(June-July 1952)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein; Bill Gaines [as William M. Gaines] (managing editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint interior; glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

[Seance!] (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)
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Indexer Notes

The cover title was taken from the 1st story, from which the cover was based.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Seance! (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); Madame Gilda (medium); John Chalmers (death); Mrs. Chalmers (John's wife); Ben Ganther (villain, confidence man, death); George Dent (villain, confidence man, death)
Synopsis
John Chalmers gives $20,000 to several confidence men, mentioning to them that Madame Gilda didn't approve. The fleecing of Chalmers continues until one day when Chalmers overhears them call him a sucker. Chalmers threatens to sue and the two men force his car off a cliff. Chalmer's wife tells them that, with her husband gone, she's thinking of withdrawing his money from their firm, but she must have a seance first to talk it over with her dead husband. At the seance, George gets his revenge to everyone's surprise.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Kickin' the Gong A Round! (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
Inks
Jack Davis
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Patty Marko (boxer, death, comes back to life as a corpse); Williams (boxer); Phil (Marko's trainer); Judy Marko (Patty's wife); Mickey Marko (Patty's son); Jake Houseman (villain, boxer, death; Sid (villain, thug, death)
Synopsis
Marko had worked his way from the slums to a pro boxing career. However, when suddenly he has two visitors that pull a gun on him and take him away to the training camp of the man he is to fight next: Jake Houseman, Houseman offers to pay Marko any sum he asks to lose that fight, but refuses and is allowed to leave. When Marko's boy is kidnapped, Marko takes a terrible beating, and falls over in the 7th round....dead! Six months later, the rotting corpse of Marko drags Houseman to the sparring ring and proceeds to rip Houseman to shreds with his bony hand!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

Paradise! (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
Flath
Synopsis
As Bracken's body sunk into the muck, Flath began to smirk as he sloshed back to his boat, realizing that soon the jungle insects would strip the body clean of its flesh. He marveled at this paradise, where he could so easily dispose of a body so easily. As Flath paddled laborously through the reeds, he sweated terribly, and all he could think of was getting out of this channel He could see the prow of his other boat, dreading having to get out of his canoe and wade five yards to that boat with only his head above water. Upon reaching the boat, he started pulling himself out of the water and discovered that he had leeches all over him. He swatted them off, only to have others attach themselves, weighing him back down into the water....crawling into his mouth and nostrils, until Flath disappeared beneath the surface. Yes, indeed this WAS a paradise for getting rid of a man without a trace!
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Indexer Notes

The text story is found on the inner halves of the two pages, with EC house ads to either side. One side promotes Shock SuspenStories #3 [with a Wally Wood cover], while the other side, with covers, promotes the Complete Old & New Testaments in the Picture Stories From the Bible series, Picture Stories From Science #2 and Picture Stories From World History #2.

[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 (head view)
Synopsis
VK starts off with a lengthy letter from Mrs. Arline Grandou Phelan from Kansas City, Kansas, critizing EC for publishing pure rubbish, saying they should be outlawed. Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines then spend most of the column defending the EC books before turning the column back over to VK, who puts in a last-ditch plug for the photos of the three GhouLunatics for 25 cents.
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Practical Yolk! (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 (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Fredrick Hamilton
Synopsis
Fred Hamilton having visited the Belgian Congo for a hunting expedition, was now on his way home with B'uuna, his servant, to wed his finacee, Louise. Louise presented B'uuna with a present: an Easter egg with a scene of a rabbit and tiny eggs inside. He thanked her, but sensed something wasn't quite right. From conversation B'uuna overheard, he believes Louise did not want to marry his new master. As Louise left the apartment she was grabbed from behind. Fred awakened to B'uuna's chanting in the hall. To Fred's horror, B'uuna handed him the Easter egg, with his fiancee now inside!
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Collection Completed! (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 [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Anna and Jonah Tillman
Synopsis
Anna had always loved animals and one day she saw a stray cat and brought it in to feed, but Jonah didn't approve of her habit of taking in every stray animal she came across. To get even at Anna, Jonah started his new hobby: taxidermy, and his first "patient" was going to be the mouse running around their home. He caught it, stuffed it, then went outside to lure a squirrel, then a bird, and then a dog to practice his craft on. Anna screamed at him until she was blue in the face, but it did no good. One day Jonah came to her and said that his collection of stuffed animals was almost complete....he smiled and left. Meanwhile, Anna kept calling the cat she'd found a few days earlier, then, when it couldn't be found, realized what her husband had meant. Running to the basement, she found the cat freshly stuffed.....with a crazed look in her eye, she turned toward Jonah, knife in hand, and told him that his collection still lacked one more thing. The next day, a neighbor found Anna in the basement, babbling incoherently, stroking her stuffed cat, and sitting next to.....her stuffed 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. [Seance!]
    The Vault of Horror!
  2. 1. ["If you like the tales in this magazine..."]
    EC Comics
  3. 2. Seance!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Kickin' the Gong A Round!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Paradise!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. Practical Yolk!
    The Vault of Horror!
  8. 7. Collection Completed!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Chris Boyko
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich