Crime SuspenStories (E.C.)

 CSEC   (E.C., 1950-1955)

™ and © William M. Gaines, Agent

Crime SuspenStories was EC’s second-generation crime title (the first being War Against Crime and Crime Patrol). This time out, the stories were less concerned with bank robbers and gun molls than they were with ancient curses and ax murderers.

Typical of its stories was “Understudy to a Corpse” wherein a young actor murdered his ailing uncle, then took his place long enough to rewrite his uncle’s will. Before he could benefit from his acting coup, he was poisoned by his uncle’s nurse (the previous beneficiary) who, mistaking him for his uncle, thought the time was right to cash in. Another tale, “Touch and Go,” from issue #17 was an adaptation of a classic Ray Bradbury story. In it, a man murders his boss, then becomes obsessed with wiping away all fingerprints which might mark him as the killer. He is found several hours later by police still obsessively polishing everything in the house from attic to basement.

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#1

Date: 10/1/1950
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $800.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al Feldstein, Harvey KurtzmanJohnny Craig, Wally Wood, Graham Ingels, Harvy Kurtzman

#1 Variation A

Date: 10/1/1950
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $1,000.00
No copies available
Printing change with the #15 blackened out in indiciaJohnny Craig, Al Feldstein, Harvey KurtzmanJohnny Craig, Wally Wood, Graham Ingels, Harvy Kurtzman

#2

Date: 12/1/1950
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $650.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen

#3

Date: 2/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $330.00
No copies available
Includes Edgar Allen Poe adaptation: “Blood Red Wine” (adapts “The Cask of Amontillado”)Johnny Craig, Harvey Kurtzman, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood

#4

Date: 4/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $320.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#5

Date: 6/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $320.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#6

Date: 8/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $420.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, George Roussos

#7

Date: 10/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $235.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#8

Date: 12/1/1951
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $270.00
1 copy available for $59.00
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, George Roussos

#9

Date: 2/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $235.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#10

Date: 4/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $300.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#11

Date: 6/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $185.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#12

Date: 8/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $185.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis

#13

Date: 10/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $300.00
No copies available
 Al FeldsteinJack Kamen, Sid Check, Al Williamson

#14

Date: 12/1/1952
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $185.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Fred Peters, Graham Ingels

#15

Date: 2/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $185.00
No copies available
Includes “The Screaming Woman” Ray Bradbury adaptationJohnny Craig, Al Feldstein, Ray BradburyJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, George Evans, Graham Ingels

#16

Date: 4/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $190.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando

#17

Date: 6/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $235.00
No copies available
Includes “Touch and Go” Ray Bradbury adaptationJohnny Craig, Al Feldstein, Ray BradburyJohnny Craig, Jack Kamen, Al Williamson, Marie Severin, Bill Elder

#18

Date: 8/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $170.00
No copies available
 Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Bill Elder, Marie Severin, Reed Crandall, Jack Kamen

#19

Date: 10/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $170.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinReed Crandall, Marie Severin, Johnny Craig, George Evans

#20

Date: 12/1/1953
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $215.00
No copies available
Graphic hanging cover cited in Seduction of the InnocentJohnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Marie Severin, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Reed Crandall

#21

Date: 3/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $115.00
No copies available
 Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinReed Crandall, Jack Kamen, Johnny Craig, George Evans

#22

Date: 5/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $145.00
No copies available
 Al FeldsteinReed Crandall, Bernie Krigstein, Marie Severin, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando

#23

Date: 7/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $250.00
No copies available
 Otto Binder, Al Feldstein, Carl WesslerReed Crandall, Jack Kamen, Marie Severin, George Evans

#24

Date: 9/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $115.00
No copies available
 Carl Wessler, Al FeldsteinReed Crandall, Jack Kamen, Marie Severin, Joe Orlando, Bernie Krigstein

#25

Date: 11/1/1954
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $115.00
No copies available
 Al Feldstein, Otto BinderJack Davis, Jack Kamen, Reed Crandall, Marie Severin, Bernie Krigstein, George Evans

#26

Date: 1/1/1955
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $230.00
No copies available
 Carl Wessler, Al FeldsteinJack Kamen, Joe Orlando, Marie Severin, Reed Crandall

#27

Date: 3/1/1955
Cover Price: $0.10
NM Guide: $115.00
No copies available
Final IssueAl Feldstein, Carl WesslerGeorge Evans, Bernie Krigstein, Marie Severin, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels