(November-December 1950)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
On-sale Date
1950-09-06
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; Al Feldstein

Issue Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No...no...don't leave me floating out here in space!
Genre
science fiction
Reprints
Keywords
pressure suits; space helmets; spaceships

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Look for this Seal... (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

The Last City (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
Professor Farley; unnamed U.S. government secretary; unnamed U.S. Army General; unnamed Mayor of New York City; alien invaders [Cugo; Ivat] (villains)
Synopsis
Concerned with possible annihilation by the Atomic Bomb, a scientist invents a machine capable of creating a protective shell around the Earth, making it impervious to atomic destruction. However, when the machine also creates a protective bubble around itself, the machine cannot be turned off, with devastating results.
Reprints
Keywords
New York City; Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

Story inspired by "The Lanson Screen" by Arthur L. Zagat.

Script addition of Gaines by Craig Delich.

The Mysterious Ray from Another Dimension! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Father Time; Norman Network (radio station magnant); Dr. Litmus; Sheldon Frebish
Synopsis
Norman Network refuses to allow television to run his (and the last) radio station in America out of business, and has devised a plan to win the battle: by convincing people that the rays from television sets are harmful to the viewer. And Doctor Litmus provides the proof: that television viewers disappear from their existence in the Earthly plane, then travel and exist in another dimension.
Reprints
Keywords
Brooklyn; Changshun China; Flatbush; Poona India; Radio Station WRBS

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Thommy Burns, in Fantagraphic's "Man and Superman and Other Stories" (2020), states: ".....Kurtzman's offering in this 4th issue of Weird Fantasy is significant because it is his first EC story to feature hand lettering rather than EC's standard mechanical Leroy Lettering. ......this shows that Kurtzman is becoming an independent creator for EC and a force to be reckoned with."

SuspenStory Fans! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Crime SuspenStories / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Success (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Yacov Dmitrino (death); Brabov (scientist, death); Omolchenko (scientist, death)
Synopsis
Yacov Dmitrino documents the efforts of two scientists working on the perfection of the Atomic Bomb. However, the success they achieve is off-set by the fact that a chain reaction ensues, destroying them all.
Reprints
Keywords
Kursk; Mt. Gorski; U. N. Relief Unit; Uranium-235; Vololgrad Desert

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

Picture Stories From the Bible / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Cosmic Correspondence / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines ?; Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Addison McGarrity Jr., Paul Kast and fictional letter from Mr. Goon-Child.
Voting results: 1. Henry and his Goon-Child, 2. Martian Infiltration 3. Dark Side of the Moon 4. I Died Tomorrow 5. The Bomb

Second Childhood (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
Dr. John Clayton (scientist); Betty Drake Clayton (Clayton's lab assistant, later wife)
Synopsis
Dr. Clayton has discovered how to halt the aging process through injections of hormones manufactured from the spleen. When his assistant tells the scientist of her love for him, he balks because he is twice her age. Then he gets the idea of treating himself with the hormone and all seems well until... he becomes a child in his wife's arms.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script addition of Gaines by Craig Delich.

A Trip to a Star! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
science fiction
Characters
un-named Senator; Don (rocketship pilot); Jerry (rocketship pilot); Dr. Farnsworth (astro-physics instructor at Farnsworth University, mention only)
Synopsis
Don and Jerry blast into space as they become the first men to try and conquor interstellar space. The two leave the solar system, pass they believe through a space-warp, and discover an inhabited gigantic star, which they land on. Surprise follows surprise as they discover that they were quick-frozen in space and have returned to Earth... one million years later!
Reprints
Keywords
Farnsworth University

Indexer Notes

Plot additions, correction and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["No...no...don't leave me floating out here in space!"]
  2. 1. Look for this Seal...
  3. 2. The Last City
  4. 3. The Mysterious Ray from Another Dimension!
  5. 4. SuspenStory Fans!
    Crime SuspenStories
  6. 5. Success
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Picture Stories From the Bible
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Cosmic Correspondence
  9. 8. Second Childhood
  10. 9. A Trip to a Star!
This issue was most recently modified by:
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