535 – Faced with Horror

A portion of the cover of The Vault of Horror #20, March 1953
A portion of the cover of The Vault of Horror #20, March 1953

The Vault of Horror #20 (March 1953) features a pretty gruesome cover. It depicts a man beaten to death with a sledgehammer, which appears to be taken from the story titled “Easel Kill Ya!”. By early 1953, EC was definitely pushing the boundaries of what Gaines called “good taste”.