(May-June 1950)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1950-03-07
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized A. C. M. P. Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
I. C. Publishing Co. Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein (credited as Albert B. Feldstein) (associate editor); Bill Gaines (credited as William M. Gaines) (editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filing.

[Am I Man or Machine?] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Feldstein (signed as FELDSTEIN)
Inks
Al Feldstein (signed as FELDSTEIN)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Roger Henry, we have kept your brain alive for five months since your fatal accident!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Roger Harvey's brain; Dr. Carl Walker; Professor Hugo Nelson
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Cover features a scene from the first story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Am I Man or Machine? (Table of Contents: 2)

A Weird-Science SuspenStory / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Al Feldstein
Inks
Al Feldstein
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This was the house!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Roger Harvey (a robot with Harvey's brain, Diane's former love interest); Diane [aka "Butterfly"]; Professor Hugo Nelson (in flashback); Dr. Carl Walker (Nelson's assistant, in flashback); Bob (Diane's husband, mention only); Kenneth (young boy, in flashback)
Synopsis
Diane is visited one night by her one-time suitor, Roger, who had been killed many years previously in a car accident......but whose brain was kept alive by two scientists and placed in a robotic body.
Reprints
Keywords
Center Town

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Much of the story is told in flashback.

Cover story.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin, but it is unlikely that Severin had begun coloring at EC when this issue was colored (Cassell 2012, 33–34 and 171).
_________
Reference:

Cassell, Dewey, with Aaron Sultan. 2012. Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. Raleigh: TwoMorrows Publishing.

Only Time Will Tell (Table of Contents: 3)

An Eerie-Science SuspenStory / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Harry Harrison
Inks
Wally Wood
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
For Steve Dorner, the unimaginable depths of this mysterious black hole...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Steve Dorner (scientist/inventor); Dan (Steve's assistant); scientist from the future [Steve Dorner]
Synopsis
Steve is experimenting with building a "temperal resonance" machine when he is visited by a man from the future, who escorts the scientist into the far future to help with the actual machine in use. He is forced to return to the present, but takes with him part of the machine's diagram. Over the next decade plus, Steve tries to build the machine....and succeeds.....with an unexpected horrible realization in the process!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script revision from Feldstein ? to Gaines (co-plot) and Feldstein co-plot and script, and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Script and plot addition revisions courtesy of Bill Mason as found in "Spawn of Mars" hardcover by Fantagraphics.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for story “Am I Man or Machine?,” above).

Year of the Flood! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Emergency Water Committee; jet plane pilots
Synopsis
Meeting in the nation's capital, the Emergency Water Committee was trying to find a way to deal with the terrible drought facing the country. A uniformed man believed he had the solution: to bombard the isolated cumulus clouds with silver-iodine pellets. The only problem was that the solution worked.....too well!
Reprints
Keywords
Emergency Water Committee

The Men of Tomorrow (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
Jack Kamen
Inks
Jack Kamen
Colors
? (see note)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In the unexplored valley of Kador...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Captain Holly (death); Phelps (death); Professor Marvin Strand (death); inhabitants of the silent city (all die)
Synopsis
An expedition, sans the native bearers who were too scared to continue on, becomes the first men to reach what they believe is the fabled Kador Valley. There they discover a strange, silent city, and one of its many inhabitants who does not speak, but is telepathic. The group is captured, but soon learn that their presence has unprecedented consequences.
Reprints
Keywords
Kador Valley

Indexer Notes

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for story “Am I Man or Machine?,” above).

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

Picture Stories From... / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Invasion! (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Al Feldstein
Inks
Al Feldstein
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Edward J. Stanhope (reporter); Benson Tate (scientist, death); Marvin Corliss (scientist, death)
Synopsis
An expedition makes its way into the atomic bombed Baluku Atoll, which now has grotesque, monstrous sized jungle growth springing up all over.....and another, more deadly danger: jungle insects!
Reprints
Keywords
Baluku Atoll; International Broadcasting Company

...Trip into the Unknown (Table of Contents: 8)

A Fanta-Science SuspenStory / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Harvey Kurtzman ? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The time is D-20...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
scientific expedition [Professor Oppenheim; rest unnamed]; Eric; giant people (many die)
Synopsis
A crew blasts off toward their destination: Planet X, and, once they land, discover the remains of a once well-developed civilization. They discover a library and remove one of the books, then are suddenly attacked by giant people, and blast off for home. What they later discover in the book is that the planet that they just visited was called: the Earth!
Reprints
Keywords
Planet X

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion. Previous indexer had Al Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman.

Marie Severin’s statement that “[Harvey] Kurtzman colored his own art, especially on covers...” (1995) suggests that Kurtzman colored stories that he drew, albeit perhaps less consistently than he colored his cover art.
_________
References:

Cassell, Dewey, with Aaron Sultan. 2012. “The Artists of EC Comics” (reprinting Severin 1995). In Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. 46–47. Raleigh: TwoMorrows Publishing.

Severin, Marie (John Province, transcriber [uncredited]). 1995. “Mostly About Color.” In CFA-APA 36, January.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Am I Man or Machine?]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Vault of Horror
  3. 2. Am I Man or Machine?
    A Weird-Science SuspenStory
  4. 3. Only Time Will Tell
    An Eerie-Science SuspenStory
  5. 4. Year of the Flood!
  6. 5. The Men of Tomorrow
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories From...
  8. 7. Invasion!
  9. 8. ...Trip into the Unknown
    A Fanta-Science SuspenStory
This issue was modified by, among others
  • David B
  • Chris Boyko
  • Craig Delich
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • R. S. Martin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Mark Q
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Stangas