(October-November 1953)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
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

[Let the Punishment Fit the Crime] (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 Crypt-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The cover title was taken from the 2nd story in the issue, from which the cover was based.

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

Mad / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Together They Lie! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Inks:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Agnes Wheatley (death); Mr. Horton (Agne's boss, death); Alex Fairchild (Horton's attorney)
Synopsis:
Agnes and her boss's attorney decided to create a major hoax on her employer, Mr. Horton, as she implied to him that his wife was having an affair with his attorney. Distraut, Horton went to his attorney, had his will changed making Agnes the heir instead of his wife, and then committed suicide. As Agnes and Alex Fairfield celebrated the success of their hoax, the pair were suddenly interrupted by the corpse of Horton crashing in. The next morning, the dead bodies of Alex and Agnes were found on top of the Horton grave, and his tombstone carefully restored to what it had been!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Partly influenced by Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" (1938) per John Benson.

Much of the story is told in flashback.

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Clara Cootes; Edwin Cootes; Herbert Draper (mortician); Dr. Stacey; Frank Bundage (store owner); George Sparkman (electrician); Mathilda Priddy (schoolteacher); Sye Shusters (lawyer); Judge Delaney; Mrs. Philips; Freddy Philips (death)
Synopsis:
Children in town had questioned people about various things regarding death and funerals, and were fascinated about a man dying in the electric chair. But they really wanted to know what the punishment for robbery and kidnapping would be, and a lawyer informed them it wouldn't be death. As the kids came down the street carrying a coffin, a mother came up screaming to townsfolk, telling them that her son was missing and that he had stolen another child's doll and had refused to give it back. Then they all looked in horror as they gazed over at the kids, who had just finished burying the coffin!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script revision by Craig Delich, adding Feldstein's script credit.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Wrecker! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Carlson; Jaffery
Synopsis:
Carlson was at the controls of a wrecker-crane after working over a troublesome wall, and he watched Jaffery working on that partially demolished wall. All Carlson could think of was to bring down that wall with Jaffery still clinging to it......Jaffery would be dead and Carlson would claim the derrick got away from his control. Carlson swung the ball closer and brought down the wall, and he could hear Jaffery's screams. He jumped out of the cab and peered down at the wreckage, unaware that the derrick was still in operation, and he didn't see the steel cable come at hom until it was too late. Later, Carlson's co-workers stood over his body, remarking that they had never seen anyone beheaded so quickly before!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The text story is found on the inner halves of each pages, w/EC house ads to each side. On one side is an ad for Weird Fantasy #21 [cover by Al Williamson & Frank Frazetta], while the other side had ads, w/covers, for The Complete Old & New Testaments 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:
The entire column, given over by VK to the editors, promoted the new E.C. Addict Fan Club, and how to become a member.
Reprints:

A Slight Case of Murder! (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 [as G. Evans] (signed)
Inks:
George Evans [as G. Evans] (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Doc Sam Swanson; Phil Ingram (newspaper editor); Sheriff Moulton (villain, actually a deformed baby, death); Amelia Bates (Moulton's mother)
Synopsis:
Doc Swanson gazed up at the abandoned mansion on the hill and knew it was the answer to all of the killings, and told the Sheriff who he thought responsible for the crimes, but the Sheriff said the murders had to have been committed by something inhuman, and explained how each of the bodies were found, throats slashed, and door locked. Sam figured that a woman's deformed baby born in the mansion was the murderer. The Sheriff suddenly lunged at Doc, wanting to kill him, but the townsfolk entered and took care of the Sheriff, whose body was an artifical framework housing that deformed child!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Strung Along! (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); Tony Zargono (puppet maker, death); Nora (Tony's wife, death)
Synopsis:
Tony once was a famed puppeteer, performing shows all over and becoming quite wealthy. Although he loved his puppets, he needed a human love interest and that was Nora, whom he married. Soon Tony was diagnosed with a bad heart condition, forcing him to retire. It was then that money troubles began and his wife finally told him that she married him for his money. He gave her once last kiss before he died, and the next day, they found their bodies, side-by-side.......but Nora's had been dismembered and re-connected by strings.....strings tied to the marionettes' hands!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script revision by Craig Delich, adding Feldstein script.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Much of the story is told in flashback.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Let the Punishment Fit the Crime]
    The Crypt of Terror
  2. 1. [untitled]
    Mad
  3. 2. Together They Lie!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Wrecker!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. A Slight Case of Murder!
    The Vault of Horror!
  8. 7. Strung Along!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Craig Delich
  • Steffen Nyeland
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich