EC

1945 -
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
12
Brand Groups:
2
Brand Emblems in Use:
8

Total Number of Series:
107
Total Number of Issues:
1297
Number of Current Series:
1
Show Covers by Month:
using on-sale date or using publication date
Notes:
EC specialized in horror fiction, crime fiction, satire, military fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction from the 1940s through the mid-1950s, notably the Tales from the Crypt series. Initially, EC was owned by Maxwell Gaines and specialized in educational and child-oriented stories. After Max Gaines' death in a boating accident in 1947, his son William Gaines took over the company and began to print more mature stories, delving into genres of horror, war, fantasy, science-fiction, adventure, and others. Noted for their high quality and shock endings, these stories were also unique in their socially conscious, progressive themes (including racial equality, anti-war advocacy, nuclear disarmament, and environmentalism) that anticipated the Civil Rights Movement and dawn of 1960s counterculture. In 1954–55, censorship pressures prompted it to concentrate on the humor magazine Mad, leading to the company's greatest and most enduring success. Consequently, by 1956, the company ceased publishing all of its comic lines except Mad.
Keywords
anti-war; civil rights; environmentalism; mature stories; racial equality; satire; shock endings; social consciousness; twist endings
Series Year Issues Covers Published
Aces High [m] 1955 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery March-April 1955 - November-December 1955
Across the Seas in a War Torn World [m] 1948 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [circa 1948]
Animal Fables [m] 1946 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery July-August 1946 - November-December 1947
Animated Comics [m] 1946 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1946]
Blackstone [m] 1947 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Fall 1947
The Church That Was Built With Bread [m] 1948 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1948
Confessions Illustrated 1956 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery January-February 1956 - May 1956
Crime Illustrated 1955 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery November-December 1955 - April 1956
Crime Patrol [m] 1948 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery Summer 1948 - February-March 1950
Crime SuspenStories [m] 1950 27 issues (27 indexed) Gallery October-November 1950 - February-March 1955
The Crypt of Terror [m] 1950 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery April-May 1950 - August-September 1950
Dandy Comics [m] 1947 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery Spring 1947 - Spring 1948
Dave Berg's Mad Trash [b] 1981 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1981
Desert Dawn [m] 1945 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery circa 1945
Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile [m] 2018 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2018
Epic Mad [b] 2012 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2012
Extra! [m] 1955 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery March-April 1955 - November-December 1955
Fat and Slat [m] 1947 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery Summer 1947 - Spring 1948
Frontline Combat [m] 1951 15 issues (15 indexed) Gallery July-August 1951 - January 1954
Goodnight Batcave [b] 2016 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2016
Gunfighter [m] 1948 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery Summer 1948 - March-April 1950
The Happy Houlihans [m] 1947 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery Fall 1947 - Winter 1947-48
Haunt of Fear [m] 1950 28 issues (28 indexed) Gallery May-June 1950 - November-December 1954
Impact [m] 1955 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery March-April 1955 - November-December 1955
Incredible Science Fiction [m] 1955 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery July-August 1955 - January-February 1956
International Comics [m] 1947 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery Spring 1947 - November-December 1947
International Crime Patrol [m] 1948 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Spring 1948
Land of the Lost Comics [m] 1946 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery July-August 1946 - Spring 1948
Lucky Fights It Through [m] 1949 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1949
M.D. [m] 1955 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery April-May 1955 - December-January 1956; (January 1956)
Mad [m] 1952 550 issues (455 indexed) Have 594 (Need 1) October-November 1952 - April 2018
Mad [m] 2018 17 issues (12 indexed) Gallery June 2018 - Present
Mad 84 [m] 1984 1 issues (1 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) 1984
Mad about Comic Strips 2003 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2003
Mad About Super Heroes [b] 2002 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2) April 2002 - January 2010
Mad About the Trump Era [m] 2019 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2019
Mad About Trump [b] 2017 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2017
Mad Batman Spectacular [m] 1997 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery July 1997
A Mad Big Book [Mad Zaps The Human Race!] [b] 1984 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery March 1984
Mad Classics [m] 2005 25 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 20) 2005 - 2009
Mad Color Classics [m] 2000 11 issues (0 indexed) Gallery April 2000 - 2005
Mad Disco [m] 1980 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1980
MAD Dumps on Trump and other Unlikeable Leaders! [b] 2018 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2018
Mad Follies 1963 7 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1963 - 1969
Mad Kids [m] 2005 14 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 9) December 2005 - 2009
Mad Magazine's Sunday Comic Section [m] 1961 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1961
Mad Pop Off Video 1998 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) 1998
Mad Presents Batman [m] 2012 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery September 2012
Mad Presents Harry Potter [m] 2011 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2011
Mad Presents Spy vs. Spy [m] 2011 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery January 2011
Mad Special [Mad Super Special] [m] 1970 141 issues (26 indexed) Have 150 (Need 3) Fall 1970 - November 1999
Mad Spoofs Sci-Fi and Fantasy [m] 2018 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2018
Mad Spoofs Star Wars [m] 2019 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2019
Mad Spoofs Star Wars and Other Sci-Fi [m] 2017 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2017
Mad Star Trek Spectacular [m] 1994 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1994
Mad Star Wars Spectacular [m] 1996 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1996 - 1999
Mad Stocking Stuffer [m] 2018 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2018
Mad Stocking Stuffer [m] 2019 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2019
Mad Super Spectacular: Superman Man of Steel [m] 2013 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery Summer 2013
The Mad War on Bush 2007 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2007
Mad XL [b] 2000 34 issues (0 indexed) Gallery January 2000 - 2005
Mad's Original Idiots Complete Collection [b] 2015 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 2015
Mad's Original Idiots Jack Davis [b] 2015 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2015
Mad's Original Idiots Wally Wood [b] 2015 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2015
Mad's Original Idiots Will Elder [b] 2015 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 2015
MADtv 1995 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1995
Modern Love [m] 1949 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery June-July 1949 - August-September 1950
Moon Girl [m] 1947 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery Winter 1947-1948 - March-April 1949
Moon Girl and the Prince [m] 1947 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Fall 1947
Moon Girl Fights Crime [m] 1949 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery May-June 1949 - Summer 1949
A Moon, a Girl...Romance [m] 1949 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery September-October 1949 - March-April 1950
More Trash from MAD 1958 12 issues (6 indexed) Gallery 1958 - 1969
Out of the Past a Clue to the Future [m] 1946 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1946
Panic [m] 1954 12 issues (12 indexed) Gallery February-March 1954 - December 1955-January 1956
Picture Stories from American History [m] 1945 4 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1945 - Summer 1947
Picture Stories from Science [m] 1947 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery Spring 1947 - Summer 1947
Picture Stories from the Bible (Complete "Life of Christ" Edition) 1945 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1944
Picture Stories from the Bible (Complete New Testament Edition) 1946 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1946
Picture Stories from the Bible New Testament [m] 1946 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [March] 1946 - 1946
Picture Stories from the Bible [Old Testament] [m] 1946 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery [1946] - 1943
Picture Stories from World History [m] 1947 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery Spring 1947 - Summer 1947
Piracy [m] 1954 7 issues (7 indexed) Gallery October-November 1954 - October-November 1955
Psychoanalysis [m] 1955 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery March-April 1955 - September-October 1955
Reddy Kilowatt [m] 1946 11 issues (4 indexed) Have 9 (Need 2) 1946 - 1965
Saddle Justice [m] 1948 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery Spring 1948 - September-October 1949
Saddle Romances [m] 1949 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery November-December 1949 - March-April 1950
Sergio Aragonés on Parade [b] 1979 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery April 1979
Shock Illustrated 1955 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery September-October 1955 - May 1956
Shock SuspenStories [m] 1952 18 issues (18 indexed) Gallery February-March 1952 - December 1954 - January 1955
Spy vs. Spy by Prohias Omnibus [b] 2011 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 2011
Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad 1997 8 issues (8 indexed) Gallery Summer 1997 - Winter 1999
Tales from the Crypt [m] 1950 27 issues (27 indexed) Gallery October-November 1950 - February-March 1955
Tales of Terror Annual 1951 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1951 - 1953
Terror Illustrated 1955 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery November-December 1955 - April 1956
Three Dimensional EC Classics [m] 1954 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Spring 1954
Three Dimensional Tales from the Crypt of Terror [m] 1954 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery Spring 1954
Tiny Tot Comics [m] 1946 10 issues (10 indexed) Gallery [March] 1946 - November-December 1947
Two-Fisted Tales [m] 1950 24 issues (24 indexed) Gallery November-December 1950 - February-March 1955
Two-Fisted Tales Annual 1952 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1952 - 1953
Valor [m] 1955 5 issues (5 indexed) Gallery March-April 1955 - November-December 1955

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