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"Corpse on the Imjin" and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) Hardcover – November 15, 2012
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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. For a little over a decade, FB have been head-and-shoulders above all other publishers when it comes to reprint/archive projects. This artist-centric series puts these old gems in a new context. Well-written intros and text pieces are abound in this particular volume, as half the book is done by other artists not regularly associated with EC, and this section gets it's own examination. As a special bonus, there's also a section printing all the Kurtzman-drawn combat covers IN COLOR!! An in-depth text piece also accompanies this chapter while also showing how much color actually can work with this material, as Kurtzman designed all the colors in his books.
Crisp printing, handsome design, astute dissections (including historical context) and absolutely pristine content make this book attractive for either a newcomer or an old "EC Addict". And one final thought on the actual "pristine content" in this book... several weeks earlier, I had purchased the The Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 4 specifically because Kubert had passed a couple weeks earlier. So, ironically, I was reading these two books at around the same time and the contrasts in tone are stark and pronounced. Where Kahniger and Kubert are basically borderline proselytizing in many of their stories, Kurtzman is telling it like it is. Seeing an artist growing past the constraints of his chosen medium (and subsequently changing said constraints) is exciting when placed in context. And that's what FB has done with this book. Some of the best work of the 20th century, hands down.
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.