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.
  • Awesome Art: EC's greatest legacy is their stable of artists. All of their regular artists are regarded as legends. While the writing is generally considered to be cheesy, predictable yet fun and occasionally powerful, nobody can question the quality of the artwork.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one of EC's early "Animal Fables" comics, a top billed recurring character is a little guy called Danny the Devil, predating a more well known comic book devil, Harvey's "Hot Stuff the Little Devil", by a decade.
    • In "Kamen's Calamity", a comic artist is almost fired when they shifted from romance to horror comics, simply because he kept drawing monsters too pretty, with one person telling him "Who ever heard of a charming, sweet-lookin' vampire?!"
    • 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: Has it's own page!
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: "Poetic Justice", because James Elliot didn't like what he perceived as rubbish, he dedicated his life into destroying the life of a neighbor who was nothing more, than a poor, kindly old garbage man. Who made toys for kids and loved to take care of animals. A man who never did anything to antagonize his fellow neighbors, including James. Yet James spreads a Smear Campaign against him which causes the local children's parents to think he was a molester, his pets to be taken away and bad Valentine's Day cards sent to him. The last of which made poor Grimsdyke hang himself. He gets even from beyond the grave, but it doesn't make it less sad.
    • In a sorrowful case of Reality Subtext, Peter Cushing had only recently been widowed himself when he did the film version of this story— and Grimsdyke's late wife is named Helen, just like Cushing's late wife.