(January-February 1952)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1951-12-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Fables Publishing Co. Inc.
Publisher's Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein (credited as Albert B. Feldstein) (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.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Haunt of Fear / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Graham Ingels (signed as Ghastly)
Inks
Graham Ingels (signed as Ghastly)
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Jack Kamen (Table of Contents: 1)

The EC "Artist of the Issue" / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Photo and biography.

Ooze in the Cellar? (Table of Contents: 2)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hee, hee! I see by your pale wide-eyed puss...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host)
Synopsis
A miser creates a blob-like creature in his cellar by mixing in the remains of his wife with those of a mouse, a cat, and mounds of refuse.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

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).
_________
Reference:

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

The Acid Test! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Jack Kamen (signed)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed)
Colors
? (see notes)
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh, heh! This is your host in the Vault of Horror...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host)
Synopsis
A woman grows to hate her doting husband so much that she throws a bottle of acid into his face, blinding and disfiguring him. During her trial, he professes to still love her and makes excuses for her action. Her lawyer advises her to play along, and she acts convincingly, so the jury lets her off. Unfortunately for her, her husband was only acting on the witness stand as well, in order to prevent her being sent to prison, so he could pour a bottle of acid into her face.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Ooze in the Cellar?”, above).

Nightmare! (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This last week had been a nightmare, John Bradbury thought to himself...
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A man has a nightmare that he's a vampire. Turns out he really is one.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

The Old Witch's Niche / letters page / 0.6 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Florence Moore, Charlie & Al, and Alphonso Williams.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

statement of ownership / 0.4 page (report information)

Script
Frank Lee
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Extermination (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's a tale that should drive you bugs!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host)
Synopsis
An exterminator has a dream after coming home from a job that he spots a cockroach on his floor. He gets up and strides over to it, bringing his shoe heel down upon the bug, whereupon it emits an ear-piercing shriek. This acts as a signal for all the bugs and rats the exterminator has ever killed to come pouring out of the walls and overwhelm him. Just as he is about to expire, he wakes up and sees a cockroach on the floor. Feeling annoyed at himself for having such an absurd dream, he crosses the floor and brings his shoe down upon it, whereupon the roach...screams.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Ooze in the Cellar?”, above).

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow! (Table of Contents: 8)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh, heh! Yep!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Irwin Durd (death); Elliot Unger (death)
Synopsis
Two business partners who own a fertilizer factory next to a cemetery decide to tunnel under ground into the caskets in order to fill a large order for bone meal fertilizer. After they succeed in filling the order, they decide to take a vacation upstate, but the car conks out beside a farm's corn patch. They move through the corn patch, which happens to have been fertilized by the order they filled, towards the farmhouse but do not make it as the corn husks become animated and beat them to death.
Reprints
Keywords
Durd and Unger Fertilizer

Indexer Notes

This is the first story the Crypt Keeper interrupts repeatedly.

Colors were previously attributed to Marie Severin (see Indexer Notes for “Ooze in the Cellar?”, above).

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Haunt of Fear
  2. 1. Jack Kamen
    The EC "Artist of the Issue"
  3. 2. Ooze in the Cellar?
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  4. 3. The Acid Test!
    The Vault of Horror!
  5. 4. Nightmare!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Old Witch's Niche
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. Extermination
  9. 8. Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow!
    The Crypt of Terror
This issue was modified by, among others
  • David B
  • Rodrigo Baeza
  • Bill Borre
  • Chris Boyko
  • Guy Budziak
  • Craig Delich
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • R. S. Martin
  • Banks S. Robinson
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Stangas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tom Vincent
  • Mike White