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The Complete run of the EC comic book TALES FROM THE CRYPT (including THE CRYPT OF TERROR) reprinted from the original artwork in glorious b&w (with full cover glossy cover inserts) along with all related ads, letters page, text pieces, etc. into five hardcover volumes stored in a handsome slipcover. The stories and stark black-and-white artwork by Johnny Craig, Wally Wood The Complete run of the EC comic book TALES FROM THE CRYPT (including THE CRYPT OF TERROR) reprinted from the original artwork in glorious b&w (with full cover glossy cover inserts) along with all related ads, letters page, text pieces, etc. into five hardcover volumes stored in a handsome slipcover. The stories and stark black-and-white artwork by Johnny Craig, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Al Felstein, et. al. are superb. They date from 1950 to 1955.


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The Complete run of the EC comic book TALES FROM THE CRYPT (including THE CRYPT OF TERROR) reprinted from the original artwork in glorious b&w (with full cover glossy cover inserts) along with all related ads, letters page, text pieces, etc. into five hardcover volumes stored in a handsome slipcover. The stories and stark black-and-white artwork by Johnny Craig, Wally Wood The Complete run of the EC comic book TALES FROM THE CRYPT (including THE CRYPT OF TERROR) reprinted from the original artwork in glorious b&w (with full cover glossy cover inserts) along with all related ads, letters page, text pieces, etc. into five hardcover volumes stored in a handsome slipcover. The stories and stark black-and-white artwork by Johnny Craig, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Al Felstein, et. al. are superb. They date from 1950 to 1955.

30 review for The Complete Tales from the Crypt (The Complete EC Library)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Suvi

    A few years back I found the HBO show and immediately fell in love. The snarky and (literally) rotten Crypt Keeper introducing and concluding every episode, the gruesome twists of the stories, the unashamedly uncensored content, all the familiar names that were involved either behind or in front of the camera etc. How about an episode directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Friedkin, or John Frankenheimer? Or seeing Judd Nelson giving a dubious steak recipe to Christopher Reeve (co-starring w A few years back I found the HBO show and immediately fell in love. The snarky and (literally) rotten Crypt Keeper introducing and concluding every episode, the gruesome twists of the stories, the unashamedly uncensored content, all the familiar names that were involved either behind or in front of the camera etc. How about an episode directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Friedkin, or John Frankenheimer? Or seeing Judd Nelson giving a dubious steak recipe to Christopher Reeve (co-starring who else but Meat Loaf)? Or watching how Roger Daltrey plots to kill Steve Buscemi (this particular episode has an amazing body horror moment, by the way)? There are so many great and surreal episodes, though, that I've already forgotten half of them and it would be exhausting to list all of them here. Fortunately the whole show is available in Youtube, so go check it out! Anyway, when I familiarized myself with comics and 1950s horror comics in particular, I started to contemplate whether I should see if the comic version would be as fun as the show. In a lot of ways it is. People seem to resort to killing pretty easily to get rid of unwanted individuals, and obviously that creates all kinds of situations, where often the bad guys end up dying in various gruesome ways. There are many similar elements, like the Crypt Keeper (according to the show, the lovely spawn of a two-faced sideshow freak and a 4000-year-old mummy) referring to the readers as "kiddies", the lame but fun puns (a dead guy who narrates the tale is a "ghost writer", a woman who rots at the end "would have been a rotten actress anyway" etc.), and the twists at the end of the stories. The different point of views work great in a comic format, for example in the story where we see everything from a man's point of view who seems to scare everyone he comes to contact with, and at the end we see why. The differences in the comic aren't negative, though. The voice-overs of the hosts wouldn't work in the show, but here they move the story smoothly forward, giving an atmosphere of a bedtime story of sorts. There are gruesome moments but the violence usually happens off stage. We see the minced meat, but not the actual grinding. It adds more drama and tension when the reader waits for the revelation. The only things I didn't care for, though, were the Crypt Keeper's appearance (an old man looking like an aged rocker instead of a skeletal corpse) and the guest hosts. Those are just minor quibbles, though, so I can get over them. The stories might occasionally be a little clich├ęd and the 1950s mindset is guaranteed to cause some giggles, but that's part of the fun. Tales from the Crypt doesn't quite fall to the "so bad that it's good" category, because this is a genuinely good series, but there is a quirky tone throughout that can only be found from the older horror comics. The formula of each tale (introduction, story begins, story ends with a twist, conclusion) might be boring after a while, but these are so addictive that once you get absorbed in the world, you can't get enough. The anthology format also allows you to have a bit of a nibble every now and then, if you don't feel like reading that much at one time. The artwork is mostly great as well, especially when the colouring is spot on.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I read all of the EC horror comics (Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror) in order of publication over a course of about two years. It took a while because it's about 90 issues, and I'm not always in the mood for comics. However, these were consistently great fun, generally well-written and the art was great to superb. "Ghastly" Graham Ingels being my favorite artist here. I'm such a sucker for this kind of stuff, but I never had access to it until recently. And I never I read all of the EC horror comics (Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror) in order of publication over a course of about two years. It took a while because it's about 90 issues, and I'm not always in the mood for comics. However, these were consistently great fun, generally well-written and the art was great to superb. "Ghastly" Graham Ingels being my favorite artist here. I'm such a sucker for this kind of stuff, but I never had access to it until recently. And I never read a SINGLE comic book until I was about 32 (around 2011). When I was a kid comic books were just super hero sagas, and those never interested me. Still don't, no offense. I typed out a quick review and plot summary for each issue (I can't read anything without making some kind of notes) but of course that's far more than I can post here. I mostly did it so I could later search for stories I recalled, perhaps wanting to revisit. I will say that these old stories aren't perfect. The characters are pretty cardboard usually, motivated by basic desires that make them pretty predictable overall. What was most disappointing to me, especially in later issues, were stories where the first 6 pages were a slow build-up of inter-personal drama, followed by one page with actual horror in it that was in the form of a gory, ironic/revenge twist ending. I prefer stories that start and stay in a creepy atmosphere. Marvel's horror comics (Astonishing, Marvel Tales, Uncanny Tales, etc) aren't as good as EC's for example, but they're more likely to spend time in graveyards, old dark mansions, etc. In other words, you get a macabre feel consistently throughout the whole story, here (particularly in later issues) that's not always the case. I've got a lot of good memories of reading these on hot summer nights on the front porch, with the crickets chirping... I could even see re-reading these eventually, but there's so much other stuff I haven't even read once!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    Well, as might be expected, my review of this went *waaaaaaay* too long, so I ended up having to stick it into the "writing" section of Goodreads. It was a labor of love and I hope you'll make the extra clicks it takes to get there - assuming you have an interest in intensive and rigorous examinations of seminal horror comics of the 1950s! So the review can be found here at: The Complete Tales from the Crypt, and as always I thank you for your consideration! Well, as might be expected, my review of this went *waaaaaaay* too long, so I ended up having to stick it into the "writing" section of Goodreads. It was a labor of love and I hope you'll make the extra clicks it takes to get there - assuming you have an interest in intensive and rigorous examinations of seminal horror comics of the 1950s! So the review can be found here at: The Complete Tales from the Crypt, and as always I thank you for your consideration!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    An invaluable piece of American comic book history. My only complaint is that the pages aren't in their original color, but it's something that I can definitely live with in order to be able to read sixty year old comics. An invaluable piece of American comic book history. My only complaint is that the pages aren't in their original color, but it's something that I can definitely live with in order to be able to read sixty year old comics.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Awesome collection including all 27 issues of Tales From The Crypt and the 3 issues of Crypt of Terror comics that spawned several movies and a seven year TV series. Spine tingling stories, some by Ray Bradbury, that deal with all aspects of horror from vampires and werewolves to ghouls and zombies, all illustrated by the talented Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham "Ghastly" Ingels, and others. These horror comic stories still stand strong after all these years. I highly recommend this iconic co Awesome collection including all 27 issues of Tales From The Crypt and the 3 issues of Crypt of Terror comics that spawned several movies and a seven year TV series. Spine tingling stories, some by Ray Bradbury, that deal with all aspects of horror from vampires and werewolves to ghouls and zombies, all illustrated by the talented Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Graham "Ghastly" Ingels, and others. These horror comic stories still stand strong after all these years. I highly recommend this iconic collection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Al Capwned

    The plot twists are really predictable most of the times and when they are not, they are usually too cringy, as if the creator is just trying to find a twist that nobody would expect and ends up with something outrageously silly. Maybe it was something during the 50s but it feels too outdated today.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dan Blackley

    I bought this on ebay. NEVER BUY FROM A HOME THAT HAS SMOKERS!!! I read all of them, but could not get the tobacco smell out of the book or my home for two weeks. The stories are great, the drawings are clear and I really enjoyed the book, but it sits in my garage since it stinks so much.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Panagiotis Karachalios

    One of the best of its kind!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Colville

    Read Book 1, 2

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wiwat Chantra

    good

  11. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Duncan

  12. 5 out of 5

    William Roberts

  13. 4 out of 5

    Larry Carney

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  15. 5 out of 5

    Al

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miles Hartl

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karie Jacobson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Igor Magarill

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Billingsley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Catalano

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Rules

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jailson Santana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Corupe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam Durant

  29. 5 out of 5

    Detlef Thon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael E.

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