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.
  • 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.