(February-March 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1950-10-24
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized A. C. M. P. Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co. Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein (credited as Albert B. Feldstein) (assocate editor); Bill Gaines (credited as William M. Gaines) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in the U. S. Copyright Office filings. Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, July-December 1950, page 187, registration number B269440.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Crime SuspenStories / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
No...no...please don't brick me in!
Genre
crime
Reprints
Keywords
bondage; bricks; immurement; masonry trowel; mortar

Indexer Notes

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).
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Reference:

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

Poison! (Table of Contents: 1)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The mourners in the cemetery were silent...
Genre
crime
Characters
Margaret Boles (death); Elsa (Boles' housekeeper); unnamed doctor; Mr. Boles (villain, Margaret's husband)
Synopsis
Mr. Boles was pretty smug, as he and his housekeeper attended the funeral of Margaret Boles.....smug thinking that no one knew he had killed his wife. But everything that his housekeeper says and does seems to indicate to him that she somehow knows what he did, and so he makes plans to somehow convince a doctor that the housekeeper tried to poison him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for this issue’s cover, above).

Loosely based on "Interruption" by W. W. Jacobs.

The Giggling Killer (Table of Contents: 2)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Harvey Kurtzman ? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Midnight! A city sleeps!
Genre
crime
Characters
John Hewlett (death); Mrs. Hewlett (death); Tom (hotel clerk); Mrs. Loman (Lester's wife, death); Lester Loman (villain, death); The Giggling Killer (villain, hitch hiker)
Synopsis
With the newspapers reporting the deaths of people at the hands of "The Giggling Killer," poor Lester, nagged to death by his wife, plans to see if he in some way can establish an alibi and then kill his wife in the style of the killer. This he successfully does........and then he runs into a hitch hiker.......
Reprints
Keywords
Hotel Milton; Morning Star

Indexer Notes

Vaguely influenced by Chicago's "Stop me before I kill more" lipstick killings attributed to William Heirens. Charles Einstein wrote a novel called "The Bloody Spur" about Heirens, and the novel was later adapted into the film "While the City Sleeps" by Fritz Lang.

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

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.

Getaway (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
unnamed Policemen (one bank guard dies); bank robber (villain, death)
Synopsis
Having successfully robbed a bank and killing the guard, the robber decides to take a chance and leisurely make his getaway, hoping that the police would not notice him. As his car climbs high into the mountains, he spots a road block and desperately looks for a way to escape, not realizing the police were stopping cars from going further on due to a landslide.
Reprints

Loot! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Professor Kraal (death); robber (villain)
Synopsis
A robber decides to break into the fancy home of a noted professor, kill him so there would be no witness to the crime, then take the loot and scram. Too bad he fails to read the suicide note the professor had written to the police, notifying them that he had taken his life due to the fact that he had contracted the pneumonic plague!
Reprints

Faced with Horror! (Table of Contents: 5)

Crime SuspenStories / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We had planned the robbery carefully!
Genre
crime; horror-suspense
Characters
Sam (bank teller, death); unnamed doctor (death); Willie Cooper (villain, robber, death); Sam Brogen (villain, gunman)
Synopsis
Sam and Willie hold up a bank and shoot a teller in the process. Unfortunately for them, an employee photographed them while making their escape, and Brogen was identified. He decides to have plastic surgery to make himself look like a different person, but what he gets is far from what he desired.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script revision and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for this issue’s cover, above).

Blood Red Wine! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Haunt of Fear / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Welcome, dear reader!
Genre
crime; horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Ramon (wine connoisseur, death); Pietro Ballo (villain, vintner, death)
Synopsis
Old Ballo, whose wine business had been ruined by a review made by a wine connoisseur, decides to invite the man to his home and do away with him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Adapted from the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe which was first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.

Cover story.

Script revision and letterer credit by Craig Delich.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for this issue’s cover, above).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["No...no...please don't brick me in!"]
    Crime SuspenStories
  2. 1. Poison!
    Crime SuspenStories
  3. 2. The Giggling Killer
    Crime SuspenStories
  4. 3. Getaway
  5. 4. Loot!
  6. 5. Faced with Horror!
    Crime SuspenStories
  7. 6. Blood Red Wine!
    The Haunt of Fear
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Katie
  • Valmiki Annamanthadoo
  • David B
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Devine
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • R. S. Martin
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Karsten S.
  • Jason Sacks
  • Mike White