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Issue Details

Issue #17
Published March 1953
Frequency monthly
Cover Price 0.10 USD
Pages 36
Editing Stan Lee
Notes Statement of ownership: Current Detective Stories; Editor: Stan Lee; Managing editor: Martin Goodman; Business manager: Monroe Froehlich, Jr.; Owners: Current Detective Stories, Martin Goodman, Jerome A. Perles, Morris Siegel; Notary public: Tess Harwood, signed 8 September 1952

Cover Details

Genre Horror
Pencils Sam Kweskin; Carl Burgos [panels]
Inks Sam Kweskin; Carl Burgos [panels]

5 page story "I Die Too Often"

Synopsis A convicted killer has a repeating dream of dying in the electric chair. Finally, the event is real and he is relieved the dreams have stopped in the peace of death...until he hears the warden summon his ghost from its grave and back through the green door. He realizes that he is damned to an eternity of executions.
Genre Horror
Script Carl Wessler
Pencils Gil Kane
Inks Gil Kane (?)
Reprinted in Crypt of Shadows (Marvel, 1973 series) #5

2 page text story "The Window"

Characters Howard Stevens
Synopsis A lawyer's hotel window looks out on an alien landscape, allowing him to discover the Martian plan to conquer Earth.
Genre science fiction
Letters typeset
Reprinted in Strange Tales (Marvel, 1951 series) #62 (April 1958)

5 page story "The Vandals!"

Synopsis When four vandals enter a museum at night to cut off the gold heads from a hydra idol, they end with their heads placed upon the evil idol.
Genre Horror
Script Carl Wessler
Pencils Joe Sinnott
Inks Joe Sinnott

5 page story "Casper's Boss!"

Synopsis When his smoker boss doesn't lend him the money he needs for his wife's operation and she dies, a man ties the smoker up in a shed filled with explosives.
Genre Horror
Pencils Ken Landau
Inks Ken Landau

3 page story "They Don't Complain"

Synopsis This story postulates that dead people remain aware and sensate during their autopsies.
Genre Horror
Pencils Sam Kweskin
Inks Sam Kweskin

5 page story "Red as a Lobster"

Synopsis Lobsters get their revenge on a diver who likes to boil them alive in order to observe their suffering by herding him into a hot-spring.
Genre Horror
Pencils Jim Mooney
Inks Jim Mooney
Reprinted in Crypt of Shadows (Marvel, 1973 series) #5