Vault of Evil, Issue #10

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Vault of Evil, Issue #10
Marvel Comics | April 1974

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Death of a Puppet
The on-stage murders in a puppet master’s performance are mirrored in real-life crimes, expounding a “we are all puppets to our masters” theme—and leading to the suspicion that a considerable number of unsolved crimes could be ultimately traced to ventriloquist dummies.

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Let’s Face It
An aging actor resorts to unconventional means to restore his youthful good looks and resume his stalled career. Marginally interesting for unexpectedly having a male actor search for rejuvenation, but the ending fails to deliver the intended rebuke, instead only mustering a slight—and somewhat ridiculous—setback.

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The Pitchman!
A huckster finds an endlessly gullible mark, with a final twist involving the hoary old trope of selling the Brooklyn Bridge.

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They Wait in the Caves!
After double-crossing his partner for a shipload of valuable pearls, a sailor later encounters the man—who he believed to be dead—and listens to his incredible tale of discovering an island full of unbelievable riches. Wait a minute [grabs a handful of pearls]—is there a lesson to be learned here about greed?

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Bertha Gets Buried
An unhappy man lashes out at his wife for her sloppy housework, and later burns with a jealous rage at the suspicion that she is cheating on him. Like a tell-tale heart, the dirty cellar calls out for housekeeping.

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