Extra! (E.C.)

    (E.C., 1955)
™ and © William M. Gaines, Agent

There were six E.C. titles in its “New Direction,” cover-bannered as “an entirely novel and unique reading experience.” The cover of each had a frame with the title on top and an identifying icon down the left side. The “New Direction” was one designed to accommodate the Comics Magazine of America’s new Comics Code, though the first issue of each did not carry the Code stamp, and all but one lasted for five issues. The six titles were: Aces High, Impact, MD, Psychoanalysis, Valor—and Extra!

Above the title was a “newspaper title” of “World Press,” and the side design for the first three issues was the beginning of a “newspaper story” which accompanied a “photo” cover drawn by Editor Johnny Craig. This was dropped for the last two issues, which featured full-color drawings and no left-side bonus.

The stories involved reporters investigating stories, and the three artists were Craig, John Severin, and Reed Crandall. “Dateline: Algiers” in #3 was an experiment later tried again in EC’s short-lived magazine-format “Picto-Fiction” style of captioned illustrations.

— Maggie Thompson

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#1

  3/1/1955
  $0.10
  $160.00
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   John Severin, Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall

#2

  5/1/1955
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  $93.00
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   John Severin, Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall

#3

  7/1/1955
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  $96.00
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   John Severin, Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall

#4

  9/1/1955
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  $96.00
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   John Severin, Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall

#5

  11/1/1955
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  $155.00
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   John Severin, Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall