(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
1951-01-03
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 U. S. Copyright Office filings.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
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)
Reprints

Reflection of Death! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Carl; Al (death)
Synopsis
Carl and Al are driving down a dark, lonely road when suddenly headlights appear in front of them, and there is a crash. Al awakens with torn clothes and a smell, asking a driver on the road for a lift to town, but the man screams and drives off. A similar reaction comes from a hobo and a woman, whose car he takes to his home, which has been foreclosed upon. Then he walks to his friend's house, but sees Carl without eyes and blind. Al walks to a mirror and sees his rotten and decomposed face, then is awakened...it has been a dream. Then car lights appear and there is a crash....for real!
Reprints
Keywords
Peoples Bank and Trust Company; Star Gazette

Indexer Notes

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

Last Respects! (Table of Contents: 2)

The Witch's Cauldron! / 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
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Anna Cooper (Anthony's girl, death); Mr. Cooper (Anna's Uncle), death); Anthony Colton (villain, Cooper's chauffeur, death)
Synopsis
Tony loves and secretly marries Anna, a wealthy, but underage girl. When her Uncle discovers this, he threatens to annul the marriage, which drives Anna to her sickbed. When she passes, Anthony murders her Uncle, then brings a carnival prize to her mausoleum. He accidently gets locked in and survives nearly a month by catching leaking rain water and devouring the corpse, eventually succumbing to formaldehyde poisoning.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Precautions (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Constable Vajta (death); The Elders; a vampire (villain)
Synopsis
Constable Vajta had finally tracked down the murderous vampire and taken him to the Elders for dispensation. Wanting to get the situation over as quickly as possible, they ordered the vampire burned at the stake and body thrown into a grave. Vajta protested, saying this wasn't the way to kill a vampire, but they wouldn't listen. The deed done, Vajta threw the charred body into a grave and stood watch......the next morning, the Elders found the constable's body drained of blood and wondered: had Vajta been right?
Reprints

Indexer Notes

NOT reprinted in Tales From the Crypt (Russ Cochran, 1992 series) #7 (March 1994), but WAS reprinted in Tales From the Crypt (Russ Cochran, 1992 series) #7 (July 1992).

Seance! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Alan Bitsby (owner of Bitsby and Company); Martha Bitsby (Alan's wife, death); Walton Farnum (Bitsby and Company accountant); Agnes Farnum (Walton's wife); Mrs. Dober; Paul Dober (death); Doctor Podos (medium); Harvey Hatch
Synopsis
Alan Bitsby sets out to prove that a medium is faking by asking him to raise the spirit of his 'departed' wife. Unbeknownst to the medium at the time the seance begins, Bitsby's wife is very much alive. The medium goes into a trance, and, with a great deal of effort, does succeed in summoning up the spirit of Bitsby's wife, at which point Bitsby triumphantly accuses the bewildered medium of being a fake and leaves. Upon returning home, however, Mrs. Bitsby is found dead as a doornail.
Reprints
Keywords
Bitsby & Company

Indexer Notes

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

Voodoo Death! (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); Bill (tourist, death); Jay (villain, tourist, zombie, death)
Synopsis
Jay and Bill witness a forbidden voodoo ceremony. Jay is captured and later meets up with Bill and they leave Haiti. Bill finds a package at home and is startled to see it contains a voodoo doll with a large pin, which comes to life and attacks Bill. Throwing it into the fire, he rushes into the hall, gets Jay, and returns to see the doll is nowhere in sight. Jay reveals that he is a zombie sent with the doll to kill Bill. Enraged, Bill rips apart the doll and notes it has a human heart: Jay's! And both Jay and Bill fall dead.
Reprints
Keywords
Haiti; voodoo

Indexer Notes

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. Reflection of Death!
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. Last Respects!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  4. 3. Precautions
  5. 4. Seance!
  6. 5. Voodoo Death!
    The Vault of Horror!
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