(October-November 1953)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset); The Vault-Keeper (inset)
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Tight Grip! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 8 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); Wilma (death); Jeeves (Wilma's butler); un-named Justice of the Peace; un-named bellboy; Willy (villain); Carl Roswell (villain, Wilma's fiance, death)
Synopsis
This story is narrated by a trunk and concerns the murder of a woman the trunk is fond of. When the murderer attempts to hide in the trunk, he panics and shoots holes through it, whereupon the trunk contracts itself turning the killer into flesh spaghetti and concentrated bone.
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Indexer Notes

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

...Only Skin Deep! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Herbert; Suzanne (Herbert's wife); A. M. Moore (Justice of the Peace); Moore's wife
Synopsis
A man marries a woman at Mardi Gras who wears a hag mask. She continually puts off his requests to remove her mask until he becomes agitated enough to bodily pull the mask off of her head whereupon he realizes she wasn't wearing a mask.
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Keywords
Mardi Gras

Indexer Notes

Script revisions, colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Big Fish! (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Crypt-Keeper's Corner / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Letters
typeset

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Indexer Notes

Letters (whole and partial) from Nelson Bridwell (future DC employee), Milton Hughes, Dick Baumann, Patrick McKernam, Emanuel Peluso, Richard Renner, Otis Barton, Roger Todahl, Ira Bankoff, Lynn Weber, J. Farmisano, Judy Albarado, Hepster Jim Moran, Bob West, Ronald Frager, Jack Laws, Danny Simons.

Last Laugh (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Albert B. Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); practical joker; a doctor (villain)
Synopsis
An obese practical joker with a stomach problem visits a doctor and relates a practical joke involving getting old clothes and bloody butchered chunks of horse flesh to take down to the trainyard near where some children regularly play. When the train rolls through, he lets out a scream after dropping the gory mess on the rails, and finds the ensuing panic tearfully funny. Unfortunately, the doctor's son died from that prank, so gets his revenge by giving him some capsules that contained fish hooks and he straps the obese man to a table and tickles him so that he will literally 'die laughing'.
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Indexer Notes

This story was actually based on an event Bill Elder was involved with as a kid.

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

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

Mournin' Mess (Table of Contents: 6)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 7 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); Mayor Merk; Sweeney (reporter, death); Sweeney's boss; Felix J. Copehard (villain, a ghoul, representative of the Grateful Hoboes Society)
Synopsis
The Grateful Hoboes, Outcasts, and Unwanteds' Layaways Society is run by a man who read 'Midnight Mess' in Tales from the Crypt #35, and offers a pleasant burial for the penniless. A local reporter thinks their setup odd, and when his boss later tells him that they have buried their 1000th derelict, he is sure something stinks because their cemetery does not have enough area for 1000 graves. He discovers the truth: that the 20-30 members of the society are ghouls!
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Keywords
The Globe (newspaper)

Indexer Notes

Script revision by Craig Delich, formerly Al Feldstein.

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Much of the story is told in flashback.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Tight Grip!
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. ...Only Skin Deep!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Big Fish!
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Crypt-Keeper's Corner
  6. 5. Last Laugh
  7. 6. Mournin' Mess
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Chris Boyko
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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