(November-December 1952)

EC, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1952-06-26
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Tiny Tot Comics Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (credited) (editor); Bill Gaines (credited as William M. Gaines) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

Special All Civil War issue.
On-sale date is publication date in Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1952 Periodicals, page 97.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Harvey Kurtzman (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Listen! Is it raining?
Genre
historical; war
Reprints
Keywords
American Civil War; muskets; United States Union Army

Indexer Notes

According to Marie Severin (1995), “[Harvey] Kurtzman colored his own art, especially on covers....”
_________
References:

Cassell, Dewey, with Aaron Sultan. 2012. “The Artists of EC Comics” (reprinting Severin 1995). In Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. 46–47. Raleigh: TwoMorrows Publishing.

Severin, Marie (John Province, transcriber [uncredited]). 1995. “Mostly About Color.” In CFA-APA 36, January.

[Introduction] (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin (signed as J. Powers Severin)
Inks
John Severin (signed as J. Powers Severin)
Letters
John Severin

Genre
war
Characters
President Jefferson Davis (inset); President Abraham Lincoln (inset); General Robert E. Lee (inset); General Ulysses S. Grant (inset)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Illustrated frontispiece found on the inside front cover.

A note from the Editors of Frontline Combat, giving details behind reader request for this special issue.

Abe Lincoln! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
unnamed black man (narrator); Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln's grandfather (death); Tom Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln's father); Jack Armstrong (bully); Clary's Grove Boys; Indians (villains, some die)
Synopsis
A black man is talking with his dog in his cabin, telling the mongrel the full story of a man named Abraham Lincoln, from childhood until the outbreak of the Civil War, and asking the Lord to not let anything happen to Lincoln.
Reprints
Keywords
American Civil War

Indexer Notes

Much of the story is told in flashback.

First Shot! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin
Inks
Bill Elder
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
historical; war
Characters
Major Robert Anderson (Ft. Sumter commander); Union soldiers (one dies); Confederate soldiers
Synopsis
As Union soldiers sleep in Fort Sumter, shells suddenly bombard the fort, and the battle that all dreaded has begun. Fortunately, there are no casualties, except one.
Reprints
Keywords
Fort Sumter

Speech (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Abraham Lincoln
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Extracts from Abraham Lincoln's first Inaugural address.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Front Lines / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (masthead illustration)
Inks
? (masthead illustration)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contains a note from Mad Managing Editor, William M. Gaines, announcing the introduction of MAD, a new publication, and having Harvey Kurtzman as writer and editor.

Choose Sides! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed as Wood)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed as Wood)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Union General Sigel (death); Grandpa (death)
Synopsis
With states having seceded from the Union, it is now time for people to decide which side they favor: North or South. The St. Louis militia is housed at Camp Jackson, but Union troops under General Sigel attempt to force them out. That is not to the liking of an elderly man everyone calls Grandpa, and he decides to shoot one of the Yanks down, and now the stage has been set for war.
Reprints
Keywords
American Civil War; St. Louis

Bull Run! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin (signed as J. Severin)
Inks
John Severin (signed as J. Severin)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
historical; war
Characters
Union captain (death); three Union soldiers [aka the Three Musketeers] (one dies);
Synopsis
As Union forces go marching confidently out of Washington D.C., each soldier reminds himself that he has enlisted only for 3 months, and the war should be over within 60 days -- or so they think. The rebels have other ideas. Three Union soldiers become, in their minds, the Three Musketeers and vow to see the battle out together. Reality sets in once one of them falls; this will be a long war.
Reprints
Keywords
11th New York Fire Zouves; 2nd Ohio Volunteers; 39th New York Garibaldi Guards; Centerville; Manasas; Virginia; Washinton D.C.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Listen! Is it raining?"]
  2. 1. [Introduction]
  3. 2. Abe Lincoln!
  4. 3. First Shot!
  5. 4. Speech
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Front Lines
  7. 6. Choose Sides!
  8. 7. Bull Run!
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Boris Ammerlaan
  • David B
  • Pat Conolly
  • Craig Delich
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • Lou Mazzella
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tom Vincent