Synopsis: Scientist Arthur Tompkins descends in a bathyscaphe during a solar eclipse. Strange colors appear in the water, and his assistant, Drake, doesn't answer his calls, even though Tompkins does get pulled up. He finds every human appears to have vanished in the midst of whatever they are doing.
As a scientist, he knows enough to keep the power going for months, but eating canned food in restaurants he previously could not afford is unsatisfying. He chances upon a movie theatre and learns to operate the projector, and hearing voices besides his own gives some relief, but he becomes so desperate to be talked to that he calls the automated phone line that tells the exact time.
He awakes form a nightmare and dismisses the colors in the water as microscopic sea life. Drake mentions the eclipse as he is about to descend, and Tompkins sees the strange colors.
When Drake fails to answer him, he is left to wonder if his nightmare was prophetic.
Synopsis: Painter Gene Dyer is accused of plagiarism by his agent, Mr. Anton, when identical paintings arrive at the gallery painted by Gardner Dell.
After waking up feeling a bit sick, Dyer is called by Clyde Allen at Cosmic Publishing to paint the cover for a new novel, and Dell has sent an identical picture, leading Allen to reject both pictures until the truth is determined. Dyer suggests that he be allowed to paint a new cover immediately, and the editor agrees, allowing him to use the supplies in the art department. Dyer falls asleep before he finishes the painting, and Allen wakes him up, showing a finished version of the same painting sent by Dell.
Dyer goes to the return address to find a nearly identical version of his studio, down to the same pills. He decides to replace the pills with poison and end the life of his phantom competitor. Upon leaving, a maid addresses him as "Mister Dell," realizes why he has been so tired, and feels his sickness worsening, remembering he has taken two pills recently. He attempts to call an ambulance, but drops the receiver as he succumbs to the pills.
Synopsis: Pieto Corda is called in to repair tower clocks made by his ancestor, Giovanni Corda, because the mechanisms in them are so strange that no one else can fix them. Lately, the clocks have been stopping at the exact time of a local historical disaster, and a similar disaster has been occurring in the town. Pietro tries to learn all he can about Giovanni in order to make the necessary repairs, but each town has had the same problems, but finds that everything about him could be believed only by a superstitious, medieval mind. Eventually he finds a man called Stampa who has been interfering with the operations of the clocks. While setting one of the clocks backward, Pietro catches him in the act and tried to fight him. Stampa, in comicbook villain fashion,e explains that he read Giovanni and chose to believe him. Giovanni had developed ways to alter time though the use of his clocks, and could cause time to go backwards and repeat natural disasters through setting his clocks to the chosen date. Stampa bought large parcels of land and had them heavily insured. In battling with Pietro, he falls into the Po river, overflowing twenty minutes ahead of schedule. Pietro notes he had a work order to repair that clock because it was twenty minutes slow.He then decides to destroy the mechanisms in all of Giovanni's clocks so that his arcane secrets will die with him.
Synopsis: Writer Roger Arness is sent by his editor, Mr. Crandal, to investigate the house of the Redson Witch in Salem, Massachusetts, for a new book. There he finds a box of candles with a verse explaining that they will grant wishes to the user so long as they remain burning. Roger's first wish is to increase his artistic stature and become the world's greatest actor. The magic focuses on the word "stature" and increases his physical size, so he blows out the candle. He realizes he can't be too literal with the candles, but keeps blowing it, asking for braininess that expands his head and for an "out of this world" house that exists only in another dimension. Finally, he uses the last candle for immortality, but a magnifying glass causes the candle to burn quickly. This is the last panel, which ominously suggests that his life may have been ended.
Synopsis: Pilot Clint crash lands in a desert and fears dying of thirst. He finds an oasis where he is rescued by the Princess Kara and given food and water by the servants of her father, Gundar, the Kalif. Gundar wants Kara to marry Zoto, a warrior, but she does not love them. Because of his weakened state, Gundar assumes that Clint is a weakling, and wants him to compete to the death with Zoto in various challenges. Clint finds unconventional ways for beating each test, like using a tent pole to vault over a wall rather than climb a ladder and to shoot with a gun rather than an arrow, usually involving some sort of mathematical calculation. He wants to bring Kara back to marry him, but she cannot leave the oasis. when he wins all the tests, Kara is able to guide him out of their land, but the magic does not allow her to follow, so she says farewell. Clint is convinced he could not have dreamed the event, because he is no longer thirsty. Shortly thereafter he wakes up in a hospital bed and is told that he dreamed everything. He recognizes his nurse's resemblance to Kara, but the others assumed he merely saw her as he lapsed in and out of consciousness.
Synopsis: Johnny Peril is attacked by a caterpillar like creature with a vaguely humanlike head while trying to rest in a ski lodge in summer. With the creatures body wrapped around his leg, Johnny jumps out the window and smashes the window into the next floor. He asks the occupant to pull him in, and when he tells her that getting cut on broken glass is not so important just now, she pulls in the clearly imperiled stranger, although the creature follows. as they flee, they find more of the creatures, who seem to have killed all of the guests at the lodge. Johnny takes his new friend in his car, and after introducing themselves (her name is never revealed to the reader, but Johnny tells us this), Johnny speculates that his failed rescue of a swimmer in the lake led to the attack. They then proceed to dynamite the creatures' lair.
Synopsis: Anne Parris's only friend is her family doctor, the only one with whom she has shared her horrible story until the Phantom Stranger stops her from jumping off a bridge. She explains that she is a descendant of Samuel Parris, whose accusations launched the Salem witch trials, and is now being haunted by the ghosts of George Burroughs and Martha Carrier, two of the twenty who were executed for witchcraft, which the Phantom Stranger dismisses as superstition. The two ghosts make an appearance when the Phantom Stranger is at her house, and the latter notices muddy footprints, unlikely were Burroughs a real ghost. the Phantom Stranger has Anne feign suicide on the couch. Her brother Bryce and his fiancée, Rita Westcott (or Rina depending on the page), show up, and Phantom Stranger gets a confession out of them. Anne then reveals her ruse. She asks if she will ever seen the Phantom Stranger again, and he replies, "only if you need me."
Notes: Originally published in Phantom Stranger (1952) #1.
Title page erroneously says that the Salem witch trials were in 1691-2 rather than 1692-3, although the historical figures mentioned are all genuine.