(1982)

Russ Cochran, 1982 Series
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Volume:
5
Price:
[none]
Pages:
212
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Russ Cochran, Publisher
Brand:
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing:
Russ Cochran
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
10" x 13"
Binding:
Hardcover
Publishing Format:
Collected Edition

[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 story from which the cover was based.

[...And All Through the House...] (Table of Contents: 1)

The Vault of Horror! / cover reprint (on interior page) / 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 story which the cover was based.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

EC Fan-Addict Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

...And All Through the House... (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig
Inks:
Johnny Craig
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: 4)

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

Script:
Jack Oleck ?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
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: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
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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The Complete Crypt (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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: 8)

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)
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: 9)

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)
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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Notes and Comments (Table of Contents: 10)

text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
John Benson; Bill Mason
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
John Benson

[Two-Timed] (Table of Contents: 11)

The Witch's Cauldron! / cover reprint (on interior page) / 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 story from which the cover was based.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Panic / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Twin Bill! (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
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: 14)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
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: 15)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
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: 16)

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: 17)

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)
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: 18)

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)
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.

[Take Care] (Table of Contents: 19)

The Vault of Horror! / cover reprint (on interior page) / 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

Cover title is taken from the story after which the cover was based.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Panic / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Surprise Party! (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Drusilla (cameo); Jerry Adams
Synopsis:
Jerry Adams arrived in a small town on a rainy night, checked into a motel and headed out to see a movie. He hits a detour and turns off on a dirt road [which isn't on any map] and gets lost, gets out and walks a it until he spots a house. As he approaches it, he sees that a party is in progress, and is invited to join in. He thoroughly enjoys himself, dancing the hours away w/his beautiful hostess. Then it dawns on him that the band plays only one tune the entire night, and his hostess tells him that it was the tune being played on the night of the fire. When he tells the crowd his name, they suddenly turn on him.....the flesh falling from their faces, as they explain that, back in 1884, his hostess was celebrating her engagement to Roger Wertham, but a rival suitor, named Adams, set fire to the house, killing everyone in it. Since then, on the same night, all the people "return" to re-enact that night until their deaths could be avenged. Now, that Jerry Adams has shown up, they now avenge themselves on him, his ancestor!
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Chop Talk! (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Emil Voight; Anna; Heinrich
Synopsis:
Emil and Anna said their last goodbyes to each other in the park.....their affair was to be over. But Emil decided to end it permamently: he killed her, and her husband came along, witnessed the act, stuck Emil and carried his dead wife away. But he returned and grabbed Emil and turned him into the Police....a trial was held and Emil was sentenced to have his head chopped off. Little did he know his executioner was Heinrich, the husband of the dead woman, and he proceeded to tell Emil how a person dies at the block. Emil lost consciousness and dreamed of that gory moment....then suddenly awoke. For days he agonized, until the day he decided to accept his fate and went to the block cheerfully. When Heinrich saw this, he lost his temper....killed Voight, then swallowed poison to be with his Anna. Suddenly, a voice called out to Emil Voight in a strange afterlife.....the voice of Heinrich, who proceeded to kill Emil again and again and again.....for all eternity!
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Sharp (Table of Contents: 23)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Milton Canasta; Aunt Bridger
Synopsis:
As long as he could remember, Milton had hated his Aunt Bridger, who spent her days squandering the Canasta fortune, while Milton scrapped just to get by. To make matters worse, she was squandering it away on antique jewelry....jewelry she couldn't even see because she was blind! So he decided to credep into the house....right past her and grab handfuls to sell. Then, as he placed an odd snake ring on to his finger, Aunt Bridger walked into the room, catching him in the act, and he said he was on his way out. As per her usual custom, she required a firm handshake before his departure, and they shook hands.....but Milton felt the sensation of a pin prick. And as he walked out of the house and down the street, he noted the finger the ring was on was now a purplish-red....pain screamed through his body, which began to suffer from convulsions. As he lay dying, he now realized the ring was loaded w/poison.....and soon....very soon....his eyes saw nothing!
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[Do People Laugh At You for Reading Comics Books?] (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

Mad comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25)

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

Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
VK presents a pieces of perverted poetry from John Wykoff and G.R.D., then some Pulsating Pograms from Larry Hauck and Also Betro, then some Morbid Movies from Bob Burg, then some Lurid Lyrics from Pete Oliphant, and finally new lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by E. Nelson Bridwell. Finally, VK prints letters from L.P. and Ritchie Brocket, then pushes the EC 3-D mags and subscriptions to the Vault of Horror.
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Take Care (Table of Contents: 26)

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

Script:
Jack Oleck ?
Pencils:
Al Williamson (signed)
Inks:
Angelo Torres (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Jefferson Bates (trustee of estate, death); Albrecht Dench (caretaker of estate, death); Avery Ballusk (former owner of estate, death); Rudolph Dregg (Ballusk's butler)
Synopsis:
The former butler to Avery Ballusk waited on the owner hand and foot, but seemed only interested in inheriting his money after Ballusk's death, which soon came, at the end of a rope. The butler disappeared soon after, and a trial could provide no evidence that the "butler did it"! It is to this house that appointed trustee and his caretaker companion venture into the home for the first time to look it over.......but they never walk out......alive!
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Indexer Notes

Inker credit changed. Previously credited to Williamson as pencil/ink because he signed the story. However thanks to some sharp eyes at the GAC, Torres has signed a picture in the next to last panel.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Oh! Henry! (Table of Contents: 27)

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

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); Lionel Hart
Synopsis:
Lionel Hart, plainclothes detective, stared at the $10 bill in his hand and his thoughts raced back to when he had just started on the force. He made many arrests, not listening to phony stories from the guilty....but one day he caught an old lady for shoplifting, and she pleaded for him to understand that the food she took was for her sick, paraylzed husband, Henry. But Hart wouldn't listen and he took her in, got a conviction and had her thrown into jail. But curiousity got the better of Hart, so a month later he decided to check the woman's story out, and went over to her home.....and found her husband dead....in his wheelchair! Hart blamed himself, but just then, he whirled to see the old lady behind him enter and thank the Lt. for keeping her husband company. Hart offered her money, which she wouldn't accept, but she did fix him tea....w/rat poison, and as Hart sat there, paraylzed himself, the old woman came at him w/a huge knife, and began cutting the flesh first from his feet, mumbling something about Henry needing "something to eat!"
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Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

[The Catacombs] (Table of Contents: 28)

The Vault of Horror / cover reprint (on interior page) / 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 story from which the cover is based.

Are You a Red Dupe? (Table of Contents: 29) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Any Sport in a Storm (Table of Contents: 30)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
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: 31)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
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: 32)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
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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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 33) (Expand) /

E.C. Fan-Addict Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 34)

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: 35)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Pietro Miuta; Gino Alcari
Synopsis:
Pietro grabbed the sack of silver as Gino followed him out of the store and headed for their hideout. The take was good, goods worth 4000 lire that some American might purchase for much more. Deciding to hide the swag in the Catacombs, they took their wine w/them and headed down into the eerie place, lined w/mummies of the long departed. 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 back down the unlit passages toward the exit, lamp in hand, but became disoriented and hopelessly lost. He found his way back to Gino's body, and, picking him up, and begging the man to show him the way out as Pietro carried him along. And then......the lamp's light went out!
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Out of Sight... (Table of Contents: 36)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Graham Ingels
Inks:
Graham Ingels
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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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 37)

The Vault of Horror! / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (inset); The Crypt-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset)
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Proof...of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is Best Imitation of Mad (Table of Contents: 38) (Expand) /

Panic / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Deadly Beloved! (Table of Contents: 39)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Drusilla (cameo); Edward Leeds; Eloise Fontagne
Synopsis:
Edward's car overheats and is forced to stop and seek out help. He spots a stately mansion is the bayous, and enters, finding it burnt out inside. A lass named Eloise welcomes him and begins telling him of the home's history, and said her entire family had died in the fire, then shows him around. Edward encounters several near-fatal accidents while on this journey, then comes under her spell and discovers that she wants him dead in order to join her, since she was already dead. He flees the home....but the longing becomes too great and he heads back to the mansion, where she awaits him!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Top Billing (Table of Contents: 40)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Reed Crandall [as R. Crandall] (signed)
Inks:
Reed Crandall [as R. Crandall] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Blye; Nash; Winton
Synopsis:
Three actors find themselves at the stage entrance of mysterious Woltam Theatre. A rehearsal of Hamlet stops when a vital prop turns up missing. Winton offers his acting services and is accepted, leaving the other two jealous. Blye kills both of his partners, and the director has no choice but to give Blye the role. But while preparing for the role, Blye discovers that the skulls used for the Yorick scene end up disappearing.
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Show Stopper! (Table of Contents: 41)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Grendat the Clown
Synopsis:
Grendat thought that no one would notice his art of pick-pocketing the crowd at the carnival, and soon he spotted an old gent entering a darkened alley. He followed, but the gent saw the suspicious clown and began to yell.....which was suddenly stilled w/the clown's knife. He then slipped away into the crowd to establish an alibi once the body was found. He spotted the flying rings and grabbed one and began to perform, drawing a crowd. Hanging upside down, he failed to see a brick wall drawing nearer and suddenly he hit it full force. As he laying dying, he heard someone in the crowd saying the act was "terrif!" A real show-stopper!
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E.C. Went to Sea in Search of Another New Trend... (Table of Contents: 42) (Expand) /

Piracy / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 43)

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

Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
VK begins his column trying to convince readers that he is a man, then presents several gory poems sent in by Mrs. R. Kindler and Sheldon Hack, then a limerick from Jim Seff, and "Horror Hit Parade" tune titles from Don Donaldson, Robert Versandi, John Speight, Judy Louther, Richard Fragola, Betty Farkas and Bonnie Brady. The column concludes w/a letter from Joanne Schmidt and a subscription plug.
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The Purge (Table of Contents: 44)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Sir Benjamin; King Horace; Alicia
Synopsis:
King Horace is called to the cell of a lovely lady and he asks her why she wants to see him. Alicia tells him that she was controlled by the devil and wanted to be purged of him. So the King goes to see his court wizard who says he can do the difficult task, but he has much difficulty, and is given seven days to succeed or lose his head.
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All for Gnawt (Table of Contents: 45)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); Millie Mumford; Alvin Tuttle
Synopsis:
Millie is drinking herself into a stupor, lamenting that her previous four husbands had not left her the funds she craved, but to find another husband would be difficult considering her looks and weight. Spotting an ad in the lonely hearts magazine from an elderly gentleman wanting a woman who would learn to love him, she goes to his home and learns the old geezer is worth $400,000, but his house is overruns with rats. Swallowing her pride, she returns from a local bar.....maybe she shouldn't have!
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Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[An Harrow Escape] (Table of Contents: 46)

The Crypt of Terror / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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

Cover title taken from story the cover was based on.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 47) (Expand) /

MAD & Panic / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Old Man Mose! (Table of Contents: 48)

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

Script:
Johnny Craig
Pencils:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks:
Johnny Craig (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Drusilla (cameo); Mose; Ned Rogers
Synopsis:
Ned stopped his wagon when he saw townspeople throwing stones at old Mose, a man they thought worshipped the Devil since he lived in the Black Church. He chased them off, then invited the man to his home, where he was welcomed by Ned's wife. The next day Ned went to town for supplies and the folk there warned him of the old man, but he paid them no mind. Late that night, he heard a noise and discovered old Mose coming in, supposedly from a late night walk. But the townsfolk told Ned the next day about sacrificial killings that had occured in the area, the latest being last night, and once again they blamed Mose for it. Ned covered for Mose, but rushed home to find the still form of his wife on the floor and Mose in the doorway....with scratches to his face. Ned pounced on Mose and beat him to death, but then heard the last words of his dying wife tell him that Mose was protecting her from an escaped prisoner, whose still form lay outside the door!
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An Harrow Escape! (Table of Contents: 49)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Captain Grady; Lt. Morton; Kip Fowler
Synopsis:
Captain Grady's ship approached the seemingly derelict "Sea Witch", boarded her and found the entire group on board slaughtered....that is, except for one Kip Fowler, who was barely able to tell them the story of how the ship had been caught in a bad storm and forced ashore. They had spotted a castle where they were met by a strange man, who invited them in out of the rain. That night, Kip roamed the castle and found coffins! He hurried back to the room of a female passenger and saw a vampire bending over her, and he drove a wooden stake thru its heart as it jumped at him. The passengers then headed back to their boat and shoved off, but Kip discovered the woman had already been bitten and was a vampire herself. At that point, Fowler passed away, and the Captain & Lt. Morton noticed the female lying near, and the Captain raised a wooden stake and plunged it into her heart. Both went up on deck....then Morton remembered that she had bitten Fowler, and both whirled to see the vampire....Fowler, leaping at them!
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This Is An Appeal For Action! (Table of Contents: 50)

A Special Editorial / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Johnny Craig ?; Bill Gaines ?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
This was an editorial request to readers to write letters to the Senate Sub-Committee on Juvenile Delinquency in support of comic magazines as being "harmless" entertainment. It was at this time that comics were under fire by "do-gooders" wanting to rid the nation of this type of entertainment.
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Indexer Notes

No doubt this piece was written either by Editor Johnny Craig or Managing Editor William Gaines...or both.

E.C. Fans! (Table of Contents: 51) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Pit! (Table of Contents: 52)

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

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Inks:
Bernard Krigstein [as B. Krigstein] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Vault-Keeper (host); Felix & Lila Johnson; Aaron & Beatrice Scott
Synopsis:
Felix & Lila listened to the crowd screaming for blood as they watched a cock fight, and Felix thought it was inhuman. Nearby, they was another fight brewing....between vicious dogs, and a similar argument brewed between Aaron & Beatrice Scott. Later Aaron & Felix compared notes and discovered that the two couples were trying to outdo each other to draw paying crowds. Later the two women ran into each other and a slow hatred developed between the two. To the husbands involved, there was only one solution to their "problem" women and competing "businesses": they put the two women into the arena and let them go at each other!
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[E.C. Went to Sea in Search of Another New Trend.....] (Table of Contents: 53) (Expand) /

Piracy / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Bloodsuckers (Table of Contents: 54)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Storch
Synopsis:
Storch felt the bullet in his shoulder as he peered over to see the dead form of one Quint Barlow, and he knew he'd better leave town before they strung him up for the killing. He jumped onto his horse and rode, fearing the "bloodsucking" sodbuster friends of Barlow's might catch up with him. He was weakening from the loss of blood and decided to stop and hide in a field of grain to rest up and dig the bullet out of his shoulder. He passed out, but soon awaoke to a strange whirring sound, which he recognized to be hungry locusts invading the grain field. He tried to rise and get away, but he was too weak and the locusts soon came upon him, and didn't leave until his bones had been picked clean!
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Ashes to Ashes! (Table of Contents: 55)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Carl Wessler
Pencils:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Inks:
Graham Ingels [as Ghastly] (signed)
Letters:
Jim Wroten

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
The Old Witch (host); Emil Frankenstein
Synopsis:
Emil sat at his desk in the old Frankenstein mansion writing in his diary about how his infamous Father had tried to create life from a miasmic swamp. Only partially successfully, it was Emil who took over the experiment and successfully created a newborn infant. However, he didn't know if this infant would one day be able to reproduce. He took the child to a local hospital, switched it for a newly dead infant, and then followed the progress of the child from there. The young lady, Louisa, grew up and fell in love with Karl, but her Father, drunk as usual, came into the engagement party with a gun and tried to kill the young man. His shot went astray and his his daughter in the stomach and she fell to the floor, her body reverting to the greenish-black ooze it had been taken from in the swamp years before. Emil has his answer!
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Russ Cochran Presents the Complete EC Library (Table of Contents: 56) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Take Care] (Table of Contents: 57)

The Vault of Horror! / illustration / 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

Cover title is taken from the story after which the cover was based.
On back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Two-Timed]
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  2. 1. [...And All Through the House...]
    The Vault of Horror!
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    EC Fan-Addict Club
  4. 3. ...And All Through the House...
    The Vault of Horror!
  5. 4. Tombs-Day!
    The Crypt of Terror
  6. 5. Space to Breathe!
  7. 6. The Complete Crypt
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  9. 8. Beauty Rest
    The Vault of Horror!
  10. 9. Shoe-Button Eyes!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  11. 10. Notes and Comments
  12. 11. [Two-Timed]
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  13. 12. [untitled]
    Panic
  14. 13. Twin Bill!
    The Vault of Horror!
  15. 14. Witch Witch's Witch!
    The Crypt of Terror
  16. 15. Cooler
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Vault-Keeper's Corner
  18. 17. Pipe Dream
    The Vault of Horror
  19. 18. Two-Timed!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  20. 19. [Take Care]
    The Vault of Horror!
  21. 20. [untitled]
    Panic
  22. 21. Surprise Party!
    The Vault of Horror!
  23. 22. Chop Talk!
    The Crypt of Terror
  24. 23. Sharp
  25. 24. [Do People Laugh At You for Reading Comics Books?]
    Mad comics
  26. 25. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  27. 26. Take Care
    The Vault of Horror
  28. 27. Oh! Henry!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  29. 28. [The Catacombs]
    The Vault of Horror
  30. 29. Are You a Red Dupe?
  31. 30. Any Sport in a Storm
    The Vault of Horror!
  32. 31. Coffin Spell!
    The Crypt of Terror
  33. 32. Pinch!
  34. 33. [no title indexed]
    E.C. Fan-Addict Club
  35. 34. [no title indexed]
    The Vault-Keeper's Corner
  36. 35. The Catacombs
    The Vault of Horror
  37. 36. Out of Sight...
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  38. 37. [no title indexed]
    The Vault of Horror!
  39. 38. Proof...of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is Best Imitation of Mad
    Panic
  40. 39. Deadly Beloved!
    The Vault of Horror!
  41. 40. Top Billing
    The Crypt of Terror
  42. 41. Show Stopper!
  43. 42. E.C. Went to Sea in Search of Another New Trend...
    Piracy
  44. 43. [no title indexed]
    Vault-Keeper's Corner
  45. 44. The Purge
    The Vault of Horror!
  46. 45. All for Gnawt
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  47. 46. [An Harrow Escape]
    The Crypt of Terror
  48. 47. [untitled]
    MAD & Panic
  49. 48. Old Man Mose!
    The Vault of Horror!
  50. 49. An Harrow Escape!
    The Crypt of Terror
  51. 50. This Is An Appeal For Action!
    A Special Editorial
  52. 51. E.C. Fans!
  53. 52. The Pit!
    The Vault of Horror!
  54. 53. [E.C. Went to Sea in Search of Another New Trend.....]
    Piracy
  55. 54. Bloodsuckers
  56. 55. Ashes to Ashes!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  57. 56. Russ Cochran Presents the Complete EC Library
  58. 57. [Take Care]
    The Vault of Horror!
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