The firm, first known as Educational Comics, was founded by Max Gaines, former editor of the comic-book company All-American Publications. When Max Gaines died in 1947 in a boating accident, his son William inherited the the Ec Archives: Crime Suspenstories Volume 3 PDF company. Army Air Corps, Gaines had returned home to finish school at New York University, planning to work as a chemistry teacher.
Författare: Johnny Craig.
He never taught but instead took over the family business. EC had success with its fresh approach and pioneered in forming relationships with its readers through its letters to the editor and its fan organization, the National EC Fan-Addict Club. EC published distinct lines of titles under its Entertaining Comics umbrella. Most notorious were its horror books, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror and The Haunt of Fear. Superior illustrations of stories with surprise endings became EC’s trademark. Gaines would generally stay up late and read large amounts of material while seeking „springboards“ for story concepts.
The next day he would present each premise until Feldstein found one that he thought he could develop into a story. At EC’s peak, Feldstein edited seven titles while Kurtzman handled three. With hundreds of stories written, common themes surfaced. An ordinary situation given an ironic and gruesome twist, often as poetic justice for a character’s crimes.
In „Collection Completed“ a man takes up taxidermy in order to annoy his wife. When he kills and stuffs her beloved cat, the wife snaps and kills him, stuffing and mounting his body. The „Grim Fairy Tale“, featuring gruesome interpretations of such fairy tales as „Hansel and Gretel“, „Sleeping Beauty“ and „Little Red Riding Hood“. Siamese twins were a popular theme, primarily in EC’s three horror comics. No fewer than nine Siamese twin stories appeared in EC’s horror and crime comics from 1950 to 1954. In an interview, Feldstein speculated that he and Gaines wrote so many Siamese twin stories because of the interdependence they had on each other.
Adaptations of Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories, which appeared in two dozen EC comics starting in 1952. It began inauspiciously, with an incident in which Feldstein and Gaines plagiarized two of Bradbury’s stories and combined them into a single tale. Stories with a political message, which became common in EC’s science fiction and suspense comics. Among the many topics were lynching, anti-semitism and police corruption.