(October-November 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

Issue Notes

Copy seen with a date stamp of "Aug 25 P.M."

[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 Vault-Keeper (inset); The Old Witch (inset)
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'Taint the Meat...It's the Humanity! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Crypt of Terror / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Mrs. Vinkle; Mr. Fuddy; Mrs. Dickleborg; Mr. Snerd (death); Mr. Grundy (death); Mrs. Snerd (death); Mrs. Abacrombie (death); Mrs. Gabber; Mr. Vandercliff; Sarah Gristle (Zach's wife); Junior (Zack's son, death); Pete (Sheriff); Zack Gristle (villain, butcher, death)
Synopsis
A butcher during the war gets around rationing points by selling steak to the wealthy customers who will pay cash for it and horsemeat, then stale meat and finally tainted meat to everyone else. When Junior, his son, dies from the tainted meat, his wife seizes a carving knife and advances upon her husband, cutting him neatly into serving portions, and putting him on display in his butcher shop's display case.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Roped In! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
George Evans (signed)
Inks
George Evans (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Vault-Keeper (host); unnamed Policeman; Miss Ballentine (secretary); Donald Morgan (construction company co-owner); Ellis (villain, construction company co-owner, death); Buckley (villain, construction company co-owner, death); Wagner (villain, construction company co-owner, death?)
Synopsis
Three business partners in construction make a patsy out of a fourth to take the blame for shoddy construction of a hospital that collapses and kills twenty-one patients. They take a flight in a small plane out in South America and, when trying to fly through a gap between two mountains at night, become snagged by cables. When the dawn arrives, they realize that their plane has become stuck in a giant spider's web.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Evans 1st story for EC Comics.

The visages of the Vault-Keeper on pages 1, 3 and 4 are photostats of Johnny Craig drawings. Evans drew the Vault-Keeper on the last panel of the story.

Curse! (Table of Contents: 3)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
uin-named native guide (death); Ramsey (villain, death)
Synopsis
Ramsey, while searching an island for a half-million treasure, intended as a sacrifice to primitive gods, and sealed up in a mountain, kills his native guide, ignores a curse carved into the stone on the mountain, and plants dynamite charges in it to uncover the treasure. Unfortunately for Ramsey, the mountain was volcanic........and the explosion activated it!
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Keywords
Molokko Island

Indexer Notes

This text story has a title header image of precious gems and starts "Ramsey squeezed the trigger...".

This is NOT the same as the text story with the same title, "Curse!", found in Tales From the Crypt (EC, 1950 series) #24.

Credits added by Craig Delich.

Cutting Cards! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Fred Peters (signed)
Inks
Fred Peters (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
Jim Wroten

Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
The Crypt-Keeper (host); Gus Forney (gambler); Lou Crebis (gambler); two un-named doctors
Synopsis
Two professional gamblers hate each other so much that they challenge each other to a game of chop poker. Chop poker is like strip poker, although, instead of removing an article of clothing, they use a meat cleaver to remove a digit or limb. They have their personal doctors act as seconds during their bizarre duel to the finish, but the gamblers find themselves unable to proceed when they've both hacked each others arms and legs off.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Squash...Anyone? (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Bill Gaines (co-plot); Albert B. 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); Emma (circus elephant, death); Bessie (circus elephant); Rene (Milo's wife and assistant, death); Milo (villain, elephant trainer, death); Leeta (villain, Milo's lover, death)
Synopsis
An elephant trainer whose performance entails having the animal raise its foot an inch above his beautiful wife-assistant's face is having an affair with a woman who convinces him to have the elephant crush the wife and have the elephant shot blaming the death on the elephant. He does so, and marries the lover and trains a new elephant. A year later they return to the same town where the murder was conducted and the dead woman and beast rise from the grave to seek their revenge.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist and letterer credits added by Craig Delich, letterer credit verified by Al Feldstein.

Script revision by Craig Delich from Albert B. Feldstein.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. 'Taint the Meat...It's the Humanity!
    The Crypt of Terror
  3. 2. Roped In!
    The Vault of Horror!
  4. 3. Curse!
  5. 4. Cutting Cards!
  6. 5. Squash...Anyone?
    The Witch's Cauldron!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Tom Vincent
  • Craig Delich
  • Bill Borre
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Chris Boyko