Out April 20, 2013: The first collection to ever showcase the chronological run of Johnny Craig’s crisp, elegantly drawn Crime SuspenStories adds noir to the EC Comics library.
by the ornate, retro, proto-splatter horror graphics of Jack Davis and
Graham Ingels and the slick, futuristic sci-fi stylings of Wally Wood
and Al Williamson, EC Comics superstar Johnny Craig stood out with his
elegant, crisp, contemporary graphic style. And nowhere did this style
work more beautifully than in the dozens of superb crime comics he wrote
and drew for EC, mostly in Crime SuspenStories (for which he
handled the cover and lead-story duties for most of its run).
escaped convicts, murderous husbands and wives, blackmailing maids,
scheming nurses, executioners, time bombs, private dicks, and the
occasional hatchet killer, the 22 stories in this book—all written and
drawn by Craig—comprise a perfect encapsulation of the very best kind of
noir writing, stunningly executed (in more than one sense of the word!)
by one of the great cartoonists of his (or any) era. And all in eight
pages per story! Fall Guy For Murder and other Stories is the first collection to showcase the chronological run of Craig’s Crime SuspenStories tales
in one criminally convenient package, supplemented with several
fascinating essays and informative historical notes on the stories.