The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library #[5] - Fall Guy For Murder and Other Stories
(July 2013)

Fantagraphics, 2012 Series
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Price
28.99 USD
Pages
212
On-sale date
2013-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Brand
FB
ISBN
978-1-60699-658-4 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781606996584 52899
Editing
Gary Groth (executive editor); J. Michael Catron (senior editor); Jacob Covey (series designer); Preston White (production)
Color
Black and White with some Color
Dimensions
7.25" x 10.25" (18.4 cm x 26 cm)
Binding
Hardcover
Publishing Format
Collected Edition

Issue Notes

This is Volume 5 of The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 3 pages (report information)

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Pencils
Behind the Panels
Inks
Behind the Panels
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Title pages, credits and indicia.

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 2)

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?
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
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typeset

Brilliant Good Guys, Even More Brilliant Bad Guys (Table of Contents: 3)

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Script
Bill Mason
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Article about Craig's career at E.C., including a photo of Craig and his wife and art by Craig.

One Last Fling! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Olga (villain, Harry's wife, a vampire, death); Harry (knife thrower, death)
Synopsis
A knife-throwing act in Hungary was extremely popular. Harry woke up the next day and couldn't rouse Olga, whom he thought was dead. He made burial arrangements, then discovered that Olga was a vampire. Harry decided the act would change and go to the U.S. where Harry became her victim. She continued to feed on him, until one night, at the end of the knife-throwing act, he announced he was going to commit a murder, then threw a wooden stake at his wife's heart before collapsing in death on the stage!
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Keywords
monsters

Out of the Frying Pan... (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Old Charlie (patient); Herb (patient); Hank's girlfriend (cameo); Hank's girlfriend's lover (death); Hank Bowers (villain)
Synopsis
Old Charlie's efforts to describe the sights outside of the hospital window are really appreciated by two paralyzed patients. But soon, a new patient, Hank Bowers, being held for murder and supposedly blind, is put into the room and he does not appreciate such talk. Until Hank gets an idea for escape.
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Fountains of Youth! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Kenneth Martin; Eileen Martin (Kenneth's sister, death); Miss Blanchard; Madam DuBois (villain, death)
Synopsis
Eileen responds to a newspaper ad asking for a traveling companion for a heavily veiled Madam DuBois, who is traveling abroad, even though her brother Ken is not too happy with the idea. Then she and Madam DuBois board a cruise ship. Unfortunately, Eileen mysteriously passes away, and Ken investigates. A shipboard doctor informs him that Madam DuBois is similar to a human vampire, who prolongs its life by sapping the youth of their victims. By the time the pair get to DuBois' cabin, her next victim is already withering and dying before their eyes!
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Understudy to a Corpse! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Brad; Alice (Brad's wife); Cyrus Klitch (miserly hypocrite, death, in flashback); Myra (villain, Klitch's nurse, in flashback); Jeremy (villain, Klitch's nephew, death, in flashback)
Synopsis
Brad and Alice discover an old trunk in the attic of their new home....a trunk containing the bones of a corpse. And the story concerning those bones involves several murders over money.
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Indexer Notes

Most of the story is told in flashback.

A Stitch in Time! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); sweatshop workers; Mr. Lasch (villain, sweatshop owner, death)
Synopsis
An old-fashioned sweatshop, run by Mr. Lasch, makes the women work 14 hours a day, 6 days a week, for a salary of $6, using dangerous, outdated machinery, and being treated like slaves. Complainers were forced to go the "scrap box: a place where scraps of cloth and thread were thrown together and they would have to untangle it all and re-spool the thread....a job that usually drove the woman insane. But they had a plan to get even, much to Mr. Lasch's regret!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

...Rocks in His Head! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Cynthia Andrews (Charle's wife); unnamed police officers; Dr. Charles Andrews (villain)
Synopsis
Cynthia shows Charles her new $4000 mink coat and he goes ballistic, not knowing how he can afford such a luxury on his income. He rushes to the hospital and discovers an emergency operation that he is to do, and before he starts to operate, he spots that his lady patient is wearing a valuable diamond ring; he takes it. Later, the woman notes the ring missing and a search of the hospital begins. To cover his tracks, Charles places the ring in the skull of a dying patient, hoping later to retrieve the ring from the man's grave. Is he in for a surprise!
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Keywords
City Hospital

Indexer Notes

Cover story.

A Bloody Undertaking! (Table of Contents: 10)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Gilbert Podges (undertaker, death); Charlie Drayne (Gilbert's assistant, death); Wilma Podges (villain, Podge's wife, a vampire)
Synopsis
Mortician Gilbert Podges gives a young girl a ride from the train station and ends up marrying her. His mortuary business, however, takes precedence over a honeymoon. After he hires a new assistant, Gilbert notes the blood drained from the bodies is disappearing, and stories of a vampire on the loose worry him. The townspeople, however, believe Gilbert's new assistant to be the vampire, and so they track him down and kill him. Gilbert relaxes.....but not for long.
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...On a Dead Man's Chest! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Johnny Craig
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Steven Anderson (wealthy steamship line owner, death); Helen Anderson (villain, Steven's wife); Larry Anderson (villain, Steven's brother, death)
Synopsis
A man's younger brother begins an affair with his wife, and, after a night on the town, the elder brother gets a tattoo on his chest of himself, his brother, and his wife arm-in-arm. The younger brother and the married woman hatch a plot to murder the husband where it will look accidental, but what they don't realize is that the tattoo will reflect the murder scene to the authorities.
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Indexer Notes

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

Stiff Punishment! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Dean Martin (Fred's friend, cameo); Gibbs (a student); Jo Ann (Fred's wife, death); Fred (villain, medical college Professor)
Synopsis
Jo Ann, fifteen years the junior of her husband, is sickened by his profession: a college professor in anatomy, and cannot stand his fascination with dissecting bodies and the like. After an argument, the two split up, but Fred decides on a fool-proof plan to kill his wife... or so he thinks!
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Seance! (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Alan Bitsby (owner of Bitsby and Company); Martha Bitsby (Alan's wife, death); Walton Farnum (Bitsby and Company accountant); Agnes Farnum (Walton's wife); Mrs. Dober; Paul Dober (death); Doctor Podos (medium); Harvey Hatch
Synopsis
Alan Bitsby sets out to prove that a medium is faking by asking him to raise the spirit of his 'departed' wife. Unbeknownst to the medium at the time the seance begins, Bitsby's wife is very much alive. The medium goes into a trance, and, with a great deal of effort, does succeed in summoning up the spirit of Bitsby's wife, at which point Bitsby triumphantly accuses the bewildered medium of being a fake and leaves. Upon returning home, however, Mrs. Bitsby is found dead as a doornail.
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Keywords
Bitsby & Company

Fed Up! (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (plot); Al Feldstein (plot, script)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Alex (death); The Great Galago (sword swallower); Sandra (villain, sword swallower, Alec's wife)
Synopsis
A sword-swallower marries a man who becomes obese over time by spending all the money she earns with her act on food. She gets revenge by encouraging him to learn the act and when he's got the blade down his throat, she binds his hands in the dressing room and leaves him to the inevitable gas his gluttony has made him liable to.
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The Execution! (Table of Contents: 15)

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

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Alvis (stranded motorist, prison's Chief Engineer); Inmate #82562 (death); Warden Johnson; unnamed prison doctor; inmate's wife; inmates's children (cameo); unnamed inmate's lawyer; unnamed girl (cameo, death); prison chaplain
Synopsis
A man stops for a standed motorist who has skidded into a snowbank. At about the same time, a young woman is murdered, and from the description of the killer and the getaway car, it seems that the man who aided the stranded motorist is guilty. He is imprisoned and faces the electric chair unless the man he helped out comes forward the clear him.
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Two of a Kind! (Table of Contents: 16)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Willow Dree (actress, vampire); Al Bolton (photograhper, in flashback); Bradbury Phillips (actor, ghoul)
Synopsis
Actress Willow Dree never had been successfully photographed, all attempts ending with a photo displaying only the background. Fellow star, Brad Phillips, suggests the two get away from all photographers and go on a skiing trip together. Unfortunately for the pair, they get snowbound in a cabin after a blizzard. Several days later, when a rescue team comes upon the cabin, they discover a horrifying scene inside.
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Silver Threads Among the Mold! (Table of Contents: 17)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Cedric Harrington (sculptor); Christine (villain, model, death); Gary (villain, Christine's lover)
Synopsis
Cedric, a sculptor in love with his model Christine, offers to silver-plate a life-sized statue of her as a gift, hoping she will accept his marriage proposal. One day, he accidentally over-hears a phone conversation between the model and her lover as they conspire to kill Cedric and run off with his money. When Gary comes to Cedric's studio one day looking for Christine, he finds her, but not exactly the way he had hoped.
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Sweet Dreams! (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Pamela Kaine (Martin's wife, death); Dr. Firestone (Pamela's doctor); Martin Kaine (villain)
Synopsis
Martin was sorry that he ever married Pamela, and Pamela's medical condition gives him a great opportunity to do away with her. But the idea backfires in a way that he'd never suspect.
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Keywords
Daily Eagle

Till Death... (Table of Contents: 19)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Donna (Steve's wife, death); Steve (death); Jebco (servant)
Synopsis
Steve's new wife falls ill, dies and is buried. Steve's servant, Jebco, tries to fill the void, but the despair is too great. But Jebco says there is a way to have her back, and secretly he removes the corpse of Donna from her grave and puts it through a voodoo ritual.....and she walks again....as a zombie! Steve is overjoyed until she begins to decompose. When Steve, in vain, tries to kill her, he drinks poison to end it all. But loyal Jebco puts him through the same voodoo ritual, and he returns as a zombie....to be with his love....forever!
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While the Cat's Away... (Table of Contents: 20)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); John Younger; Frank Weston
Synopsis
John & Frank had been working their little travel agency scam for almost a year. They would book trips for wealthy clients, then clean out their homes of valuables while they were away. This time they scheduled a little trip for a Mr. Kingman, who lived alone in the suburbs, and when his plane for Ecuador took off, they went over to clean out his house. The place was a run-dwon wreck, with nothing of value they could see. They went down the cellar steps and found a metal door warning them not to enter, signed "T.C.K." They broke in and entered a library and founded a secret passage, which they entered, and came upon a group of zombies. They fled down another passage and ran into a room of vampires, then headed down yet another hall and ran into werewolves and then into another with mummies! By the time John and Frank reached the front door entrance, they were stark raving mad......and never noticed that the owner had just returned: the Crypt-Keeper!
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The Mausoleum! (Table of Contents: 21)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Howard Martin; Mr. Weatherby (owner of a castle, death); Nathan Weatherby (villain, Mr. Weatherby's nephew)
Synopsis
When Howard Martin made an offer to buy the castle from its owner, Mr. Weatherby, then dismantle it and re-assemble it back in the states, the owner wouldn't sell and Martin left. But Weatherby's nephew Nathan saw a chance to get some money, so he murdered his uncle, carried him out to the family mausoleum and buried him, then notified the authorities that his uncle had stepped into a quicksand bog on the property and died. Martin was then allowed to buy the property --- then strange things began to happen and the castle soon became a tourist attraction.
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Rendezvous! (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jimmy Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Ruby (Joe's secretary); Nickie (Joe's girl); Charlie (a gambler); Mr. Holmes (Book Keeping department head, death); Joe Haines (villain, book keeper, embezzler, death)
Synopsis
Joe and his office companions are taking bets that Charlie will have an airplane accident.....just as a lark. Then, when Joe's boss suspects that the company's books are being juggled, Joe devises a plan to make sure his boss will have a plane accident himself. He does, but with disastrous results for Joe.
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Keywords
Las Vegas

Split Personality! (Table of Contents: 23)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); The Blair sisters [Amy; Susan] (villains); Ed King (villain, racketeer, death)
Synopsis
Ed King was a racketeer trying to find a way to bilk the Blair sisters out of their millions. When he saved their cat, he was invited into their home, and since both ladies liked him, he decided to pretend to be twins and marry the both of them, using excuses to be away a week at a time in order to be with his other wife. Ed made a huge mistake while tanning one day, and the sisters soon discovered what was going on, and decided to deal with this bigamist. They took an axe and split him right down the middle....so each would have "half a husband"!
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Touch and Go! (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Script
Ray Bradbury (original); Johnny Craig (adaptation)
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
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.

Easel Kill Ya! (Table of Contents: 25)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault Keeper (host); young artist; artist's fiancee (death); art enthusiast; unnamed doctor (death)
Synopsis
The man went to a bridge he intended to jump from to his death at age 29. He was a lonely, unappreciated artist who was going to end it all when a car slammed into a barrier and from the crumpled wreck a woman staggered out. He was inspired to paint the scene, then sold it to a certain gentlemen. This scenario played out again and again as horrible accidents gave him inspiration to paint until he met a girl he was to marry. When she had a horrible accident and needed an operation, the artist killed someone for inspiration to paint the picture to sell, but inadvertently made a horrible mistake.
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Fall Guy for Murder (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Script
William Gaines (plot); Albert B. Feldstein (plot; script)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Edith Wilson [Edith Colby] (Harry's wife, death); Gregg Saunders (private detective, death); Phil (city coroner); Harry Wilson (villain)
Synopsis
Harry calls in his good friend, best man and private-eye, Gregg Saunders, to investigate the sudden disappearance of his wife, Edith. He finds a clue in a murder mystery novel called "Fall Guy For Murder", but, in the end, it is Gregg who turns out to be the fall guy!
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"Fall Guy For Murder" (novel)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 27)

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Johnny Craig
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Johnny Craig

Indexer Notes

Panel enlargements from interior stories.

Johnny Craig (Table of Contents: 28)

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Script
S. C. Ringgenberg
Pencils
Johnny Craig
Inks
Johnny Craig
Letters
typeset

Crime, Horror, Terror, Gore, Depravity, Disrespect for Established Authority - and Science Fiction Too! The Ups and Downs of EC Comics (Table of Contents: 29)

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Script
Ted White
Letters
typeset

Behind the Panels (Table of Contents: 30)

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Script
Tom Spurgeon; Janice Lee
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Biographies of Ray Thomas Bradbury; Albert B. Feldstein; William Maxwell Games

Twenty-three slick noir masterpieces from EC's prime crime auteur! (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories
  3. 2. [Table of Contents]
  4. 3. Brilliant Good Guys, Even More Brilliant Bad Guys
  5. 4. One Last Fling!
    The Vault of Horror!
  6. 5. Out of the Frying Pan...
    Crime SuspenStories
  7. 6. Fountains of Youth!
    The Vault of Horror!
  8. 7. Understudy to a Corpse!
  9. 8. A Stitch in Time!
    The Vault of Horror!
  10. 9. ...Rocks in His Head!
  11. 10. A Bloody Undertaking!
    The Vault of Horror!
  12. 11. ...On a Dead Man's Chest!
    The Vault of Horror!
  13. 12. Stiff Punishment!
  14. 13. Seance!
  15. 14. Fed Up!
    The Vault of Horror!
  16. 15. The Execution!
    Crime SuspenStories
  17. 16. Two of a Kind!
    The Vault of Horror!
  18. 17. Silver Threads Among the Mold!
    The Vault of Horror!
  19. 18. Sweet Dreams!
    Crime SuspenStories
  20. 19. Till Death...
    The Vault of Horror!
  21. 20. While the Cat's Away...
    The Crypt of Terror
  22. 21. The Mausoleum!
    The Vault of Horror!
  23. 22. Rendezvous!
    Crime SuspenStories
  24. 23. Split Personality!
    The Vault of Horror!
  25. 24. Touch and Go!
    Crime SuspenStories
  26. 25. Easel Kill Ya!
    The Vault of Horror!
  27. 26. Fall Guy for Murder
    Crime SuspenStories
  28. 27. [no title indexed]
  29. 28. Johnny Craig
  30. 29. Crime, Horror, Terror, Gore, Depravity, Disrespect for Established Authority - and Science Fiction Too! The Ups and Downs of EC Comics
  31. 30. Behind the Panels
  32. 31. Twenty-three slick noir masterpieces from EC's prime crime auteur!
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