(April-May 1951)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1951-01-02
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized A. C. M. P. Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
L. L. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Albert B. Feldstein
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 U. S. Copyright Office filings. Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, January-June 1951, page 37, registration number B279261.


[Heads-Up!] (Table of Contents)

Crime SuspenStories / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Fred Butler; Dora Butler
Reprints
Keywords
freaks; preservation of specimens; sideshows

Indexer Notes

Title taken from story.

Colorist and letterer credits by Craig Delich.

Backlash! (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
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
Matthew Kee (locksmith, death); George; Jacques Harnold (newspaper publisher, mention only, death); Dave Wilton (villain, mystery writer); unnamed killer (villain)
Synopsis
Mystery writer Wilton believes he has come upon a logical, workable method of committing a crime behind locked doors of a sealed room. But one publisher after another rejects the manuscript at every turn.....so Wilton decides to commit the crime for real. Becoming quite smug that the authorities cannot locate "the killer", Wilton doesn't reckon with what happens next!
Reprints
Keywords
Daily Mail; Globe; Harnold Publishing House; Herald; News-Star; Tribune

Premium Overdue! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Kamen (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
crime
Characters
unnamed insurance salesman; Sam Brenton (Thelma's husband, death); George Tosker (Thelma's new husband, death); Thelma Brenton [Tosker](villain)
Synopsis
To humor a good looking, young insurance salesman, Thelma takes out a double-indemnity policy on her good-for-nothing, worthless husband. After she kills him, she drives out on a country road to dispose of the body, fakes an accident, collects the money and then meets George. George changes his insurance policy to now include his new wife, but when a tragic accident, similar to the one that killed Sam, occurs, Thelma is nailed for murder.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The story title is an overt reference to the James M. Cain novel "Double Indemnity" and the movie version from Billy Wilder, released to acclaim in 1944.

Stranger (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 radio station announcer; Mulligan (radio station guard); Cal Clinton (radio station employee, mention only, death); a stranger (villain)
Synopsis
Into a radio studio one night appears a strange man who predicts the deaths of several station employees.....in advance!
Reprints
Keywords
Edgeworth Emergency Hospital

Seaweed (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime
Characters
Mike Herzog (mention only, death); Detective Sergeant; Blackie Morton (villain, death); Al Werner (villain, death); Bing Sharkey (villain, death); Jack Bleeker (villain, death)
Synopsis
A gang of four crooks admit in a note to killing a Mike Herzog by dumping him into the ocean, and as he went down, the soon-to-be corpse swore revenge on all of them. Several detectives begin to believe in the curse when they find the last of the four dead.....with a piece of seaweed under the body!
Reprints
Keywords
San Fedora

Indexer Notes

Masthead is a typeset green bar.

Conniver! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
crime
Characters
Mr. Graynor (comic book publisher); Miss Crown (secretary for Mr. Graynor); Paul Lewis (comic artist); Carol (Paul's fiancee); Tom Brogen (villain, comic book editor)
Synopsis
A comic book editor has endured five years worth of sweating and toiling for his publisher, and never is given the credit he believes is due him. Wanting to get the boss out of the way, Tom Brogen decides to use one of the artists to do the deed through a series of manipulations in which Tom worms his way into Paul's fiancee's life and blames "an affair" with Mr. Graynor. But the scheme backfires in an unusual way!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script revision by Craig Delich.

Heads-Up! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre
crime; horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Dora Butler (Fred's wife, death); Hal (Dora's lover, death); Fred Butler (villain, freak-show owner)
Synopsis
Dora gets fed up with her husband and his freak show occupation, and falls in love with another circus performer. When Fred discovers the affair and the fact that the pair intend to put him out of the way, he comes up with a plan......
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover story.

Panels 5 and 6 on page 7 may contain self portraits of Ingels.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Heads-Up!]
    Crime SuspenStories
  2. 1. Backlash!
    Crime SuspenStories
  3. 2. Premium Overdue!
    Crime SuspenStories
  4. 3. Stranger
  5. 4. Seaweed
  6. 5. Conniver!
    Crime SuspenStories
  7. 6. Heads-Up!
    The Haunt of Fear
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bill Devine
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • R. S. Martin
  • Michael Hoskin
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Rivard
  • Lou Mazzella