(September-October 1953)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fables Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

The Haunt of Fear / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

An Off-Color Heir (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Albert B. Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Laura [Harber] Rais; Gilbert Rais (Laura's husband, in flashback); unnamed priest; Baron Gilles de Rais [Bluebeard] (image only); Gilbert Rais [aka the new Bluebeard] (villain, Laura's husband, also in flashback)
Synopsis
Laura dreamed of being a famous painter, and years back her husband-to-be came by her studio to have his portrait painted. They fell in love, married, and moved to his planation home in Louisiana. In that home hung a portrait of her husband's French Baron relation, which haunted her, as did a room in the home that wouldn't open. Now, years later, she discovered a bottle of black ink in the bathroom for her husband's new beard, and when she was able to get the mystery door opened she found seven dead women lying there, and her husband, now with a blue beard and a razor in his hand.......
Reprints
Keywords
Louisiana; Tiffanges (a family plantation)

Indexer Notes

Script revision by Craig Delich, formerly Albert B. Feldstein.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Much of the story is told in flashback.

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Ulric, the undying (death); Dr. Emil Manfred (death); Saxton
Synopsis
A doctor transplants a cat's nine lives gland into a derelict in order to make money in death-defying stunts. The derelict betrays the doctor in order to keep more of the money, but the doctor has the last laugh by realizing the derelict is miscounting the lives he has left to lose since the dead cat had already used one making eight, not nine left.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Out of Sight! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

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

The Old Witch's Niche / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein
Letters
Typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

No letters; proposal and structure of The E.C. Fan-Addict Club

Corker! (Table of Contents: 6)

Haunt of Fear / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); unnamed woman (death); a psychologist (villain)
Synopsis
A woman with suicidal tendencies and the skeptical psychologist who loves her visit a swami who diagnoses her problem as stemming from her having witnessed the hanging of an obese man whose head popped right off the body releasing a 'decapitation Lamia' that has possessed her and, sadly, can only be removed by decapitation. She flees from the swami in terror, rushing down into the subway, where she finds herself thrown under the train wheels and the pursuing psychologist bursts into maniacal laughter as the Lamia possesses him.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The High Cost of Dying! (Table of Contents: 7)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Reed Crandall [as R. Crandall] (signed)
Inks
Reed Crandall [as R. Crandall] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Henri Courbet; Suzette Courbet (Henri's wife, death); Courbet children [Marie; Pierre]; unnamed Commissioner of Health (death); M'sieu Le Ducart (doctor); M'sieu Greviard (undertaker); unnamed Police Officer
Synopsis
A man in nineteenth century Paris is faced with the choice of paying a licensed undertaker money he does not have to bury his wife or turning her corpse over to medical students for dissection practice because of a new ordinance passed by the Commissioner of Health. He drops a body off in the evening at the medical college, and the following day uses the money he's received to buy food and clothes for his starving children and to bury his wife. The medical students realize that the body they've received is that of the Commissioner of Health.
Reprints
Keywords
France; Paris

Indexer Notes

Script revisions and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    The Haunt of Fear
  2. 1. ["Melvin? You say you can't find Mad anywhere?"]
  3. 2. An Off-Color Heir
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  4. 3. Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Out of Sight!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Old Witch's Niche
  7. 6. Corker!
    Haunt of Fear
  8. 7. The High Cost of Dying!
    The Vault of Horror!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Chris Boyko
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Steffen Nyeland
  • Bill Borre
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Rivard