(June-July 1953)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1953-02-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Albert B. Feldstein
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1953, page 42, registration number B399038.


[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
Characters
Ronald Shelby; Anita Shelby
Reprints
Keywords
mirrors; revolvers; suicide

Al Williamson (Table of Contents: 1)

The EC "Artist of the Issue" / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography
Characters
Al Williamson
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Touch and Go! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Ray Bradbury; Johnny Craig (adaptation)
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Arthur Huxley (death); William Acton (villain)
Synopsis
Acton had killed Arthur Huxley and now tried to remove any clue that he had been at Huxley's home and had committed the crime. But his fixation with eliminating evidence of his presence had its consequences.
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Indexer Notes

Adapted from the short story "Touch and Go" (later retitled "The Fruit at the bottom of the Bowl") by Ray Bradbury.

Some of the story appears in flashback.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

One for the Money... (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Jack Kamen (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Ronald Shelby (death); Anita Shelby (Ronald's wife, death); Harriet Walker (villain);Eric Walker (villain, Harriet's husband)
Synopsis
When Ronald tells his wife that he has bled his business dry and there is no more money, his wife tells him that she only cared for him because of money, and announces she's leaving him. He commits suicide, and Anita then returns to her old stomping grounds where she had found Ronald and hopes that lightning strikes again. Meanwhile, she joins an elderly woman having lunch and talks with her, then is surprised that the woman offers her to be her paid live-in companion. Arriving at the house, she confronts Harriet's husband Eric, once jilted by another woman, who craves women to get revenge on.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Cover story.

Big Blow! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Henderson (Markel's partner, death); Markel (villain, imminent death)
Synopsis
While traveling by car, Markel spots his partner asleep and kills him with a wrench. Locating a spot to discard the bloody instrument, he hurls it out the window, then locates a likely spot to engineer a crash with a semi truck so that the Police would not suspect the reality of his partner's head wound. Unfortunately, he discovers his car is traveling too fast to stop as planned......then as he approaches the rear of the truck, he spots a signed which said: DANGER! NITROGLYCERIN!!!
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Fired! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Al Williamson (signed)
Inks
Al Williamson (signed); Frank Frazetta [as Fritz] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Roy Willis (hired hand); Amy Ryan; Patricia Gibson (villain, Circle-Diamond owner)
Synopsis
As the owner of a cattle ranch, Patricia is getting lonely and longs for a man. That man is Roy Willis, a ranch hand who talks her into making him foreman. But soon he bores of Pat and seeks adventure in town with another woman. But Pat discovers the pair and decides to give Roy something to remember her by!
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Keywords
Circle-Diamond Ranch

Indexer Notes

Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

...Two for the Show! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Bill Elder [as Elder] (signed); Jack Kamen (last panel)
Inks
Bill Elder [as Elder] (signed); Jack Kamen (last panel)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
unnamed detective; Sarah Jameson (Harry's wife, death); Harry Jameson (villain); Harriet Walker (villain, cameo); Harriet's son (villain, cameo)
Synopsis
Harry has killed his wife and made it look as if she never came home from work. A perfect crime, until a nosy detective smells a rat!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The final panel by Kamen is a tie-in to "One for the Money...", the first story in this issue.

Script credit from The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library (2012 series) #[18] - The Million Year Picnic and Other Stories.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Crime SuspenStories
  2. 1. Al Williamson
    The EC "Artist of the Issue"
  3. 2. Touch and Go!
    Crime SuspenStories
  4. 3. One for the Money...
    Crime SuspenStories
  5. 4. Big Blow!
  6. 5. Fired!
    Crime SuspenStories
  7. 6. ...Two for the Show!
    Crime SuspenStories
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