(January 1958)

Humbug Publications, 1957 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.15 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1957
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Humbug Publishing Co., Inc.
Editing:
Harvey Kurtzman; Jack Davis (Assistant Editor); Will Elder (Assistant Editor); Al Jaffee (Assistant Editor); Arnold Roth (Assistant Editor)
Color:
color
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[A Very Merry Christmas Uncle!] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Charles Dickens
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ebenezer Scrooge; Bob Cratchit

Indexer Notes

parody of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

[Buy a Subscription to Humbug] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Will Elder (signed)
Inks:
Will Elder (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Subscription ad for Humbug masquerading as a Christmas scene

Don't Have Room to Print Everything We Want to Here (Table of Contents)

letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arnold Roth [as A.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Arnold Roth [as A.R.] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Artwork credit is for masthead

Greetings, Like (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel [as L.S.]
Pencils:
Arnold Roth
Inks:
Arnold Roth
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Poem.

Why Tell the Truth (Table of Contents)

Television / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Will Elder (signed)
Inks:
Will Elder (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Fake Santa Clauses (Table of Contents)

The Humbug Award / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Will Elder (signed)
Inks:
Will Elder (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

T'was the Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Story is spread over 3 pages: full page, 1/3 page, 1/3 page

A White Christmas (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1.33 pages (report information)

Script:
R. O. Blechman [as Blechman] (signed)
Pencils:
R. O. Blechman [as Blechman] (signed)
Inks:
R. O. Blechman [as Blechman] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Spread over 2 pages: 2/3 & 2/3 page each

Gift Wrapping (Table of Contents)

Crafts / comic story / 3.25 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Jaffee (signed); Arnold Roth
Inks:
Al Jaffee (signed); Arnold Roth
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Story on 3 full pages plus 1/4 page with coupon for ordering wrapping paper

How Westerns Affect TV (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

The Spirit of Christmas (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Al Jaffee (signed)
Inks:
Al Jaffee (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Holiday Phone Call (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arnold Roth (signed)
Inks:
Arnold Roth (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Without a Word Being Spoken... (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks:
Russ Heath (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Parody of Cadillac ad (as "Callidac")

The Man of 1000 Faces 500 Bodies and 348 Voices, Growls and Shrieks (Table of Contents)

Movies / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
parody of 1957 film starring James Cagney as actor Lon Chaney

Have You Saved Your Confederate Money (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Statement list lists Harvey Kurtzman as editor, Harry Chester as business manager. Owners are listed as Kurtzman, Chester, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis and Arnold Roth. No circulation numbers reported.

The Gift of the Magic (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel [as O. Siegel]
Pencils:
Arnold Roth [as A.R.] (signed)
Inks:
Arnold Roth [as A.R.] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Story has one spot illustration.

No Challengers for Patterson? (Table of Contents)

Sports / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

A Christmas Carol (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Arnold Roth [as A. Roth, Arnold Roth and A.R.] (signed 3X)
Inks:
Arnold Roth [as A. Roth] (signed)
Colors:
? (one-tone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

last page of story contains Roth's caricatures of himself and contributors Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Al Jaffee, Harry Chester, R.O. Blechman and Larry Siegel (as well as Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Charles Dickens), all in period costume.