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Event AuctionCRIME SUSPENSTORIES (1950-55) #1
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Grade: CGC VG/F: 5.0
Publisher: EC
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Comments: ow/white pgs; QES Certified - Criteria met: Preferred staple placement + flawless cover edges + Deep Color Strike (White & Red & Purple)
Wood, Kurtzman art
Phantom Lady Collection
CGC VG/F: 5.0
EC's horror comics got all the press, but it was their crime comics that truly pushed the envelope of respectability and taste in the 1950s, slamming their heads violently up against the ceiling of acceptable art and ideas. William Gaines, then a scrappy young troublemaker trying to make a name for himself in a dying industry, gleefully upped the ante with each passing cover of Crime SuspenStories, almost daring blue-haired old ladies and moral censors to come after him for the increasingly morbid and lurid imagery his frighteningly talented staff of illustrators would lovingly delineate. Of course, the folded-arms brigade won out, as they sadly often do, and the wild abandon and wry cynicism of EC's crime and horror lines soon fell prey to the industry-wide production code. Not only do the memories of these macabre classics remain etched onto the minds of millions of impressionable readers, but the surviving copies are avidly sought collectors' classics, ironically among the most famous and influential of pulp publications.