Classic Comic Speak: The 1972 E.C. Comics Panels
Now here’s a real treat. Forty one years ago, on the 27th of May 1972, the EC Fan-Addict Convention was held. The Convention brought together the majority of the artists and writers who worked for E.C. along with Bill Gaines, the publisher. Best of all those present took part in three separate panels, one of the first, and only, times that this would happen with so many E.C. staffers. The result saw Gaines, Al Feldstien, Wally Wood, Jack Davis, Marie Severin, George Evans, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Jerry DeFuccio, Joe Orlando and Al Williamson (plus a cameo from Howard Chaykin) talk about all things E.C., from horror through to westerns through to science fiction. Luckily the panels were taped and the transcriptions saw print, first in the E.C. fanzine Squa Tront #8 (1978) and a few other places since then. Here, now, you can kick back and enjoy the panels in one big hit, as complete as they get and dream about being in a place where such talent was gathered.
HOWARD CHAYKIN: Knowing John Severin's politics at the time... [laughter]…everyone's been talking about that...
Mr. Gaines, the father of us all.
QUESTION: What about the animated film that's on TV tonight, Mad Monster Party?
That was the quickest panel in the history of comic cons.