(March-April 1952)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
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

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

Al Feldstein (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Al Feldstein ? (credited to Bill Gaines in text)
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Al Feldstein (photo)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Poetic Justice! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hee, hee! Stubborn, eh?
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host)
Synopsis
A wealthy man and his son want the property of the well-liked elderly town garbageman and so they instigate a smear campaign to drive him out. First they get a license ordinance passed, and since he can't afford to pay it, the stray dogs and cats he's picked up are carted off to the pound. Then they get the neighborhood's children to stop visiting the old man. St. Valentine's day arrives and the old man is at first delighted to find his mailbox stuffed with cards thinking that the children have not forgotten him after all. Then, sobbing, he reads the poisoned missives one after the other that the wealthy man and his son have distributed amongst the townsfolk. No one sees him for a week so they check his house and find that he has hanged himself. On the following St. Valentine's day his corpse rises from the grave and tears the heart from the son's chest and leaves it as a valentine for the father.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Adapted in the 1972 "Tales From the Crypt" film.

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

Cover story.

...On a Dead Man's Chest! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Johnny Craig
Pencils
Johnny Craig (signed)
Inks
Johnny Craig (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh, heh! Yep! It's the Vault-Keeper again!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Steven Anderson (wealthy steamship line owner, death); Helen Anderson (villain, Steven's wife); Larry Anderson (villain, Steven's brother, death)
Synopsis
A man's younger brother begins an affair with his wife, and, after a night on the town, the elder brother gets a tattoo on his chest of himself, his brother, and his wife arm-in-arm. The younger brother and the married woman hatch a plot to murder the husband where it will look accidental, but what they don't realize is that the tattoo will reflect the murder scene to the authorities.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

Brat (Table of Contents: 4)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A kid builds a flame thrower and kills his mom's criminal boyfriend.
Reprints

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

The Old Witch's Niche / letters page / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Richard T. Dick, James "Wolfie" Tarsenis, Jerilyn Rogin, Dom Sicilia, George A. Boehm, and Harvey Cohen.

Till Death Do We Part! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's a spirited yarn!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host)
Synopsis
"The Sixth Sense" with a burglar instead of a psychologist.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

What's Cookin'? (Table of Contents: 7)

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
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Heh, heh! I see by your drooling faces...
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Eric Edwards; Herman Ditter (villain, restaurant co-owner, death); Charlie Marsin (villain, restaurant co-owner, death)
Synopsis
Two restaurant owners take on a third partner with ideas to make their roadside diner a success. He convinces them to specialize in chicken and adds broiling and deep fried to their eatery renamed the 'Chicken Coop'. The owners get greedy and decide to murder the newcomer in order not to have to split the profits with him. They tie him up and set his house on fire, he escapes, but is severely burned and makes his way back to his former business partners where he broils one and deep fries the other.
Reprints
Keywords
Chicken Coop

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]
    Haunt of Fear
  2. 1. Al Feldstein
    The EC "Artist of the Issue"
  3. 2. Poetic Justice!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
  4. 3. ...On a Dead Man's Chest!
    The Vault of Horror!
  5. 4. Brat
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The Old Witch's Niche
  7. 6. Till Death Do We Part!
  8. 7. What's Cookin'?
    The Crypt of Terror
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Bill Borre
  • Chris Boyko
  • Craig Delich
  • Merlin Haas
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Alan Hutchinson
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jason Sacks
  • Jim Stangas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tom Vincent
  • Mike White