(February-March 1954)

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:
Johnny Craig; 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

[...And All Through the House...] (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 Crypt-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (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)

EC Fan-Addict Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Illustrated ad, w/coupon, for the EC Addict Fan Club.

...And All Through the House... (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig
Inks:
Johnny Craig
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Santa Claus
Synopsis:
A terrific thud w/the fireplace poker and her husband Joseph lay dead on the floor. But then she heard her little girl upstairs, who asked her mommy if Santa Claus had come yet, and was told no and to go back to sleep. The wife then returned downstairs, cleaned off the poker, turned on the radio and heard an announcement of a maniac woman-killer dressed as Santa on the loose in the area. She wondered how she would be able to get rid of Joseph's body, when there was a knock at the door. She looked outside and saw a Santa at her door, the woman-killer, and paniced knowing she couldn't call the Police w/her husband's body there on the floor. Quickly she ran to every door and window, locking them, putting Joseph into a closet and then trying to board up windows from the inside. Going upstairs to check on Carol, her daughter, the woman was terrified when she found the little girl gone.....but more terrified when she went downstairs to see Carol having let in "Santa Claus"!
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Tombs-Day! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script:
Jack Oleck ?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Prof. Burton; Melody Allen
Synopsis:
The expedition, led by Professor Burton, neared the Pyramid of Khafra, the scene of the disappearance of a previous expedition. As they passed by the Sphinx, in legend called the "Father of Terrors", he told the accompanying journalist, Miss Allen facts about the previous expedition. Reaching the entrance to the pyramid, all entered to make a preliminary investigation when suddenly the massive stone panel they had entered through closed behind them, and a booby-trap killed of one the explorers. The group headed down some passages to find a possible exit, and as they proceeded, one by one members of the group were killed, leaving only Burton and Allen alive. As they made their way deeper into the pyramid, Burton told her that legend said the sphinx actally lived at one time, but Allen pooh-poohed the idea. Suddenly they came upon King Khafra's tomb, crawled through a passage and reached the interior to find all of Khafra's wealth and some hieroglyphics stating the legend of the sphinx was true.....just before the living sphinx sprang out and killed them!
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Space to Breathe! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Lionel Blivet
Synopsis:
Lionel reached the top of the Waraiji Mountain range on a deserted dirt road, stepped out of his car and then turned on the radio. Up here, he could breathe....relax in the open air, and as he readied himself to scale a crude path to the top, he mused that he should flip off the radio in the car so that the battery wouldn't run down. But before he could do so, a large blur flew past him into a cave, so he decided to explore, and forgetting to turn the radio off. As he entered the cave, something brutally hit him and knocked him down, so he moved out of the cave only to be attacked again by many of the creatures who savagely ripped at his body: huge, horrible man-killing BATS! And as he tasted the blood in his mouth and as his last ounce of consciousness ebbed away, all he could think of was the car radio and that he had left it on.....and that the battery was going to ..........!
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Vault-Keeper's Corner / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
VK starts off his column touting EC's newest mag, Panic, then prints letters from Rosemary Cage, Richard Gunst, Allan Katz and Jerry Simonetti, plus some "Perverted Poetry" from Michael Reynolds, Larry Tucker, Arnold Hageman, Kreda Freeman and Paul H. Cox. He closes out the column pushing subscriptions for the Vault of Horror and memberships in the EC Fan Addict Club.
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Beauty Rest (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script:
Jack Oleck ?
Pencils:
Jack Kamen [as J. Kamen] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Kamen [as J. Kamen] (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Helen Curtis; Joyce Noble
Synopsis:
Helen gazed out the window of the room she shared w/Joyce as the latter bid goodnight to a Mr. Boxer, the man she told Helen would help her to win a beauty contest the next day: "Miss Corpse of 1954"! Helen decided to play a trick on her roomie: she'd drug Joyce's drink w/sleeping pills, take a note Boxer had given to Joyce and appear in her place the next day. Helen gave the note to the man in charge, got into her suit and won the contest, being told to report that evening to an address for the award presentation. Arriving home, Helen found Joyce dead in bed [from an overdose of those pills], she called the Police and reported it as a suicide. Later Helen reported to the address she was given, but told the people there she had taken Joyce's spot.....a bad move, since she discovered that the wonner had to ACTUALLY be a corpse to win. That's the last she knew as the men came at her with scapels, rubber tubes and embalming fluid!
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Shoe-Button Eyes! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
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)
Synopsis:
The little boy celebrated the best Christmas he ever had because he could now see! Born blind, all he ever knew was the love of his mother, and the companionship of his teddy bear. One day, however, his mom introduced the little boy to his new step-dad.....a man who made fun of the little boy and mis-treated his mother. He always said that the little boy had "shoe-button" eyes, just like his teddy. One day, the little boy's mother became deathly ill from over-work, and he asked his step-dad to help her. He abused her and took the boy's bear and ripped the eyes off of it. Later he asked his mom of she'd think Santa would bring him a new pair of eyes for the bear, and the mother, in spite of her condition, went out and got new buttons and sewed them on for the child. When the step-dad later found the woman dead, he cursed her still form and slapped the little boy around, knocking him unconscious. Early Christmas morning, neighbors heard screams coming from the house, and when they entered, they found the dead form of the step-dad w/his eyes replaced by buttons and the bear sitting near-by, button eyes missing....and smiling. The little boy? Well, he could now see......from a special place up in heaven!
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [...And All Through the House...]
    The Vault of Horror!
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    EC Fan-Addict Club
  3. 2. ...And All Through the House...
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Tombs-Day!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Space to Breathe!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. Beauty Rest
    The Vault of Horror!
  8. 7. Shoe-Button Eyes!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Jim Stangas
  • Merlin Haas
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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