Entertaining Comics, (named Educational Comics before that) more commonly known as EC Comics, is an American publisher of comic books specializing in horror, crime, satire, military fiction and science fiction from the 1940s through the mid-1950s, notably the Tales from the Crypt series. In 1954-55, censorship pressures prompted it to concentrate on the humor magazine MAD, leading to the company's greatest and most enduring success. Initially, EC was privately owned by Maxwell Gaines and specialized in educational and child-oriented stories. Later, during its period of notoriety, it was owned by his son, William M. Gaines.
Currently, it is owned and operated by the Gaines Family who own the copyright/licensing rights to all titles and stories published by EC Comics (with the exception of MAD magazine content).