(April-May 1954)

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:
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

[Two-Timed] (Table of Contents)

The Witch's Cauldron! / 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 last story in the issue from which the cover was based.

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

Panic / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Twin Bill! (Table of Contents)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 8 pages (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 (host); Larry Bannister
Synopsis:
Larry stood there in the dark, sweating profusely, waiting for them to come: his wife and her lover. He remembered the night he caught them in each other's arms....how he made them take shovels and forced them to dig a grave, made them get in and how he covered them over with the dirt....alive! Then how he returned to the lodge and tried to make a get-away in the car....but the battery was dead. So he took the car of his wife's lover and headed to town to get a new battery, but couldn't get one. How he later drove lover boy's car to the other side of town and how he reported his wife's "disappearance" to the Police. Yet, two weeks later....no one had found that car or them. So he drove back to the lodge where his car still sat....then he remembered that his wife had a spare set of keys in her purse, so he headed back to the grave to dig up the bodies so he could get the purse.....but the grave was empty! As he headed back for the lodge, he saw two figures following him, so he ran to the lodge as fast as he could.....and lay in wait, believing them NOT to have died in that grave. Now he heard someone enter the room and as he snapped on the flashlight, he saw two rotting corpses coming at him, and he fired at them....the last thing he ever did!
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Witch Witch's Witch! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Eric Holbein; Helena
Synopsis:
Eric was coming home to Blumstedt with his new wife.....who was not the girl to whom he had been betrothed since childhood. As he entered the house, he was met by his former betroth, Alicia, her Mom and his Mom, all of whom harshly berated him for bringing shame to them all. Eric's mother soon passed away, but Helena wouldn't go to the funeral. Days later, the ladies from the local church saw Helena and told her not to attend their meetings....and the leader of that group soon died. Talk began to surface saying Helena was a witch, and they thought it true when Helena walked down the street and a woman, Alicia's mother, fell dead. A mob formed and went after Helena, and, when Eric tried to intervene, they killed him and began stoning Helena to death, when she stood and chanted a few words and all the people turned to rats and scurried away. In the midst of it all was the most ugly and hideous creature of them all: Helena....the witch!
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Cooler (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Scott
Synopsis:
Scott ran breathlessly after his escape from Cragmore Prison, supposedly escape proof. Yes, there was snow on the ground and it was quite cold, but this was the only time of year that the lake that entirely surrounded the prison was frozen. Then he heard the alarm from the prison and knew that he'd be spotted.....unless.....unless he let homself down through a hole in the ice and stayed there until his pursuers gave up the hunt. Minutes passed, until he no longer heard the sounds of footsteps. Then he searched again for the hole he had gone through, but he couldn't find it. As time passed and his body became stiff in the frigid water, he managed to smile and think to himself in his last few seconds: "At least they won't take me back to the cooler!"
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Indexer Notes

The last half of this page was the annual Statement of Ownership piece, listing Frank D. Lee as Business Manager.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
VK first spouts off about Editor Gaines' being featured in a new mag called "Tops," then printed letters from Bill Spicer, Malcolm Biggs, Donna Lee Fernetti, Jack Laws, Dave DeChaine, Vera Bernard, Larry Hawkins and Art Walker before pushing copies of the two new EC 3-D mags as well as subscriptions.
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Pipe Dream (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Bernie Krigstein [as B. Kriegstein] (signed)
Inks:
Bernie Krigstein [as B. Kriegstein] (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Chen Chu Yang
Synopsis:
Chen begins his tale while frequenting an opium den, a place where he can have drug-induced dreams that give him power and importance. But a visit to this drug den profered a dream of his wife dying, and, sure enough, she did and he had to assume the responsibility of caring and providing for his children. Yet, his son took up the slack and provided until he was drafted into the war....amd later that night, Chen yet again visited the drup den and had a dream that his son would die in battle.....and he did. Then he daughter was engaed to a man that he didn't approve of.....and another trip and dream later, that young suitor was dead. o make matterss worse, his daughter was blamed for the killing and was put to death for it. Now, Chen lay once again in the opium den.....to have yet another dream!
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Two-Timed! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jack Oleck ?
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); Dickie [later called Tom]; Constable Phyfe
Synopsis:
It was 1900 and little Dickie lay in his bed until he heard a sound he thought was his Mom and Dad returning home. Instead it came from outside, and he followed the sound until he saw a man viciously beating a woman tyo death, and then advance on him, grabbing him about the throat until he lost consciousness. When he awoke, his parents were there with Constable Phyfe, who found a scorched area near the boy. The crime was never solved and fiftenn years passed....the young man grew up, married, but later discovered his wife was cheating on him. So he later confronted his wife, took her out into the woods and began to beat her. He looked up to see a young kid watching and attacked him....then realized that the young kid was acually HIMSELF! He remembered the event 15 years earlier and that there was a shot, so he searched his wife's body and found the gun. Satisfied that his wife could no longer shoot him, he drenched his wife's body in gasoline and set it afire, Then a shot rang out and he staggered, falling onto his wife's blazing body. Just then Constable Phyfe pulled him out of the flames and the two talked, Tom discovering that, back then, the little boy had a scrap of paper on him that carried TODAY'S date, and he came back to the scene to investigate!
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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. [Two-Timed]
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  2. 1. [untitled]
    Panic
  3. 2. Twin Bill!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Witch Witch's Witch!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Cooler
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Vault-Keeper's Corner
  7. 6. Pipe Dream
    The Vault of Horror
  8. 7. Two-Timed!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
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