(August-September 1953)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
?
On-sale date
1953-07-02
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
?
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein; 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

Issue Notes

On sale date from date stamp on cover.


[Out of His Head] (Table of Contents)

The Crypt of Terror / 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

Cover title from 2nd story, from which the cover is based. This cover was censored as being much too gory for readers, as it featured a meat cleaver stuck in the ghoul's head. The Gladstone and Gemstone reprintings display the actual cover.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Mad / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Whirlpool (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); unnamed woman; three asylum employees
Synopsis
Her mind was whirling as three horrid creatures hovered over her, asking her her name, and she ran to escape. A series of events: thrown into boiling water, plunged into ice, poked with a hypodermic, strapped into an electric chair, and put into a small room that kept shrinking. She thought she was going insane, but the men told her everything had been in her mind and that she was an inmate in an insane asylum......she began to quiver, and, as they began to ask her her name, she suddenly remembered that THEY were the ones trying to persecute her!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Out of His Head! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Stanley (Alex's law partner, death); unnamed doctor; Alex Melton (villain, lawyer, death)
Synopsis
Alex had murdered Stanley with an axe to his head, trying to blame the death on a maniac. It seemed, however, that the dead man kept haunting him day and night, and everywhere Alex looked, his former law partner was still there. Unable to stand it any longer, he blinded himself with an icepick. He was taken to the hospital and operated on, and when the bandages were removed, he saw someone. He figured it was Stanley again and ran to the window and jumped out to his death. The doctor looked out the window....and all he could say was that the man must be mad!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Cover story.

Crash Landing! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (spot illo)
Inks
? (spot illo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Brewster; Crawford
Synopsis
With the plane in the air, Brewster emerged from hiding in the back of the plane, wrench in hand, and crept to the cockpit, where he hit Crawford over the head. As the plane spiraled out of control, Brewster ran to the emergency door and jumped out, waiting to pull the ripcord of his parachute until the last second possible so that no one would see him. As he came down, he watched the plane crash into a grove of trees, splintering the ends, and burn. But a sudden shift in the wind brought Brewster closer and closer to the splintered branch limbs until he jammed into them which stopped his descent. In agony, he noted that the limbs had torn open his stomach, and as he lay dying, his body writhing on the end of a branch, he felt like some insect squirming on a needle in a science lab!
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Indexer Notes

This text story is found on the inner part of the two pages, with EC house ads to either side. One was for Weird Fantasy #20 [with an Al Feldstein cover], and the other side featured, with covers, the Complete Old & New Testament editions from 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)

Letters
typeset

Synopsis
In this issue's letter column, VK prints letters from Mrs. Monroe ASdams, Terry Black, Ronnie Audet, PFC Hank Wawrzyniak, Ray Parrinello, Dennis Taplin, Robert Travieso, Martin Fishman, David McGill and Richard L. Bruch before pushing readers to buy subsciptions to EC mags.
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An Ample Sample (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
George Evans (signed)
Inks
George Evans (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Hannah (Irwin's wife, death); Bert; Irwin (villain)
Synopsis
Irwin was telling his neighbor Bert of how he and his wife Hannah fell in love and how Hannah loved expensive chocolates so much. She got fatter as he had to do without vital necessities, and he just couldn't take it anymore. Irwin admitted to killing her and asked Bert to come over to his house. As they walked in, Bert gasped in horror as he spotted a giant, hand-made chocolate box, marked with different types of candy, and pieces of Hannah in each part!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Funereal Disease! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Albert B. Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Jasper Milliken (gardener, death); Niles Fairchild (villain, Jasper's employer, death); Tom Kelton (villain, Jasper's accountant)
Synopsis
Jasper went to his cottage on the Fairchild Estate and counted up the money he had been saving, a total of $4970, and knew as soon as Mr. Fairchild paid him the last $30 he owed him, he'd be set....set to have the funeral that was denied to his parents. Unfortunately, Niles Fairchild was bankrupt, and desperately needed $5000 to get him out of the trouble he was in. When Jasper refused to lend him the money, Fairchild and his accountant murdered Jasper and took the money. Jasper's corpse killed Fairchild, removed him from the man's coffin and took his place, and got the funeral he wanted.
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Keywords
Fairchild Estate

Indexer Notes

Title correction, script and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Some of the story is told in flashback.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Out of His Head]
    The Crypt of Terror
  2. 1. [untitled]
    Mad
  3. 2. Whirlpool
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Out of His Head!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Crash Landing!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. An Ample Sample
    The Vault of Horror
  8. 7. Funereal Disease!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich