The High Cost of Dying and Other Stories
Reed Crandall was an undisputed master of fine-line detail and expertly nuanced pen-and-ink texture. He was a perfect fit for EC Comics and his classic, illustrative style brilliantly illuminated sharp scripts featuring schemes, tricks, betrayal, and retribution in the companyвЂ™s crime, horror, and science fiction titles. This collection of 21 Crandall favorites includes вЂњThe Silent Towns,вЂќ a Ray Bradbury story about the last man and woman on Mars; вЂњCarrion Death,вЂќ a stark horror story about a man struggling through the desert with a corpse handcuffed to his wrist as the vultures circle closer; вЂњSweetie-Pie,вЂќ the grisly story of a ghoul who sets up a roadside hazard to procure, um, fresh meat; вЂњThe Kidnapper,вЂќ about a man who decides to kidnap a baby to replace the one that had been stolen from him and his wife; вЂњSpace Suitors,вЂќ a science fiction love triangle that leads to jealously, betrayal, and murder; and вЂњThe High Cost of Dying,вЂќ the title story, in which a man must make an awful choice between burying his wife and feeding his children вЂ¦ Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC ArtistsвЂ™ Library, The High Cost Of Dying and Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic masterpieces.
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