(March-April 1952)

EC, 1951 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1951-10-31
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.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Frontline Combat / 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
The planes can't dig 'em out!
Genre
war
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

The EC Artists of the Issue - Severin & Elder (Table of Contents: 1)

text article / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
biography
Characters
Johnny Severin; Bill Elder
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Biographies of Severin and Elder, with photo.

442nd Combat Team (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (layouts); John Severin (signed as Severin)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed as Elder)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Japanese-American soldiers [Harry; Sergeant Hayashi; others unnamed] (some die); The Nazis [unnamed Medic officer; others unnamed] (villains, all die)
Synopsis
A story about the experience of a combat unit composed of Japanese-Americans during the war. The enemy attempts to get them to come over to their side, but they attack and win, and when questioned, they give a thumbs up and say "The enemy forgot that we're Americans!"
Reprints
Keywords
Vosges Mountains

Indexer Notes

Kurtzman layout credit added by Craig Delich 2013-8-1, per Michael Gilbert in Alter Ego #119 (August 2013).

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team won a total of 3,915 awards, 10 unit citations and 3600 Purple Hearts while fighting in Europe in WW2.

Stonewall Jackson! (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
unnamed Confederate soldier (narrator); General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (death); General Robert E. Lee (cameo); Jesse (Confederate soldier)
Synopsis
The Confederate soldier who accidentally shot General Stonewall Jackson during nighttime battle conditions relates the story of Jackson and the brigade he was a part of, and the conditions that led to the Gedneral's demise.
Reprints
Keywords
American Civil War; Chancellorsville; Perry Carbine

Indexer Notes

Much of the story is told in flashback.

The King's Spy (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
war
Characters
Colin Dawkins (owner of a grogshop, member of the Sons of Liberty); Ron Aston (villain, British spy)
Synopsis
As Aston drank his grog, the owner, secretly a militant member of the Sons of Liberty, bent over the bar to impart some secret information to him, all in the midst of protesting the hated Stamp Act issued by the British Parliament. The info given to Aston revealed the plan to board British ships the next evening to dump all the tea overboard, and Aston assured Dawkins he would be there. However, Dawkins did not know that Aston was a British spy who had cleverly destroyed all evidence of his true birth. But before Aston could impart the tea party plans, he was keelhauled aboard a British ship.
Reprints
Keywords
American Revolution; Colin Dawkins Grogshop; H.M.S London Queen (British ship)

Indexer Notes

Story occurs on December 15, 1773.

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

Front Lines / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letter from (Miss) Margaret M. Credie (who does not like Frontline Combat at all) with extensive point by point rebuttal by Kurtzman.

War Machines! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin (signed as J. Severin)
Inks
John Severin (signed as J. Severin)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
U.S. Army infantrymen; North Korean soldiers (villains, all die)
Synopsis
The story describes the efforts of American planes and tanks to dig Koreans out of their cave hill fortifications. The Koreans survive the efforts of the war machines, but they are killed when the infantrymen are sent in to finish the job.
Reprints
Keywords
Korean War

Big 'If'! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin ?; Harvey Kurtzman ?
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Paul Maynard (death); Max (flashback)
Synopsis
A soldier who is dying by the roadside after taking a piece of shrapnel in the chest thinks about how his life might have gone differently if he was only standing a little to the left when the explosive had gone off.
Reprints
Keywords
devil posts; Korean War

Indexer Notes

Some of the story is told in flashback.

Marie Severin’s statement that “[Harvey] Kurtzman colored his own art, especially on covers...” (see Indexer Notes for this issue’s cover) suggests that Kurtzman colored stories that he drew, albeit perhaps less consistently than he colored his cover art.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["The planes can't dig 'em out!"]
    Frontline Combat
  2. 1. The EC Artists of the Issue - Severin & Elder
  3. 2. 442nd Combat Team
  4. 3. Stonewall Jackson!
  5. 4. The King's Spy
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Front Lines
  7. 6. War Machines!
  8. 7. Big 'If'!
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Boris Ammerlaan
  • David B
  • Bill Borre
  • 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