(July-August 1950)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
On-sale Date
1950-04-25
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
William M. Gaines (editor); Al Feldstein (associate editor)

Issue Notes

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

Cosmic Ray Bomb Explosion! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Inks
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Reprints
Keywords
aliens; end of the world; mushroom cloud

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

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

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

Cosmic Ray Bomb Explosion! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Inks
Al Feldstein [as Feldstein] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bill Gaines (death in story); Al Feldstein (death in story); Eric (scientist); Henley (scientist); unnamed U.S. Secretary of Defense; Suzy (secretary at E.C. for Weird Science magazine); Vladimir (Russian agent)
Synopsis
Editor Bill Gaines and artist Al Feldstein sit in the EC offices and banter about possible story lines, and agree upon the idea of a super atomic bomb, termed the Cosmic Ray Bomb.
Reprints
Keywords
Oakridge Tennessee; Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Cover story.

The Black Arts (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harry Harrison
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Harry Harrison
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; horror-suspense
Characters
Luther Martin; Marion Dennis
Synopsis
Timid Luther is smitten with the lovely Miss Dennis, but she doesn't even know he exists. While in the library, he chances upon a book of black magic. It contains a recipe for a love potion, the cure for Luther's heartache! After experimenting on a cat, Luther slips the potion into Miss Dennis' tea. It doesn't seem to work, and a despondent Luther re-reads the recipe. Oops, it turns out the potion shouldn't be mixed with tea; it could cause horrific results. As Luther plans another attempt with the potion, a hairy, clawed arm reaches for his throat.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Necronomicon appearance.

Script revision from Feldstein ? to Harrison ? and penciler credit from Wood to Harrison courtesy of Bill Mason in "Spawn of Mars" from Fantagraphics.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich, script credit verified from Dark Horse 2014 reprinting.

Dr. Rand's Experiment (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Rand (death)
Synopsis
The work of his lifetime on a fluid that creates a breed of rats the size of house dogs has been realized by Dr. Rand.....but at a terrible price!
Reprints
Keywords
Vita-Hormone fluid

The Trap of Time! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Jack Kamen
Inks
Jack Kamen
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Don Hartley (physicist, death); Professor Angus MacIntosh (Hartley's former college professor); Adele Hartley (Don's wife, death)
Synopsis
Professor MacIntosh attempts to dissuade his former pupil from building a time machine for the purpose of returning to the night of the accident that took his wife's life and change events in order to spare her life. The machine sends him back to 1946, but the attempt to save her fails.....then the professor suggests an alternative plan with unexpected consequences.
Reprints
Keywords
1946; reincarnation

Indexer Notes

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

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

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

Speed-Up (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Doctor Konrad Pell
Synopsis
Dr. Pell creates a new fertilizer, nicknamed Pell's Nitro, that exceeds all expectations and farmers all over the nation clamor to get hold of this miracle compound. Unfortunately, it produces uncontrollable growth that threatens the existence of man!
Reprints
Keywords
Arctic Circle; Bureau of Regulations; New York City; Nitrogen Compound

Atom Bomb Thief! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Paul Arnold (villain, nuclear physicist's assistant, death); Karl (villain, Arnold's partner, death)
Synopsis
For some time, Paul Arnold has been sneaking out information re the atomic bomb to a partner of his, and, together, plan to sell the information to another world power for millions. But greed intervenes.....with disastrous results!
Reprints
Keywords
Bikini Atoll; Isotope U-235; July 25 1946; Oak Ridge Tennessee

Indexer Notes

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Cosmic Ray Bomb Explosion!
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Cosmic Ray Bomb Explosion!
  4. 3. The Black Arts
  5. 4. Dr. Rand's Experiment
  6. 5. The Trap of Time!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories From...
  8. 7. Speed-Up
  9. 8. Atom Bomb Thief!
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