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Jack Kamen was the “Mr. Slick” of EC crime comics.

His precise, clean style was perfect for tales of seemingly normal men and women who coolly act on the rage, jealousy, and greed just below their glamorous façades. Enter the twisted world of Kamen’s crime capers with stories like “Forty Whacks” (Whatever became of that ax Lizzie Borden used?), “Contract for Death” (A suicidal man agrees to accept $5,000 for his fresh corpse, then changes his mind. But the contract fails to specify that the body has to be his...), “The Neat Job!” (Her “neat freak” husband drove her crazy, so when she chopped him up into little pieces...), “Just Desserts!” (A madman bent on revenge hosts a dinner for his victims ... and the final course is a killer!) — plus 20 more gripping tales of tension as only EC could do them!

Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library, Forty Whacks And Other Stories also features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic masterpieces.

Artist: Jack Kamen / various
Series: The EC Comics Library
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Page Count: 200pp
Size: 7.5 x 10.25
Notes: hardcover, b/w
Date of Publication: October 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-60699-862-5