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William M. Gaines (1922–1992)

Willim Gaines became one of the most important figures in comic book and humor history by accident. Gaines' father, M.C. (Max) Gaines, was the publisher of Educational Comics (EC). When the elder Gaines died in 1947 as a result of freak boating accident, the younger Gaines found himself publisher. At the time, EC put out a wide variety of titles. ... See full bio »

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  Perversions of Science (TV Series) (comic books "Weird Science" - 6 episodes, 1997) (comic books "Weird Fantasy" - 2 episodes, 1997) (comic books "Incredible Sci-Fi" - 1 episode, 1997)
- People's Choice (1997) ... (comic books "Weird Science")
- Ultimate Weapon (1997) ... (comic books "Incredible Sci-Fi")
- Snap Ending (1997) ... (comic books "Weird Science")
- Panic (1997) ... (comic books "Weird Science")
- Planely Possible (1997) ... (comic books "Weird Fantasy")
 1996 Bordello of Blood (comic books "Tales From the Crypt")
 1995 W.E.I.R.D. World (TV Movie) (story)
  Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (2 episodes, 1992 - 1995) (comic books - 9 episodes, 1990 - 1995) (comic book - 1 episode, 1990)
- You, Murderer (1995) ... (as originally published by: in the comic magazine entitled 'The Vault of Horror')
- Comes the Dawn (1995) ... (comic books)
- Half-Way Horrible (1993) ... (comic books)
- Creep Course (1993) ... (comic books)
- Split Personality (1992) ... (comic books)
 1973 The Vault of Horror (based on the stories written by - as Bill Gaines)
 1972 Tales from the Crypt (comic book stories Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror - as Bill Gaines)
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 2002 Ritual (creator: comic books "Tales from the Crypt")
  Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (comic magazine publisher - 6 episodes, 1991 - 1996) (comic book publisher - 1 episode, 1989)
- Report from the Grave (1996) ... (comic magazine publisher: "Tales from the Crypt")
- Surprise Party (1994) ... (comic magazine publisher: "The Vault of Horror")
- Strung Along (1992) ... (comic magazine publisher: "The Vault of Horror")
- On a Deadman's Chest (1992) ... (comic magazine publisher: "The Haunt of Fear")
- Loved to Death (1991) ... (comic magazine publisher: "Tales from the Crypt")
 1995 MADtv (TV Series) (founder: "Mad magazine")
 1980 Up the Academy (creator: "Mad" magazine)
 1974 The Mad Magazine TV Special (TV Movie) (publisher: MAD Magazine)
 1973 The Vault of Horror (original publisher: in the comic magazines entitled 'The Vault of Horror' and 'Tales from the Crypt')
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 2015 Bird of Steel! (special thanks) (filming)
 2005 Sin City (special thanks - as William Gaines)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 1991 The Horror Hall of Fame II (TV Movie)
 1990 Comic Book Collector (Documentary short)
 1988 Comic Book Confidential (Documentary)
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (3 credits)
 2010 Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (Video documentary)
 2004 Tales from the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television (TV Movie documentary)
 1992 Troldspejlet (TV Series)
- Troldspejlet Special: Horror i tegneserier (1992) ... Himself (as Bill Gaines)

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He was the head of EC Comics, famous for their science fiction (which featured stories by Ray Bradbury), their memorably gruesome horror comics and finally for Mad Magazine.

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Alternate Names:

Bill Gaines | William Gaines | originally published by

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My staff creates the magazine, all I provide is the atmosphere. See more »


Collected miniatures of the Statue of Liberty, and related items. See more »


Long hair, Horn-rimmed glasses, beard See more »



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