(August-September 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
Al Feldstein; Bill Gaines (managing editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint interior; glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

[The Catacombs] (Table of Contents)

The Vault of Horror / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

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 3rd story in this issue, from which the cover is based.

Are You a Red Dupe? (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lyle Stuart; Bill Gaines
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
?

Genre
advocacy; satire-parody
Characters
Melvin Blizunken
Synopsis
This editorial illustrated page purports that the Communists are the ones trying to destroy the comic magazine industry, citing the Soviet "Daily Worker" newspaper and Dr. Frederick Wertham.
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Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Tongue in cheek editorial parody in an attempt to link efforts to destroy comics to Communists.

Writer credits from Lyle Stuart himself, during an interview by Bill Spicer in Squa Tront (Fantagraphics, 2002 series) #12 (2007); and from Grant Geissman's book, Tales of Terror!: The EC Companion (Fantagraphics, 2000 series), who lists the writer as Bill Gaines; as well as Frank Jacobs' The MAD World of William M. Gaines (Carol Publishing Group, 1973 series) notes that Gaines worked with Stuart on the piece. Original indexer credited Albert B. Feldstein ? or Bill Gaines ?.

Any Sport in a Storm (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Drusilla [cameos]; Lon Shannon; Timothy O'Rourke
Synopsis
Lon made his way along the beach and past Smuggler's Caves as the stormy night raged on, then entered Ratsmouth Inn when O'Rourke was caring members of Shannon's crew w/tales of stormy nights like this when Shannon lost his father at sea, supposedly to the "Sea Hag." Shannon knocked Tim to the floor and told the others about a ship a mile off shore loaded down w/expensive goods, ripe for the taking. But only one volunteered to go w/Shannon, and the two cast off into the restless waters. Those waters threw them off course until they spotted a lighthouse and landed, meeting up w/the lighthouse operator and his daughter. Shannon made a move on the girl that night, then went to his partner and told him that they were leaving. They jumped in their boat and back into the water....water which began to tear the boat apart. Then suddenly, the girl came out from a lower part of the ship and came at him, wrapping her tentacles about him and throwing him into the water w/herself. Yes, Shannon found out too late that the stories of a Sea Hag were true!
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Coffin Spell! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Janos; Nadyi
Synopsis
The two men finished digging up a corpse for Dr. Karolyi, but the man refused their efforts, so they went out to search for more bodies that the good doctor's students could use. They found a masoleum w/many bodies interred, so Nadyi left to get a larger wagon, leaving Janos there. Upon his return, Nadyi admonished Janos for falling asleep on the job, but the two grave robbers loaded the wagon to the hilt anyway and returned to their residence to await the next day to deliver the bodies. However, that evening, the coffins suddenly opened up and the corpses inside advanced on the surprised pair, who rushed out of the room and bolted the door. Nadyi told Janos that he knew what was happening....that the corpses were vampires. When asked how he knew, Nadyi, fangs bared, advanced on his partner, proving his point!
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Pinch! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Captain Pritchard; Borley
Synopsis
Pritchard had caught Borley going through his wallet and had determined to turn him over to the harbor Police when they got back to shore. So Borley, a three-time loser, struck the Captain over the head w/a lobster spike and dumped his body into the sea. Borley then sat back, had a few drinks and headed for port, vowing to sell the lobsters aboard and then take it on the lam. Greedily, he first lashed the wheel, then headed for the hatch to see how many lobsters he would be selling, but the ship pitched and in he fell. The lobsters set upon him, and as he lay there among them, being rended to death, he thought back to something he had said as he dumped the Captain's body overboard: "yer nuthin' but food fer the fishes!"
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none (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

E.C. Fan-Addict Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Letters
typeset

Synopsis
VK's column contains all letters this time, from Michael Vecchio, Rhonda Phillips, Ron Montana, Ronald Merlo, Jim Hannah, Donna Bowers, Joseph Wagner Jr., Maragaret Anne Conner, S. Schwartzberg, Judy Ford and John Stanley. Subscriptions were also pushed along w/membership in the E.C. Fan-Addict Club.
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The Catacombs (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Bernie Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Inks
Bernie Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten (except page 1); ? (page 1)

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Pietro Miuta (villain, thief); Gino Alcari (villain, thief, death)
Synopsis
Pietro grabbed the sack of silver as Gino followed him out of the store and headed for their hideout. Deciding to hide the swag in the Catacombs, they took their wine w/them to mark a trail, and headed down into the eerie place. Reaching their desired spot, Pietro suddenly plunged a knife into the back of his partner, for his greed was too much. Grabbing the loot, he headed toward the exit, lamp in hand, became disoriented and hopelessly lost. He found his way back to Gino's body, and then......the lamp's light went out!
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Indexer Notes

Gary Sadowski, in "Master Race and Other Stories", states in the introduction: "The splash page was originally laid out by Johnny Craig, but Krigstein asked for permission to break the opening into a series of panels, and sketched out what he had in mind. A reluctant Craig asked Bill Gaines for permission to do this and he agreed.....thus this is the only EC page ever completely laid out by Krigstein, and it was re-lettered according to Krigstein's specs."

Out of Sight... (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Carl Wessler
Pencils
Graham Ingels
Inks
Graham Ingels
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Mr. Evans [The Great Brain]; Benny; Hulda Larson
Synopsis
The circus barker began encouraging the crowd to pay to see the mental marvel of the age, the Great Brain, a man, once blindfolded, can identify any object being held up by his slow-witted partner, Benny. Then a mistake occurs and the Brain berates his partner privately, and Benny threatens to kill him. Benny then goes to see the only person who really cares and understands him: Hulda. But Evans catches them and Benny relents and goes back w/him, but still suffering through berating again and again. When Benny tells Evans that he and Hulda are going to wed, the Brain heads straight for her. Benny follows and finds Hulda in Evan's arms, not understanding that Evans is forcing her to his will. A few minutes later, Benny exits the tent and addresses the crowd, lifting a red oozing mass up for the people to see, and tells them: "Here is the one and only....Great Brain!"
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Catacombs]
    The Vault of Horror
  2. 1. Are You a Red Dupe?
  3. 2. Any Sport in a Storm
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Coffin Spell!
    The Crypt of Terror
  5. 4. Pinch!
  6. 5. none
    E.C. Fan-Addict Club
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  8. 7. The Catacombs
    The Vault of Horror
  9. 8. Out of Sight...
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Chris Boyko
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Craig Delich