Ken Tucker
June 14, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tales of Terror

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Grant Geissman, Fred von Bernewitz
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

This beautifully designed, oversize paperback teems with the decapitated heads, bug-eyed monsters, and stilleto-heeled femme fatales that filled the pages of EC Comics in the ’50s — well-known series like Shock SuspenStories and Two-Fisted Tales, as well as lesser-known but intricately campy comics such as A Moon, A Girl…Romance. There are interviews with the artists of these wild pulp fantasies, none very insightful; better are the authors’ intermittent pieces about such topics as the Comics Code Authority, a self-censoring industry committee that resulted in the folding of many of these gleefully lurid creations.

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