(July-August 1951)

EC, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1951-03-02
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Authorized ACMP Conforms to the Comics Code
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Tiny Tot Comics Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (credited) (editor); Bill Gaines (credited as William M. Gaines) (managing editor)

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)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
OK, Marines! We'll have to clear that hill before we can get out of here!
Genre
war
Reprints

Indexer Notes

According to Marie Severin (1995), “[Harvey] Kurtzman colored his own art, especially on covers....”
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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.

Marines Retreat! (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as Kurtzman)
Pencils
John Severin (signed as Severin)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as Kurtzman)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
U.S. Marines [Tony Feranda (death); Kelley; Joe; Private Harold Parks; rest unnamed] (some die); Chinese Army (villains, many die)
Synopsis
American forces are surrounded at the Changjin Reservoir, so they attempt to make their way back to the coast. Private Parks is dreaming of his kinfolk back at home, so much so that he puts himself in a precarious and probably fatal position.
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Keywords
Changjin Reservoir; Korea; Port of Hungnam

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.

Enemy Assault! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
unnamed American soldier; American soldiers (many die); unnamed Communist soldier (villain, death); Communist soldiers (villains, many die)
Synopsis
An American soldier finds himself in a standoff with a Chinese Communist soldier, and he sees that he is not just a robotic soldier advancing over a battlefield, but a living, breathing human being. As they talk, they realize they have much in common, including a wife and kids. But this IS war, and, as troops from both sides advance, a decision has to be made by both men.
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Indexer Notes

According to John Benson, in Frontline Combat EC Archive, Volume 1, Kurtzman only wrote the first story for this issue and this story was turned over to another writer under Bill Gaines' direction. Thus Kurtzman's script credit for this story has been changed to a ? by Craig Delich.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Marines Retreat!,” above).

The Fatal Step (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (masthead)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (masthead)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Corporal Jud Harkabus (scout, death); German soldier (villain)
Synopsis
Corporal Harkabus was on a scouting mission for the American armored division when he came across a German soldier, whom he immediately wounded. Treating the wound, Harkabus went merrily on his way, while the young German tried to warn him of something. But since Harkabus did not understand German, he did not know that the soldier was warning him that he was walking directly into a mine field!
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Indexer Notes

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Marines Retreat!,” above).

Depth-Charged (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Captain Vincent "Rockhead" Harmon;
Synopsis
Captain Harmon stood on the bridge of his naval destroyer, eyeing the movements of all hands on deck. Often known as "Rockhead" because of his tendency to disregard official orders, he is notified that DE 407 has been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, so he issues orders to go after that sub. Reaching the location of the sinking, he was notified that sonar had picked up a sub just below the surface, oddly sending out messages in dots and dashes. Not waiting to verify the identity of the ship, he ended up sinking an American submarine!
Reprints
Keywords
DE 407; Sulu Archipelago

O.P.! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks
Russ Heath (signed)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
unnamed U.S. Army Lieutenant; American operation post soldiers (all die); German soldiers (villains, all die)
Synopsis
An Army howitzer officer makes contact with a forward operation post, inquiring as to whether the enemy is advancing and if they need support. The outcome is rather unexpected.
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Keywords
1918; Muese-Argonne; World War I

Indexer Notes

According to John Benson, in Frontline Combat EC Archive, Volume 1, Kurtzman only wrote the first story for this issue and this story was turned over to another writer under Bill Gaines' direction. Thus Kurtzman's script credit for this story has been changed to a ? by Craig Delich.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Marines Retreat!,” above).

Unterseeboot 113 (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Captain Kurt Kluge (villain, U-Boat commander, death); U-Boat crew members [Kurt; Schultz; rest unnamed] (villains)
Synopsis
A Nazi naval commander raises his U-Boat to the surface to take on supplies, but is shocked when the ship suddenly begins firing on him, noting that it is a British tanker, not German.
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Indexer Notes

Story occurs in 1942.

According to John Benson, in Frontline Combat EC Archive, Volume 1, Kurtzman only wrote the first story for this issue and this story was turned over to another writer under Bill Gaines' direction. Thus Kurtzman's script credit for this story has been changed to a ? by Craig Delich.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Marines Retreat!,” above).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["OK, Marines! We'll have to clear that hill before we can get out of here!"]
  2. 1. Marines Retreat!
  3. 2. Enemy Assault!
  4. 3. The Fatal Step
  5. 4. Depth-Charged
  6. 5. O.P.!
  7. 6. Unterseeboot 113
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Valmiki Annamanthadoo
  • David B
  • Chris Boyko
  • Craig Delich
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • R. S. Martin
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Van Dore