List of Entertaining Comics publications

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Entertaining Comics, commonly known as EC Comics, was a major publisher of comic books in the 1940s and 1950s. The letters EC originally stood for Educational Comics. EC's Pre-Trend titles are those published by Max Gaines and his son William M. Gaines, who took over the family business after his father's death in 1947.

In 1950, with the addition of writer and artist Al Feldstein, EC found success with their New Trend line, including their horror titles Tales From the Crypt The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror. A line of science fiction titles soon followed, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, illustrated by the best artists in the business, such as Wallace Wood, Reed Crandall, Johnny Craig, George Evans, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis, Bill Elder, Joe Orlando, Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta. In addition to original stories, the books also featured adaptations of Ray Bradbury's short stories.

The New Direction group was a response to the Comics Code Authority. Picto-Fiction was a short-lived line of heavily illustrated short story magazines. Beginning in 1958, EC published annual and special editions of Mad.

Pre-Trend[edit]

  • Animal Fables (1946–1947) #1-7
  • Animated Comics (1947) #1
  • Blackstone the Magician Detective Fights Crime (1947) #1
  • Crime Patrol (1948–1950) #7-16 (continued as The Crypt of Terror)
  • Dandy Comics (1947–1948) #1-7
  • Fat and Slat (1947–1948) #1-4 (continued as Gunfighter)
  • Gunfighter (1948–1950) #5-14 (continued as The Haunt of Fear)
  • Happy Houlihans (1947) #1-2 (continued as Saddle Justice)
  • International Comics (1947) #1-5 (continued as International Crime Patrol)
  • International Crime Patrol (1948) #6 (continued as Crime Patrol)
  • Land of the Lost (1946–1948) #1-9
  • Modern Love (1949–1950) #1-8
  • A Moon, a Girl...Romance (1949–1950) #9-12 (continued as Weird Fantasy)
  • Moon Girl (1947–1949) #2-6 (continued as Moon Girl Fights Crime!)
  • Moon Girl and the Prince (1947) #1 (continued as Moon Girl)
  • Moon Girl Fights Crime! (1949) #7-8 (continued as A Moon, a Girl...Romance)
  • Picture Stories from the Bible (1944–1946) #1-3 (New Testament edition, Old Testament edition published by DC Comics)
  • Picture Stories from American History (1945–1947) #1-4
  • Picture Stories from Science (1947) #1-2
  • Picture Stories from World History (1947) #1-2
  • Saddle Justice (1948–1949) #3-8 (continued as Saddle Romances)
  • Saddle Romances (1949–1950) #9-11 (continued as Weird Science)
  • Tiny Tot Comics (1946–1947) #1-10
  • War Against Crime! (1948–1950) #1-11 (continued as The Vault of Horror)

New Trend[edit]

New Direction[edit]

Picto-Fiction[edit]

Mad annuals and specials[edit]

  • More Trash from Mad, 1958–1969 (12 issues)
  • Worst from Mad, 1958–1969 (12 issues)
  • Mad Follies, 1963–1969 (7 issues)
  • Mad Special, 1970–1973 (10 issues)
  • Mad Super Special, 1973–1999 (131 issues)
  • Mad XL, 2000–2005 (34 issues)
  • Mad Color Classics, 2000–2005 (11 issues)
  • Mad Classics, 2005–2009 (25 issues)
  • Mad Kids, 2005–2009 (14 issues)

Reprints[edit]

For the Russ Cochran reprints, see Russ Cochran (publisher).
For the Gladstone reprints, see Gladstone Publishing.
For the Gemstone reprints, see Gemstone Publishing.
For the Fantagraphics reprints, see EC Comics.

Many of these titles were reprinted during the past 30 years by publisher Russ Cochran, both independently and in conjunction with Gladstone Publishing and later with Gemstone Publishing.

Russ Cochran's reprints include The Complete EC Library in black and white but with full-color covers; EC Annuals in full-color, comic-book sized reprints with four to six complete comics in each Annual; and EC Archives full-color hardcover books containing six complete EC comics.

In 2012 Fantagraphics Books began publishing a series of artist- and theme-based collections of EC stories.

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