(February 1961)

Ballantine Books, 1955 Series
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Price:
0.35 USD
Pages:
196
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Ballantine Books, Inc.
Brand:
BB Ballantine
Editing:
?
Color:
Color cover; Black and White interior
Binding:
Paperback

Issue Notes

Uncertain of first date for this issue number. Date used is for 11th printing.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from a story in some previous issue of MAD, and background of new art based on pages in several other stories within.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

filler / 2 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front and back covers are blank.

Hoo Hah! (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wallace Wood
Inks:
Wallace Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Introduction to the contents.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Melvin
Synopsis:
Title page and publishing information.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from MAD (EC, 1952 series) #1 [figures only]

Indexer Notes

Art is just the figures from cover of MAD #1.

Contents (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wallace Wood
Inks:
Wallace Wood
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Table of contents.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

Straight Talk From Bob & Ray (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Elliot; Ray Goulding
Pencils:
Bill Elder
Inks:
Bill Elder
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bob Elliot; Ray Goulding; Arthur Godfrey; Joe McCarthy
Synopsis:
In attempting to introduce the book, Bob & Ray wander off into a ridiculous discussion of Library of Congress book numbers.

MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Wallace Wood
Inks:
Wallace Wood
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

Prince Violent! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Harvey Kurtzman (original)

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Prince Violent; Maid Alota; King Arthur
Synopsis:
Prince Violent pursues Maid Alota, hacking many a foe before meeting her.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #13

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Prince Valiant comic strip.

Captain TVideo (Table of Contents)

comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Captain Tvideo; Venusian; Commissioner; Lone Ranger (cameo); assistant Ranger; commercial announcer
Synopsis:
A parody of the Captain Video television program.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #15

Puzzle Page! (Table of Contents)

activity / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Bill Elder
Inks:
Bill Elder
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A parody of comic book activity pages.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from MAD (EC, 1952 series) #19

Indexer Notes

One page is after "Captain TVideo", one page after "Gopo Gossum!", one page is after "Ping Pong!", one page is after "Cowboy!", and answer page is after "Manduck The Magician."

Gopo Gossum! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gopo Gossum; Simple J. Baloney [Joe McCarthy]; Alphonse Alligator [Winston Churchmouse]; Tideland Owl [Marshland Tito]; Ol' Tortoise [Mendup France]; Corky Porcupine [Waterhole Nehru]; Ol' Bloodhound [Change-Ki-Check]; Rackleddy Coon [Chew-An-Play]; Mouse [Georiga Melloncough; Darnold Duck; Mickey Rodent; Goony; Minny Rodent; a tadpole
Synopsis:
Gopo mistakenly leads the swamp dwellers into politics and disaster.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #23

Indexer Notes

Parody of Pogo comic strip.

Ping Pong! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks:
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Cecil B. V. D. Mill; ship's captain; ship's crew; Mr. Mill's cameraman; Lana Lynn; Pong; Ookabolaponga tribe
Synopsis:
Lana subdues Pong and Mr. Mill has him towed back to New York, only to find none of them quite fit in.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #6

Indexer Notes

A parody of the King Kong movie.

Poopeye! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils:
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
Inks:
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Poopeye; Mazola Oil; Swee'back [Mad-Man]; Mammy Jokeum; Mammy's son; Melvin of the Apes; Superduperman [Clark Bent]; Windy
Synopsis:
Poopeye beats up other comic strongmen hired by the broccoli king to get rid of Poopeye.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #21

Indexer Notes

Parody of Popeye comic strip.

Smithson John & Co. (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for novelties, weapons, and live animals.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #21 [partial cover]

Indexer Notes

Parody of Johnson Smith novelty ads.
Does not contain the entire contents from the original cover, and items are rearranged to fit the paperback format.

Teddy And The Pirates! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Teddy; Half-Shot; Pat O'Bryan; Burma Shave; Mr. Sandthirst; Connie; Big-Poop; The Dragging Lady; The Pirates
Synopsis:
Teddy and Half-Shot are assigned to keep an opium shipment out of the hands of The Pirates, but one of them is an inside man.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #6

Ripup's Believe It or Don't! (Table of Contents)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #23

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not strips.

Cowboy! (Table of Contents)

Comparison Dept. / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Lance Sterling; John Smurd
Synopsis:
Parallel stories comparing the movie version of the Old West with real life.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #20

Manduck the Magician (Table of Contents)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks:
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Manduck; Loathar; Charles Atlas (cameo); Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom; Narda
Synopsis:
Manduck is reduced to using his hypnotic spells to sell snake oil on the street, until he matches spells with Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #14

Indexer Notes

A parody of the comic strip Mandrake the Magician.

Wowee Gang! Here's Our Big Chance Of A Lifetime Offer! (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
House ad for the first 5 MAD paperback books.

In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents)

MAD Strikes Back! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Phony analysis of why this book is good for the mind.

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Hoo Hah!
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. Contents
  6. 5. Straight Talk From Bob & Ray
  7. 6. MAD Strikes Back!
  8. 7. Prince Violent!
  9. 8. Captain TVideo
  10. 9. Puzzle Page!
  11. 10. Gopo Gossum!
  12. 11. Ping Pong!
  13. 12. Poopeye!
  14. 13. Smithson John & Co.
  15. 14. Teddy And The Pirates!
  16. 15. Ripup's Believe It or Don't!
  17. 16. Cowboy!
    Comparison Dept.
  18. 17. Manduck the Magician
  19. 18. Wowee Gang! Here's Our Big Chance Of A Lifetime Offer!
  20. 19. In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back!
    MAD Strikes Back!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein