(February-March 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
?
On-sale date
1950-11-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
?
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein; William M. Gaines (managing)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint interior; glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

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


[The Beast of the Full Moon!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Vault-Keeper (head view); the Old Witch (head view); the Crypt-Keeper (head view)
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Indexer Notes

Cover title taken from 3rd story, on which this cover is based.

Terror on the Moors! (Table of Contents: 1)

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); Jim Ryan (American tourist); Andrew Clymore (estate owner, death); Evers (Clymore's servant, death); Clymore's child/beast (villain, death)
Synopsis
Jim Ryan is driving his car through dense fog and seeks refuge in an estate he spots. The owner, Andrew Clymore, lives alone with his servant, Evers, and agrees to give him a room for the night. Evers later tells Ryan that Clymore is dead and sought to be cremated on a funeral pyre, but he was now too old to build it....so Ryan agrees to do it. Sounds in a barred room lead Evers to tell Ryan that Clymore's beast child resides within. It breaks out, consuming his father's flesh, and dies in a fire.
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Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Baby -- It's Cold Inside! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Al Feldstein (co-plot, script); Bill Gaines (co-plot)
Pencils
Graham Ingels
Inks
Graham Ingels
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (cameo); Barton Gordon
Synopsis
Barton Gordon is making his way through a blinding snowstorm to answer a want ad for a superintendent and he comes to the run-down apartment house mentioned in the ad. He is told by a resident that the new owner, Marcus Kingsley, doesn't supply heat to the tenants, so Gordon decides to visit him. He is shocked by the gaunt, yellow-skinned man who owns the place, and Gordon is told that the man hates furnaces.....but he will be well paid and must do the man's shopping for him. A day later, Gordon is once again talking to Kingsley, when he notices a ring on the man's finger, and reaches out to touch it....but Kingsley screams at him not to touch him. Gordon leaves to do some errands, when he notices a refrigeration truck outside, there to install frozen-food locker compressors in the owner's apartment. Deciding the man to be mad, Gordon decides to leave his employment and seek another job. But, on that sweltering day, Gordon notes the machinery upstairs has stopped, and Kingsley calls for Gordon to come up to his place. Kingsley tells Gordon to fix the electrical system quickly....but can't do so. As a vistor arrives at the apartment, they hear a shriek and the sound of a body falling. Heading for the apartment, the visitor explains that Kingsley had cancer of the heart, was operated on to remove that heart, but Kingsley remained mysteriously alive....in freezing cold temperatures. But now.....as they approach the man's apartment, they note an oozing, decaying flesh flowing out from under the door!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Heat (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
William M. Gaines
Pencils
? (spot illo)
Inks
? (spot illo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime; horror-suspense
Characters
Fox Hilton (villain)
Synopsis
After committing a crime, "Fox" Hilton took refuge in an iron-smelting plant, which the Police had surrounded. After a thorough search, the Police decide that he has escaped, and give word to the plant to resume its operations. As soon as "Fox" knew the Police had left, he prepared to get out of the tank he had taken refuge in.....that it until he heard the sound of machinery, looked up, and saw the huge bucket of molten metal pouring its contents down upon him!
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Indexer Notes

This text story is found on the inside halves of the two pages, with EC house ads to either side. One ad promotes Weird Fantasy #17 [with an Al Feldstein cover], while the other promotes [with covers] Picture Stories From the Bible: the Complete Old and New Testaments, Old Testament #1-2 and New Testament #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Pencils
Johnny Craig (spot illo)
Inks
Johnny Craig (spot illo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
The Vault-Keeper (cameo)
Synopsis
In this column, the Vault-Keeper first details the best stories of last issue as voted on by the readers, then provides subscription information, and finally discusses the fact that the Old Witch had her picture taken recently, so VK announces his picture is now available for 10 cents in coin!
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Indexer Notes

Below the VK's Corner, is the Statement of Ownership, listing Editor Gaines, as well as the Business Manager, Frank D. Lee.

The Beast of the Full Moon! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (cameo); Andrew Kellogg; Tom Kellogg; June (villain, Andrew's fiance)
Synopsis
A werewolf has killed again and Tom Kellogg heads to his brother's residence with his girl June, noting strange animal-like footprints outside his door. Tom vows to watch Andrew's every move that evening, and decides to lay a trap for the werewolf, armed with a gun loaded with silver bullets. The werewolf falls into his trap and a hairy hand reaches out and grabs his leg. He is saved by a silver bullet fired from above, which kills the werewolf. Climbing to the top of the pit, Tom sees Andrew....and as he looks back into the pit, he sees the body of his girlfriend, June!
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Keywords
werewolf

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Voodoo Horror! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (cameo); George Barker
Synopsis
On the island of Haiti, George Baker seeks out a certain shop that will make him a voodoo bust of himself. The owner obliges Baker and begins to work on the bust. Later, Baker has a change of heart and wants to cancel the order, but when he arrives again at the shop, the bust is finished and paid for....and as Baker walks out of the shop, it disappears, replaced by a brick wall! Returning home, Baker places the bust on his fireplace mantel.....and as the years go by, the bust begins to age...but not Baker, who remains youthful, and George hates to even look at it any longer. One day, a girl comes to his door, asking the whereabouts of another person, and George directs her down the hall....but secretly, he wants her. Later he discovers that this girl, Jean, is the daughter of one of his older employees, and he flatly tells the man that he wants to marry his daughter. That evening at dinner, George makes his move and she complies.....but, as the years go by and she ages, George does not, and the horrible bust over the fireplace continues to age. Jean hates it and is ready to get rid of it when George walks in, tells her to leave it alone, slapping her for good measure, and calling her an ugly old hag. While he is out for a walk, Jean gets a machette and severs the bust in two, while elsewhere a horrible scream is heard and a Policeman finds the body of George in the park....split down the middle! Back at the Barker home, Jean suddenly notices that the face of the bust now has taken on the youthful appearance of her husband!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Beast of the Full Moon!]
    The Vault of Horror
  2. 1. Terror on the Moors!
    The Vault of Horror!
  3. 2. Baby -- It's Cold Inside!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  4. 3. Heat
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  6. 5. The Beast of the Full Moon!
    The Vault of Horror
  7. 6. Voodoo Horror!
    The Crypt of Terror
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Katie
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich