Amph 1001 Comic Books You Must Read: 280. "Superboy" #49

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  1. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    195. "Tales From the Crypt" #32

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/ec/images/f/f6/Tales_from_the_Crypt_Vol_1_32.jpg]

    Writer: Al Feldstein

    Artist: Jack Davis

    E. C. (October-November 1952)

    "E.C. justice makes me giggle. During WWII, a butcher sells good stuff to rich customers, and bad stuff to everyone else. He ends up in his own butcher case. trhe story is titled "'Tain't the meat...it's the Humanity!" I am so very twisted."
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    That is literally one of three issues that made me commit my life to working in comics. Jack Davis was a revelation. Bob Poweel and Dick Briefer were the others.
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    196. "Teen-Age Temptations #1"

    [image=http://www.atoncer.com/comics/golden-age/romance/teenage%20temptations/Teen-Age%20Temptations-1.jpg]

    Writer: Dana Dutch

    Artist: Matt Baker

    St. John (October 1952)

    "Dutch wrote stories of surprisingly liberated--for the era--young women determined to find love on their own terms, and if they made mistakes, learn from them and move on. This issue's "Tourist Cabin Escapade" is one such mistake."

  4. Champion of the Force Force Ghost

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    The title sounds like one of those hentai video games.
  5. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Or possibly a skeezy porn site.
  6. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    Skeezy porn sites are called 'Twelve-Year-Old Temptations' these days. :p

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    Writer: Harvey Kurtzman

    Artists: Jack Davis, John Severin

    "The first of seven planned issues covering the Civil War. Lincoln is profiled, the first shot is fired, men choose sides, and Bull Run makes it clear the war will not end quickly. Sadly, only two more issues of this ambitious effort would be published."
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    198. "Journey into Fear" #10

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    Writers: Uncredited

    Artists: Uncredited

    Superior Publishers Ltd. (November 1952)

    "The first Canadian horror series earns its place here for the seriously weird "Crawling Evil", wherein a woman who hates men finds a spellbook, turns men into worms, and squished them. Naturally, the worms eventually turn on her."

    Naturally.
  8. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    What a plot summary. That sounds great.
  9. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    199. "Horrific" #3

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    Writers: Uncredited

    Artists: Uncredited

    Comic Media (January 1953)

    "Don Heck did 11 "head shot" covers for this horror anthology title, but this is my favorite, and the most literal. In the 1960s, Heck would draw the first Iron Man adventures for Marvel comics and many early issues of "The Avengers."
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    John Constantine? Is that you?
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  12. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    200. "Weird Fantasy" #17

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/ec/images/4/4e/Weird_Fantasy_Vol_1_17%285%29.jpg]

    Writers: Ray Bradbury, Al Feldstein

    Artist: Wally Wood

    E. C. (January-February 1953)

    "After Bradbury caught E. C. 'borrowing' the plots of his stories, he cut a deal allowing them to credited adaptations. "There will be soft rains..." is a magnificently illustrated story of a 'smart house' in the wake of a nuclear war."
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    Oh, wow, a comic adaptation of There Will Be Soft Rains? That would be awesome. It's probably my very favorite Bradbury story; just a pitch perfect, haunting little story.
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    201. "Weird Science" #17

    [image=http://images.wikia.com/ec/images/e/e0/Weird_Science_Vol_1_17.jpg]

    Writers: Ray Bradbury, Al Feldstein

    Artist: Wally Wood, Joe Orlando

    E. C. (January-February 1953)

    "Two classics in this issue. "Plucked" is a darkly humourous tale of scientific spectulation and alien incursions, while "The Long Years" is one of Bradbury's most poignant stories. In the latter, artist Orlando matches the author's craft beat for beat."
  15. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    EC sure had a thing for the word "weird".
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    202. "SHOCK SuspenStories" #7

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    Writers: Ray Bradbury, Al Feldstein

    Artists: George Evans, Jack Kamen

    E. C. (February-March 1953)

    "Bradbury's 'The Small Assassin' is another unforgettable story with Evans creating haunting visuals throughout the tale. Also in the issue, 'Beauty and the Beach' allows Kamen to show his considerable skill in portraying troubled marriages."
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    203. "Four Color #456: Uncle Scrooge"

    [image=http://www.icollector.com/images/255/12741/12741_42145_1_md.jpg]

    Writer: Carl Barks

    Artist: Carl Barks

    Dell (March 1953)

    "Scrooge returns to the Klondike, the rough-and-tumble land where he made his fortune, and reunites with former flame Glittering Goldie. Five pages were cut from the story's appearance here, including a barroom brawl I once described as 'Jack Kirby with ducks.'"
  18. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Back to the Klondike is great, and also sets up the premise for one of my favorite Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge chapters. Good stuff all around.

    And I think the Jack Kirby with Ducks description is accurate.
  19. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    It's been ages since I read Back to the Klondike; don't recall much of it, actually.

    Jumping back to the previous comic, Bradbury's Small Assassin would be an awesome comic story; it's one of his most unsettling stories, probably second only to The Veldt in my opinion for sheer discomfiture. I still remember vividly being absolutely freaked out by it when I read it in high school. Great story.
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    204. "Weird Fantasy" #18

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    Writers: Al Feldstein

    Artist: Joe Orlando

    E. C. (March-April 1953)

    "Comics have often addressed racial inuustice, but no story ever hit me as hard as Feldstein's "Judgment Day". Orlando's closing panel conveys the pain thatl ingers even certuries after such prejudice has been overcome. Arguably EC's finest hour."
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    "Mad" #4

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    Writer: Harvey Kurtzman

    Artist: Wally Wood, Bill Elder

    E. C. (April-May, 1953)

    Before "Mad" the Magazine became an American institution, it was the funniest comic book on the planet. In this issue, Kurtzman sends up two pop-culture icons with his hilarious "Superduperman" and the inspired "Shadow."

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    206. "Frontline Combat" #12

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    Writer: Harvey Kurtzman

    Artists: George Evans, Alex Toth

    E.C. (May-June 1953)

    "This special issue is a positive portrayal at home and in Korea. The lead story stresses the importance of the Ground Observer Corps, and the inside back cover invites readers to sign up for that civilian organization."
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    207. "Pictorial Romances" #19

    [image=http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt49/comixnoir/pictorialromances19.jpg]

    Writer: Dana Dutch

    Artist: Matt Baker

    St. John (May 1953)

    "In "Elopement Hid Our Sins" Jen, weary of her reputation as a pick-up, agrees to become a bride in name only to Eddie, who's hiding his own sins. It's a compelling drama in which both characters grow in surprising and satisfying ways."
  24. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    It's like he's tormenting cape lovers such as myself by extending the early 1950s as long as possible.:p

    We know 1956 is coming, Isabella! You can't put it off forever!
  25. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    That one seems like a really odd pick. I'd love to actually read some of these stranger picks and see how they actually do hold up. It's hard to believe that the comic pictured above has a moving story with strong characters and artfully done personal growth. But stranger things have happened. Hell, I'm the guy who said Uncle Scrooge was a more complex character than Batman! :p