Shock SuspenStories (E.C.)

    (E.C., 1952-1955)
™ and © William M. Gaines, Agent

Shock SuspenStories was a cornerstone of E.C.’s line of crime comics in the 1950s. For the most part, the stories centered those great human foibles: jealousy, greed, and malice—traits that would inevitably doom those who possessed them.

In addition to their ironic and often gory crime stories, E.C. went out on a limb to address social concerns of the times. Tales such as “So Shall Ye Reap” focused on juvenile delinquency; “The Monkey” was an early and controversial story about the dangers of drug abuse; and “The Whipping” took on racism in a way that is far more direct and pointed than most such comics of the modern day.
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