(August-September 1954)

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
William M. Gaines
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)
Reprints

Are You a Red Dupe? (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lyle Stuart; Bill Gaines
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
?

Genre
advocacy; satire-parody
Characters
Melvin Blizunken
Synopsis
This editorial illustrated page purports that the Communists are the ones trying to destroy the comic magazine industry, citing the Soviet "Daily Worker" newspaper and Dr. Frederick Wertham.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Tongue in cheek editorial parody in an attempt to link efforts to destroy comics to Communists.

Writer credits from Lyle Stuart himself, during an interview by Bill Spicer in Squa Tront (Fantagraphics, 2002 series) #12 (2007); and from Grant Geissman's book, Tales of Terror!: The EC Companion (Fantagraphics, 2000 series), who lists the writer as Bill Gaines; as well as Frank Jacobs' The MAD World of William M. Gaines (Carol Publishing Group, 1973 series) notes that Gaines worked with Stuart on the piece.

Four-Way Split (Table of Contents: 2)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Buck Gordon (pilot in WW2, death); Roy Dixon (villain, bombardier in WW2, death)
Synopsis
An air freight business partner who used to man a bombsite during the war kills his partner by dropping him out of the plane directly where four states meet, knowing he will go free as they squabble over the jurisdiction of the crime. The corpse comes back and gives him a taste of four different execution methods with the last one being final.
Reprints
Keywords
Buckroy Airlines

Indexer Notes

Writer revision from Al Feldstein to Otto Binder by Craig Delich 2013-4-17, per EC Artists' Library, Volume 4 "'Tain't the Meat...It's the Humanity" (2013).

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Cold War (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Jack Kamen [as Kamen] (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen [as Kamen] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Norman King (Maria's lover, death); Maria Holt [Maria Harmon] (Paul's wife); Mr. Harmon (Maria's father); Mrs. Harmon (Maria's mother); Paul Holt (villain, Maria's husband, a zombie)
Synopsis
Norman King meets and begins wooing a beautiful married girl named Maria. But that doesn't phase Norman one bit, so, when he decides to kill her husband and marry her anyway, the husband tells Norman a strange but true story about Maria and why he shouldn't be involved with her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Inside Story (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
two un-named Policemen; Fitch (villain, death)
Synopsis
Fitch, a purse thief, is on the run from several Policemen after muffing a job, and chances upon some kids playing around and taking turns shutting up people in an old ice box. He figures this is the way to avoid capture, so he makes a deal with one of the kids to pay him $5 for hiding him briefly in the ice box. He tears the bill in half.....gives the kid one half and promises him the rest when he re-opens the door for him. Unfortunately for Fitch, the Police scare the kids off, and..........!
Reprints

Clots My Line (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
George Evans (signed)
Inks
George Evans (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Pierce Draynor (guest, death); Anton Chatfield (villain, master of ceremonies, a vampire); Ralph Peters (villain, night watchman, a vampire); Celia Pronick (villain, movie cashier, a vampire); Paul Dunkel (villain, maintenance man, a vampire)
Synopsis
A television show about guessing the guest's occupation brings on a manufacturer of red ink. As the panel asks more questions of the guest, they begin to grow annoyed with the host, as the answers seem to dance around the idea that the guest may be a vampire. The host assures the panel that the man has a legitimate occupation, but they feel the host has double-crossed them. The host is delighted he has stumped the panel and reveals to the guest what he's won, a coffin, which surprises the guest. The panel descend upon him and drain his blood, relieved that he's not one of them.
Reprints
Keywords
Guess the Guest TV show

Indexer Notes

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

Accidents and Old Lace (Table of Contents: 6)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al 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); Mrs. Janet Carter (rooming house matron); Grace Salsbury (villain, roomer); Emma Lou Salsbury (villain, roomer); Charlotte Salsbury (villain, roomer); Eric Holbien (villain, art dealer, death)
Synopsis
An art dealer murders a man in order to inspire three old sisters who create beautiful tapestries upon witnessing violent deaths of people. When he finds them not working, as they claim to be uninspired, he becomes frustrated with them and admits that he murdered the man before he sent his car smashing into the wall. Angry with him for tricking them, saying murder isn't fair......it has to be an accident, like when they pushed father under the train, and the next man into the path of a car, they dismember the art dealer and weave his body parts into a tapestry.
Reprints
Keywords
Millville

Indexer Notes

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Are You a Red Dupe?
  3. 2. Four-Way Split
    The Crypt of Terror
  4. 3. Cold War
    The Vault of Horror!
  5. 4. Inside Story
  6. 5. Clots My Line
  7. 6. Accidents and Old Lace
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Bill Borre
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin