Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fantagraphics-EC Comics Present "'Tain't the Meat..."

'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity! and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Jack Davis & Al Feldstein

224-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-578-5
In-store date: March 2013 (subject to change)

With its pitch-perfect blend of laughs, terror, and gore, as delineated by some of the finest cartoonists to ever draw a rotting, reanimated corpse, Tales from the Crypt (1950-1955, R.I.P.) remains the quintessential horror comic of all time.

And no cartoonist better encapsulated the grand-guignol spirit of Tales from the Crypt than Jack Davis, who, even at the earliest stage of what would become a six-decade career, possessed a level of skill that would elude most other cartoonists during their lifetimes. His maniacs were more homicidal, his victims more terrified, his dismemberments bloodier, and his werewolves more feral than anyone else's.

'Tain’t the Meat... It's the Humanity and Other Stories collects all of Davis's Tales from the Crypt classics, from EC's wicked revenge fantasies ("The Trophy!" and "Well Cooked Hams!") through the outright supernatural (the voodoo yarn "Drawn and Quartered!" and "Concerto for Violin and Werewolf") to the origin of the Crypt-Keeper ("Lower Berth") — and the legendary splatter gross-out of the title story.

This volume also includes biographical notes and essays, and an ultra-rare EC bonus: Davis's completely redrawn 3-D version of "The Trophy!" — back in print for the first time since its original appearance 60 years ago (and for the first time in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D).

"I think a great part of my aesthetic in the genre was born out of EC rather than movies." – George A. Romero

ABOUT THE CARTOONIST: A founding cartoonist of the MAD comic book and one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world for his 60-year career, Jack Davis was born in 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia, and is still going strong. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003.

ABOUT THE WRITER: Al Feldstein was born in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY. He was an editor, writer and artist for EC Comics starting in 1947, and editor of MAD from 1956 to 1984. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003, and in 2011 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association. He lives in Livingston, Montana with his wife Michelle.

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