A publisher usually called "Legendary" and with good reason. It was the main company to torpedo the comics industry in the 1950s, or to raise it to new heights of quality (depending upon your point of view of the history) and is credited as one of the main reasons causing the creation of the "Comics Code Authority" which then went to the trouble to specifically ban words used in the titles of EC Comics' best-selling books.
Also the birthplace for Mad Comics/ Mad Magazine and the starting point for a whole new style of cartooning and satire.
Highly respected for the quality of its coterie of artists and the "O. Henry" writing that focused on twist endings. Often lauded for exercising a higher standard in writing and art during a period of derivative factory publishing.
Jack Kamen cover to Shock Suspenstories from 1954. See enlarged.
Art by Johnny Craig - Vault of Horror #35
Bill Elder art 1953 - Mad Magazine
Two-Fisted Tales #27
Harvey Kurtzman art to Two-Fisted Tales #28- see enlarged.
AL Williamson - Weird Science #12
John Severin Cover
Two-Fisted Tales #32, March-April 1953
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