(April-May 1953)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1952-12-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Albert B. Feldstein

Issue Notes

On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, 1952, page 66, registration number B390687.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crime SuspenStories / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
crime
Reprints
Keywords
straight razors

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Rendezvous! (Table of Contents: 1)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jimmy Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Ruby (Joe's secretary); Nickie (Joe's girl); Charlie (a gambler); Mr. Holmes (Book Keeping department head, death); Joe Haines (villain, book keeper, embezzler, death)
Synopsis
Joe and his office companions are taking bets that Charlie will have an airplane accident.....just as a lark. Then, when Joe's boss suspects that the company's books are being juggled, Joe devises a plan to make sure his boss will have a plane accident himself. He does, but with disastrous results for Joe.
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Keywords
Las Vegas

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Fission Bait! (Table of Contents: 2)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Kamen (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Louise Miller (Eddie's wife, death); Colonel Andrew Forbes (Army procurement officer); Pat Walton (Eddie's new love interest); Eddie Miller (villain)
Synopsis
When Eddie's wife showed him the newspaper announcing the end of World War II, Eddie was not a happy camper. His machine shop prospered during the war, thanks to government contracts.....but those now ended. However, Eddie had a visitor from the Army, who was going to award his firm another government contract for the special fuse casings he had produced during the war. But these casings had to be exact with no leeway as they were to be used for atomic bombs. On a trip to Los Angeles, Eddie meets a new girl, one that Louise finds out about, and Eddie must find a way to eliminate his wife.
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Scorpion (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
? (masthead illustration)
Inks
? (masthead illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
John Whitman (a blacksmith, town Mayor); El Alacron [aka the Scorpion] (villain, death)
Synopsis
Town Mayor, John Whitman, had been Mayor of Tranquility some twenty-eight years, as well as the local smithy, spending much of his time welding brake rods and chains, and the like. One day, a stranger rode into town: dressed in black riding a white horse, and he came to Whitman to repair his gun. Upon viewing the intricate silver scorpions engraved on the pistol's handle, and he knew that this man was the dreaded desperado, The Scorpion. He fixed the gun, handed it back, and the man left, later to attempt to rob a Wells-Fargo stage...but the gun would not fire with a filed down hammer!
Reprints
Keywords
Agua Dulce Mountains; Arizona; Tranquility (a town)

Come Clean! (Table of Contents: 4)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Al Williamson (signed)
Inks
Al Williamson (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Death (host); Ralph Jansen (aka Jensen) (death); Lillian Smith (flashback); Nick (saloon owner, flashback); unnamed Prison Warden (flashback); Mrs. Woodman (Lillian's landlady, flashback) ; unnamed District Attorney (flashback); Ben (prison guard, flashback); Mr. Sutton (tailor, flashback)
Synopsis
Ralph Jansen has been found guilty of strangling his girl friend and is strapped in the electric chair facing a horrible death, all for a crime he didn't commit but in which circumstantial evidence led to his conviction. By the time he thought of the clue that prove his innocence, thousands of volts coursed through his body.
Reprints
Keywords
Nick's saloon

Indexer Notes

The "50 Girls 50" reprint volume does not list Torres as the inker; it credits Williamson alone for the art.
Inker previously listed as Angelo Torres. Per Angelo himself, "I did not ink this story. In May of 1953 I had not yet met Al Williamson and I was just beginning art school at C&I."

Who's Next? (Table of Contents: 5)

The Haunt of Fear / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks
Joe Orlando (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Anna (Tony's wife); Mr. Spordman (shop owner); Mr. Barker (bank president, death); Mr. Riffle; Tony (villain, barber)
Synopsis
Tony sensed that something was wrong in the home, as his wife Anna was very cold toward him and not affectionate any longer. The flowers he bought her and the offer to go to a movie didn't interest her one bit. One day he left his barber shop and went home early, only to discover his wife in the arms of the local bank president. Crushed, he headed back to his barber shop and awaited Mr. Barker, who wanted a haircut. Tony pulled out his straight razor and went to work on the man...........
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Indexer Notes

Cover story.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Crime SuspenStories
  2. 1. Rendezvous!
    Crime SuspenStories
  3. 2. Fission Bait!
    Crime SuspenStories
  4. 3. Scorpion
  5. 4. Come Clean!
    Crime SuspenStories
  6. 5. Who's Next?
    The Haunt of Fear
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