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The EC Archives: Tales from the Crypt Volume 5 Hardcover – November 11, 2014
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For anyone who doesn't know, the EC Archives series has had a very topsy-turvy history. The first 10 or so volumes were published by Gemstone and colored by a digital coloring service called Jamison Services. There were criticisms early on that the colors were noticeably modern, but for the most part, things were in line thematically with the EC Comics of old. I personally thought they were beautiful.
After some financial problems at Gemstone, Dark Horse took over the line. Awesome news, except for one thing - their in-house colorist, Carlos Badilla. Whatever your problems were with Jamison, they pale in comparison to the garish photoshopping style Badilla brought to the books. Rather than try to describe the problems in words, here's a full rundown with comparison pictures on what I'm talking about:
This went on for several volumes, and the complaints were widespread. Finally, Dark Horse apparently relented a few months ago and returned to Jamison for their most recent volume, Two-Fisted Tales Vol. 3 - and the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive. Gone were the photoshopped fades and blurs and noticeable additions, and things finally felt true to the EC style. It seemed as though the series had returned to good hands.
Sadly, it was not to last. Dark Horse has gone back yet again to Carlos Badilla, and the results are predictably disappointing.
The good news is that someone clearly got a hold of Badilla and told him to tone it all significantly down.Read more ›
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The Archives series gives you the best of the best in glowing, blood dripping colorPublished 9 months ago by Captain Joint
More comic book reprints. This time The EC Archives. I'll say this...If you love 1950's material...It's a crime to not have this book in your collection. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Matthew W. Wilson