(April-May 1954)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1954 ?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crime SuspenStories / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Reprints
Keywords
hatchets; headings

Indexer Notes

This cover became infamous during the 1954 Senate hearings on comics.

In Each and Every Package (Table of Contents: 1)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 8 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
crime
Characters
Bertha Cracken (Norman's wife, death); Bert Collie (game show host); Norman Cracken (villain); Sally (villain, former actress, poses as Norman's wife)
Synopsis
Norman and Sally conspire to kill Norman's wife so that they can go off and be together in New York. Sally had undergone plastic surgery to look just like Bertha and studied her voice from recordings in order to fool everyone and now it was up to Norman to kill Bertha with an axe, which he does. After flying to New York and checking in to a hotel with "his wife", the couple attend the filming of a radio game show, and are chosen as contestants, and win $3000. To their horror, they learn that a crew is back at Norman's back yard in Ohio, burying the treasure: right where Norman buried his wife!
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Indexer Notes

Inspired by the 1939 John Collier story "Back for Christmas".

Monotony (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Milton Gans (bank Employee); Mr. Thrumble (bank President); Mrs. Courtright (bank's largest depositor, death); Miss Cheegan (bank employee); Mr. Dillon (villain, bank employee, death)
Synopsis
Mr. Gans is called into the bank President's office and is told that the bank's largest depositor wants to withdraw $50 from her account......and Mr. Gans is to deliver it to her. Taking the money and withdrawal slip with him, Milton arrives at the old ladie's home and is greeted in a most inhospitable way. Quickly conducting business, Gans leaves wondering why wealth was wasted on a person like her. At any rate, he takes the withdrawal slip back to the bank and has Dillon attend to it. However, Dillon decides to enter $500 on Mrs. Courtright's card in stead of $50....time after time.
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Safe (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Marie Severin
Inks
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

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Cinder Block (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Sight Unseen (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Crime SuspenStories
  2. 1. In Each and Every Package
    Crime SuspenStories
  3. 2. Monotony
    Crime SuspenStories
  4. 3. Safe
  5. 4. Cinder Block
    Crime SuspenStories
  6. 5. Sight Unseen
    Crime SuspenStories
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bill Devine
  • Merlin Haas
  • Mark Q
  • Craig Delich
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Glenn MacKay
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