about. All the comics in here are from the non-EC group (This magazine is Haunted, Adventures into the Unknown and Tomb of Terror just to name a few). Can't forget to mention the cool magnet that comes with one can proudly display on their fridge or other magnetic surface.
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on January 25, 2013
This book is really cool. Artwork is first rate. I just wish this book was a large format book. However, totally worth the $6.
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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.
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on October 24, 2013
This is a really, really, tiny book. It contains a lot of horror, terror, mayhem and bloodshed for being such a small book. You could have this book in your hand and completely forget that you were holding a book. If you have a particularly aggressive housemate with a propensity for throwing books, I'd probably recommend keeping books like this around so as to minimize the damage from all of the bookthrowin' and whatnot.
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on June 29, 2016
The Little Book of Vintage series by Scott Pilcher is so much fun. I hope that the Little Book of Vintage Sauciness is back in print soon so it's cheaper to get. It's worth getting the whole series.
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on January 5, 2016
Little smaller than I thought, and I was led to believe it's a bunch of short comics but it's mostly comic panels, front cover pictures, and some ads. But otherwise very cool
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