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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – T

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at a cool non-DC/non-Marvel horror comic book!

Oops, how did that get there?

In any event, we first meet the Crypt Keeper in the pages of EC’s crime comic, Crime Patrol…

They then turned the book into The Crypt of Terror…

It finally became the title it is most famously known as (and how it gets placed under “T”), Tales from the Crypt…

The book had a stunning mass of talent, with Al Feldstein handling the writing chores.

The art, though, wow, the ART!

Johnny Craig, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Feldstein himself, Davis, George Evans, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando, Reed Crandall, Bernard Krigstein, Will Elder, Fred Peters and Howard Larsen!!!

The covers were done by Jack Davis most of the series – WOW, he was good!

Sadly, due to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and the ensuing Comics Code of America, the book was doomed.

It ended with issue #46.

But what a run it was while it lasted!

A whole new generation of fans got to appreciate Feldstein’s great horror tales (and the great design work of EC Comics’ best artists) years later when there was an HBO series based on the comics (straight adaptations).

9 Comments

Nice fake-out. I think Chris Sims is on the floor, twitching and drooling.

Man, I was really looking forward to how you were going to try to claim that Tarot is a cool comic book. Nice fake out, and great choice for “T.”

Hey, T for tits, why not? Certainly something that comic books do better (or at least bigger) than any other medium.

Oh man, I laughed so hard.
Tarot would’ve been fun, but EC is gold.

I was thisclose to not scrolling down!

I’ve read surprisingly little Tales from the Crypt compared to all the other EC stuff. Perhaps people are hoarding these reprints a little closer than the other titles because of the TV show.

It should be mentioned that Tales from the Crypt, and all the EC books, had a great sense of humor, poking fun at themselves, the story, and society at large. What would you expect from the folks who did MAD magazine? (Hey, Brian–I’ve not seen MAD covered on this site much. Why not use it as the basis for a new or existing feature (e. g. Cool Moments)?)

Stanley Kubrick used to brag that there wasn’t a sentence written that he couldn’t draw. I think the same about Jack Davis: the man can draw anything, in just about any style you want.

Why is John Tesh on the cover of issue 18?

Ha – I only scrolled down to see the comments on Tarot.

Tarot makes me realize that women with back-breaking boobs are not really that good-looking in real life (to me anyway.) :|

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