(November 1997)

Gemstone, 1994 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
2.50 USD; 3.45 CAD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
quarterly in November, February, May and August
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Gemstone Publishing
Brand:
An Entertaining EC Comic
Editing:
Albert B. Feldstein
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (inset); The Vault-Keeper (inset); The Crypt-Keeper (inset)
Reprints:

An Off-Color Heir (Table of Contents: 1)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); Laura [Harber] Rais; Gilbert Rais (Laura's husband, in flashback); unnamed priest; Baron Gilles de Rais [Bluebeard] (image only); Gilbert Rais [aka the new Bluebeard] (villain, Laura's husband, also in flashback)
Synopsis:
Laura dreamed of being a famous painter, and years back her husband-to-be came by her studio to have his portrait painted. They fell in love, married, and moved to his planation home in Louisiana. In that home hung a portrait of her husband's French Baron relation, which haunted her, as did a room in the home that wouldn't open. Now, years later, she discovered a bottle of black ink in the bathroom for her husband's new beard, and when she was able to get the mystery door opened she found seven dead women lying there, and her husband, now with a blue beard and a razor in his hand...
Reprints:
Keywords:
Louisiana; Tiffanges (a family plantation)

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Ulric, the undying (death); Dr. Emil Manfred (death); Saxton
Synopsis:
A doctor transplants a cat's nine lives gland into a derelict in order to make money in death-defying stunts. The derelict betrays the doctor in order to keep more of the money, but the doctor has the last laugh by realizing the derelict is miscounting the lives he has left to lose since the dead cat had already used one making eight, not nine left.
Reprints:

Corker! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Kamen
Inks:
Bill Elder
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); unnamed woman (death); a psychologist (villain)
Synopsis:
A woman with suicidal tendencies and the skeptical psychologist who loves her visit a swami who diagnoses her problem as stemming from her having witnessed the hanging of an obese man whose head popped right off the body releasing a 'decapitation Lamia' that has possessed her and, sadly, can only be removed by decapitation. She flees from the swami in terror, rushing down into the subway, where she finds herself thrown under the train wheels and the pursuing psychologist bursts into maniacal laughter as the Lamia possesses him.
Reprints:

The High Cost of Dying! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Vault of Horror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Reed Crandall
Inks:
Reed Crandall
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); unnamed Commissioner of Health (death)
Synopsis:
A man in nineteenth century Paris is faced with the choice of paying a licensed undertaker money he does not have to bury his wife or turning her corpse over to medical students for dissection practice because of a new ordinance passed by the Commissioner of Health. He drops a body off in the evening at the medical college, and the following day uses the money he's received to buy food and clothes for his starving children and to bury his wife. The medical students realize that the body they've received is that of the Commissioner of Health.
Reprints:
Keywords:
France; Paris
Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. An Off-Color Heir
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  3. 2. Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone!
    The Crypt of Terror
  4. 3. Corker!
  5. 4. The High Cost of Dying!
    The Vault of Horror
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Terry Watkins