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[[caption-width-right:350:EC Comics' publisher William Gaines, with the Crypt Keeper, the Old Witch, and the Vault Keeper.]]

A short-lived but influential publisher of AnthologyComic books.

EC Comics, aka "Entertaining Comics" and "Educational Comics", was founded in 1944 by Maxwell Gaines with the aim of producing fact-based comic books aimed at churches and schools. After his death in 1947, his son William Gaines inherited the business, producing comic books in typical genres: western, crime, romance. Starting in 1949, the younger Gaines began introducing the "New Trend" series focusing on horror (''Tales From the Crypt'', ''The Vault of Horror'', ''The Haunt of Fear''), crime (''Crime [=SuspenStories=]''), realistically depicted war (''Two-Fisted Tales'', ''Frontline Combat'') and ScienceFiction (''Weird Science'', ''Weird Fantasy''). The horror, science fiction and crime stories almost invariably had a TwistEnding. EC made extensive use of the KarmicTwistEnding before ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ever aired. (They stayed clear of the CruelTwistEnding.)

A combination of evocative (if sensationalistic and florid) writing and excellent art by some of the top comic book artists of the time, combined with outreach to the fans, quickly caused EC's sales to skyrocket. In addition to a strong theme of often gruesome poetic justice, EC's titles often tackled social issues of the day, especially in their science fiction and suspense books.

EC was not shy about "borrowing" ideas from prose stories and were caught at it by Creator/RayBradbury, but they were able to negotiate a settlement, and published several fine and very faithful authorized adaptations of his work.

This was also the birthplace of a little comic book called ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad]]'', a satire and comedy title. Its first issues sold poorly, but it soon found enough of a following to inspire a number of imitators, including one published by EC itself (''Panic'').

But it was too good to last. A groundswell of outrage from the MoralGuardians of the mid-1950s led to a Congressional investigation of possible ties between comic books and juvenile delinquency. To protect themselves from possible government censorship, the comic book publishers established UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode in 1954. William Gaines, although he'd initially been in favor of the idea, felt the code adopted was far too restrictive and gave the Code authorities too much opportunity for ExecutiveMeddling.

After distributors refused to carry comic books without the Comics Code Authority stamp, Gaines reluctantly signed EC up to the service. This required canceling several series, some of them the company's best sellers, as the magazines' very ''titles'' violated the Code. Despite a valiant attempt at a "New Direction" focusing more on social realism than horror, EC remained blacklisted by many newsdealers, and found itself too frequently clashing with the CCA executives. Gaines tried to carry on the tradition of adult-oriented stories with the ''Picto-Fiction'' magazines, but they didn't sell.

Notoriously, EC was told to change the ethnicity of a character in a reprint of the classic DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything story [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/54803.html "Judgment Day."]] This was the last straw, and the story was reprinted unchanged in the final comic book published by the company.

The black-and-white Magazine/{{MAD}}, which had switched from the color-comic medium for reasons unrelated to the Code, ultimately became the sole surviving EC publication and went on to decades of success. But the influence of EC has continued through multiple reprints, homages by subsequent horror and SF writers, a pair of early-'70s British [[Film/{{EC Comics}} feature films]], and the television series ''TalesFromTheCrypt''.

Not to be confused with Creator/DCComics, although they are both owned by Creator/WarnerBros.
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!!Tropes associated with EC Comics include:

* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: In one story a man's Robot Wife keeps protecting him long after he's dead and his flesh has rotted away.
* ActuallyNotAVampire -- a resolution in one "guess what this person is" story. Since this was a story in EC Comics, it didn't end there.
* AnthologyComic
* AssholeVictim: See KarmicDeath.
* BackFromTheDead: ''Many'' stories in the horror titles have the victim(s) pulling this off in order to ensure that justice will be served.
* BlobMonster: The stories "Ooze in the Cellar", "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes", and "Strictly From Hunger" involve one.
* BrownNote: One story was about aliens so hideous that any human seeing them would be driven insane. It came with an editor's note explaining that the representation of the aliens on the page was deliberately toned down so as not to lose the readership.
* CatsHaveNineLives: "Dig That Cat, He's Real Gone".
* CirclingVultures: In the story "Carrion Death!" (''[=Shock SuspenStories=]'' #9), a fugitive trudges through the desert for four days, handcuffed to the corpse of a state trooper he killed. The fugitive sees the vultures as his only chance to rid himself of the dead weight attached to his right arm, [[spoiler: but after they have stripped the corpse clean, he finds out that they do eat live flesh, too.]]
* ConjoinedTwins: Quite a few stories involve them, usually as part of an ending twist.
* CreatorCameo: The [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ja0u9vcxkW0/SE3f1M36qjI/AAAAAAAAGHc/NqX3slX4Rb8/s1600-h/ghoulunatic.jpg collectible "[=GhouLunatic=]" autographed photos of the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch]] were all portrayed by artist Johnny Craig.
** The central gimmick of the story "Kamen's Calamity", with additional moments of SelfDeprecation on Gaines and Feldstein's parts - Jack Kamen illustrates the fictional tale of how he, an endlessly jocular and cheerful artist, was almost fired from EC when they shifted from romance to horror comics, simply because he kept drawing monsters ''too pretty''. ("Who ever heard of [[{{Literature/Twilight}} a charming, sweet-lookin' vampire?!]]") Ingels, Craig, and Davis also make appearances, [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/970e3a4c7faca4b964d15af84f6c0439/tumblr_inline_my98cwkq5J1rzaxbu.jpg each of them caricaturing themselves in single-panel inserts]].
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler:Mr. Drink, from "The Reluctant Vampire", is perhaps the only murderous individual who doesn't quite deserve his gruesome end - while he has begun to kill other people again, ostensibly to save his ass and keep him supplied in "liquid assets", he's also donating most of the plasma to the blood bank he works at to boost the inventory and keep it from being shut down. (Ironically, [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the TV series]], usually known for being DarkerAndEdgier, makes him more sympathetic than his comics counterpart, and [[SparedByTheAdaptation even gives him a happy ending]].)]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: A staple of the horror comics.
* DrugsAreBad: "The Monkey" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=] #12'').
* FoundFootageFilms: A very early example of the genre in "Television Terror", where a TV host resembling Allen Funt conducts a live tour of a haunted house, has a nervous breakdown, and [[DeadlineNews finally hangs himself on air]], all viewed through the lens of his portable camera.
* HenpeckedHusband: A number of them, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident most of who wished to end their marital strife once and for all]]. (Such plots were known colloquially around the offices as "Buster stories", mainly because the wives either called their spouses that, or looked like they could at any moment.)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Subverted for horror in "Operation Friendship." [[spoiler: The one friend cut out the interesting part of his friend's brain to keep their friendship alive, while the lesser part of the brain was left to be married to a woman.]]
* HorrorHost: The Crypt Keeper in ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper in ''Vault of Horror'', and the Old Witch in ''The Haunt of Fear''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The {{Horror Host}}s were prone to these, in a tradition stretching back to Raymond, the host of ''Inner Sanctum''.
* KarmicDeath: Another staple of the horror comics.
* LicensedPinballTable: The ''Tales from the Crypt'' pinball, released by Creator/DataEast in 1993 as a tie-in to both the EC Comics' title and the HBO series. [[Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt Click here for details.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: The twist of the ''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' tale "Raw Deal". [[spoiler:The man they rescued from sea? He's not screaming that he ''hates'' his wife, he's screaming that he ''ate'' his wife.]]
* {{Narrator}}: The three {{Horror Host}}s - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The [=GhouLunatics=]" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: "That's a 'Croc'".
* OrphanageOfFear: Briarwood Orphanage Asylum, the setting of the story "Halloween". Conditions wouldn't be quite so bad if the director Mr. Critchit wasn't spending only the bare minimum on the facility's upkeep and pocketing the difference, though. [[spoiler:Money's so tight that his skull has to be emptied out and carved up just so the orphan kids can have their Jack-o'-Lantern.]]
** And a Home For The Blind Of Fear in "Blind Alleys."
* TheParody: ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} Mad]]'' and ''Panic''.
* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who sneers at the town's military parade and fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag to be a "foreigner" and a "Commie". [[spoiler: After they beat him to death, it turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact, a blind American war veteran with facial paralysis - he was actually ''smiling proudly'' knowing his old regiment was marching there.]]
* {{Phlegmings}}: All three hosts had them, but Vault-Keeper in particular was usually depicted with a mouth full of sticky drool, in keeping with Johnny Craig's influential rendition of the character.
* {{Prospector}}: One is the central character of "Gas-tly Prospects!", murdered by a claim jumper, he refuses to stay buried...without coming BackFromTheDead!
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: "Judgment Day" has robots who are prejudiced based on the color of their casings.
* SelfMadeOrphan: "The Orphan".
* SeveredHeadSports: In the story "[[http://cacb.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/ec-comics-foul-play/ Foul Play]]", an evil baseball player is murdered by the members of the opposing team. After killing him, they play a game where they use his head for as the ball, his leg as the bat, his intestines to mark the base liner and his organs to mark the bases. They even use his scalp to dust off home plate.[[note]](Predictably, this story was among the ones cited most often by parents' groups and legislators as proof of EC's depravity, and made an appearance at Gaines and Feldstein's day in court.)[[/note]]
** In another, "How Green Was My Alley!", this happens with a bigamist who is found out by his golfer and bowler wives, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzecjpyAcQ1r5mbglo1_400.jpg who divvy up his eyeballs and head between themselves]].
* SuddenlyEthnicity: "Judgment Day".
* TimeTravelersAreSpies: "...For Us the Living" (Weird Fantasy #20) begins with an atomic scientist being arrested as a spy for a foreign power. The scientist admits his identifying documents are all forged because he came from an alternate time-branch in which Abraham Lincoln escaped assassination and brought peace to the world.
* TwistEnding: Almost all variations, to the point of being the MandatoryTwistEnding. Usually examples of the KarmicTwistEnding.
* WallsOfText: Notoriously, the script was always written first, often directly on the storyboard, so that the art was stuck wherever it could fit.
** This was averted, however, by Harvey Kurtzman who storyboarded his scripts before giving them to other artists. His work employs very different pacing and tone than the other stories.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: In the ''Shock [=SuspenStory=]'' "In Gratitude..." an injured white war vet ends up giving his hometown this kind of callout after they choose to recognize him for his valor, but wouldn't allow his orphaned black friend, who had saved his life in the first place, to be buried in the family plot at the town cemetery.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: "The Precious Years".
* WouldntHurtAChild: The BadSanta serial killer in "And All Through the House", averting some FridgeHorror regarding the fate of the little girl who unknowingly lets him inside.
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[[caption-width-right:350:EC Comics' publisher William Gaines, with the Crypt Keeper, the Old Witch, and the Vault Keeper.]]

A short-lived but influential publisher of AnthologyComic books.

EC Comics, aka "Entertaining Comics" and "Educational Comics", was founded in 1944 by Maxwell Gaines with the aim of producing fact-based comic books aimed at churches and schools. After his death in 1947, his son William Gaines inherited the business, producing comic books in typical genres: western, crime, romance. Starting in 1949, the younger Gaines began introducing the "New Trend" series focusing on horror (''Tales From the Crypt'', ''The Vault of Horror'', ''The Haunt of Fear''), crime (''Crime [=SuspenStories=]''), realistically depicted war (''Two-Fisted Tales'', ''Frontline Combat'') and ScienceFiction (''Weird Science'', ''Weird Fantasy''). The horror, science fiction and crime stories almost invariably had a TwistEnding. EC made extensive use of the KarmicTwistEnding before ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ever aired. (They stayed clear of the CruelTwistEnding.)

A combination of evocative (if sensationalistic and florid) writing and excellent art by some of the top comic book artists of the time, combined with outreach to the fans, quickly caused EC's sales to skyrocket. In addition to a strong theme of often gruesome poetic justice, EC's titles often tackled social issues of the day, especially in their science fiction and suspense books.

EC was not shy about "borrowing" ideas from prose stories and were caught at it by Creator/RayBradbury, but they were able to negotiate a settlement, and published several fine and very faithful authorized adaptations of his work.

This was also the birthplace of a little comic book called ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} Tales Calculated to Drive You Mad]]'', a satire and comedy title. Its first issues sold poorly, but it soon found enough of a following to inspire a number of imitators, including one published by EC itself (''Panic'').

But it was too good to last. A groundswell of outrage from the MoralGuardians of the mid-1950s led to a Congressional investigation of possible ties between comic books and juvenile delinquency. To protect themselves from possible government censorship, the comic book publishers established UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode in 1954. William Gaines, although he'd initially been in favor of the idea, felt the code adopted was far too restrictive and gave the Code authorities too much opportunity for ExecutiveMeddling.

After distributors refused to carry comic books without the Comics Code Authority stamp, Gaines reluctantly signed EC up to the service. This required canceling several series, some of them the company's best sellers, as the magazines' very ''titles'' violated the Code. Despite a valiant attempt at a "New Direction" focusing more on social realism than horror, EC remained blacklisted by many newsdealers, and found itself too frequently clashing with the CCA executives. Gaines tried to carry on the tradition of adult-oriented stories with the ''Picto-Fiction'' magazines, but they didn't sell.

Notoriously, EC was told to change the ethnicity of a character in a reprint of the classic DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything story [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/54803.html "Judgment Day."]] This was the last straw, and the story was reprinted unchanged in the final comic book published by the company.

The black-and-white Magazine/{{MAD}}, which had switched from the color-comic medium for reasons unrelated to the Code, ultimately became the sole surviving EC publication and went on to decades of success. But the influence of EC has continued through multiple reprints, homages by subsequent horror and SF writers, a pair of early-'70s British [[Film/{{EC Comics}} feature films]], and the television series ''TalesFromTheCrypt''.

Not to be confused with Creator/DCComics, although they are both owned by Creator/WarnerBros.
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!!Tropes associated with EC Comics include:

* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: In one story a man's Robot Wife keeps protecting him long after he's dead and his flesh has rotted away.
* ActuallyNotAVampire -- a resolution in one "guess what this person is" story. Since this was a story in EC Comics, it didn't end there.
* AnthologyComic
* AssholeVictim: See KarmicDeath.
* BackFromTheDead: ''Many'' stories in the horror titles have the victim(s) pulling this off in order to ensure that justice will be served.
* BlobMonster: The stories "Ooze in the Cellar", "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes", and "Strictly From Hunger" involve one.
* BrownNote: One story was about aliens so hideous that any human seeing them would be driven insane. It came with an editor's note explaining that the representation of the aliens on the page was deliberately toned down so as not to lose the readership.
* CatsHaveNineLives: "Dig That Cat, He's Real Gone".
* CirclingVultures: In the story "Carrion Death!" (''[=Shock SuspenStories=]'' #9), a fugitive trudges through the desert for four days, handcuffed to the corpse of a state trooper he killed. The fugitive sees the vultures as his only chance to rid himself of the dead weight attached to his right arm, [[spoiler: but after they have stripped the corpse clean, he finds out that they do eat live flesh, too.]]
* ConjoinedTwins: Quite a few stories involve them, usually as part of an ending twist.
* CreatorCameo: The [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ja0u9vcxkW0/SE3f1M36qjI/AAAAAAAAGHc/NqX3slX4Rb8/s1600-h/ghoulunatic.jpg collectible "[=GhouLunatic=]" autographed photos of the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch]] were all portrayed by artist Johnny Craig.
** The central gimmick of the story "Kamen's Calamity", with additional moments of SelfDeprecation on Gaines and Feldstein's parts - Jack Kamen illustrates the fictional tale of how he, an endlessly jocular and cheerful artist, was almost fired from EC when they shifted from romance to horror comics, simply because he kept drawing monsters ''too pretty''. ("Who ever heard of [[{{Literature/Twilight}} a charming, sweet-lookin' vampire?!]]") Ingels, Craig, and Davis also make appearances, [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/970e3a4c7faca4b964d15af84f6c0439/tumblr_inline_my98cwkq5J1rzaxbu.jpg each of them caricaturing themselves in single-panel inserts]].
* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler:Mr. Drink, from "The Reluctant Vampire", is perhaps the only murderous individual who doesn't quite deserve his gruesome end - while he has begun to kill other people again, ostensibly to save his ass and keep him supplied in "liquid assets", he's also donating most of the plasma to the blood bank he works at to boost the inventory and keep it from being shut down. (Ironically, [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the TV series]], usually known for being DarkerAndEdgier, makes him more sympathetic than his comics counterpart, and [[SparedByTheAdaptation even gives him a happy ending]].)]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: A staple of the horror comics.
* DrugsAreBad: "The Monkey" (''Shock [=SuspenStories=] #12'').
* FoundFootageFilms: A very early example of the genre in "Television Terror", where a TV host resembling Allen Funt conducts a live tour of a haunted house, has a nervous breakdown, and [[DeadlineNews finally hangs himself on air]], all viewed through the lens of his portable camera.
* HenpeckedHusband: A number of them, [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident most of who wished to end their marital strife once and for all]]. (Such plots were known colloquially around the offices as "Buster stories", mainly because the wives either called their spouses that, or looked like they could at any moment.)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Subverted for horror in "Operation Friendship." [[spoiler: The one friend cut out the interesting part of his friend's brain to keep their friendship alive, while the lesser part of the brain was left to be married to a woman.]]
* HorrorHost: The Crypt Keeper in ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper in ''Vault of Horror'', and the Old Witch in ''The Haunt of Fear''.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The {{Horror Host}}s were prone to these, in a tradition stretching back to Raymond, the host of ''Inner Sanctum''.
* KarmicDeath: Another staple of the horror comics.
* LicensedPinballTable: The ''Tales from the Crypt'' pinball, released by Creator/DataEast in 1993 as a tie-in to both the EC Comics' title and the HBO series. [[Pinball/TalesFromTheCrypt Click here for details.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: The twist of the ''Shock [=SuspenStories=]'' tale "Raw Deal". [[spoiler:The man they rescued from sea? He's not screaming that he ''hates'' his wife, he's screaming that he ''ate'' his wife.]]
* {{Narrator}}: The three {{Horror Host}}s - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The [=GhouLunatics=]" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: "That's a 'Croc'".
* OrphanageOfFear: Briarwood Orphanage Asylum, the setting of the story "Halloween". Conditions wouldn't be quite so bad if the director Mr. Critchit wasn't spending only the bare minimum on the facility's upkeep and pocketing the difference, though. [[spoiler:Money's so tight that his skull has to be emptied out and carved up just so the orphan kids can have their Jack-o'-Lantern.]]
** And a Home For The Blind Of Fear in "Blind Alleys."
* TheParody: ''[[Magazine/{{MAD}} Mad]]'' and ''Panic''.
* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who sneers at the town's military parade and fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag to be a "foreigner" and a "Commie". [[spoiler: After they beat him to death, it turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact, a blind American war veteran with facial paralysis - he was actually ''smiling proudly'' knowing his old regiment was marching there.]]
* {{Phlegmings}}: All three hosts had them, but Vault-Keeper in particular was usually depicted with a mouth full of sticky drool, in keeping with Johnny Craig's influential rendition of the character.
* {{Prospector}}: One is the central character of "Gas-tly Prospects!", murdered by a claim jumper, he refuses to stay buried...without coming BackFromTheDead!
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: "Judgment Day" has robots who are prejudiced based on the color of their casings.
* SelfMadeOrphan: "The Orphan".
* SeveredHeadSports: In the story "[[http://cacb.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/ec-comics-foul-play/ Foul Play]]", an evil baseball player is murdered by the members of the opposing team. After killing him, they play a game where they use his head for as the ball, his leg as the bat, his intestines to mark the base liner and his organs to mark the bases. They even use his scalp to dust off home plate.[[note]](Predictably, this story was among the ones cited most often by parents' groups and legislators as proof of EC's depravity, and made an appearance at Gaines and Feldstein's day in court.)[[/note]]
** In another, "How Green Was My Alley!", this happens with a bigamist who is found out by his golfer and bowler wives, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzecjpyAcQ1r5mbglo1_400.jpg who divvy up his eyeballs and head between themselves]].
* SuddenlyEthnicity: "Judgment Day".
* TimeTravelersAreSpies: "...For Us the Living" (Weird Fantasy #20) begins with an atomic scientist being arrested as a spy for a foreign power. The scientist admits his identifying documents are all forged because he came from an alternate time-branch in which Abraham Lincoln escaped assassination and brought peace to the world.
* TwistEnding: Almost all variations, to the point of being the MandatoryTwistEnding. Usually examples of the KarmicTwistEnding.
* WallsOfText: Notoriously, the script was always written first, often directly on the storyboard, so that the art was stuck wherever it could fit.
** This was averted, however, by Harvey Kurtzman who storyboarded his scripts before giving them to other artists. His work employs very different pacing and tone than the other stories.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: In the ''Shock [=SuspenStory=]'' "In Gratitude..." an injured white war vet ends up giving his hometown this kind of callout after they choose to recognize him for his valor, but wouldn't allow his orphaned black friend, who had saved his life in the first place, to be buried in the family plot at the town cemetery.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: "The Precious Years".
* WouldntHurtAChild: The BadSanta serial killer in "And All Through the House", averting some FridgeHorror regarding the fate of the little girl who unknowingly lets him inside.
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18th Jan '14 4:19:48 PM StarSword
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* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: In one story a man's Robot Wife keeps protecting him long after he's dead and his flesh has rotted away.
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* {{Prospector}}: One is the central character of "Gas-tly Prospects!", murdered by a claim jumper, he refuses to stay buried...without coming BackFromTheDead!
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** In another, this happens with a bigamist who is found out by his golf and bowling-playing wives.

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** In another, "How Green Was My Alley!", this happens with a bigamist who is found out by his golf golfer and bowling-playing wives.bowler wives, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzecjpyAcQ1r5mbglo1_400.jpg who divvy up his eyeballs and head between themselves]].
25th Dec '13 5:45:29 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* CruelTwistEnding: [[spoiler:Mr. Drink, from "The Reluctant Vampire", is perhaps the only murderous individual who doesn't quite deserve his gruesome end - while he has begun to kill other people again, ostensibly to save his ass and keep him supplied in "liquid assets", he's also donating most of the plasma to the blood bank he works at to boost the inventory and keep it from being shut down. (Ironically, [[Series/TalesFromTheCrypt the TV series]], usually known for being DarkerAndEdgier, makes him more sympathetic than his comics counterpart, and [[SparedByTheAdaptation even gives him a happy ending]].)]]
23rd Dec '13 2:57:01 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* WhatTheHellTownspeople: In the ''Shock [=SuspenStory=]'' "In Gratitude..." an injured white war vet ends up giving his hometown kind of callout after they choose to recognize him for his valor, but wouldn't even bury his black friend, who had saved his life in the first place, in the town cemetery.

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* WhatTheHellTownspeople: In the ''Shock [=SuspenStory=]'' "In Gratitude..." an injured white war vet ends up giving his hometown this kind of callout after they choose to recognize him for his valor, but wouldn't even bury allow his orphaned black friend, who had saved his life in the first place, to be buried in the family plot at the town cemetery.
23rd Dec '13 2:46:27 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag and sneers at the military parade to be a "foreigner" and a "Commie". After they beat him to death, it turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact a blind American war veteran with facial paralysis.

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* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who sneers at the town's military parade and fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag and sneers at the military parade to be a "foreigner" and a "Commie". [[spoiler: After they beat him to death, it turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact fact, a blind American war veteran with facial paralysis.paralysis - he was actually ''smiling proudly'' knowing his old regiment was marching there.]]
23rd Dec '13 2:41:40 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag to be a "foreigner and a Commie" and beating him to death. Turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact a blind American war veteran.

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* PatrioticFervor: The townspeople in "The Patriots" lean towards the worse side of this, suspecting a man who fails to remove his hat in the presence of an American flag and sneers at the military parade to be a "foreigner "foreigner" and a Commie" and beating "Commie". After they beat him to death. Turns death, it turns out the so-called Commie was, in fact a blind American war veteran.veteran with facial paralysis.
23rd Dec '13 2:38:43 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* {{Narrator}}: The three {{Horror Host}}s - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The GhouLunatics" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.

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* {{Narrator}}: The three {{Horror Host}}s - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The GhouLunatics" [=GhouLunatics=]" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.



* {{Phlegmings}}: All three hosts had them, but Vault-Keeper in particular was usually depicted with a mouth full of sticky drool, in keeping with Johnny Craig's influential rendition.

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* {{Phlegmings}}: All three hosts had them, but Vault-Keeper in particular was usually depicted with a mouth full of sticky drool, in keeping with Johnny Craig's influential rendition.rendition of the character.



* SeveredHeadSports: In the story "[[http://cacb.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/ec-comics-foul-play/ Foul Play]]", an evil baseball player is murdered by the members of the opposing team. After killing him, they play a game where they use his head for as the ball, his leg as the bat, his intestines to mark the base liner and his organs to mark the bases. They even use his scalp to dust off home plate.

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* SeveredHeadSports: In the story "[[http://cacb.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/ec-comics-foul-play/ Foul Play]]", an evil baseball player is murdered by the members of the opposing team. After killing him, they play a game where they use his head for as the ball, his leg as the bat, his intestines to mark the base liner and his organs to mark the bases. They even use his scalp to dust off home plate.[[note]](Predictably, this story was among the ones cited most often by parents' groups and legislators as proof of EC's depravity, and made an appearance at Gaines and Feldstein's day in court.)[[/note]]
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* CreatorCameo: The [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ja0u9vcxkW0/SE3f1M36qjI/AAAAAAAAGHc/NqX3slX4Rb8/s1600-h/ghoulunatic.jpg collectible "Ghoulunatic" autographed photos of the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch]] were all portrayed by artist Johnny Craig.

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* CreatorCameo: The [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ja0u9vcxkW0/SE3f1M36qjI/AAAAAAAAGHc/NqX3slX4Rb8/s1600-h/ghoulunatic.jpg collectible "Ghoulunatic" "[=GhouLunatic=]" autographed photos of the Crypt-Keeper, the Vault-Keeper and the Old Witch]] were all portrayed by artist Johnny Craig.



* HurricaneOfPuns: The {{HorrorHost}}s were prone to these, in a tradition stretching back to Raymond, the host of ''Inner Sanctum''.

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* HurricaneOfPuns: The {{HorrorHost}}s {{Horror Host}}s were prone to these, in a tradition stretching back to Raymond, the host of ''Inner Sanctum''.



* {{Narrator}}: The three {{HorrorHosts}} - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The GhouLunatics" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.

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* {{Narrator}}: The three {{HorrorHosts}} {{Horror Host}}s - the Crypt Keeper of ''Tales from the Crypt'', the Vault Keeper of ''The Vault of Horror'' and the Old Witch of ''The Haunt of Fear'', known collectively as "The GhouLunatics" - not only introduced the stories and provided epilogues, but also cracked jokes at the readers' and each other's expense.



* {{Phlegmings}}: Popular with the [[HorrorHost Horror Hosts]].

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* {{Phlegmings}}: Popular All three hosts had them, but Vault-Keeper in particular was usually depicted with the [[HorrorHost Horror Hosts]].a mouth full of sticky drool, in keeping with Johnny Craig's influential rendition.
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