#38 Tight Grip
#38 Tight Grip
Published December 1953-January 1954
Cover by Jack Davis. “Tight Grip!”, script by Al Feldstein, art by Jack Davis; This story is narrated by a trunk and concerns the murder of a woman the trunk is fond of; When the murderer attempts to hide in the trunk, he panics and shoots holes through it. “Only Skin Deep!”, script by Al Feldstein, art by Reed Crandall; A man marries a woman at Mardi Gras who wears a hag mask. “Big Fish!” text story. “Last Laugh,” script by Al Feldstein, art by Will Elder; An obese practical joker with a stomach problem visits a doctor and relates a practical joke involving getting old clothes and bloody butchered chunks of horse flesh to take down to the train yard near where some children regularly play. “Mournin’ Mess,” script by Bill Gaines (co-plot) and Albert B. Feldstein (co-plot, script), art by Graham Ingels (as Ghastly); The Grateful Hoboes, Outcasts, and Unwanteds’ Layaways Society is run by a man who read ‘Midnight Mess’ in Tales from the Crypt #35, and offers a pleasant burial for the penniless. 36 pgs., full color. $0.10. Cover price $0.10.
Content Tight Grip! • Crypt of Terror • Only Skin Deep! • Vault of Horror! • Big Fish! • Crypt-Keeper’s Corner • Last Laugh • Mournin’ Mess • Witch’s Cauldron!
Artists Al Feldstein writer • Bill Gaines editor • Graham Ingels inker, penciler • Jack Davis cover, inker, penciler • Reed Crandall inker, penciler • Will Elder inker, penciler