(August 1997)

Gemstone, 1994 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
2.50 USD; 3.45 CAD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
quarterly in November, February, May and August
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Gemstone Publishing
Brand:
An Entertaining EC Comic
Editing:
Albert B. Feldstein
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (inset); The Vault-Keeper (inset); The Crypt-Keeper (inset)
Reprints:

Thump Fun! (Table of Contents)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); Luther Courtney (death); Gilbert Courtney (Luther's brother, death); three detectives (in flashback); three Policemen; Marvin Courtney (villain, brother of Luther)
Synopsis:
A murderer thinks he is like the character in Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart", imagining he hears a heartbeat in the walls, but after police examine the area they find his older brother's corpse. When the youngest brother admits to slaying the eldest brother for the family inheritance and burying the body in the cellar, the police dig it up, and it is revealed to be missing its heart.
Reprints:

Terror Train (Table of Contents)

The Vault-Keeper's E.C. Classic / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Al Feldstein
Inks:
Al Feldstein
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Gloria; Ralph (Gloria's husband)
Synopsis:
Gloria was in a cab, running away from her husband Ralph...heading toward the train station and the train that would take her away from this man whom she thought was trying to poison her. Seated on the train, she imagined him at every turn, remembering the $25,000 insurance policies Ralph had taken out on them both, and then remembered that poison bottle he had brought home. A series of events following end when she awakens in her berth on the train, then sees Ralph with an attendant in a white coat, who takes her off to a nice house with bars on it so that Ralph can never get to her again!
Reprints:

Bloody Sure (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Reed Crandall
Inks:
Reed Crandall
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); a vampire (villain)
Synopsis:
A man marries a woman the townsfolk warn him away from because, after her previous five husbands sicken and die, they think she is a vampire. It turns out her child has a rare blood disorder and she has been performing transfusions upon the men as they slept at night. The man knows she isn't a vampire because he is in fact one, and he drains both her and the child's blood.
Reprints:

Hyde and Go Shriek! (Table of Contents)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host)
Synopsis:
A chemist strings along a rich admirer of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who is willing to pay to have such a personality altering formula recreated. The joke is on the chemist when he ingests the formula he comes up, thinking that it's a placebo, but it actually does work and he loses control of himself and murders his girlfriend.
Reprints:
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Thump Fun!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  3. 2. Terror Train
    The Vault-Keeper's E.C. Classic
  4. 3. Bloody Sure
  5. 4. Hyde and Go Shriek!
    The Crypt of Terror
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Terry Watkins