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MEET AGAIN, BOILS AND

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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!

SHE?!

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DIED,

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A FEW DAYS LATER, THE OWNER OF THE NEW YORK ART OALLERY CALLED THE

CRANWELL POLICE TO REPORT THAT THEY HAD BEEN UNABLE TO REACH KROLL. THE POLICE CHECKED KROLL'S

HOUSE AND FOUND

HIS BODY...


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WHO WAS MURPEREP. BUT THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE WHO PIP NOT FOROET...


BUT BEFORE MIKE AND LINDA COULD TAKE ANY MORE OF THE PAINTINOS OUT, THEY" HEARD THE SOUND OF SOMETHING SCRAPINO AOAINST THE ASPHALT ON THE OROUND. AND THEN THAT TERRIBLE SMELL SUDDENLY COT MUCH, MUCH WORSE... OH,

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MAKE SURE TO ACCURATELY DEGRADE! AFTER ...I ALL, IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU LEARN IN A CRYPT, IT’S HOW TO GET YOUR COLLECTIBLES SLABBED! AND CERTAINLY MADE SURE TO PACK EVERYTHING SECURELY! FIND THAT PINE BOXES WORK BEST FOR ME— ALTHOUGH THE SHRED-EX GUY DOESN’T SEEM TO APPRECIATE IT! I

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SO, LET’S NOT WAIT ^ A HALF CENTURY UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN! BE BACK IN JUST SIXTY DAYS FOR MORE TALES . FROM THE CRYPT!


Return of

TALES FRO THE CRYPT t's

one of

I before all-new flagship

Keeper,

EC

world of comics And graphic novel publishing! Shortly Papercutz announced that we would be publishing

the biggest surprises in the

2007

the

New York

Comic Con,

FROM THE CRYPT comics.

TALES

After

more

than 50 years,

EC

Comics' legendary

returns with all-new shocking SuspenStories, narrated by the original Crypt-

title

Old Witch, and Vault

Keeper. Each issue will feature

two 20-page

tales

of terror in the

tradition!

Reactions ranged from excitement -from fans thrilled to see the most famous horror comicbook ever return after over

known

for

fifty

years, to

graphic novels such as

its

suitable for all-ages, as the

amount of adult

it

HBO TALES FROM THE CRYPT series certainly contained

a

fair

content.

"People forget that the original

Comics back

was to be coming from a publisher primarily Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys which contain material

shock-that

in the 50s,

was

FROM THE CRYPT comicbook,

TALES

also intended for all-ages,

and

its

published by the EC primary readership was young

boys,” Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup is quick to point out. But that may be exactly what fans find so controversial. The original TALES FROM TE1E CRYPT comics, featuring stories dreamed up by EC publisher William M. Gaines and his editor A1 Feldstein, and drawn by Feldstein, as well as Graham Ingles, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Joe Orlando, Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Bill Elder, Reed Crandall, Johnny Craig, A1 Williamson, George Evans, and colored by Marie Severin, started a horror comics craze that soon drew the attention of psychiatrist Dr. Frederick Wertham. Wertham reacted to horror comics' popularity with children by writing a book called "Seduction of the Innocent,” which maintained that comics led to juvenile delinquency and even worse behavior. Parents were understandably alarmed, and soon the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency was taking a hard look at comicbooks. EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines spoke before the Subcommittee, but was unable to convince them that his comics were entertaining stories told in good taste. Ultimately, comicbook publishers adversely affected by the negative publicity created the Comics Magazine Association of America which would review comics and award a seal of approval to assure parents that the comic's contents were safe,

wholesome

entertainment.

it was too late for many publishers, as the negative publicity had so hurt sales of many comicbook companies went out of business. EC Comics, tried to hang in new titles such as "Valor” and MAD comics, in a new magazine format, survived. The question is, was TALES FROM CRYPT really all that bad? “Of course not!” Salicrup insists. “Ironically, many of the original stories would be approved by today's revised Comics Code, but sure, there were some stories that still wouldn’t get by. The point here is that the stories that

Unfortunately,

comics that

but despite canceling their horror comics, and creating

there,

"Psychoanalysis,” only

Papercutz will be creating will be aimed at readers age 10 and up. Instead of excessive blood and gore, we’ll be sticking to the esting characters, lots of dark

But ultimately

it’s

you who

TALES

Place, Ste. 1308, issue,

which

When and

it’s

is

FROM THE CRYPT tradition of stories filled with

humor, and of

will decide

salicrup@papercutz.com or to

if

we

course, the trademarked

succeeded or

failed.

EC "shock”

inter-

endings!"

Send your comments

to us at

THE CRYPT-KEEPER’S CORNER, PAPERCUTZ,

New York, NY

coming your way

10005. We'll run the in just

60

most

interesting

days.

reached for comment, The Crypt-Keeper said,

about time! Ahahahah!”

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JUST HOLD STILL, PICHAPD--

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yOUP NECK FOP you/

NO

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DIDN'T THINK SO!

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IT'S

EVEN

1

THOUGHT

I

YOU

MOPE PAINFUL THAN yOU WAS SOINS TO 8£, WHICH

IT

DIDN'T THINK POSSIBLE.

OA SSED GLASS CUTTING, SLICING, TEAPINS...

youe THPOB8IN G FEET SUP AND SLIDE AND SKID ON THE SUDDEN SUCKNESS OF THE PLOOP.'

youe pupsueps, howevep, APE NOT SO HINPEPEP.

THIS IS

NO

TIME TO CATCH

youe 8PEATH,

PICHAPD.'

you

CAN HEAP THE CPUNCHINS OF THEIP HEAVY BOOTS ON THE SLASS PISHT 6EHINP YOU!

KEEP PUNNING,

PICHAPD.'.'


youp New friends, who you met on-line.. .liiye-minoeo people who were oust as DISSATISFIED AS YOU WITH THE COPPUPTION OF THE WESTEPN WORLD, THE MINDLESS PURSUIT OF POWER... LUST... MATERIAL STATUS SYMBOLS WHEN you MET THEM FACE-TO-FACE, THEy

MADE yOU AN OFFEQ you SIMPLy COULD NOT PEFUSE!

youu. ee rewarded with a LUSH ©ARDEN, RICHARD, COMPLETE WITH BEAUTIFUL MAIPS... EVERY SERVANT YOU COULD k THINK OF, TO WAIT ON yOU HAND AND FOOT/


...ALL THE WAy UP TO THE POLITICIANS AND THE ©ENEPALS, THEIP HANDS DPIPPIN© WITH THE BLOOD OF INNOCENTS...

...THE

PUPVEYOPS OF

SMUT THAT PASSES FOP ENTERTAINMENT THESE

DAYS...

...YOU TOLD THEM ALA IN YOUP VIDEO, DIDN'T YOU, PICHAPD? YOU TOLD THEM THE COMMITMENT YOU HAD MADE. '

1

SO YOU COULDN'T LET YOUPSELF BE ARRESTED, NOW COULD YOU, BEFORE YOUP TASK WAS COMPLETED? WITH THAT VIDEO AS CONCPETE EVIDENCE OF YOUP FAILURE THE HUMILIATION WOULD BE WOPSE THAN ANYTHIN© YOU COULD IMASINE

I

— THE SHAME THAT YOU HAD BOTCHED THE

I

ONE, SIMPLE OUTY YOUP NEW PPIENDS, YOUP FELLOW WARRIORS HAD ENTPUSTED YOU WITH-


Tliawr incredible/ the

J

j/

wounds on youR peeT â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they SOON AS yOU QECEIVEO THEM.

HEALED ALMOST AS

BUT THEN, PERHAPS, ..THAT

WOULD STAND TO QEASON. APTER ALL, NO ONE CAN D/E IN THE AFTEQLIFE.


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FEATURING

THE CRYPT-KEEPER

THE OLD WITCH

THE VAULT-KEEPER /.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;fj

mi

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WASSUP WITH THE CRYPT-KEEPER?! .

GLAD YOU AXED! HE’S BEEN READING THE ONLINE REVIEWS OF HIS LATEST CRYPT COMIC! HEH HEHl

^

EITHER HE’S SO

f | 1

1

^

SELF-ABSORBED THAT’S GHOULGLED HIMSELF TO DEATH OR THE REVIEWS ARE

HE’S

WAY SCARIER THAN

—HE

STORIES HASN’T BUDGED IN HOURS!

\ 1

HIS

1

OL’ C-K REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER DESPERATELY \ NEEDY NINCOMPOOP NAMED JAYSAN! HE TOO WANTED TO BE LOVED BY MILLIONS! THAT’S WHY JAYSAN HOPED TO BECOME THE POPSTAR IDOL! HERE’S A FRIGHTENING FABLE FROM MY

f

WITCH'S

CAULDRON

CALLED...

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WELL, OLD

^-^41

WITCH, YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY—

EC COME, EC GO!

^HE 1

W 1

,

THAT’LL^

LOOK GROOVY IN

MY VAULT!

\

t


rM

hepe at

^

THE PIPST DAY OF tpyouts fop next SEASON'S EDITION OF

POPSTAP TOOL —

.

r

OH, NO.'

WHY^

YOU WAKE UP?.' YOU KNEW WANTED TO BE

DIDN'T

ME I

THEPE, SLOPIA.'

r

—AS YOU CAN ” SEE, THE CPOWD IS IMMENSE? MANY HAVE IN LINE FOP PAYS

BEEN

TO SET k

THEIP

CHANCE TO

AUDITION FOP THE HIT SHOW'

j

>


f

DEJECTED GUT DETERMINED, THE POTENTIAL POPSTAP WANDERS BACK HOME... r 0ABN IT I'M CONNA SET IN LINE

LATER TONISHT TO

PREOCCUPIED WITH HIS THOUGHTS, HE DOESN'T NOTICE A LAPSE BOOK BLOCKING HIS PATH AND STUMBLES OVER IT...


LITTLE

MENT

PEAUZINS HOW TPUE HIS STATEHE FLIPS THPOUSH THE TOME...

IS,


HIDING- IN

THE SHADOWS, JAYSAN

DOESN'T HAVE TO WAIT ha.' it woacep! L NOW WHAT ?!

LONS...

BEFOPE

HIS ASTONISHED EYES, THE DEAD IS CONSUMED IN FLAMES AND A STPANSE SMOKE PISES WITH AN OFFENSIVE

MOUSE

SULFUPIC SMELL/


7

AND TPUE TO THE DEMON'S PCOMISE, JAYS AN AUDITIONS SEFOPE

SLYMON eOWBLL, APAULA O'POUL, AND P£N£LL JAXON/ OH, eoy, HEPE'S @[SIVE HIM A CHANCE/]

ANOTHEP

NUT.'

SO

AHEAO,

SUY.'

OOOH, BABY .BABY.'

PATHETIC,

HE'S KINDA

CUTE/

I AM SO INTO YOU, MY BABY LOVE, OOH V.

YEAH/

AND

IT

ALWAYS

HELPS***

TO HAVE A KINDA &OOFY ACT ON THE SHOW, DAWS'


PULUNS FPEE PPOM OAYSAN, SLOPIA SLIPS ON SOME SOAPY WATEP AND...

OHHH/

THEPE

OH, VO/ 0LOPIA'

APE YOU

a eieeeQ DEMON.'

.

IS

NO PESPONSE AS HEP

LIFELESS BODY STAPTS TO ISNITE ON TOP THE DEMONIC SYMBOLS'

OKA/Pi

you SUMMONED MEP what is youp wishp

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W7/V ON POPSTA2 i

k

STILL SACRIFICE

TO PEALIZE yOUP J DESIPE/

SHOW/

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can you ' MAKE SUPE I SET

ACCEPTED ON SHOW?

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THE,

y

IT IS

AND

DONE!

AAAy I

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MAKE

A SU&&ESTIONP DO SOMETHIN© ABOUT

V

THAT W4/P>/

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and so sesins

row, 646//^

JAYSAN'S SEEMINSLY

CAN'T u-t-l-ve

INEXPLICABLE pise on thc

WITHOUT

you--.'*

show, Desprre HIS QUESTIONABLE TALENT, HE

SETS A CADPE OF SCPE AMINS PANS,,.

SIMPLY

8ECAUSE HE IS

ON TV.'

JAYSAN' JAYSAN'

YBCCH' WHAT A NOlSBf HIS CONTINUED SUCCESS IS SUPELY THE WOPK OF THE

OAQY ACTS'

^\

WE'LL SEE HOW THE VOTINS SOES TONI&HT. \ AMEPICA CAN'T 6E SO ) STUPID AS TO MAKE /

POPSTAP TOOL'

HIM THE

/


O-O-KAY/ WELL, CEDPIC DOESN'T

IF

SHOW

UP SOON, HE'S OF V THE COMPETITION/ X

THAT'S A

SAFE BBT'

THE MYSTEPY OF THE MISSINS POPSTAP CONTESTANT MAKES HEADLINES WHICH FUELS DAYS AN'S SUCCESS AS THE SHOW MUST SO ON.

S’ BACKSTASE ON THE NEXT TO LAST SHOW...

do you

V HAPPENED?

AFTEP TONISHT, ONLY T TWO OF YOU WILL 8£ LEFT/ SOOO LUCK TO / OH,

THINK THEY'LL

evee find cedpic? WHAT COULD'VE >

*

HE^SS

PPOSA8LY COULDN'T TAKE THE HEAT AND

FLAKED OUT',

^

YOU ALL/

g

M|L

J

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VIS

POP^

LESSEP MEN/ DON'T /s/eec? IT/

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WHAT DO you

THINK A80UT THE FINALISTS, StyMON?

MAyee i can win on My OWN WITHOUT ANy mope oeMONtc n M HELP! RL.

M

AN UTTEP

TPAVBSTYT WE'VE

^

SEEN SOME PEAL TALENT 1 SET VOTED OFF IN FAVOP OF THAT CATEPWAULINS 8ANSHEE, JAySAN.' IF HE WINS, IT'LL 8E 0k A New LOW FOP MUSICAL^ r

,

STANOAPOS/

H I -1

I WOULD WIN \ IF rr WASN'T FOP THAT A | SOWELL ALWAyS 6AP-

U

MOUTHING ME.' HE JUST VOTED HIMSELF AS TOP FINALIST FOP THE ULTIMATB SACPIFICB THAT WILL

ASSUPE My

VICTOPy.'


ON

THE AFTERNOON OF THE PINAL SHOW, JAYSAN APPANSES A MEETING WITH SLyMON...


^

HOO-HAH!

FINALLY A “REALITY” TV SHOW THAT’S

TRUE TO

LIFE,

AS SLYMON

WAS ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE!

p* '

LOOK— DUG UP ONE OF THE CRYPTI

KEEPER'S RARE COMICS— IT’S

SO

GOOD LORD!

!

ENTOMBED IN PLASTIC, MUST BE VALUABLE!

IT

JUST TOSS IT IN WITH THE REST OF THE STUFF WE’RE TAKING OFF C-K’S HANDS!

THOUGHT THEY’D NEVER LEAVE! HI, BOILS AND GHOULS, LET ME TELL YOU THE TERRIFYING TRUTH BEHIND THAT COMICBOOK THOSE TWO GHOULUNATICS RIPPED-OFF . WHILE WAS LURKING IN MY i FAVORITE SCREAM-ROOM!

^

I

I

^

^ JUST LIKE WHAT YOU CALL AN OVER-PRICED COMICBOOK DE-GRADED AND

IMPRISONED IN PLASTIC, CALL THIS TERROR-TALE... I


LIKE THE WOPLD ITSELF, COMICBOOKS EMBODY THE FOPCES OF GOOO AND BtttJ A

PPIMAL, TITANIC ^

r

UNLIKE THE

WOPLD,

IN

^

WT [

DUDE

MAN, THE OLD IS WACK/

THAT'S WHY f I'VE DEVOTED MY ' LIFE TO SATHEPINS

HE TALKS LIKE A COMIC HIMSELF/

THESE FINE HEQOES W UNDEP ONE /

m.

COMICS,

JUSTICE CAN L.

PULE/

i

TO THINK THEIP COLLECTED ENEPSY INFOPMS THE VEPY SPICKS WITH AN UNEPPINS jk SENSE OF JUSTICE/

I LIKE .

V-

r UH.„Y£AH.^ YOU PAY CASH, v

PISHT?

a

is®

poof/


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IT'S THE CONDITION I'M soppy, IT'S SEEN

PE AD

TOO OFTEN.'

1 .

NOOO! I CAN'T PICO WITH FIVE BUCKS/

SO SACK TO

WHAT AM

I

.

^ SONNA DO.?* ,

MUCH OF THE ENEPSY HAS SEEN DCAINEOf

^

^

IT'S PPACTICALLY

USELESS TO

ME/

YEAH? OUST

LIKE

youve useless TO ME/ ^ v


r

YOU KNOW,

KIDDIES, IT’S JUVENILE DELINQUENTS SUCH AS DERRICK THAT GIVE COMICS A REALLY BAD NAME! >

^

OH, NO! THIS?!

WHAT’S

THOSE THE OLD WITCH AND THE VAULT-KEEPER, TRADED THE IDIOTS,

r

MOST VALUABLE COMIC IN THE WORLD, TO GET INTO k.

ANOTHER COMIC!

V

THEY’RE

\

DOWNGRADING THAT COMIC TO TORE-MINT CONDITION!

IF SHE DROPS THAT CAR, THEY’LL HAVE TO RE-TITLE THE BOOK TRACTION COMICS!

V

OH, THE

HORROR—

THE HORROR!

^

WITH US ON THE^ COVER WE SHOULD DRIVE PRICES UP, .

UP AND AWAY!

r

SOUNDS

LIKE

>

N

YOU’VE BEEN TO THE FORTRESS OF ATTITUDE! s

V

UNLESS WE JUST DESTROYED THE COMICS INDUSTRY AGA/N-DON’T MISS THE NEXT SHOCK-FILLED, SUPER-SCAREFYING, NIGHTMARE-INSPIRING, CRITIC-BAITING, COLLECTORS ITEM ISSUE OF TALES FROM THE CRYPT!


FEATURING

NO! THIS

CANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T BE REAL!

THE CRYPT-KEEPER

THE VAULT-KEEPER


WELCOME TO THE CRYPT OF TERROR, HORROR FIENDS! YES, IT’S ME AGAIN... THE CRYPT-KEEPER! BACK AGAIN TO HOST MY M AD-MAG, TALES FROM THE CRYPT! _

NOW

k

YOU W JUST GOT TO GET ^ f AWAY FROM THE OLD SEE, I’VE

'

WITCH AND THE VAULTKEEPER! EVER SINCE THE

UNSPEAKABLE HAPPENED BACK IN THE 50s, THOSE TWO HAVE BEEN BUZZING AROUND ME LIKE FLIES OVER A FRESH CORPSE! .THEIR

CONSTANT JIBBER-

k JABBER HAS

^k

DRIVEN

ME TOO AN EARLY

IT

MAY LOOK

LIKE I’VE HIT

BOTTOM,

LAYING HERE IN THIS GRUESOME OPEN GRAVE, BUT THE TERRIFYING TRUTH IS I’M REALLY BACK IN THE CRYPT OF TERROR. YOU’RE JUST LOOKING AT THE VIRTUAL CRYPT-KEEPER!

v

AJ

WHICH REMINDS ME OF THIS FEAR-FABLE ABOUT A RATHER DESPICABLE CHARACTER CALLED STONY BLAKE, A DRUG DEALER WHO WAS WIRED FOR SOUND. CONFUSED? DON’T BE - SOON EVERYTHING WILL BE...

^


FOP STONY BLAYe, UF6 WAS sooo.

He COULO BBAT ONe OF HIS CPYSTAL MSTH cuswMees to a pulp

who owes

-ANO BPOAOCAST THe IMASe TO HIS PISHTHANO STOOSe ANO eNFOPCFP, CUPLY.

him

MONey-


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©ET WHAT yOU OWE ME,

op youli. wish you ©ETTIN© VWEPE ByONLy My k

FISTS.

HIT

STAyiN© ALIVE

ECONOMICAL!^ WASN'T A PPOBLEM FOP A OPU© ENTPEPPENEUP LIKE STONy, WHO LIVED MUCH OF HIS LIFE

PHONE.

STONy MADE A LOT OF CONTACTS FLyiN© HIS PLANE

OVEP BOPDEPS AND STATE LINES AND WHEN PETUPNIN© TO HIS MID-WESTEPN HOMETOWN, OVEP

FAPMLANDS TPyiN© TO STAy ECONOMICALLy

ALIVE.

A

MAN WHO KNEW A MAN

WHO KNEW A WOMAN TOLD HIM THEy'D PEPPECTED A CELLPHONE FOP PEOPLE TO HAVE THE ULTIMATE COMMUNICATION.

CINE-PHONE

ON THE


-4

THEY D CALLED IT NEUPAL INTEPFACING. IT WAS THE COMING

yeAH.

.

SOPPy

.

I COULDN'T ge these to help you, sTONy.

y

THING.

IMPLANTED COMMUNICATION DEVICES. CAPAGLE OF TPANSMITTING AND PECEIVING AUDIO

AS WELL AS

VIDEO.

DON'T

SWEAT .

IT,

CUPLy.

PEPFECT FOP STONy. THE PHONE WAS HIS LIFELINE, DOING DEALS, LISTENING TO DESPEPATE ADDICTS. THE LIVE ONES, OF COUPSE. NOT THE

DEAD ONES,

P

DON'T^

I

MIND GETTING M y HANDS

v

oiPTy.

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LIKE

DAMON


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SMALL TOWN FOLKS LIKe TO gossip, you

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Me,

v

V

THAT TPUe?

THAT.

SOMF OF TH656 PUMOPS FLyiNS

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^

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V

^

you AND

THE THREE OP US WERE SO CLOSE

GROWING

UP.

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I

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.

DID A LOT

OF THINGS WE WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO DO.

M

TO.

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f

k NANCy LEE?

T

I

THINK

WE

^

COULD GOTH STAND NOT GEING ALONE

L.

TONIGHT.

A

a


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he peveLS in showing NANcy Lee how pap He has coMe, THe Acees of land, thb IMPOSING House, THe exouisue TPAPPINGS.

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THIS'LL

Give cuPLy

A

THPILL.

MAKS HIM JeALOUS to scat THe SAND.

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,

^

LBT Me HOLD yOU, NANcy Lee. lbj Me qb with you THe wAy we wepe whcn we Nevep xNew Liee could GeT SO HAPD.

V

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STONY CAN'T QUITE PATHOM WHAT HAPPENED. J

THEPE

WAS

1

1

NANCY LEE'S WAPMTH AND

1

1

CLOSENESS—

I

1

—AND

1

THEN

COLD AND DAPK.

WHAT

IS THIS? HE CAN'T MOVE.'

ON HIS OWN BED, AND HE CAN'T TWITCH A PINSEP, HE'S

MOVE AN APM, MOVE A

LES.

THIS ISN'T

HOW

SUPPOSED TO

IT IS

BE.


AS SOON AS I PETUPNED TO THIS TOWN AND SAW yOUP HOUSE, SAW ALL THIS, ALL THE PUMOPS j WEPE TPUE.

kl KNEW

THIS PLACE...

EVEPyTHINS

you

w

IT

HAVE...

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ALL SOUSHT

ON

.DPUS MONEy.

^ MONEy My COST

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SPOTHEP

HIS LIFE.

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WITH

IT.

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THE IDEA

PPOM

THE TIME yOU WEPE NUZZLINS

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My NECK AT THE V

PESTAUPANT.

A

LITTLE DATE.

r a NiPTy > OPUS THAT .

^

I

LOVE WATCHINS

you Tpy TO MOVE, AND THE PANIC IN yOUP EyES, as you pealize you CAN'T/ S.

V

IMMOBILIZES the eooy.'


STONy WANTS TO SCPEAM SANITy BACK INTO HEP. HE WANTS TO SCPEAM FOP PESCUE, 8UT KNOWS HE'S BUILT HIS HOUSE FAP FPOM PPyiNS £y£S AND EAPS.

you HEAP THIS,

STONy/ My

^BPOTHEP—

^

-WON'T BE THE ONLY

ONE—

>

-8UPIED

TODAy/


NANCY/ WHAT APE you doins?

^

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W

ABOUT WHAT

^yOU'PE

DOINS,

OK Ay?_^

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IT

WOULD BE A WHOLE

DIFFEPENT STOPy, THEN.'

r

you CAN TAKE IT^ TO THE BANK, STONy. I'VE BEEN DOINS A L. LOT OF THINKINS^

r NO

ONE'S SOINS TO HEAP

you OP L.

FIND

you.

>

T

^

and you IN youp

KNOW

HEAPT OF HEAPTS, STONy— >

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look fop you

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TOO

HAPD.

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STONY, CAN you HEAP ME NOW? CAN you HEAP.,?

Yyou,HEAP ^ cuPLy I

1

.

.

can you SEE WHAT I SEE?

,

L.

yEAH. NISHT SKY/

WHEPE APE yOU? WHAT HAPPENED? STONy: IT'S

THE CPAZy

SISTEP, CUPLy'

T

SHE'S

SOTX

ME ZONKED OUT

ON SOME

^ OF

KIND

DPUS.

A

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NEPVE, THAT'S HOW STPONS THIS )

STONy ALMOST HAS A HEAPT ATTACK WHEN HE HEAPS CUPLy'S VOICE, LOUD WITH CONCEPN IN HIS EAP.

THE CAMEPA PHONE/ IT'S ON/ MUST HAVE TPISSEPED THE

MECHANISM WHEN HE WHACKED HIS HEAD INTO THE COFFIN BOTTOM/

STUFF

IS/

^


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NUTSO'S SOT ME A COFFIN. yOU HEAP THAT?

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IN

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NOW.' NO FOOLINS APOUN0.'

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FPOM

MEAN,

\

THE STAPS,

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NOPTHWEST.

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HEPE'

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SPEND ETEPNITY, STONY/

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—eEPOPE^

yOU BETPAyED1 US ALL/

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ONLy ANOTHEP PEW

SECONDS AND HE COULD BE SAVED.

IT ISN'T FAIP/ HIS

MIND SCPEAMS

— BECAUSE HIS MOUTH CANNOT/

IN THE WOPLD HE SUPPOSED TO WITH THAT IMASE?

WHAT IS

DO

CUPLy SQUINTS AT WHAT IS IN THE CENTEP OF THE SMALL IMASE. WHAT IS THAT?

A CHILD'S SWINS? FPAME CUPLy,

IT

AS A USELESS NOPMAN POCKWELL SCENE? FOP ABOUT AS PAP PEMOVED FPOM HIS WOPLD MEANS NOTHINS. NOTHINS AT ALL.

IT'S

AS THAT

PAINTINS. IT


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WW V Bi

CAN YOU FEAR ME NOW?

GOOD ONE, OLD WITCH! REALLY DUG IT AND STONEY’S HEAD-PHONE,

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TOO!

^

I

HATE

^

TO SAY IT, BUT C-K ISN’T A PARTICULARLY GRACIOUS HOST. WHEN HE’S ONLINE IT’S AS IF HE’S IN ANOTHER WORLD! SUSPECT HE’S N. A I

Sw

AVOIDING US!

^^^k CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR HIS NEXT SCARY STORY! MAYBE I’LL JUST LOOK INSIDE THIS ISSUE OF TALES FROM THE CRYPT #4 - IF CAN JUST k GET IT OUT OF THIS j I

I

W-

PLASTIC CASE...!

^

Y

NOOOO! VAULT-KEEPER, YOU OLD ROTTING IGNORAMUS! YOU’RE TAMPERING WITH REALITY! WE CAN’T

EXIST IN MORE THAN ONE WORLD AT A TIME!

JUST CHECK OUT

WHAT HAPPENS TO ANDY DABBSTEIN WHEN HE GETS MIXED UP WITH HAVING AN..


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I've

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NEVEP CHEATED ON THOUSH. SHE

CAMMY,

KNEW EVEPy DETAIL ABOUT My LIFE., .AND My OTHEP LIFE.

EVEN THE

WOMEN

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HAD A CAVE OF PICHES. EVENBLADE HAD HIS ADMIPINS SIPLPPIEND,

KYQA QAVBNHAtQ.

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HAVE NONE OF THOSE THINSS

NOW. ANDy'S

AND

SOON...

OP EVENBLADE'S.

SOON,

EVEN HAVE ME.

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WON'T


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DIDN'T LIKE

EVEN6LA D£, SHE

AN ANDy

WAS

SIPL.

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OF

I

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STOOD

THAT.

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EVENGLADE.

SHE COULD 6E SO

FeUSTQATlHe'

THAT NISHT

IT

WASN'T EVENGLADE

WHO KILLED PIPTy 6ALTHSOPIAN OSPES AND WON 800 SOLD P. IT

WAS ANOY.


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I

1

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UNGUPDENED MYSELF TO THEM.

AND EVEN8LADE PAID THE PPICE.

SITUATION. HIS

SUA PD DOWN,

SOMEONE LIFTED GOO SOLD P FPOM HIS CHAINLINK GELT.

ANDY'S WALLET WENT MISSINS THE FOLLOWINS MOPNINS.


WITHOUT A METPOCAPD OP CAB PAPE, I HAD TO WALK TO WOPK.

CAMMy WOULDN'T LOAN ME THE WAS STILL ANSPY.

CASH. SHE

ANDY SOT A

SOODBYE

KISS.

LATEP THAT NISHT, AS SLEPT,

CAMMY

ANDY UNBUPDENED

HIS

HEAPT TO KYPA PAVENHAIP.

PEVEALEO PEPSONAL SECPETS I HADN'T TOLD ANYONE. EVEN CAMMY. I


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CAMMy AND

I

MADE

UP. |

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sooosyE

KISS.

AND EVEN8LADE EM8APKEO ON A WPAITH HUNT.

KyPA JOINED THE FELLOWSHIP AS WE

SEAPCHED FOP 8LOODWPAITH SOLD AND VAMPIPE BATS.


WE ENCOUNTERED A WRAITH PACK

IN

THE

THIRD CAVERN.

HOetCUN THE MINOTAUR AND KYRA RETREATED,

aKSTeeLH£A(?TG7 AND

I

FOUSHT ON,

EARNING

HOOP

EACH.

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AND WANDER OFF, WE PASSED

AND THEN STEELHEART STARTED JOKINS A80UT SECRETS FROM ANDY'S PERSONAL LIFE.

THE TIME.

SECRETS 1 HAD TOLO KYRA IN CONFIDENCE THE NISHT 8EFOPE.


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I

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IN

WAS SO

OUP

APSUMENT...

WAS ANGGYf

I WANTED TO KEEP ANDY'S AND EVENBLADE'S WOPLOS AS SEPAPATE

AS POSSIBLE.

...THAT HE NEVEP NOTICED THE WPAITHS SNEAKINS UP THE SIDE OF THE CAVEPN.

HOPKUN AND BUT

IT

I

FOUSHT THEM BACK,

WAS TOO

LATE.


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I

AVOIDED EACH OTHEP. SHE WAS

MOPTIPIED AND

WOUNDED AND

I

PELT BETPAyED.

DISILLUSIONED,

STEEL8LADE67 PAN A SOLO CAMPAIGN AND WAS KILLED By A HOPDE OP ©OBLINS.

BOTH OP ME.

FEELIN© UNINSPIPE D, I LEFT EAPLy POP WOPK.

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'A'

TPAIN.

My HEAD WAS

SO

FILLED

WITH KyPA'S BETPAyAL THAT I DIDN'T NOTICE PEOPLE LAU©HIN© AT ME UNTIL THE TPAIN PULLED INTO THE STATION,


ONE OF THE MEN GEHIND ME WHISPEPED SOMETHIN© TO HIS FPIEND, A LITTLE SECPET OOKE.

V

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HE KNEW?.'

WHO

HAD TOLD HIM?

t“07 j

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GUT HE OUST LAUSHED AT ME.

THE HAPDEP HE LAUSHED, THE ANSPIEP I SOT.

ANDy WAS HUPT AND GETPAyED.

-firs

4

EVENGLADE WAS HUPT AND GSTPAySO.


^ AND, LIKE STEELHEAPTB7,

SOMEONE ELSE PAID THE PPICE.

1 1

SOMEONE

IN

ANDY'S

WOPLD DIED AT | EVENBLADS'S HANDS.

SOMEONE

DIED

BECAUSE

COULDN'T

KEEP

I

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killed

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IN

A

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ANSWEPS COULD ONLY BE FOUND ONLINE.

KY PA WASN'T

IN

THE

PALADIN'S KEEP.

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THE STAFF HADN'T

SEEN HEP FOP HOUPS AND HEP OSPEMAIL

ACCOUNT WASN'T WOPKINS.

EVENBLADE'S SIPLFPIEND NO EXISTED.

LONSEP

...MY

SIPLFPIEND

LONSEP

NO

EXISTED....

CAMMY.


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MOM

DIDN'T

KNOW WHO

I

WAS. SHE ASKED IF THIS

WAS A OOKE... SHE HAD TWO SONS, NO DAUSHTEPS.

ON MY WAy OUT, THPEE PEOPLE CALLED ME By A PPIVATE NICKNAME I'D ONLy PEVEALED TO KyPA. MAN WHO BESS ON OUP STOOP ASKED AFTEP THE CPAZy OLO

HOPKUN THE MINOTAUP.

DESPEPATE, I WENT TO HEP OFFICE BUT OP COUPSE SHE

WASN'T THEPE. I

DEMANDED TO

SEE HEP DESK, SEE HEP BOSS, SEE ANyTHINS THAT

WOULD PPOVE ME WPONS.


(0) I

HAD TO KNOW. HAD TO KNOW.

|

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/

I PAN PAST THE PECEPTIONIST, HOPING TO FIND CAMMY AT HEP DESK.

HEP DESK.

INSTEAD, TYLEP

I

WAS

POUND

TYLEP.

SITTING

CAMMY'S DESK. HE SAID THAT HE'S IN

SEEN OCCUPYING DESK FOP TWO MONTHS. THIS

AS SECUPITY DPAGGED ME PPOM THE BUILDING, TYLEP

GOT OFF THE TELEPHONE LONG ENOUGH TO SMILE, WINK, AND THPOUGH THE ECHOING SILENCE IN MY EAP I HEAPD HIM SAY:

'GOOD TO MEET YOU, BUDDY."

*MY BEST TO EVEPYONE AT THE PALADIN'S KEEP.''

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CAMMy'S THINSS wepe ©one ey THE TIME

I

©OT

HOME.

AT PIPST I THOU©HT SOMEONE MI©HT HAVE TAKEN THEM... OUT THEPE WASN'T EVEN ANy DUST, ANy FILTH LEFT BEHIND. IT WAS AS IF CAMMy HAD NEVEP LIVED HEPE.

AS

IF SHE HAD NEVEP EXISTED.

AFTEP THAT, I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE BEIN© ANDy VEPy MUCH.

NO SECPETS. NO MONEy. NO ©IPLPPIEND. IT WAS HAPDLy

TO BE HONEST,

I DIDN'T

FEEL LIKE SPENDIN© TIME IN EVENBLADE'S LIFE, EITHEP.

THEPE

WAS SO

MUCH OF ANDy IT

THAT

IT

IN

HAPDLy

FELT

ADVENTUPOUS

AND

INSPIPIN©.

LIVINS.


My lives had inteptwined. my WOPLDS COLLIDED. I COULD FIND NO SOLACE, NO COMFOPT IN EITHEP.

AND

HOPKUN DPASSEO ME ON A FEW QUESTS, BUT My HEAPT WASN'T IN

IT.

1

ANDy'S HEAPT WASN'T IN IT. f

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1

evepy MOVE ON THE CONTINENT HAUNTED My WAKINS HOUPS, AND SO I SAPELy SLEPT. 1

1 COULDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE, FOP FEAP

OF WHAT

I'D FIND.

AND

I WOULDN'T LEAVE THE SAME, AFPAID OF MISSINS THE ANSWEPS I

HOPED TO

FIND.


My 008

PIPED ME THE FOLLOWING

MOPNING. I

SEAPCHED FOP

A COPOLLAPy TO EVENSLADE'G LIFE BUT CAME UP EMPTy.

HOPKUN GUGGE5TED WE PEFILL OUP FELLOWSHIP AND CHEEP ME UP

AND, OF COUP5E, NEVEP WOULD.

WITH AN ADVENTUPE.

IT WAS EVEN8LA0E THE PALADIN, EVEN8LADE THE STPONG, WHO

IN FACT,

AFPAID OF THE

CONSEQUENCES, I

SAID

NO...

BUT

TO BE HONEST,

I

WAS

BOPED WAITING FOP ANSWEPS THAT WEPEN'T COMING.

...BUT IT

WAS

ANDPEW FPANCIS DABBSTEIN THAT STPUCK DIED,

FPOM BEHIND ON THE BALPOGTH PLAINS.

WENT INTO

8ATTLE...


THAT

WAS TWELVE

HOUPS A©0.

I'D DIED

ON

ONE OF MY AND

IT

THE 0©PE CONTINENT. LIVES

HAD SEEN

KILLED.

WAS A MATTEP OF

TIME SEFOPE SOMETHIN©

CAME FOP

THIS ONE, TOO.

ANDy IS DEAD. AND NOW, I FINALLY UNDEPSTAND WHAT IT IS TO LIVE. I WAS SOPN ANDPEW FPANCIS DA88STEIN 8UT I HAD A SECOND NAME. AN EXTPA LIFE.

WAS ALWAYS HONEST ABOUT MY WOPLDS, MY TWO LIVES.. .AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THEY COLLIDED. I

-

H ^

BECAUSE OF THAT, CAMMY WAS ©ONE. BECAUSE OF THAT I'M DEAD. |


My NAME IS EV6N6LAOE AND ONCE I POAMED THE OGPE CONTINENT.

TWELVE HOUPS AGO, I

LOST My

LIFE.

SITTING HEPE,

PEAOy, ALL

I

APMED AND CAN THINK

ABOUT IS HOW TO STOP FPOM HAPPENING AGAIN.

HOW TO STOP

IT

FPOM

HAPPENING FOP PEAL.

IT


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CRETINS! It’s me again,

Greetings,

Welcome

the ol' Crypt-Keeper.

another go-round ofCRAZED CRITICISM and BOMBASTIC BRICKBATS regarding our previous IGNOMINIOUS issues! But before opening up that can ofINVERTEBRATES, let's review the REVOLTING results ofyour voting on TALES FROM THE CRYPT #3. It was yet another CHILLINGLY CLOSE race, but to

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some of those

I

classic

1

am

that

you

are

EC

learned about

I

have been intrigued in readcreepy comics, and

it

was a

pity that Bill Gaines persistently refused to resurrect

them. I

I

am

somebody has

glad that

finally

done

so.

thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Exes’ artwork in “The

Garden”:

I

thought

taking place in

WARNING:

it

some

gave the

feel that

bizarre video

Don’t read the

haven’t already read

TALES

rest

the story was

game. [SPOILER

of

this

email

his

if

you

FROM THE CRYPT

#2] I liked the poetic justice that the suicide

committed

— It

was an ingenious plot

twist in

by the cheapskate landlord

is

bomber

crime in order to get into paradise.

He

was

really hell in

“The Tenant” wheremake improve-

forced to

ments without breaking the conditions of his sentence

must not do

that stipulate he

was not

his property, so

to

make improvements

to

make

these

it

graveyard

so: legally, the

was not breaking conditions

to the graveyard.

improvements was what

the landlord, but that did not save

Being forced

improved

really

him from

serving a

sentence within a sentence. I

shall

be looking forward to future

issues.

Briony Coote

Zealand

Thanks, Briony! “The Tenant”

From The Crypt #2

have only caught up with you on the second issue

I

it

paradise clothing!

New

should be on shelves ofbetter BOOkstores now.

Subject: Tales

got his wish, but then found out

appreciate

Subject:

Hope and

EC fan-addict since

Hi, I've been a longstanding

12 (now 33).

When

comicon

at a

Yesterday

HBO series! I

comic shop.

TALES

all

Fear for the Crypt series

1

fell

series

an immediate

felt

bought an

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found your new I

I

looked interesting

issue because the cover

before the

had a moral we can

— that a tidy tomb is a happy tomb!

on

-

I

was

original

this

was

away.

the shelf at the

(Wow!

thrill

New

FROM THE CRYPT stories!) and at the same

time fear (Uh-oh,

is

this

gonna be any good? Will

it

do

justice to the original?)

After reading the start

on

first

issue 3 after

I

paperback (and

finish this email),

am about to my verdict was I


Flattery will get

somewhere

in the middle.

the best comic love the

EC

much want

so

I

can be, because

it

potential here!

The only

story

found up

I

"The Tenant" and judging by your that

the consensus.

is

of Work" had

good

me

Why

and

I

to par

was

letters in issue 3,

story in the book,

first

"Body Such

feeling especially frustrated.

start, a great

just wasted!

The

be

this to

love comics

I

You have so much

horrors especially.

a

premise.. .then an ending that was

SHOW

you

didn't

the faces of the

AND YOU MISSED AN OBVIOUS OPPORTUNITY corpses and their resemblance to the portraits?

FOR A GREAT GAG:

The

corpses should have taken

the paintings back to the graveyard and the mausoleum!

They could have

would have I

least,

sold out

no

-

artist dies!

ing to hear what other

TERROR-TITLES.

reviving those other

STIFF

As for limited edition

always optimistic to

this

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lim-

gim-

PINHEADS at

mick those

Papercutz won't

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the

at

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I

FROM THE CRYPT

new TALES or

VAULT?

my distribution

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time, like the bit

down

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longstanding to sit

But what

already!

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site

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fan (comics, movies,

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I’m a big

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collections,

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some more air-

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I

plans for the

everyone

tell

I’ll

Hope you can

Cochran hardbound

“OBVIOUS" gag?

NPR. Any

heard about you on

HAUNT

you have our permission

like

with

ited edition covers, I suspect there's no cheap sales

HORRORgrams, SPOILED, and

sending the link to your

“a

covers, starting

we have tivo different comicbook covers — one with a US price and the other with a Canadian price! I expect you and your nephew to keep your word and buy 'em both - even if it means a trip up North! As for very issue

His paintings

"TALES" for a while catch some of the magic.

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If you

HARDCOVER

why not simply buy our

covers,

editions l

coffin should be without one!

continue buying your

shall

in

comic as

artist (Jack

And you know how

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hung them

given the

you nowhere, Master Tillman and

TALES FROM THE CRYPT is the same THE CRYPT OF TERROR, while we're waitEC Fan-addicts think about

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this

constantly

was the

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Taking subscriptions

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y'all?

We

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having the guts to bring

for

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as hell if you

'em, actually any

published those

EC

as well. I'd

comic would be

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I

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tion is if your going to have somewhat weak stories, and only 2 stories per mag you are going to have to make up for it in the quality of paper stock and

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front cover artwork.

absolutely awesome.

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SITUATION.


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APMED WITH I.D.,

TANITH'S

BESINS THE DPIVE

TO BOSTON.

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MS. BENSON. MIS! PPICE IS EXPECTINS YOU.

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DID COM £ UP WITH

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1

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^

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PAPERCUT*

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NO. 8

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IN

JOE

R.

JOHN

LANSDALE & LANSDALE

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CHAMPION MOJO STORYTtUCRS!


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my fellow

Gruesome

greetings,

political

Crypt-Keeper,

with

Americans!

me, your non-

It’s

SHRUNKEN

a somewhat

SELECTION of TEARLESS FEEDBACK from our CREEPY CONSTITUENTS. Seems like our usually tight-lipped editorial

them

around these parts. censorship,

from

Ironic, isn’t it? In

we have

to silence

un-DYING

expressing their

FROM THE CRYPT. Congratulations and

thank you for reviving a

Johnny

admiration for their favorite

Tell

true

DEMON-ocracy

may be a column as

I mean, democracy,

letting you the

VOTE every issue for your favorite stories.

rotten readers

a

er,

here

letters

close race this

It

was

time around with “Ignoble Rot" by writer Fred

Van Lente and artist Mort Toddjust squeaking past Moonlight

Old Witch

Those two will stoop to any level to get their

to this?

mags back! And in

a

grew up on.

me, Johnny, did the Vault-Keeper or the The

putyou up

POWERS-THAT-BE around

benevolent dictatorship, we’ve always ran this

I

Bailey

FEINDISH fans

HORROR comicbook! But while the

series

Sincerely,

orderfor them to talk about

a few of our

more mature audience...?) Or maybe you could Even if you don’t, I’m still going to keep

for a

reprint originals.

buying TALES

types are eager to spout off on a topic were super-sensitive about

case you didn't know, all ofthe original

EC

comics are being reprinted as beautiful bigfull-cobr hardcover

You can buy

books by the geeks over at Gemstone Publishing

of 'TALES FROM THE CRYPT (as well as THE HAUNT OF FEAR, THE VAULT OF HORROR, and

the first few years

many more) for a mere $49.95 per volume - a than trying

to get the original

back

lot

cheaper

issues!

Sonata" by writers Joe andJohn lansdale and artist Chris Noeth.

Not much ofa

surprise really, as

ZOMBIES are hotter than ever

Keep those emails and

letters

these days.

coming - we Send

here in the Crypt ofTerror!

get so lonely

letters to:

The Crypt- Keeper’s Corner Td normally tell you all about our fifth frightful collection of TALES FROM THE CRYPT stories published in paperback and hardcover by Papercutz, but that'lljust have to wait till next time. Or you can simply check out the ad on our back cover. But if we’re going to squeeze any mail in, we better do so now.

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And Dear Crypt-Keeper, I

was recently

at

collectibles.

EC

walked

local mall,

straight

told

visit

papercutz.com for the

latest

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kinds of comic

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for the

to

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TALES

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him

money.

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if

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though the new ones are nothing I

and

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comics.

amazing. 1

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be sure to

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was a temporary comic vendor.

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you could

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I

still

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Before

wc need

begin,

TALES FROM

I

make something

to

very

clear.

HE CRYPT is not endorsing any political We respect our readers' intelligence,

candidates or parties.

and

for those

do so

to

Nor

of you old enough to vote, wc encourage you

for the candidates

we

are

It’s

Gov. Sarah Palin,

is

to us. Also,

and

this

it’s

banning books from a

of Wasilla, Alaska, are true or

not.

We, of course,

certainly

that they’re indeed untrue.

possibly object to

of the hands of impressionable children.

You

1950

from

sec,

Gaines,

published

CRYPT EC line

comicbooks,

FEAR,

well

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the

as

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FROM THE

rest

of the entire

of comics, which included THE HAUNT OF THE VAULT OF HORROR, WEIRD SCIENCE,

When we decided

CRYPT

and editors

in the field,

those comics arc

still

and even

considered to

be shining examples of some of the best comics ever created. Unfortunately, during the height of the success of the

horror

titles,

there

was

a

movement

to

EC

ban these comics,

based on the misguided notion that they were

somehow

turning children into juvenile delinquents. Just like some

blame video games and rap music for and for being a negative influence, back

politicians today try to sores of social

ail

EC

then

ills

comics were the target.There were newspaper and

magazine

articles, investigations,

was

created, a

EC

line

and

finally, a

Now,

MAD,

you actually look

if

Comics Code

which was turned into a

before.

a

Now,

new TALES

there’s certainly

that, but we decided to go with wc wanted TALES FROM THE CRYPT

we

over

are,

now

years from

We

will

still

a scary

the original

comic was launched, and

comic that wc hope

folks fifty

be talking about.

certainly understand the desire to protect children

unsuitable material, but is

be,

and artwork

fifty years after

FROM THE CRYPT

we don’t

from

banning books

believe that

the answer. As the situation exists today, both librarians

nor

children,

may be

act very' responsibly to assure that children

exposed

anything objectionable.

usually the excuse given

is

at

librarians,

to

work. As

far as

and booksellers

wc can

be behind banning books

may

that

when another agenda teachers, parents,

tell,

are doing a great job

sure children are indeed protected.

What

un-American

of making

usually seems to

an attempt to repress ideas

is

offer alternative political views.

Protecting

This

is

not only

blatantly violating the very concept

of

free

- but it is assuming that people arc unable to come to their own informed conclusions about controversial subjects. And how could they, if only one side of a debate is presented, speech

while literature expressing opposing views are suppressed?

Banning books represents of our fellow

and read those old

at

is

how

a

look at the hardcover collections of

tame they are by

incredibly

In

1990,

a lack

of

faith in the intelligence

citizens to think for themselves.

the

Comic Book

Legal

Defense Fund, was

incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization to fight

EC

the only thing that might actually shock you

THE CRYPT

FROM THE CRYPT

wanted

Ians

code that meant the end of almost the entire

of comics. Only

magazine, managed to survive.

comics,

TALES

Those

for all-ages, with the very best writing

and booksellers

later,

whatever

sell

be what the original comic was always meant to

possible. So, here

are

TALES, FANTASY, WEIRD SCIENCE-FANTASY, CRIME SUSPIvNS TORIES, and one called MAD. Dad hired the artists,

certainly, every

or not

nothing wrong with

comic

SHOCK SUSPENSTORI ES, TWO-FISTED

now, over 50 years

to relaunch

comic had ever gone

WEIRD

very best writers,

And

sell

always determining exactly

is

FROM THE CRYPT series that would push the boundaries of modern horror, going places no TALES FROM THE

TALES

William

father,

TALES

original

as

challenge

we’re back trying to create a

my

1956

to

the

no unsuitable material ever

sure

hands of children.

suitable for children.

Papercutz because

book banning frightening to us? Surely, wc can’t anyone keeping objectionable material out

is

isn’t

all-ages graphic novels.

to

Why

and

wirh Papcrcutz, there were fans of the original comic that

looking into

Palin,

is

were surprised that we chose a publisher known for their

back when she was the mayor

library

The

they choose.

we

very unclear

its

in the

bookseller has the right to decide to

political

truly frightening

very important,

is

whether those early reports about Sarah

hope

issue's alternate

our version of a

simply expressing our reaction whenever

hear anything about book banning

make

the responsibility to

winds up

what

attacking any candidates. This

cover, featuring

cartoon.

of your choice.

today’s standards.

Take

TALES FROM

published by Gemstone, and look closely at

censorship and defend the

book

free

amendment

speech and love comicbooks,

you consider joining

go

first

rights

of comic

professionals throughout the United States. If

support

this

to www.cbldf.org.

I

may we

noble organization? For

you

suggest

full details,

only wish they were around when

my

father could’ve used their help.

those stories, and you’ll see that you’ll be hard-pressed to find

a single drop of blood. Sure, the stories were scary

what they were intended

same way from the

who

to be.

that’s

in the

that classic fairy talcs are scary, or even stories Bible.

Usually the stories were about someone

did something wrong, and

somehow

But they were scary

how

their victims

were

avenged.

Now, does

that

mean we

With

all

that said,

we

still

like to believe that we’re living in

a world that recognizes that children love a

good scary story, and that if it’s told responsibly with good taste, it sparks their imaginations and they become the next generation of such amazing creators as George Lucas, Stephen Speilberg, Stephen King, and R.L. Stine

believe that every

book ever

Thank

all

former

EC comics readers.

You,

published should be available to any reader of any age?

Cathy Gaines Mifsud

Of

President William

course not! Certainly every bookstore and library has

M.

Gaines, Agent, Inc.


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its

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from

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TALES

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me?

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THIS

issue!)

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Subject:

TALES

editorial

fan of F.C

Comics,

welcome the

I

FROM THE CRYPT

and the guest

and

by Cathy Gaines Mifsud.

a long-time fan

of

EC

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TO THOMAS DONALLEY A STORY CALL... I

re

IN

-


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IN

FINAL i

THAT

MOMENT,

pememsep.

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-

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TONSUE

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but...

TO THIS

y

ONE BLAMES

FACILITy

AS A

CLASSIC SELF-MUTILATOR.

HIS

BREAKTHROUGH

EPISODE ON A SUPERNATURALLy CURSED *PULLy POSEABLE, MICRO-ARTICULATED ACTION FIGURE." WHATEVER THAT MEANS.

SO....

THOMAS-


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THINK

THE THOPA2INE?

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MUST 86 TO AWAY ALL

EXPLAIN

OP

LIFE'S ILLS 8Y THE EXISTENCE OF A 8PAIN-6ATING MONSTEP.

,

CAN'T HOLD A 8PAIN-6ATING

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1 1

1

8PAIN-EATING

MONSTEP

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TPy TO P6LAX.

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INSTEAD.

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THAT THEPE APE NO SPAIN-EATING MON-

^

STEPS LOOSE THIS FACILITY.^ IN

V.

THANKS.

I

PUT THE EVENT

IN MY MENTAL COLUMN OF

VICTOPIES.

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w WHAT DO^ YOU MEAN HIS SPAIN IS .

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SONE?'

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FOP SUPE.

ONCE INSANE, NOW HE'S SOT NO SPAIN/ /

6UHWHA-

>

FOPE TO MAKE SUPE HE HAD ONE 6UT HE WAS BPEATHINS AND STUFF, SO, you KNOW, X A OUST ASSUMED.

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TELL yOU,

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^

ekY DON'T WANT MY

AV

SPAIN TO SET EATEN.'

A

TUT, TUT,

THOMAS.


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XeAH,

THAT '5

WHAT USBO TO I

^THINK, TOO.

V

> v

V HOPPOP5 JUST YOU TO SUP UP AND

WAITING FOP

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AND

jk4

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BUT WHAT

'BPAIN-EATEP"?

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becomes

it

APPARENT ALMOST IMMEDIATELy THAT THE K£y TO PISHTINS THIS

DELUSION

SUBJECT

TO TO

IS IT

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PATIENTS

LOST ANO SOME WILL WILL BE

BE SAVED. THAT'S THE CUPPENCy

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I D-DON'T UNDEPSTAND.

.WHEN IT IS THE DOCTOPS

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^

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LIE

UNTIL THEY SET HEPE.

i

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POP ONE MOMENT,

X

PEALIZE. I

CONSIDEP ^OLLOWINS HIS ADVICE.

SHOULD

LIE

MAYSE DOWN.

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PATIONALLY.

I

LAy DOWN. CLOSE My £y£S AND

HAVEN'T I SEEN UNDEP A LOT OP STPESS

WAIT.

LATELy? I CAN'T PEMEM6EP.

AND SO, INSTEAD, I DO SOMETHING ELSE. SOMETHING CPAZy.

Pthomas?^ IT'S

ME.

DOCTOP

ANDEPS. WAKE

HUH?


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\

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IS THE

^

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WAS?

~

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UNDEPSTAND, .

THOMAS?

.

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~

NOW SET YOUP SLIPPEPS ON.

_

ow/

WAS

THAT

ATTACHED?


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IF EVEP you FIND YOUPSELP IN THE WILDEPNESS WITH A FPIEND.

WHEPE'PE

WE SOIN'P OUST Tpy

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r TO FOCUS ON

MOPE YAPDS,

STAYINS AWAKE. I'M T AKINS yOU OUT OF THIS FACILITY

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v

AUTHOPITY.

y

s

-

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/

i

OUST PEMEM8EP.

^ .

THE

THOMAS.

ON MY

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kby?

THE FOOTPACE ISN'T

BETWEEN

YOU AND THE 8EAP...

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'W YOU LEFT HERE? YOU

~

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GOOD CRYPT-KEEPING SEAL OF APPROVAL

K

ARE YOU NUTS, C-K?!

GOOD-BYE!

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KNOW EXACTLY T BRING HER BACK! WHAT YOU NEED TO CLEAN UP YOUR I

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CRYPT! LET ME TELL YOU ALL jrABOUT HER IN j

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TO HEP FOPMEP HUSBAND'S

HOUSE

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A SOCIAL- ONE.

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ABOUT TIME, EMEPSON/

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you.


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youp

peer.

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ANOTHEP ONE OF YOUP STUPIO INVENTIONS?

M.A.I.O.

CUTE. COULDN'T FIND A PEAL

MULTIFUNCTIONAL

AUTOMATED IMMACULATE DISPOSAL UNIT. HOW MAY I ASSIST you?

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FOP YOU, OLD MAN.'

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AND EVEPyTHING.

HEH.

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FPOM NEISHBOPS

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COPPECT THAT HAS BEEN DEALT WITH THEPE WILL BE NO PUTUPE OISOPOEP


OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF MY BLACK HEART, I’D BE .

TICKLED PINK TO TIDY-UP YOUR CRYPTIC-CRIB! .

>GASP!< >CHOKE!< SHE’S ALMOST AS

SCARY AS WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR THE NEXT FRIGHTENING ISSUE OF TALES FROM THE CRYPT!

DO YOU DO VAULTS?


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FEATURING

THE CRYPT-KEEPER

THE OLD WITCH

THE VAULT-KEEPER

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THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS THAT THEY’RE BOTH HERE-VICTIMS OF CRYPT-FEVER!

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THEY’VE TOTALLY FREAKED OUT! TOO MUCH TIME SPENT IN THE CRYPT OF TERROR WATCHING YOU TOOMB! WORST CASE EVER SAW! THEY EVEN HALLUCINATED SEEING ME j Ik. DRESSED IN A FRENCH MAID’S I

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THIS s

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“HALLUCINATING”!

AS

IF...!

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THEM? IT'S LIKE I

ALWAYS SAY,

LADIES, WISH

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AND THE rHOMELESS APE ONLY^ THEPE BECAUSE THAT'S L WHEPE THEY WANT^

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MENTION THERE’S A OH, DID SIDE-EFFECT TO MY POTENT POTION? DON’T WORRY, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO WRITE YOUR CRYPT-KEEPER’S I

L.

CORNER COLUMN BEFORE COMPLETELY KICKS IN!

IT

'CHOKE!'

TO BE CONTINUED...?


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— — in my childhood — in the dawn — was drawn

Of a most stormy life

From ev’ry depth of good and ill The mystery which binds me still:

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From the red cliff of the mountain, From the sun that In its

'round

me roll’d

autumn tint of gold

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass’d me flying by From the thunder and the storm, And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of Heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view.

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