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(December 1950-January 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1950-09-19
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing:
Al Feldstein; William M. Gaines (managing)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.


[Escape!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

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:
Guests at a Hungarian hotel are murdered. Guests decide to leave and the owner is upset. In order to get business, he provides famous pianist Mademoiselle Micheline free accommodations. One night, after her arrival guest is horribly murdered, by a werewolf some say. Later that evening, the owner greets Miss Micheline, who heads up to her room. The owner then turns into a werewolf and follows her, but he can find no trace of her. He opens the lid of her piano and finds dirt. As he ponders this, Mademoiselle Michelin, revealed as a vampire, springs out of the darkness and attacks him!
Reprints:
Keywords:
monsters; vampires; werewolves

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:
On the death of his mother, young Stanley is placed in the care of his uncle, Ezra the town undertaker. Soon, Stanley discovers that his uncle takes jewelry and other valuables from the corpses before burial. Discovered, Ezra kills Stanley and puts him in an available coffin. However, Stanley is too long for it and Ezra shorten him. After the interment, Ezra hears a knock at the door and discovers only Stanley's bandaged foot on the step. Later, another knock leads to Stanley's other foot. A third and final knock brings Ezra face to face with Stanley -- on crutches!
Reprints:

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. 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 the killer's ankle, and the volts paralyzed him as he watches a subway train bearing down on him!
Reprints:

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
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.
Reprints:

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:
Paul and Clyde bet $50 that Roger won't spend the night with a corpse. The two secretly for Pirro, the Wax Man, from a local freak show to play the part of a corpse to better scare Roger. The "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 make their way to Roger's apartment to have a laugh. They enter the room to find Roger a raving maniac and the REAL corpse of Pirro -- beaten to a pulp!
Reprints:

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:
Convict Pete Lugar he devises a scheme to somehow switches places with a corpse being taken out of the prison, in order to make good an escape. Following the next execution at the prison, Lugar switches places with the corpse, expecting a confederate to free him from the executed man's grave. However, inmates come into the morgue, nail the coffin shut, and take it to the prison's new crematorium!
Reprints:
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. [no title indexed]
    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
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Stanley Martin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich