This Monday, October 24, the Cobb Public LibraryThe virtual Graphic Novel Book Club will get into the Halloween spirit by discussing selections from the pioneering horror comic book, EC’s Vault of Horror.
The collection we are going to talk about is Vault of Horror: Volume 1. It can be found on Overdrive at https://cobbcounty.overdrive.com/media/5883877.
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to read the entire collection before the meeting. They’re short, self-contained stories, and reading one or two will give you enough to join in the discussion.
The book club meets on the fourth Monday of each month via Google Meet from 6-7 p.m.
Registration is not required, but if you register at https://forms.gle/7G5zMx9rtwkj2fQd6, you will receive reminders before each meeting. Anyone can come to the virtual meeting by clicking on the link here.
About EC Comics and the Vault of Horror
Vault of Horror, which began publication in 1950, was one of EC Comics’ titles, whose most enduring and well-known work was Mad Magazine.
Besides Vault of Horror, EC’s other well-known horror comic was Tales from the Crypt. Anthology films and an HBO series have been made based on selected stories from each of these comics.
EC also released a third lesser-known horror series, titled Haunt of Fear.
The stories of the three series were introduced by the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch.
The stories featured gruesome illustrations and clever twists.
EC’s significant work in horror and science fiction comics spanned the years from when William Gaines took over the company in 1947 after his father’s death, to 1956, after censorship by the Comics Code Authority prevented EC from necessary distribution channels. to make his line of horror comics profitable. At that time, EC focused its efforts on Mad Magazine.
EC comics were notable for being at the forefront of 1950s political subject matter, including anti-racist and anti-war themes, more than a decade before mainstream comic book publishers Marvel and DC were ready to step in. attack social justice and political intrigue.
About Cobb County Public Library
According to Cobb County Public Library website:
“The Cobb County Public Library is a 15-branch system headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, where its staff members serve a diverse population of more than 750,000 people.
“Cobb is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, and the Cobb County Public Library is dedicated to being a resource center in the community by providing equal access to information, materials, and services.”
Cobb County’s first public library was opened at the home of Sarah Freeman Clarke in Marietta. The first free-standing library building, opened on Church Street in 1893 and is named after Clarke.
Libraries were opened in Acworth and Austell in subsequent years, and in 1959 the town of Marietta and several other libraries in Cobb County combined to form a countywide system that launched the County Public Library of Cobb as we know it today.
You can learn more about the history of the Cobb County Public Library by following this link.