Category: Al Feldstein

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Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”

Last post, I wrote about the ways that Eando Binder’s “The Teacher from Mars” serves as a commentary on racism and Jim Crow during the mid-twentieth century. Today, I want to look at Otto Binder, Al Feldstein, and Joe Orlando’s adaptation of the story for EC Comics’ Weird Science-Fantasy #24 and at Feldstein and Orlando’s “Judgement Day!” Specifically, I want to focus on some … Read More Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”

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Reader Positioning in Al Feldstein’s “Reflection of Death”

Over the past few years, I have been reading more and more EC Comics’ stories, and each one I read highlights something new that I did not notice before. After reading Qiana Whitted’s EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest, I went in search of a few of the stories that she examines, stories that I have not read before. Today, I want to … Read More Reader Positioning in Al Feldstein’s “Reflection of Death”

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Interracial Intimacy and “A Little Stranger!”

If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page.  Over the past year, I have written about Al Feldstein and Wallace Wood’s EC Comics’ stories, specifically their realistic “preachies” that sought to counter racism and prejudice. Within these stories, they tackle interracial intimacy and the unfounded fears surrounding the hate some feel at these … Read More Interracial Intimacy and “A Little Stranger!”

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Racist Thought in Al Feldstein and Joe Orlando’s “Judgement Day”

Over the past few months, I have delved into the EC Comics’ back vault, mainly looking at the more realistic Shock SuspenStories. A couple of weeks ago, Blair Davis tweeted about an Al Feldstein and Joe Orlando story from Weird Fantasy #18 entitled “Judgement Day” from 1953. Davis’s tweet read, “Comics+politics=’Judgement Day.’ If you haven’t read this 1953 tale from EC Comics’ Weird Fantasy … Read More Racist Thought in Al Feldstein and Joe Orlando’s “Judgement Day”

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Crumbling Hate in Wallace Wood’s “Blood-Brothers”

Recently, I’ve written about Al Feldstein and Wallace Wood’s work in EC Comics’ Shock SuspenStories. I’ve examined how they confront the reader in “The Guilty!,” how they address racist thought in “Hate!,” and how they address fears surrounding interracial intimacy in “Under Cover” and “The Whipping!” Today, I want to look at another story that Wood drew, “Blood-Brothers.” Unlike the other stories, we are … Read More Crumbling Hate in Wallace Wood’s “Blood-Brothers”

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Interracial Intimacy in Feldstein and Wood’s “Under Cover” and “The Whipping!”

If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page.  Today, I am concluding my posts on some of Al Feldstein an Wallace Wood’s stories from EC Comics’ Shock SuspenStories by looking at “Under Cover” and “The Whipping!” Both of these stories deal with the fears surrounding interracial intimacy and the ways that these fears manifested … Read More Interracial Intimacy in Feldstein and Wood’s “Under Cover” and “The Whipping!”

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Confronting the Reader in Feldstein and Wood’s “The Guilty!”

Last Thursday, I wrote about the ways that Al Feldstein and Wallace Wood countered racism in their story “Hate!” which appeared in EC Comics’ Shock SuspenStories #5. Over the next couple of posts, I want to take a look at three more stories by the duo: “Guilty!,” “Under Cover,” and “The Whipping!” I do not have enough space to thoroughly delve into each story; … Read More Confronting the Reader in Feldstein and Wood’s “The Guilty!”

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Calling Out Racism in EC Comics’ “Shock SuspenStories”

Recently, I’ve started to read a good amount of 1950s era EC Comics. There, I came across the Shock SuspenStories (1952-January 1955). Shock SuspenStories was part of a larger group of books that EC’s Bill Gaines published throughout the era. The other series included Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Weird Science, and Two-Fisted Tales. Each issue of Shock SuspenStories consisted of … Read More Calling Out Racism in EC Comics’ “Shock SuspenStories”