Impact #1
(March-April 1955)

EC, 1955 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
I. C. Publishing Company, Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein

Issue Notes

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
drama
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The Punch Bowl (Table of Contents: 1)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

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Indexer Notes

Message from The Editors.

Tough Cop (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Reed Crandall
Inks
Reed Crandall
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
drama
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Indexer Notes

Runyonesque story

Thirty Dollars (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Genre
drama
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The Diamond Pendant (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Guy de Maupassant (story); Carl Wessler (adaptation)
Pencils
Graham Ingels [as Jig] (signed)
Inks
Graham Ingels [as Jig] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
drama
Characters
Larry Horton (death); Millie Horton (Larry's wife); Julia Banfield (Millie's friend); Mr. Allerton (Larry's boss); Alfred Burwell (Larry's uncle); Whitley (jeweler's department head); Mr. Hawley (dress manuafacturer)
Synopsis
Larry and Millie are invited to a posh party at his employers home, but Millie is upset because the couple can't dress than fancy for it. Finally agreeing, she insists on wearing her friend's diamond pendant to the affair and Larry's boss, Mr. Allerton, is very impressed. However, somehow Millie loses the pendant and when the couple go to the jewelers to get a copy made, they discover the copy will cost $17,000. Larry's uncle agrees to loan them the money and they work hard to pay it, only to find out years later that Millie had borrowed a paste imitation!
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Indexer Notes

Adapted from the Guy De Maupassant's 1884 story titled "The Necklace".

Some of the story is told in flashback.

This story was Ingel's first post-horror Ghastly and his first New Direction story.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Dress (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
George Evans [as G. Evans] (signed)
Inks
George Evans [as G. Evans] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
drama
Characters
Mr. Kress (coroner); Martin Paulson; Agatha Donald (Janie's aunt); Janie Donald (death)
Synopsis
Martin Paulson tries to convince the coroner that Aunt Agatha was the killer of Janie instead of her dying from over-excitement. From the very beginning, young Janie wanted to wear her grandmother's dress, but Aunt Agatha would not allow her to and punished the young girl, all at the urging of Paulson. Then, after the death of Janie, Agatha revealed the true reason for not allowing Janie to wear the dress.
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Indexer Notes

This story was Evan's first illustrated story to appear on one of EC's "New Direction" magazines.

Some of the story is told in flashback.

Master Race (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 8 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
Bernie Krigstein
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
drama
Characters
unnamed concentration camp survivor; Carl Reissman (villain, Belsen Concentration Camp Commander, death); Adolf Hitler (villain, in flashback); The Nazis (villains, in flashback)
Synopsis
At the end of World War 2, the commander of Belsen Concentration Camp fled across Europe and to America, always fearful of a lone camp inmate who threatened to find Reissman and make him pay for the atrocities that occurred in the camp during the war. His greatest fear is realized while riding a train and coming face to face with that inmate.
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Keywords
Belsen concentration camp; Holocaust

Indexer Notes

Script credit from "Tales of Terror!" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Marie Severin stated in a 1986 interview that Krigstein colored this story: http://www.tcj.com/an-interview-with-marie-severin/

This story was originally a 6-page one, but Krigstein felt that length was inadequate and wanted to expand it to 12 pages. Bill Gaines said no to that, but he eventually agreed (with Feldstein) on 8 pages. Krigstein was paid $43 per page for this story.

Some of the story told in flashback.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 4 pages (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. The Punch Bowl
  3. 2. Tough Cop
  4. 3. Thirty Dollars
  5. 4. The Diamond Pendant
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. The Dress
  9. 8. Master Race
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
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