(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
1950-10-13
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
I. C. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
William M. Gaines (editor); Al Feldstein (associate editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
Standard Golden Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

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


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Tales From the Crypt / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt Keeper (inset); The Vault Keeper (inset); the Old Witch (inset); William Ferth
Reprints

The Thing from the Grave! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); James Barry (death); Laura Mason (Jame's wife); William (Bill) Ferth (villain, death)
Synopsis
Bill and Jim are rivals for Laura's affection. After Jim proposes and Laura accepts, she worries about Bill's temper. Bill kills Jim and buries his body in the forest and disposes of his car in a sinkhole, then tries to convince Laura that Jim has deserted her, but she refuses to believe it. Bill gets frustrated, admits to murdering Jim and tells Laura that he'll have to kill her too, taking her to a cabin and setting it afire. She screams, awakens Bill's corpse, who then rises from his grave, saves Laura, and takes care of Bill.....once and for all!
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Indexer Notes

Adapted from text story in The Haunt Of Fear (EC, 1950 series) #15 (May/June 1950).

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Blood Type 'V'! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Freddie Duncan (reporter for the Evening Sun, death); Jean Duncan (Freddie's co-worker, death); Doctor Bensen (death); un-named hobo tramp (death); un-named blood donor (villain, a vampire)
Synopsis
An auto accident forces a man to seek help for his wife who has been knocked unconscious. When he returns with a doctor, the doctor is surprised to see she has suffered few cuts but nonetheless is nearly dead from massive blood loss. Neither man is the correct blood type to give a transfusion, but a passing stranger with the correct type offers to do so. The woman recovers and disappears after which a spate of vampire attacks occur. Freddie suspects the "donor" to be a vampire and confronts and kills a vampire that turns out to be Jean, then is killed by the true vampire.
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Keywords
The Evening Sun

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits, script revisions by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

The Way Out (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story not reprinted in Tales From the Crypt (Russ Cochran, 1992 series) #6 (December 1993).

Death's Turn! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Kamen
Inks
Jack Kamen
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Robert Bixby (construction engineer, new amusement park owner, death); Kane (villain, amusement park owner, death); Crossen (villain, amusement park owner, death)
Synopsis
Two unscrupulous amusement park owners offer a third partnership to a man who claims he has plans for the world's fastest roller coaster. After it's built, they grouse about having to cut him in on the profits, so they shove him in front of the car during a final test and hush the whole thing up as an "unfortunate accident". On opening day, before packed crowds, they get into the car for the first ride, only to be found dead as the car comes to a stop, their necks broken.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

The Curse of the Arnold Clan! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Vault of Horror! / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Johnny Craig (signed)
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Robert Arnold; Bess Arnold (Robert's wife); Jeremiah Arnold (George and Jason's father, flashback, death); George Arnold (Robert's brother, flashback, death); Jason Arnold (Robert's brother, flashback, death); William Arnold (Robert's brother, flashback, death); un-named cemetery caretaker
Synopsis
A man finds a an old book in the attic which details a curse that stipulates every 50 years the eldest Arnold will be buried alive. He doesn't believe it, but when he attends a costume ball that entails a scavenger hunt, he is tasked with retrieving a musket. He then realizes that one is interred within a coffin in the family crypt, so he attempts to sneak in to avoid the caretaker, but then sees him coming and hides in the casket. The lid locks tight and the curse of the Arnold Clan is fulfilled once again.
Reprints
Keywords
"The Curse of the Arnold Clan"

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Tales From the Crypt
  2. 1. The Thing from the Grave!
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. Blood Type 'V'!
  4. 3. The Way Out
  5. 4. Death's Turn!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  6. 5. The Curse of the Arnold Clan!
    The Vault of Horror!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Bill Borre
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Chris Boyko
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Jim Stangas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Lou Mougin