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Pre-Code Horror: Exhibition Reception and Halloween Party

  • Cartoon Art Museum 781 Beach Street, Fl 1 San Francisco, Ca 94109 (map)
EC Comics masks by Trick or Treat Studios. Images are property of William M Gaines Agent, Inc. © 2019

EC Comics masks by Trick or Treat Studios. Images are property of William M Gaines Agent, Inc. © 2019

Check out classic Spooky Stories from EC Comics and get ready for Halloween. Costumed attendees encouraged! Zombie caricatures available for purchase. Cash bar and other spooky goodies courtesy of our friends at Fantagraphics, Dark Horse and Trick or Treat Studios.

Tickets to this event are $5 (Free for members, and attendees in costume.)

From “Reflection of Death!”,  Tales From the Crypt  #23, script and art by Al Feldstein. Images are property of William M Gaines Agent, Inc. © 2019

From “Reflection of Death!”, Tales From the Crypt #23, script and art by Al Feldstein. Images are property of William M Gaines Agent, Inc. © 2019

About Pre-Code Horror: Scary Stories and Ghastly Graphics from EC Comics

Exhibition Dates: October 12, 2019 through March 1, 2020.

Pre-Code Horror: Scary Stories and Ghastly Graphics from EC Comics celebrates the artistry of the Golden Age of EC Comics with a  showcase of several acclaimed short stories from Tales from The Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear published in 1952 and 1953, at the peak of EC’s popularity.  

From 1950 to 1954, EC Comics dominated newsstands with best-selling titles including Tales from The Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear. Under the guidance of publisher William Gaines and editor Al Feldstein, an array of talented artists including Jack Davis and “Ghastly” Graham Ingels shocked and thrilled readers with tales of terror and suspense, and created some of the most indelible, unforgettable comic book stories ever published.

This exhibition features a series of EC Comics-inspired masks created by Trick or Treat Studios, a California-based studio that produces high quality costumes, props, and masks. Pre-Code Horror includes the classic EC Horror Hosts The Old Witch, The Vault Keeper, and The Crypt Keeper, as well as zombies inspired by the artwork of “Ghastly” Graham Ingels.