594 – The Master Race

A panel from "The Master Race" in Impact #1, January 1955
A panel from “The Master Race” in Impact #1, January 1955

EC tried to put on a brave face and launch comic books in new directions like Piracy, Pschoanalysis. With Impact #1 (January 1955), the emphasis was on surprise or twist endings.

In “The Master Race”, Bernard Krigstein gives us the tale of an old man who fled Germany during World War II and lives in fear in the U.S. It is the first story in comic books to deal heavily with the holocaust and the atrocities committed by Nazis on Jews. The twist is that the man is not Jewish, but was a former Nazi death camp commandant who was unable to escape the burden of his guilt.