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Ray Bradbury: 1950s Comics Illustrated Man

In 1951, EC Comics started stealing Ray Bradbury’s work. After three swipes, Bradbury sent a letter to editor Bill Gaines. Not a cease-and-desist order, though. Instead, he wrote, “Just a note to remind you of an oversight. You have not as yet sent on the check for $50.00 to cover the use of secondary rights on my two stories ‘The Rocket Man’ and ‘Kaleidoscope.’ . . . I feel this was probably overlooked in the general confusion of office work, and look forward to your payment in the near future.”

Payment was quickly made, followed by two dozen more stories—officially authorized and duly credited.


In memory of Bradbury, who died earlier this month, here are the splash pages for most of these tales. The one for “Mars is Heaven” can be found here. Other recent Imprint features about EC Comics appear here and here. And thanks to Bhob Stewart for his research.

Unauthorized, uncredited adaptation of "The Handler." Art: Graham Ingels


Unauthorized composite of "Kaleidoscope" and "The Rocket Man." Art: Wally Wood


Art: Johnny Craig


Art: Jack Davis


Art: Graham Ingels


Art: Graham Ingels


Art: Joe Orlando


Art: Joe Orlando


Art: Al Williamson


Art: Jack Kamen


Art: Wally Wood


Art: Jack Kamen


Art: John Severin and Will Elder


Art: Al Williamson


Art: John Severin and Will Elder


Art: Jack Kamen


Art: Joe Orlando


Art: Reed Crandall


Art: Bernard Krigstein


Art: Al Williamson


Art: Al Feldstein


. For a decade-by-decade look at comic books, check out 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, available at MyDesignShop.com.

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