(December 1950-January 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Al Feldstein; William M. Gaines (managing)
Format:
Standard US dimensions; color; saddle-stitched

[Escape!] (Table of Contents)

The Vault-Keeper; The Old Witch / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper [inset]; The Old Witch [inset]
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Indexer Notes

The cover title is taken from the 4th story in this issue, on which the cover is based.

Werewolf Concerto! (Table of Contents)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (cameo); Madamoiselle Michelin
Synopsis:
A guest at a hotel in Hungary is murdered....torn to shreds, the third such occurence. Other patrons decide to check out and the owner is visibly upset. In order to get business, he calls the agent of concert pianist Madamoiselle Micheline and informs them he will provide her accomodations absolutely free. Soon after, some movers bring in her personal piano for her suite, followed by her later on, and she informs the owner she will out for the evening and NO ONE is to enter her room. It seems strange that she never really checked in prior to her appearance, is never seen during the day and only practices her piano at night...though no one has ever heard her practice! But the effect is immediate: the hotal fills up with guests....but then one night, a patron is horribly killed....by a werewolf some say....and the people begin checking out as well as all employees. Later that evening, the owner greets Miss Micheline, who heads up to her room.....then he has a sudden horrible feeling and turns into a werewolf. He heads up to her room and enters, but cannot find any trace of her except her piano, whose lid he opens and finds dirt. As he ponders this, Madamoiselle Michelin, now turned vampire, springs out of the darkness and attacks him!
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Keywords:
monsters

Fitting Punishment! (Table of Contents)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein (adaptation)
Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper [cameo]; Ezra Flint; Stanley
Synopsis:
Young Stanley stands before a dismal home belongging to his Uncle Ezra, the town undertaker, then knocks and is rudely greeted by his uncle. Entering, there is no heat on because the uncle can't afford it, nor can he afford to keep his nephew now that his mother has died. Stanley offers to work for his food and room, and Uncle Ezra agrees, putting the lad to work. Soon, Stanley discovers that his uncle takes jewelry and other valuable items from the corpses before sealing the coffins. One day a person dies and young Stanley goes over to make measurements for the coffin and tells his uncle....but the uncle misunderstands that an oak coffin is to be made and makes pine instead. Uncle Ezra is furious and strikes the boy in the back, accidently paralyzing him. When the doctor arrives, the uncle lies and says the boy fell down the stairs. Later, Ezra decides to keep the pine casket for another body.....but when Stanley comes up the steps, Ezra pushes him down, killing him....and Stanley is put into the pine coffin. However, Stanley is too long for the coffin and Ezra knows what he must do. After the interment, Ezra is sitting is his home when he hears a knocking at the door, and when he appears, only Stanley's bandaged foot is there.....later, another knock results in Stanley's other foot being left. A third and final knock brings Ezra face to face with Stanley-----on crutches!
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Indexer Notes

This story is loosely based on H. P. Lovecraft's short story, "In the Vault."

Business (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
William M. Gaines
Pencils:
? (spot illo)
Inks:
? (spot illo)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
Synopsis:
A man stakes out the city subway platform for a week, hoping to see the man he is supposed to kill. One night he spots him and the two have a furious struggle, and both go over the platform onto the tracks below, where the victim collapses on the third rail and is electrocuted. Unfortunately, for his murderer, the victim's hand grasped his ankle, and the volts paralyzed him as he watched a subway train bearing down on him!
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Indexer Notes

This text story is found on the inside halves of each page. To the outside are house ads, one featuring a promo for Weird Fantasy #16 [with a cover by Al Feldstein], the other featuring ads, with covers, for Picture Stories From the Bible: the Complete Old and New Testaments, as well as Old Testament #1-2 and New Testament #1.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

The Vault-Keeper's Corner / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Johnny Craig (spot illo)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (spot illo)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (cameo)
Synopsis:
The VK discusses last issue's stories in popularity, as voted on by the readers, then informs the readers that the Old Witch will become a permanent feature in the Vault of Horror.
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The Grave Wager (Table of Contents)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Kamen (signed)
Inks:
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (cameo); Pirro, the Wax Man
Synopsis:
At a Midwest amusement park, the barker is trying to interest patrons to see Pirro, the Wax Man, and three men: Roger Kane, Paul Bond and Clyde Lake all enter to view the man, and are horrified at the gruesome scene they witness. On the way out, Roger bets $20 that neither of the others would ever spend a night alone with a corpse, but the others tell him that they'll both bet $50 that Roger won't do it....and he agrees. The two suggest getting the corpse from a local graveyard, but secretly they get Pirro, the Wax Man, to play the part.....to better scare Roger! Pirro agrees to do it for $50.....his "body" is delivered to Roger's apartment, and Roger kicks back thinking everything will go smoothly. Suddenly the sheet over the corpse moves and the body gets up and walks toward Roger. The next morning, Paul and Clyde made their way to Roger's apartment to have a laugh, and enter the room to see Roger a raving maniac and the REAL corpse of Pirro....beaten to a pulp!
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Escape! (Table of Contents)

The Witch's Cauldron / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Inks:
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (cameo); Pete Luger
Synopsis:
Convicts in the prison yard are odered to unload a wagon full of bricks into wheelbarrows and take them over next to the cell block, a scene repeated over a series of days. A hearse pulls in and backs up to the prison morgue, where a simple pine box was removed and placed in the hearse for burial elsewhere. That night, as Pete Lugar lay in his cell, he devises a scheme to somehow switches places with a corpse being taken out of the prison, in order to make good an escape. He finds out how to get assigned to the morgue detail and volunteers for the task. Soon after, one of inmates on death row is put to death and Luger places the body in the morgue for one week to see if a family member claims the body. When no one does, arrangements are made for a hearse to come and pick up the body. Before that day, however, Lugar meets with a confederate during a visiting session to trail the hearse when it leaves the prison, hijack it and get Lugar to safety. That night in his cell, Lugar watches the inmates constructing some sort of a chimney out of the bricks that had been coming into the prison for weeks. The next day, Lugar is ordered to place the corpse in the casket and Lugar switches places with the corpse. When inmates come into the morgue to get the casket, they don't see Lugar....so they nail the coffin shut and take it outside and load it into.....the new crematorium!!!!
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Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Escape!]
    The Vault-Keeper; The Old Witch
  2. 1. Werewolf Concerto!
    The Vault of Horror
  3. 2. Fitting Punishment!
    The Vault of Horror
  4. 3. Business
  5. 4. [untitled]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  6. 5. The Grave Wager
    The Vault of Horror
  7. 6. Escape!
    The Witch's Cauldron
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich