A report on The Haunt of Fear

The Old Witch as rendered by Graham Ingels.
Steve Fiorilla's latex mask of the Old Witch, as seen on HBO's Tales from the Crypt.

American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics, starting in 1950.

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Cover of Tales from the Crypt #24
Art by Al Feldstein

Tales from the Crypt (comics)

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American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics from 1950 to 1955, producing 27 issues ; International Crime Patrol (#6); Crime Patrol (#7–#16) and The Crypt of Terror (#17–#19) for a total of 46 issues in the series).

American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics from 1950 to 1955, producing 27 issues ; International Crime Patrol (#6); Crime Patrol (#7–#16) and The Crypt of Terror (#17–#19) for a total of 46 issues in the series).

Cover of Tales from the Crypt #24
Art by Al Feldstein
The Crypt of Terror #17
The Crypt-Keeper as rendered by Al Feldstein for Crime Patrol #15

Along with its sister titles, The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror, Tales from the Crypt was popular, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s comic books came under attack from parents, clergymen, schoolteachers and others who believed the books contributed to illiteracy and juvenile delinquency.

Cover, issue #13

The Vault of Horror (comics)

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American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

American bi-monthly horror comic anthology series published by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

Cover, issue #13
The Vault-Keeper and Drusilla as rendered by Johnny Craig

Along with Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear, it formed a trifecta of popular EC horror anthologies.

EC Comics

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American publisher of comic books, which specialized in horror fiction, crime fiction, satire, military fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction from the 1940s through the mid-1950s, notably the Tales from the Crypt series.

American publisher of comic books, which specialized in horror fiction, crime fiction, satire, military fiction, dark fantasy, and science fiction from the 1940s through the mid-1950s, notably the Tales from the Crypt series.

225 Lafayette Street, home of EC Comics
"Judgment Day" was first published in Weird Fantasy #18 (April 1953)

Most notorious were its horror books, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear.

Cover, #1 by Johnny Craig

Crime SuspenStories

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Bi-monthly anthology crime comic published by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

Bi-monthly anthology crime comic published by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

Cover, #1 by Johnny Craig

Issues three through 16 featured a guest appearance from The Haunt of Fear's Old Witch.

Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman

Two-Fisted Tales

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Anthology war comic published bi-monthly by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

Anthology war comic published bi-monthly by EC Comics in the early 1950s.

Cover illustration by Harvey Kurtzman
Two-Fisted Annual (1953). Cover art by Jack Davis
Two-Fisted Annual (1952). Cover art by Harvey Kurtzman.

As with many EC comics published at the time, Two-Fisted Tales did not start with issue number one; a renaming of The Haunt of Fear, Two-Fisted Tales began with issue #18 (cover-dated Dec. 1950) and ran 24 issues through #41 (March 1955).

Graham Ingels

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Planet Stories, Spring 1944 – Ingels's only cover for a science fiction pulp, illustrating Nelson S. Bond's "Wanderers of the Wolf Moon"
Ingels's horror host, the Old Witch
The Haunt of Fear, illustrated by Ingels

Graham J. Ingels (June 7, 1915 – April 4, 1991) was a comic book and magazine illustrator best known for his work in EC Comics during the 1950s, notably on The Haunt of Fear and Tales from the Crypt, horror titles written and edited by Al Feldstein, and The Vault of Horror, written and edited by Feldstein and Johnny Craig.

Davis in 2015

Jack Davis (cartoonist)

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American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories.

American cartoonist and illustrator, known for his advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, record album art and numerous comic book stories.

Davis in 2015
Davis' flair for caricature made him a natural choice for satire magazines such as Mad, Cracked, Trump, Humbug and Help!

After rejections from several comic book publishers, he began freelancing for William Gaines' EC Comics in 1950, contributing to Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales, Piracy, Incredible Science Fiction, Crime Suspenstories, Shock Suspenstories and Terror Illustrated.

EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt #24 (July 1951) Cover art by Al Feldstein

Horror comics

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Horror comics are comic books, graphic novels, black-and-white comics magazines, and manga focusing on horror fiction.

Horror comics are comic books, graphic novels, black-and-white comics magazines, and manga focusing on horror fiction.

EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt #24 (July 1951) Cover art by Al Feldstein
Gilberton Publications' Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (August 1943), possibly the first full-length comic-book horror story
Avon Publications' Eerie Comics #1 (January 1947). Cover artist unknown.
Beware: Chilling Tales of Horror number 10 (July 1954). Artwork by Frank Frazetta.
Crime Suspenstories (April/May 1954) was entered as evidence in the Senate hearings.

The most influential and enduring horror-comics anthologies of this period, beginning 1950, were the 91 issues of EC Comics' three series: The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror and The Crypt of Terror, renamed Tales from the Crypt.

In this self-portrait, George Evans holds a Secret Agent Corrigan comic strip.

George Evans (cartoonist)

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American cartoonist and illustrator who worked in both comic books and comic strips.

American cartoonist and illustrator who worked in both comic books and comic strips.

In this self-portrait, George Evans holds a Secret Agent Corrigan comic strip.
George Evans art print, Death of an Ace (1977)
George Evans in 1953 at work on "Frank Luke!" for Frontline Combat #13 (July–August 1953).

He was a semi-regular contributor to The Haunt of Fear, Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, Frontline Combat, Two-Fisted Tales and Shock SuspenStories (the latter of which also had three covers by Evans).

Al Feldstein by Michael Netzer

Al Feldstein

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American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

Al Feldstein by Michael Netzer
Feldstein, center, at the 2008 Heroes Con
Mother's Pride by Al Feldstein

Those comic books, known as EC's New Trend group, included Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, Shock SuspenStories, Crime SuspenStories, Panic and Piracy.