YMMV: EC Comics

  • Anvilicious: The "social issue" tales in Shock Suspense Stories and, occasionally, in the SF/fantasy titles. (It's noteworthy that the in-house term for these pieces was "preachies.") The more critically-acclaimed of these stories would fall under Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the movie "The Vault of Horror", Tom Baker plays a painter who, thanks to voodoo, can mutilate people in the same way their paintings are mutilated (jabbing out the eyes = being blinded, putting a red dot on their forhead = getting shot, ect.) By the end, thanks to a fallen can of lacquer thinner applied to his own self-portrait, Baker has his head run over. Why is this hilarious? Because if this was 1974, and not 1972 (when the film was released), Baker could've regenerated.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Boy, howdy. Too many examples to comfortably fit here. Yes, in the non-horror titles too. Why there isn't a page made for this, who knows?!
  • Nightmare Retardant: The creators didn't always get it quite right, and reuse of certain scenes by later artists has reduced the shock factor considerably when readers see the original.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Specifically, "Judgment Day" and "Master Race".
    • In "The Patriots" and "In Gratitude..". Which called out the values of the 1950's.