Updated on 16 October, 2021
Entertaining Comics, also known as EC Comics, was a joint American publisher of comics, which for decades, specialized in science fiction, comedy, horror fiction, criminal fiction, and other pulp fiction from early 1940s through mid- 1955s. The mainstay of EC Comics was the Sunday comics strips, often featuring strip plots with superheroes such as the Ghost, Batmen, and The Phantom. Some were illustrated by professional comic book artists while others were published in color throughout. In addition, several original graphic novel series were published under this name, many of which have never been collected or released to the public.
Most of the EC Comics that are available today are in digital format, reprinting the old pages and preserving them in the new format. While some recent EC Comics have been published with complete art and original covers, these reprints are usually significantly cheaper than buying a complete graphic novel collection. As new science fiction and comics become popular, the demand for reprints is likely to grow. EC reprints can appeal to any age group and to any taste in entertainment.
A major segment of EC Comics was devoted to humor, specifically horror and fantasy comics. EC started publishinghumorous comic books during the 1950s up until the late seventies. One such series is EC Comics' "Beware the Beast". The main character, Bob Bacala, is an ecologist who works for the government at the National Zoo. He spends most of his time trying to keep his sanity after getting a bad virus in his lab, apparently sent from "The Beast".
"Beware the Beast" is one of the few EC titles to feature an all-star lineup of comic book artists. These include superstar artists Jim Sterotaro, Todd McFarlane, and Frank Miller. Other notable comic book artists who contributed to the creation of "Beware the Beast" are Curt Swan and Mike De Luca. Additionally, DC Entertainment owns the rights to the EC character " Beast". These original characters have made several guest appearances on their animated series, including "The Batman" and "The New Batman Adventures".
In addition to the aforementioned horror and comedy comics, EC also included action and sci-fi titles. This genre was generally geared more towards adult readership. One of the earliest examples of this is "Escape from Mars Station". This storyline featured a team of astronauts who were stranded on a hostile planet. The lead character,issue #2, was "Escape from Mars Station" and featured a team of terrorists who attempted to sabotage the United States space program.
Some other early EC offerings in this vein were "Escape from Aquaman" and "Escape from Supergirl". The first "Supergirl" comic featured Superman. Following the dissolution of the National Security Council, a commission was set up to regulate the comic book industry. One of the requirements was that all comics had to be approved by the NSC. The EC community was able to circumvent this requirement, as many EC comics had been printed before the establishment of the Comics Code Authority and were therefore not required to have the Comics Code Authority stamp on them.
Most major EC titles in history are considered essential reading for any true fan of EC Comics. EC Comics has been adapted into a number of popular television shows including "Vanity Fair", "A Christmas Story", "The Simpsons", "The New Moon", "Eli Geddes' "Eli the Frog", "icians", and "The Fantastic Four: Spider-Man". A notable spinoff of these popular TV shows is "Election Day" which is the third season premiere of the hit Fox television show "American Idol". For the younger fans, "The Wizard's First Rule" is an excellent entry point to EC Comics.
Beyond these popular superheroes and cartoons, a great deal of thought has gone into the creative development of Ec Comics. It has established a unique creative voice in the comic book world. In the twenty-first century, there has been a growing trend toward the dark, gothic, or other mischievous sense of fantasy within the comic book world. There are numerous Ec Comics titles written by various different authors that deal with supernatural phenomena, haunted houses, or other bizarre situations. Many of the gothic, horror comics are considered by their fans to be amongst the best of the genre.