Psychoanalysis: The Comic

Put down your superhero comics, folks. It’s time for PSYCHOANALYSIS! Faster than free associations! Stronger than neuroses! Able to leap elongated sofas in a single bound!

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From Wiki:

Psychoanalysis was a short-lived comic book published by EC Comics in 1955, the fifth title in its New Direction line. The bi-monthly comic was published by William Gaines and edited by Al Feldstein. Psychoanalysis was approved by the Comics Code Authority, but newsstands were reluctant to display it. It lasted a total of four issues before being canceled along with EC’s other New Direction comics.

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The comic featured three patients, Freddy Carter, Ellen Lyman and Mark Stone, who were undergoing psychoanalysis. The analyst was the central character. He was never named, simply listed as The Psychiatrist. Ellen Lyman did not appear in the fourth and final issue, having been cured in the third issue.

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Later, all 4 issues were compiled in a book (and briefly re-issued individually in the 90’s).

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4 Responses to “Psychoanalysis: The Comic”

  1. What was his super power? Saving clients 15% off their meds? Probably would’ve done well if they made the “Psychiatrist” a homicidal maniac killing off patients that bored him, and ate their brains with some fava beans and a nice Chianti – fvafvafvafva!

  2. imaginaryflightattendant Says:

    I love browsing back issue bins for old EC reprints. I’m interested in finding the collection now, but I wonder how much the original issues of those would cost? There is a “rare” factor I guess ha ha

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Yes, I have NO idea what vintage comics run. I’m sure it varies greatly.

      • imaginaryflightattendant Says:

        Basically the original EC comics are har to find and beyond expensive. It all depends on condition and rarity and of course how badly someone wants it or their collection. I just saw a copy of Silver Surfer #14 in mint condition for $800

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