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Feldstein, Al

Entry updated 25 February 2020. Tagged: Artist, Author, Comics, Editor.

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(1925-2014) US Comics artist, writer and editor who worked for EC Comics from 1948 to 1956, initially as an artist but later in all three capacities. From 1950 to 1953 he edited, often wrote and sometimes drew the EC sf Anthology comic Weird Science (which see), also working on several other EC "New Trend" titles, all cancelled in 1955, and their "New Direction" and "Picto-Fiction" successors. Subsequently he edited EC's satirical magazine Mad from 1956 until his retirement in 1984. Book-format collections of EC-published comics stories scripted by Feldstein are Tales of the Incredible (1965), The Autumn People (graph coll 1965) and Tomorrow Midnight (graph coll 1966), the second and third comprising adaptations of stories by Ray Bradbury – whose work was initially appropriated without permission, until he complained and requested payment. Two horror-anthology films were based on Feldstein's EC stories: Tales from the Crypt (1972) directed by Freddie Francis and The Vault of Horror (1973) directed by Roy Ward Baker.

After retirement Feldstein found new recognition as a painter of such non-genre subjects as landscapes and wildlife, in oils and acrylics. Career honours include induction into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement in 2011. [DRL]

Albert Bernard Feldstein

born New York: 24 October 1925

died near Livingston, Montana: 29 April 2014

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