(June-July 1950)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
?
On-sale Date
1950-03-09
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
?
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein; William M. Gaines (managing editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

[The Curse of Harkley Heath] (Table of Contents)

Vault of Horror / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
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Indexer Notes

Cover title taken from the second story, from which it is based.

[SuspenStory Fans] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

The Crypt of Terror / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Dead Will Return! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Inks
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault Keeper [cameos]
Synopsis
Florence and Bert had just finshed dumping her husband's body in the ocean and made their way back to the lighthouse on the beach. She knew that her husband had a large sum of money somewhere around the house or on the property, and while she was searching outside for it, Bert heard a scream. Rushing to the beach, he saw that the body of Flo's husband has just washed ashore, so he took it and dumped it off the highest cliff in the area.....only to wash ashore again a few days later. Bert decided to take the body this time far up the coast, dump it and return. But Flo was worried and asked him to go back up the coast to make sure the body didn't wash ashore there. While he was gone, Flo remained in the lighthouse....then she saw water seeping under the door, figured it was her dead husband and began climbing the stairs to the top to get away from him. Just as Bert drove up, he heard a horrific scream from the top and the light go out on the lighthouse. He entered the structure, and saw a trail of water leading up the stairs, followed it, and then we hear a scream again. The next day, as government inspectors came to the lighthouse to investigate why the light was out, they found both bodies, covered in seaweed...then they notice a rotted corpse lying on the beach!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Curse of Harkley Heath (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Harry Harrison
Inks
Wally Wood
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Sybil Harkley (death); Hagers (Clayton Harkley's lawyer); Charles Harkley (villain, death); Edgar Harkley (villain, death)
Synopsis
Clayton Harkley had died from a mortal wound inflicted by his brother and left a dying man's curse upon the money he will inherit. The last members of the Harkley clan gather in the house to celebrate their new found wealth, until their late uncle's lawyer informs the three that his money goes to Miss Sybil, a cousin....not to the brother! The two males decide to kill Miss Sybil with the same morphine that Uncle Harkley had once used, and succeed in a roundabout way. But she returns from the dead to seek revenge.
Reprints
Keywords
Harkley Heath; Harkley Heath (a mansion)

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion. Previous indexer had Harry Harrison.

The Diamond of Death! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
William M. Gaines
Pencils
? (2 panels art)
Inks
? (2 panels art)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Silas Morgan; Crandall
Synopsis
Crandall was holding a huge diamond in his hand when the door behind him swung open and Silas Morgan entered, his eyes focusing on the bright gem, and he warned Crandall to put it away before danger befell him, just as it had for every previous owner....owners who simply vanished off the face of the earth! As Morgan leaped at Crandall, Crandall dodged and grabbed the cane from Morgan and killed him with it. Crandall took Morgan's body down to the furnace room and threw the body in the furnace, then went into rare tropical plant room to look around. Suddenly, something rubbery grabbed Crandall's neck and he turned to see the "Man-Eater" plant pulling him toward its gaping mouth and enveloping him. As the screams stopped, a shiny object fell to the floor at the plant's feet: the diamond of death!
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Doctor of Horror (Table of Contents: 5)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Robert Louis Stevenson (original story); ? (adaptation)
Pencils
Graham Ingels
Inks
Graham Ingels
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Dr. Finch (retiring school Dean, new school Governor); Dr. Cranshaw (death); Professor (later Dean) Alfred LeMonet (villain, death)
Synopsis
At the Hampshire Surgeon School, Professor LeMonet is told that attendance in his classes must increase if he is to remain as a teacher there, so he digs up cadavers for use in his anatomy classes, and enrollment suddenly blossoms, to the Dean's delight. LaMonet decides to kill his competition to get Dean's job, then sees an opportunity to become Governor as well. LeMonet hires men to go out and kill people along the waterfront area, and bring their cadavers to the school to impress the royal surgeon, but the men make a grievous error, for LeMonet's body is among the other corpses!
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Keywords
Hampshire Surgeon School

Indexer Notes

Ingel's first horror story.

Story was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body Snatcher", which was itself inspired by the real-life Burke and Hare case of 1828.

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

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

Pencils
Al Feldstein (spot illo)
Inks
Al Feldstein (spot illo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
The Vault Keeper
Synopsis
Letters are printed from Jim Long, Barbara Nelson and Richard Morland. There is a gag letter from "A. Stiff" and the "Vault-Keeper's Book Selection" listing.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Island of Death (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Richard Connell; Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Stephen Crane; Alec; Count Alvar Cabeza (villain, death)
Synopsis
Steve Crane, along with his partner Alec, are flying over a small island, when the plane develops engine trouble and crash-lands. Crane drags himself out of the water, spots a huge castle atop a mountain and manages to crawl up and knock on the door before he passes out. When he awakens several days later, he meets his benefactor, Count Cabeza, who provides a delicious meal before taking him into his trophy room. The Count shows him his animal trophy heads, but notes that he has yet to match wits with another type of animal: man! And Steve Crane is to be that man.
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Keywords
terror

Indexer Notes

This adaptation by Kurtzman is based on Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game."

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Curse of Harkley Heath]
    Vault of Horror
  2. 1. [SuspenStory Fans]
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. The Dead Will Return!
    The Vault of Horror
  4. 3. The Curse of Harkley Heath
    The Vault of Horror
  5. 4. The Diamond of Death!
  6. 5. Doctor of Horror
    The Vault of Horror
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
  9. 8. Island of Death
    The Vault of Horror
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