EC Comics will also hold a special place in the hearts of comics fans, as they brought together some of the best creators of the time to create comics featuring horror, science fiction, war and other genres — names like Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Joe Orlando, John Severin and Al Williamson, among many others. Just in the past week EC Comics was referenced by both Scott Snyder and D.G. Chichester in their respective newsletters.
One name that might not immediately come to mind, though, is Ray Bradbury. The author of Fahrenheit 451, The Halloween Tree, Something Wicked This Way Comes and more was a prolific short story writer, and EC adapted many of those stories into comics — 28 of them, in fact, which are being collected later this month by Fantagraphics.
Home to Stay includes every Bradbury story that EC adapted between 1951 and 1954, including “Home to Stay”— a combination of two Bradbury science fiction stories that Bradbury himself proclaimed topped his originals, combined by scripter Al Feldstein and artist Wally Wood.
Here’s a description of the volume:
Between 1951 and 1954, EC Comics adapted 28 classic Ray Bradbury stories into comics form, scripted by Al Feldstein and interpreted and illustrated by all of EC’s top artists: Johnny Craig, Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, Will Elder, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen, Bernard Krigstein, Joe Orlando, John Severin, Angelo Torres, Al Williamson, and Wallace Wood. This fall Fantagraphics will publish Home to Stay!: The Complete Ray Bradbury EC Stories, featuring all 28 stories alongside the stunning art. A special companion to their New York Times best-selling classic reprint series, Fantagraphics’ latest collection features all the Ray Bradbury stories adapted by EC Comics—including the unauthorized ones!—for the first time in one volume.
And here’s a preview of “The Lake,” as drawn by Joe Orlando:
Home to Stay!: The Complete Ray Bradbury EC Stories is the latest in Fantagraphics’ ongoing reprint series of EC Comics, and will be available in stores Oct. 25. You can also order it from them directly.