(April-May 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
?
On-sale date
1951-01-16
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 U. S. Copyright Office filings.


[Sink-hole!] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset); The Crypt-Keeper (inset); Aldous Barstow (corpse); Shirley Barstow; Rick Hudson
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Indexer Notes

The cover title taken from the 1st story in the issue, from which the cover is based.

[Look For This Seal...] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Association of Comics Magazines Publishers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Sink-Hole! (Table of Contents: 2)

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); Aldous Barstow; Rick Hudson (health inspector); Shirley Barstow (villain, wife of Aldous, death)
Synopsis
A lonely woman, who had joined a lonely hearts club, accepts a marriage proposal by mail, but when she meets him, he is actually much older than she realizes. After she meets the new area health inspector, Rick Hudson, and falls for him, she murders her husband and dumps him into the well on their property so she can carry on a romance with Hudson. Then she discovers that Hudson is married and leaving town.....disappointed beyond hope, she goes over to well to draw some water to quench her mounting thirst....and gets a REAL surprise!
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Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Lend Me a Hand! (Table of Contents: 3)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 7 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 Crypt-Keeper (cameo); Dr. Brown (Dr. Johnstone's assistant); Dr. Brown's nurse (cameo); a drunk (death); Dr. Harold Johnstone (villain, death)
Synopsis
Emminent physician Dr. Johnson is the victim of a car accident and loses his hand, which means his career if finished. After reading an article in a medical journal about keeping tissue alive by a chemical and mechanical apparatus, the doctor decides to kill a drunk to get a hand to replace the one he lost.....with some very unfortunate results!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Trap (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Inspector Mattern
Synopsis
Inspector Mattern, and his assistant, Sergeant Finch, were working homicide detail concerning four murders that had occured under a full moon in the previous four months. They laid a trap for the killer, which appeared to be some kind of wild animal....at least, the wounds on the victims indicated such to be the case. As Mittern sat waiting to spring the trap, he looked up at the full moon and a strange tingling began coursing through his body....and he lost consciousness. When he awoke, he became aware of a heavy weight on his chest, which he discovered to be Sgt. Finch, whose throat was slashed and who's wounds appeared to be that of a werewolf! Then he noticed his hairy hands were covered in blood....and realized that the trap he had set had worked and had caught the killer werewolf...and it turned out to be himself!
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Keywords
monsters

Indexer Notes

This text story was printed on the inner halves of the two pages, and to each side were EC house ads One was for Weird Fantasy #1 [with a cover by Al Feldstein], and the other ad [with covers] promoted the Picture Stories From the Bible series: the Complete Old and New Testaments, the Old Testament #1-2 and the New Testament #1.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 5)

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 issue's column, the VK first gives the reader voting results for the best tales from last issue, then discusses the requests for back issues of the VOH. He concludes the column by once again promoting the picture of himself [for 10 cents] and subscriptions to his mag.
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The Mask of Horror (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (cameo); Ken Anders
Synopsis
Ken Anders stops off at an eerie costume shop to get a costume for a party, and the weird owner outfits him with a mask and costume that is supposed to represent his true self. Opening the box upon reaching home, he discovers the costume of a rotting corpse inside. Donning only the costume, he goes over to his fiancee's house, but she begs off because of a headache....so he leaves, but then discovers he left the box with the mask inside at her house. When he returns, she is in the arms of another man....so he leaves devastated. He puts the mask on and heads to the party, and meets a woman dressed as a vampire and falls for her. They head into the garden to unmask and he discovers she really IS a vampire, who then attacks him. Anders drowns her in a lily pond....but then notes his reflection in the pond with terrifying results!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Dying to Lose Weight! (Table of Contents: 7)

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); Dr. Perdo
Synopsis
In a small town populated by many fat people, a weird Dr. Perdo comes to town, offering to help those people through the use of a tiny weight-reducing capsule. Four accept his offer....and the capsule works on them to perfection, and the town is sorry to see Dr. Perdo move on. But then, the four people suddenly die horrible deaths....as if they had starved to death. Six months later, Perdo, in disguise, returns to the town, but is discovered and runs into the cemetery to hide....and into the mausoleum of one of his victims....where he comes face-to-face with the thing that had killed his victims: a giant tapeworm!
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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. [Sink-hole!]
    The Vault of Horror
  2. 1. [Look For This Seal...]
    Association of Comics Magazines Publishers
  3. 2. Sink-Hole!
    The Vault of Horror
  4. 3. Lend Me a Hand!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Trap
  6. 5. [untitled]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. The Mask of Horror
    The Vault of Horror
  8. 7. Dying to Lose Weight!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich