The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library #27 - Man and Superman and Other Stories
(2020)

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Volume
27
Price
29.99 USD
Pages
172
On-sale Date
2020-01-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Brand
FB
ISBN
978-1-68396-275-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781683962755 52999
Editing
Gary Groth (publisher and executive editor); J. Michael Catron (senior editor)

Man and Superman and Other Stories (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Cover with two illustrations by Harvey Kurtzman.

Man and Superman and Other Stories (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 3 pages (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Title pages and indicia.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Thommy Burns
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

On the Verge of Madness (Table of Contents: 3)

text article / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Thommy Burns
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines and editor Al Feldstein...
Synopsis
Essay on the stories including in this volume along with a photo of and art by Kurtzman.

House of Horror (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ivan Klapper
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Les Wilton; Henderson (death?); Waters (death?); Arling (death?)
Synopsis
Three college freshmen plegees disappear one night as part of the Gamma Delta Fraternity hazing at a local haunted house, the Palmer Place. Les Wilton goes in after them, but when he doesn't make a re-appearance, people going into the home looking for him find him: having aged fifty years!
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Keywords
Old Palmer Place

Indexer Notes

The EC Archives: The Haunt of Fear, Volume 1 (2011) lists the writer as Ivan Klapper.

Klapper also wrote a few early stories in The Vault of Horror and Tales From the Crypt, as well as some of the early one page text features. He later became a consultant for the 1959-1961 ABC-TV paranormal TV drama, "One Step Beyond".

Writer credit revised from Al Feldstein to Ivan Klapper and letterer credit revised from Jim Wroten to Ben Oda by Craig Delich.

Horror in the Night (Table of Contents: 5)

Vault of Horror / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ivan Klapper ?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
detective-mystery; horror-suspense
Characters
Tom Hawkins
Synopsis
At the Hawkin's Tourist Colony, Tom is hitting the bottle as his friend Jim walks in, and explains that he is doing so because of a terrible dream he had the night before. In it, a couple come in to take a room for the night....but the woman appeared to be very strange. As it turns out, the woman believes that death is stalking her at every turn, and kills a cat, believing it was death coming for her. Her husband locks her in the room, but that night she attempts to escape, they get into a fight and he kills her, then shoots himself to death! After hearing the story, Jim tells Tom it was just a nightmare and not to pay any attention to it, and leaves. A few moments later, a car pulls up and the same couple Tom had seen in his dream were standing before him wanting a room!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion. Previous indexer had Al Feldstein?

...Trip Into the Unknown (Table of Contents: 6)

A Fanta-Science SuspenStory / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ? (co-plot, script); Bill Gaines ? (co-plot)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
scientific expedition [Professor Oppenheim; rest unnamed]; Eric; giant people (many die)
Synopsis
A crew blasts off toward their destination: Planet X, and, once they land, discover the remains of a once well-developed civilization. They discover a library and remove one of the books, then are suddenly attacked by giant people, and blast off for home. What they later discover in the book is that the planet that they just visited was called: the Earth!
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Keywords
Planet X

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion. Previous indexer had Al Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman.

Lost in the Microcosm (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
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Indexer Notes

Swipe of the story "He Who Shrank" by Henry Hasse (first published in Amazing Stories August
1936).
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Madness At Manderville (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Ivan Klapper ?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
When Tom Mander and his wife lose their son Billy, Tom worries the strain may be driving her insane when she tells him that she sees and hears things he cannot. When they find a butcher knife soaked with blood in the kitchen and the dog in the cellar with its throat slashed Tom takes his wife in to see a doctor who has Tom committed to an insane asylum when his discussion reveals to the doctor that Tom cannot perceive sights and sounds that actually do occur.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit based on interview with William Gaines and Harvey Kurtzman in Squa Tront #9, 1983.

Island of Death (Table of Contents: 9)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Richard Connell; Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Stephen Crane; Alec; Count Alvar Cabeza (villain, death)
Synopsis
Steve Crane, along with his partner Alec, are flying over a small island, when the plane develops engine trouble and crash-lands. Crane drags himself out of the water, spots a huge castle atop a mountain and manages to crawl up and knock on the door before he passes out. When he awakens several days later, he meets his benefactor, Count Cabeza, who provides a delicious meal before taking him into his trophy room. The Count shows him his animal trophy heads, but notes that he has yet to match wits with another type of animal: man! And Steve Crane is to be that man.
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Keywords
terror

Indexer Notes

This adaptation by Kurtzman is based on Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game."

Atom Bomb Thief! (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Paul Arnold (villain, nuclear physicist's assistant, death); Karl (villain, Arnold's partner, death)
Synopsis
For some time, Paul Arnold has been sneaking out information re the atomic bomb to a partner of his, and, together, plan to sell the information to another world power for millions. But greed intervenes.....with disastrous results!
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Keywords
Bikini Atoll; Isotope U-235; July 25 1946; Oak Ridge Tennessee

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion. Previous indexer had Al Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman.

The Man Who Raced Time (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Television Terror! (Table of Contents: 12)

A Journey Into the Supernatural / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Al Hunt (death); Martha Babbit; Professor John Poltergeist (member of the London Society of Psychic Research, death)
Synopsis
A television personality, Al Hunt, broadcasts live from a haunted house --- a house in which the original owner, Mr. Creedmore, and subsequent inhabitants, all were found dead, hanging from the same beam in an upstairs bedroom. With cameras rolling, he enters the house with a famed psychic, allowing the viewing public the chance to judge for themselves.......they have quite a show in store for them!
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Keywords
Creedmore Mansion

Indexer Notes

Said by Ghost story expert, Barbara Roden, to based on Robert Arthur's 'The Believers' (Weird Tales, July 1941; also published as 'Do You Believe in Ghosts?').

Letterer credit per Russ Cochran and added by Craig Delich 2013-12-8. Feldstein reports that Wroten used a K & E Lettering Stylus to do all the lettering with.

Henry and His...Goon-Child (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Henry Short (radio store owner/operator); Mrs. Frabbis (radio shop customer, cameo); "Goon-Child" (villain, robot machine)
Synopsis
Bored with his life of radios and people, Henry Short reads of the Neurological Institute of England perfecting a "free will" robotic machine, as it were. So, he visits the local library to get the plans and build one himself... but one that will also obey him. What he doesn't foresee is that the machine redesigns itself and improves on the original plans... with devastating results to Henry Short!
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Keywords
Henry Short's Radio Store

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Story possibly inspired by "The Twonky" by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore.

The Sounds from Another World (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Roald Dahl (original); Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
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Indexer Notes

Based on "The Sound Machine" by Roald Dahl.
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

High Tide! (Table of Contents: 15)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
unnamed bookkeeper (death); unnamed civil service worker (death); unnamed lawyer (death); unnamed ship's skipper (villain, death)
Synopsis
Four men on a mail boat leave the infamous Mephisto Prison and soon hear by radio of the escape of one of the prisoners. When the boat's engine, clogged with sand, brings the craft to a halt a ways off shore, all fingers begin to point to each other as the culprit.
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Keywords
Mephisto Island

The Mysterious Ray from Another Dimension! (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Father Time; Norman Network (radio station magnant); Dr. Litmus; Sheldon Frebish
Synopsis
Norman Network refuses to allow television to run his (and the last) radio station in America out of business, and has devised a plan to win the battle: by convincing people that the rays from television sets are harmful to the viewer. And Doctor Litmus provides the proof... that television viewers disappear from their existence in the Earthly plane, then travel and exist in another dimension.
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Keywords
Brooklyn; Changshun China; Flatbush; Poona India; Radio Station WRBS

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Radioactive Child! (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Time Machine and the Shmoe! (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Donald Yubyutch [aka a shmoe] (lab cleaning man); Professor Serutane; unnamed King
Synopsis
Professor Serutane creates a time-top machine and Donald volunteers to go along with the professor, who promptly turns him down. But, filled with heroic-like tendencies, Donald goes back in time in the machine all by himself into the 9th Century, where he is pronounced mad and assigned cleaning duties.
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Keywords
time travel

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Last War On Earth (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
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The Giggling Killer (Table of Contents: 20)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
crime
Characters
John Hewlett (death); Mrs. Hewlett (death); Tom (hotel clerk); Mrs. Loman (Lester's wife, death); Lester Loman (villain, death); The Giggling Killer (villain, hitch hiker)
Synopsis
With the newspapers reporting the deaths of people at the hands of "The Giggling Killer", poor Lester, nagged to death by his wife, plans to see if he in some way can establish an alibi and then kill his wife in the style of the killer. This he successfully does........and then he runs into a hitch hiker.......
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Keywords
Hotel Milton; Morning Star

Indexer Notes

Vaguely influenced by Chicago's "Stop me before I kill more" lipstick killings attributed to William Heirens. Charles Einstein wrote a novel called "The Bloody Spur" about Heirens, and the novel was later adapted into the film "While the City Sleeps" by Fritz Lang.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Dimension Translator (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Characters
William Weeblefetzer [aka Willy] (research engineer); Mr. Bankbuck (research corporation head); unnamed wife of Mr. Bankbuck;
Synopsis
Willy has created a dimension translator, which can translate a series of photos into an electric impulse and through a series of other processes, creates an actual three dimentional object. His boss does not like his research engineer "wasting the company's time" on such things.....so Willy uses a photo of his boss to create a three dimensional figure of Mr. Bankbuck so that Willy can slap him around and get even.
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Keywords
Bankbuck Corporation)

Man and Superman! (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

... Gregory Had a Model-T! (Table of Contents: 23)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Lucky Fights It Through: The Story of That Ignorant Ignorant Cowboy (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
? (see notes section)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
Ben Oda ?

Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Lucky Jordan (cowpuncher); Lucky and Sal's children [Pete; Jim; Sally]; Chuck (cowboy); Saddle Sal; C. H. Brown (doctor); Katey (Hank's girl); Hank (villain, cowboy, death)
Synopsis
Lucky knew everything there was to know about horses, but that did not apply to women. And he had an enemy in a guy named Hank, who decides to get even with Hank for past issues. Hank gets his gal Katey to keep Lucky in town all night so that he can do a little job, and Lucky falls for her while she gets the cowpoke drunk. A few days later, Lucky notices a rash in his pelvic area, then later on his face and neck, which later clears up. At a rodeo, Lucky falls for Saddle Sal and wants to marry her, but hears a tune about syphilis, goes to a doctor and finds that he has it.
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Keywords
Desert Queen; Goose Egg Ranch; Little Mill Iron Ranch

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The center portion of the story has an illustrated, two page spread with a song with lyrics, titled "That Ignorant, Ignorant Cowboy", with words by Eric Barnouw and music by Tom Glazer. The song is about syphilis.

At the bottom of page 16 is this: "Prepared by Educational Comics, Inc. for Communication Materials Center, Columbia U. Press VD 821. Copyright 1949 Columbia U. Press."

Pearl Divers! (Table of Contents: 25)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry DeFuccio
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (layouts)
Inks
Joe Kubert (signed)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
adventure
Characters
Mike Holford (shell picker); Eddie (bartender); Rex Kingdom (oyster diver); Tarsier (Rex's pet animal)
Synopsis
Mike tells Eddie that he is through with shell picking as the grounds are just about cleaned out, when Rex Kingdom enters and announces that his schooner, the Kingdom Come, is going to try his hand in pearl diving. Mike and Rex joins forces and agree to split everything evenly. Rex does the diving and brings up a great pearl, but is attacked by a tiger shark on the second dive. Rex discovers soon after that Mike smeared Rex's ballast with ground salt-beef, which attracted the shark.
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Keywords
Australia; Torres Straights

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit revised from Joe Kubert to Kurtzman layouts, per Thommy Burns in Fantagraphic's Man and Superman and Other Stories (2020).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 26)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman

Synopsis
Close-up of a screaming man's face.

Harvey Kurtzman (Table of Contents: 27)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ringgenberg
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
He provided us with ammunition..."
Synopsis
Article about Kurtzman including art by him.

Behind the Panels (Table of Contents: 28)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Arthur Lortie
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Biographies of Erik Barnouw, Richard Connell, Al Feldstein, Jerry De Fuccio, Tom Glazer, Ivan Klapper, Joe Kubert.

Crime. Horror, Terror, Gore, Depravity, Disrespect for Established Authority - and Science Fiction, Too! The Ups and Downs of EC Comics (Table of Contents: 29)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Ted White
Letters
typeset

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The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library (Table of Contents: 30) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Fantagraphics Harvey Kurtzman Collection (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

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All of Harvey Kurtzman's EC Science Fiction Stories - Plus More! (Table of Contents: 32) (Expand) /

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