(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
1950-02-07
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized A. C. M. P. Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fables Publishing Co. Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
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.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors were previously recorded as the work of Marie Severin, but it is unlikely that Severin had begun coloring at EC when this issue was colored (Cassell 2012, 33–34 and 171). The source previously cited by GCD may have been intended to refer to new colors done for Russ Cochran’s 1980 slipcased reprint of the series.
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Reference:

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

SuspenStory Fans! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Lost in the Microcosm (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This puny planet with its millions of inhabitants...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Karl; Professor Dreeben; Professor Einstadt (flashback)
Synopsis
Karl visits Professor Dreeben and tells him of a Professor Einstadt he once worked for that perfected a shrinking solution. Accidentally, Karl subjects himself to the solution and begins shrinking, eventually reaching, momentarily, another civilization, where he shrinks from their view. He finally reaches another civilization, where Professor Dreeben exists and tells him the story....before he shrinks out of view again!
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Indexer Notes

Swipe of the story "He Who Shrank" by Henry Hasse (first published in Amazing Stories for August 1936).
Cover story.

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.
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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.

Dream of Doom (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Harry Harrison ? (sourced)
Pencils
Harry Harrison (sourced)
Inks
Wally Wood
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How many of us have had dreams, so real...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Arthur Bristol (comic artist); Adelle Bristol (Arthur's wife); Dr. Froyd; Gill Baines (Arthur's publisher); Windsor (comic artist); Newton (comic artist); Bill Kurtz (comic artist, death)
Synopsis
Arthur Bristol is a man who is constantly dreaming... a man who never really knows when he is actually awake.
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Indexer Notes

Much of the story is told in a series of dreams (flashbacks).

It's easy to see that the Gill Baines (reverse the first initials) is Bill Gaines and Bill Kurtz is actually Harvey Kurtzman in this story; Johnny Craig also appears as a character.

Murder in the 21st Century! (Table of Contents: 4)

An Eerie-Science SuspenStory! / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (sourced)
Pencils
Al Feldstein
Inks
Al Feldstein
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Life in the year 2050 was vastly different from what it had been a century ago.
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man tries to kill the man he thinks is cheating with his wife. It turns out it was a robot she had planned to surprise him with as a gift.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with single panel illustration.

Experiment... in Death (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My name is Henry Fenton!
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Two scientists experiment with reviving the dead after the subject has been deceased for 15 minutes. They test their experiments on a dog not realizing that after reviving from death, the subject has complete brain damage.
Reprints

By the Dark of the Moon (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (sourced)
Pencils
Al Feldstein
Inks
Al Feldstein
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
He lay sprawled in the middle of the rug, on his face.
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man kills his coworker and has his girlfriend back him up as an alibi. He tells the police that he was out for a moonlit stroll with her the night the murder happened. His story is debunked when the police tell him that a total lunar eclipse occurred that night making his moonlit stroll story a lie.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with single panel illustration.

"Things" from Outer Space! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (sourced) (co-plot); Al Feldstein (sourced) (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Al Feldstein (signed as FELDSTEIN)
Inks
Al Feldstein (signed as FELDSTEIN)
Colors
?
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They came from a satellite of Alpha Centauri...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A scientist and his assistant discover metal in the desert and deduce it's from a spacecraft from another galaxy. They encounter one of the aliens who looks just like a human save for a third eye hidden on its forehead. The alien reveals that his kind have infiltrated society and plan on taking over the planet.
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Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. SuspenStory Fans!
  3. 2. Lost in the Microcosm
    A Fanta-Science SuspenStory!
  4. 3. Dream of Doom
    A Psycho-Science SuspenStory!
  5. 4. Murder in the 21st Century!
    An Eerie-Science SuspenStory!
  6. 5. Experiment... in Death
  7. 6. By the Dark of the Moon
  8. 7. "Things" from Outer Space!
    A Weird-Science SuspenStory!
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  • Peter Croome
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  • Alan Hutchinson
  • R. S. Martin
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Stangas
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