This week, Papercutz brings Tales from the Crypt to comic shops and speciality stores as part of the company’s Super Genius imprint.
“Unlike our previous series, this new version of TFTC will be much closer in spirit and style to the original EC comics,” explained Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “In addition to bringing back classic EC horror host the Crypt-Keeper, we’re also looking to emulate what one writer called the ‘gruesome joie de vivre’ of the original series. Gaines and Feldstein’s original series contained plenty of shocks and thrills but also a lot of dark humor and that’s something we want to emulate in our take on the franchise. At the same time, we’re not looking to just create pastiche. We’ll be going after some present day targets that are perfect for the TALES FROM THE CRYPT treatment. If you’ve longed to see greedy Wall Street brokers or corrupt politicians get what’s coming to them, this is the series for you. ”
One interesting aspect of the series, is Papercutz will have guest editors on every issue, and will bring in some of the industry’s top creators to carry on the EC legacy set up by William Gaines.
“I’m very excited that Larry Hama has agreed to be our first guest editor,” added Salicrup. “Larry’s probably best know for being the guiding vision behind the GI JOE comics. But he’s written and edited everything from Savage Sword of Conan to Crazy Magazine. And he started his career working as an assistant to legendary EC artist Wally Wood. So he’s definitely got a connection to the material.”
Tales from the Crypt #1 arrives in stores this week!