Four Color Fear
Size: Slightly wider than standard
Yes, another oldie. This one came out originally in 2010, i believe. It is a collection of pre-code non-EC horror. The tag line of the book is "It wasn't just EC, see?".
It is a solid collection, with some truly stand-out stories. The most memorable for me (drawing purely from memory!) "The Corpse That Came to Dinner" which is hilarious, "Swamp Monster" and "Nightmare World" drawn by Basil Wolverton, and several others. About 75% of the stories in here get the 'thumbs up' from me, 40% is pure gold, with the remaining 25% being lesser quality IMO. Not sure if the intent was to create a "best of" collection here, because it doesnt read like that, although whats here is good and is unlikely to be collected elsewhere (although "Wall of Flesh" does feature in a Harvey Horrors collection ive read, maybe "Black Cat Mystery v1"?)
The artwork is what you expect from this era, and is nicely presented, with authentic colours. Clarity of the reproduction is good (appears to be cleaned-up scans maybe?). There is an amazing "covers galley" in the centre of the book, which reprints a lot of classic horror covers from the era on glossy paper. The extensive 'notes' section at the back of the book offers information about the creators involved in each story.
Overall, this book would have been an amazing purchase at its original price, although alas it is now the dreaded "OOP" or 'out of print' and people seem to be trying to extort obscene amounts for it on the secondary market.