War Against Crime

    (E.C., 1948-1950)
™ and © William M. Gaines, Agent
Series continues as The Vault of Horror (E.C.) #12

Launched in the spring of 1948, War Against Crime was one of EC’s first crime comics. Before then, EC had been mostly known as a publisher of such innocuous titles as Picture Stories From American History.

Like most crime comics of its era, War Against Crime’s cover loudly proclaimed that the sordid tales it contained were “real stories from police records!” These stories were primarily about gangsters and gunsels who eventually got caught by the long arm of the law. Women played prominent roles in most of the stories, although usually either as the criminal mastermind themselves, or as the “no-good dame” whose own greed led to the doom of the mobster that she got her claws into.

In the latter part of this series, the stories became more inventive and took on a horror twist. With issue #12, the series changed names to become Vault of Horror (EC).

Jump to issue:
   NotesWriterArtist

#1

  3/1/1948
  $0.10
  $2,150.00
No copies available
 Spring 1948Ed Moore, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, Lee J. AmesEd Moore, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, Lee J. Ames

#2

  6/1/1948
  $0.10
  $3,250.00
No copies available
 Summer 1948Frank Bolle, Graham Ingels, Lee J. Ames, Leonard Starr, Stan AschmeierFrank Bolle, Graham Ingels, Lee J. Ames, Leonard Starr, Stan Aschmeier

#3

  9/1/1948
  $0.10
  $975.00
No copies available
 Fall 1948Al Feldstein, Lee J. Ames, Stan AshAl Feldstein, Lee J. Ames, Stan Aschmeier

#4

  12/1/1948
  $0.10
  $825.00
No copies available
  Al Feldstein, Howard Larson, Sheldon MoldoffAl Feldstein, Howard Larson, Sheldon Moldoff

#5

  2/1/1949
  $0.10
  $850.00
No copies available
  Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels, Johnny CraigAl Feldstein, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig

#6

  4/1/1949
  $0.10
  $750.00
No copies available
  Al FeldsteinAl Feldstein

#7

  6/1/1949
  $0.10
  $1,375.00
No copies available
  Johnny Craig, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig

#8

  8/1/1949
  $0.10
  $3,800.00
No copies available
  Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels, Rudy PalaisAl Feldstein, Graham Ingels, Rudy Palais

#9

  10/1/1949
  $0.10
  $675.00
No copies available
  Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels, John Alton, Johnny CraigAl Feldstein, Graham Ingels, John Alton, Johnny Craig

#10

  12/1/1949
  $0.10
  $2,375.00
No copies available
 1st Appearance of The Vault KeeperAl Feldstein, John Alton, Fred Peters, Johnny CraigAl Feldstein, John Alton, Fred Peters, Johnny Craig

#11

  11/1/1950
  $0.10
  $5,000.00
No copies available
 Series continued in Vault of Horror #12; 2nd Appearance of The Vault KeeperAl Feldstein, Harry Harrison, George Roussos, Johnny CraigAl Feldstein, Harry Harrison, George Roussos, Johnny Craig