348 – Manhattan’s Files from the Crypt

EC Comics began to expand its lineup beyond educational comics in the late 1940s. In early 1947, EC launched the first set of “Entertaining Comics” including International Comics #1 (February 1947). International featured a series of adventure-type stories, including Van Manhattan, “America’s newest supersleuth”. Van Manhattan was joined by Igor the Archer, Juan Meatball, and […]

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346 – Eerie!

In January 1947, Avon Periodicals published Eerie Comics #1, a one-shot horror comic. The comic features anthological horror stories and (as Wikipedia says) is “credited with establishing the horror comics genre” that EC Comics came to dominate. I have to also give credit to “Just a Story” (DC) and “The Spirit” (Quality) as contributing to […]

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319 – EC Begins

In 1944, Max Gaines had sold the rights to the All-American characters (Green Lantern, The Atom, Doctor Mid-Nite) and titles to DC, keeping the rights to “Picture Stories from the Bible”. By June 1946, Gaines had started publishing comics as EC, Educational Comics. Within a year or so, EC would switch to “Entertaining Comics” and […]

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