(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.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman
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.

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
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The planes can't dig 'em out!
Genre
war
Reprints

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
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 [as Severin] (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder [as Elder] (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Characters
Japanese-American soldiers [Harry; Sergeant Hayashi; others un-named] (some die); The Nazis [un-named Medic officer; others un-named] (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
Inks
Jack Davis
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
war
Synopsis
A story about the death of Stonewall Jackson, told by the Confederate soldier who accidentally shot him during nighttime battle conditions.
Reprints

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

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
war
Reprints

[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 [as J. Severin] (signed)
Inks
John Severin [as J. Severin] (signed)
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
Korea

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

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
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; Korea

Indexer Notes

Some of the story is told in flashback.

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 most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Bill Borre
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • R. S. Martin
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Rivard