(August-September 1952)

EC, 1950 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
I. C. Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Al Feldstein

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset); The Vault-Keeper (inset)
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Survival... or Death! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 8 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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Gregory Macy (death); Charles Warner (death); Captain Heston (commander of the Port-au-Prince, death)
Synopsis
Two men aboard a cargo ship are bored until they get the idea to build a rat trap and ask the Captain to have a barrel built with a platform in the middle of it and a run off down the center. They fill it with water and attach a teeter to the rim with some food attached to the end of it so that when a rat attempts to get it, it falls into the water and swims to the platform. When another rat approaches and falls into the drink, they bet on which rat will survive the bloody struggle for the platform. Later, when their ship sinks, two find out that humans are not much different from rats!
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Keywords
Port-au-Prince (cargo ship)

Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credit added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

The Thing In the 'Glades! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); Ezzard (father of deformed boy); Amy (mother of deformed boy, mention only, death); Sheriff Black; Deputy Clem; Jess Donnel (mention only); Pete (death); Lou (death); Hank Cridden (death); Amy and Ezzard's deformed boy (villain, death)
Synopsis
A man's wife dies in childbirth giving him a deformed retarded son with stunted legs, and he becomes a hermit in his cabin in the Glades. When four people are ripped apart, the sheriff confronts him, but backs off when the father brandishes a gun. Later, severely wounded, the man admits to the sheriff he was wrong and that his son is a killer.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credit added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Soft! (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Malcolm (farmer, Harry's boss, death); Harry (villain, death)
Synopsis
Harry has stolen money from the desk drawer of his boss, and he knows that his boss knows it. But Harry has a surprise waiting for his boss in the hay loft......but the real surprise strikes Harry!
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

The Crypt-Keeper's Corner / letters page / 1 page (report information)

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

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Indexer Notes

Letters from Jo Ann Baerd, David Briskin.

Kamen's Kalamity! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Den of Iniquity! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Al Feldstein (co-plot, script)
Pencils
Jack Kamen (signed); Graham Ingels (draws himself); Johnny Craig (draws himself); Jack Davis (draws himself)
Inks
Jack Kamen (signed); Graham Ingels (draws himself); Johnny Craig (draws himself); Jack Davis (draws himself)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Bill Gaines; Al Feldstein; Jack Davis; Jack Kamen; Graham Ingels; Johnny Craig; Kamen's wife; Kamen's two un-named kids
Synopsis
Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein tell this auto-biographical tale of hiring Jack Kamen to draw horror stories, first telling Kamen that his work is too sweet. They advise him to get into the swing of things like Ingels, Craig and Davis, who are all drawn by their respective artists shown torturing effigies of Bill Gaines. Jack resolves to become more horrible and doses off at the drawing board and dreams of committing murder under the full moon and returning menacingly to his wife and two small children. His wife wakes him up with a scream when she spies a mouse.
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Indexer Notes

Jack Kamen, William M. Gaines, Albert B. Feldstein, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, and Jack Davis all appear in story.
Colorist and letterer credit added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

Buried Treasure! (Table of Contents: 6)

The Witch's Cauldron! / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Old Witch (host); Hans (young child, death); Emile; Johann; Heinrich (villain, Duke of Schlusstein, death)
Synopsis
In 1667 Germany a fat Duke lords it over his starving peasants, but when he imposes a tax on the peasants for "dirtying his carriage" with the blood of a young child he rode down in the street, Johann conceives the plot of stealing some of the Duke's jewels in order to pay the tax. When a friend, Emile, offers to go in his stead, because he has no family, the friend is caught, and the Duke orders the man's hands severed. Johann plans a sweet revenge on the Duke.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credit added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.
Script credit from "Tales of Terror! - The EC Companion" by Fred von Bernewitz and Grant Geissman.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Survival... or Death!
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. The Thing In the 'Glades!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Soft!
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    The Crypt-Keeper's Corner
  6. 5. Kamen's Kalamity!
    The Den of Iniquity!
  7. 6. Buried Treasure!
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Chris Boyko
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Jim Stangas