E.C. Comic's "Fitting Punishment" (VAULT OF HORROR #16, December/January 1951), was based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "In the Vault". By eliminating the obvious references, writers Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein were apparently avoiding any copyright infringements (Lovecraft's legal issues were complex and at times, even the true copyright holder was in question). Drawn by "Ghastly" Graham Ingels and introduced by "The Old Witch", the story was more than "fitting" for the macabre content of the E.C. horror comics line.
The pages shown here are pre-press original color page proofs and have penciled notes to the printer.