Rudy Nappi cover, issue #3
|Publication date||September/October 1955 - Spring 1956|
|No. of issues||3|
|Created by||William Gaines|
Shock Illustrated was an American black and white magazine published by EC Comics from late 1955 to early 1956. Part of EC's Picto-Fiction line, each magazine featured three to five stories. The artists drew one to four panels per page with the text overlaid onto the artwork. The first issue appeared with a cover date of September–October 1955 and featured three psychology-themed stories, similar in theme to the comic Psychoanalysis published by EC in 1955. Starting with the second issue this type of story was generally reduced to one per issue, with the remaining stories being similar in theme to those that appeared in EC's comic Shock SuspenStories.
Shock Illustrated ran for a total of three issues. The Picto-Fiction magazines lost money from the start, and when EC's distributor went bankrupt, the company had no choice but to cancel the prints. The third issue of this magazine is known as the rarest EC publication of all time. Although all 250,000 copies had been printed, publisher Bill Gaines lacked the funds to bind them, and all but 100 copies were destroyed.
The editor of Shock Illustrated was Al Feldstein. In addition to those stories credited to him, Feldstein also wrote under the pseudonym Alfred E. Neuman. Feldstein included multiple retellings of previous stories, a move suggested by Gaines. This included "A Question of Time" and "Dead Right" in the second issue and "Curiosity Killed" in the third issue. Contributing writers included Jack Oleck (who had worked as a writer on EC's earlier publications), Robert Bernstein, John Larner, and Daniel Keyes (using the pseudonyms Kris Daniels and A.D. Locke).
Shock Illustrated was reprinted along with the other Picto-Fiction magazines in hardbound volumes by Russ Cochran (and Gemstone Publishing) for the first time in 2006 as the final part of his Complete EC Library. With these reprints, published for the first time, was the fourth issue of the title which had been produced but never printed.
|#||Date||Cover Artist||Story||Story Artist||Story Writer|
|1||Oct 1955||Jack Kamen||The Needle||Jack Kamen||Kris Daniels|
|Switch Party||Jack Kamen||Robert Bernstein|
|The Jacket||Jack Kamen||A.D. Locke|
|2||Feb 1956||Rudy Nappi||The Lipstick Killer||Reed Crandall||A.D. Locke|
|My Brother's Keeper||George Evans||Jack Oleck|
|A Question of Time||Al Williamson & Angelo Torres||Al Feldstein|
|Dead Right||Graham Ingels||Alfred E. Neuman|
|3||May 1956||Rudy Nappi||Curiosity Killed||Reed Crandall||Al Feldstein|
|The Demon||Graham Ingels||John Larner|
|Sin Doll||Jack Kamen||Kris Daniels|
|One Man's Meat||George Evans||Jack Oleck|