(April-May 1952)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized A.C.M.P. Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein; Bill Gaines (managing editor)

[A Bloody Undertaking] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset); The Crypt-Keeper (inset)
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Indexer Notes

The cover title was taken from the first story in this issue, from which the cover was based.

Script, colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Johnny Craig (Table of Contents: 1)

[The EC] Artist of the Issue / text article / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
(photo)
Inks
(photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography
Characters
Johnny Craig
Synopsis
Biography of artist Johnny Craig with a B/W photo of him.
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A Bloody Undertaking! (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); 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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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

...With All the Trappings! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Pierre; Maria
Synopsis
People were starting to leave the town cemetery after the burial of Emile, and Pierre swore to Maria that he'd never be buried like that....his body being left to the worms and crawling things. With winter coming on and in need of money, Pierre set out more trap lines than ever before, a concern to Maria. Before he left to cover them, Pierre looked over the materials he'd just received on metal vaults. Three days later, after returning home, he found Maria dead on the floor, and went into town to check out those metal vaults, and discovered they cost $300......a year's worth of trapping for Pierre! Sitting at home dejected, with Maria's body near him, Pierre decides to put her in the ice house for preservation until he can raise the needed funds. Trapping that winter proved financially sound and Pierre went to town and ordered the vault and a funeral service for Maria, then happily headed home. As he entered the ice house to get her body, he froze in horror as he saw a lynx, which had stripped Maria's body of its flesh!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Prescription (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
Manley
Synopsis
At the local drug store, Manley had just discovered that he had mislaid the ten Chloralex tablets ordered by the Animal Research Center.....pills that could instantly kill a human being.....were missing! Then he thought of the messenger he had just dispatched to Mrs. Lester's with a prescription.....could he have sent the Chloralex tablets to her in error? He had to get that box back, so he called Mrs. Lester on the phone....but three times it came back busy. He darted out the door, heading for her house, and when he rang her bell, she answered. He asked her if her prescription had arrived, and she said it had. Manley told her that box had been delivered in error and it must have it back immediately for another patient who's need was more urgent, and he assured her that her prescription would arrive within 30 minutes. Taking the box from her, he left quite relieved, to his drug store. All this had been too much and he reached into his vest and took out an aspirin from the case and popped it into his mouth....and felt it dissolve on his tongue. The next instant, he leaped to his feet with a severe burning sensation in his throat and he then a strangling sensation....and sprawled across the prescription table....dead. Just within reach of his hand was the box he had taken the pill from.....clearly marked "Hold for Animal Research Center!"
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Indexer Notes

This text story was printed on the inner halves of the two pages, with EC house ads to either side. One promoted Shock SuspenStoriess #2 [with a Wally Wood cover], while the other promoted the Complete Old & New Testament books from the Picture Stories From the Bible series, Picture Stories From World History #2 and Picture Stories From Science #2 [all with covers].

[no title indexed] (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
VK first relates reader voting on last issue's stories, then mentions that Wally Wood will be the next featured EC Artist of the Issue in Two-Fisted Tales #27. Then letters from 10 soldiers stationed in Korea, Ted Dahlman, Jack Hargett, William Richard, Jack Maxfield and Virginia Noulin were printed. Finally, there was the usual plug for the photos of the three GhouLunatics for 25 cents.
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Impressed by a Nightmare! (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
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks
Joe Orlando (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Fred Dworkin; Emma Dworkin
Synopsis
Every night, Emma Dworkin keeps having nightmares that come true the next day.
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Death Wagon! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Police Inspector; Herman Kitch (villain, death); Amos Sink (villain, death)
Synopsis
Sink and Kitch, unscrupulous used car dealers, made a business of buying clunkers for a cut-rate price, then making them seem presentable and sold them to unsuspecting buyers. When all the cars were involved in accidents, resulting in deaths, a Police inspector threatened to get a warrant to examine all of the cars on their lot. To avert this, the pair spent nights fixing up every car on the lot, unaware that the dead, rotting corpses of their "victims" were moving in on them. The next morning the inspector returned with his warrant to find a single car adorned with the duo's body parts.
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Keywords
Sink and Kitch Used Cars

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [A Bloody Undertaking]
    The Vault of Horror!
  2. 1. Johnny Craig
    [The EC] Artist of the Issue
  3. 2. A Bloody Undertaking!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. ...With All the Trappings!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  5. 4. Prescription
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. Impressed by a Nightmare!
    The Vault of Horror!
  8. 7. The Death Wagon!
    The Crypt of Terror
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