Man and Superman and Other Stories by Harvey Kurtzman et al.
Hardcover – Fantagraphics – Jan 2020 – 170 pages
Before he created Mad, before he created his scrupulously researched and emotionally wrenching war comics (Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat), Harvey Kurtzman got his start at EC with his meticulously crafted science fiction, crime, and horror stories.
This latest volume in The Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library collects all of Kurtzman’s rarely seen early EC stories, mainly from the pages of Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, but also from Tales from the Crypt, Haunt of Fear, Vault of Horror, and Crime SuspenStories. Kurtzman illustrates twist-ending stories written by Al Feldstein, including “Lost in the Microcosm,” “The Man Who Raced Time,” and “Atom Bomb Thief.”
But unlike most other EC artists, Kurtzman also often wrote and drew his own stories, as in “The Radioactive Child,” “The Last War on Earth,” and our title story, “Man and Superman” — a cautionary tale about the how the laws of physics would impact a real-world superhero, delivered in Kurtzman’s uniquely bold, slashing, cartoony-but-dead-serious style.
Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, Man And Superman and Other Stories features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories written by EC experts.