(October-November 1953)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Harvey Kurtzman
Color:
color (#1-23, later issues); color cover with black & white interior (#24 - ?)
Dimensions:
standard Golden Age US (#1-23); magazine size (#24 onward)
Paper Stock:
glossy cover
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
ongoing series

Issue Notes

Character appearances, Department names and other miscellaneous info for this issue added by Donald Dale Milne, December 2008.


["Aha, Dr. Whatsit!"] (Table of Contents)

Shermlock Shomes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman ?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
Shermlock Shomes; Dr. Whatsit
Reprints:

If You Haven't Been Able To Find 'MAD' On Your Local Newsstand... (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Subscription ad for MAD. Inside front cover.

Shermlock Shomes! (Table of Contents)

Crime Dept.; Shermlock Shomes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
Shermlock Shomes; Dr. Whatsit; Cecil B. V. D. Mill (cameo); Mrs. Gowanus; a woman; the woman's uncle
Synopsis:
A parody of Sherlock Holmes. Fearing for her uncle's life, a woman has Shermlock break into his room and Shermlock goes nuts trying to solve the non-crime.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

References Lassie Rover and Rollover Rover from the Kane Keen story in MAD #5.

Treasure Island! (Table of Contents)

Classic-Type Comics Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
John Severin [as Long John Severin] (signed)
Inks:
John Severin [as Long John Severin] (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
Melvin of the Apes (cameo); Melvin Hawkins; Captain Rollem Bones; Long-John Aluminum; Melvin Mole (cameo)
Synopsis:
A parody of Classics Illustrated comics version of Treasure Island.
Reprints:

We At E.C. Are Proudest of Our Science-Fiction Magazines (Table of Contents)

E.C. comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frazetta (signed); Al Williamson (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frazetta (signed); Al Williamson (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?; typeset

Synopsis:
House ad for Weird Fantasy #21.

Indexer Notes

Left side of page

Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents)

Cloak-And-Dagger Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Five Fingers Jones; The Chief
Synopsis:
Five Fingers makes his first appearance and receives instructions.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Right side of one page and left side of facing page.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

E.C. comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
House ad for the Picture Stories books.

Indexer Notes

Thumbnail cover reproductions of Picture Stories from the Bible Complete Old Testament, Picture Stories of the Bible Complete New Testament, Picture Stories from Science #2, and Picture Stories from World History #2. Right side of page.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Introduction of the E.C. Fan-Addict Club.

Indexer Notes

No letters published in this issue.

["Look What I Have!"] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks:
Harvey Kurtsman
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man brings home a new puppy that likes to chew things.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The first panel contains text lacking in the original publication noting that this and the following 5 pages are reprints.

["I--Have An Egg!!"] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man has an egg he can't crack.
Reprints:

["Climbing Over Rocky Mountain..."] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man discovers a beautiful lake in the mountains.
Reprints:

["This Toaster Shoots The Toast Up Too High!"] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man's toaster shoots the toast too high.
Reprints:

["My Friend Sings!"] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man's friend loves to sing.
Reprints:

["I Can Flip An Egg Any Way!"] (Table of Contents)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man can flip eggs any way.
Reprints:

Smilin' Melvin! (Table of Contents)

Airplane Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
Smilin' Melvin; Upwind Johnson; Thatstuff
Synopsis:
A parody of the aviation comic strip Smiling Jack.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

May be first use of the word "Veeble-fetzer."

They Claim This Coupon Brings You "Good Luck" (Table of Contents)

International Correspondence Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

An ad for the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton, PA.

Television Bank (Table of Contents)

SeaGee Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
An ad for Seagee Company's coin bank with an illuminated projection window.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Men! Women! Take Orders For Famous Nylons Guaranteed 9 mos. (Table of Contents)

Wil-Knit Hoisery Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photgraph)
Inks:
? (photgraph)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
?

Synopsis:
An ad for salesmen for the Wil-Knit Hosiery Company in Greenfield, Ohio.

Indexer Notes

Back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. ["Aha, Dr. Whatsit!"]
    Shermlock Shomes
  2. 1. If You Haven't Been Able To Find 'MAD' On Your Local Newsstand...
  3. 2. Shermlock Shomes!
    Crime Dept.; Shermlock Shomes
  4. 3. Treasure Island!
    Classic-Type Comics Dept.
  5. 4. We At E.C. Are Proudest of Our Science-Fiction Magazines
    E.C. comics
  6. 5. Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter 1]
    Cloak-And-Dagger Dept.
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    E.C. comics
  8. 7. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  9. 8. ["Look What I Have!"]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  10. 9. ["I--Have An Egg!!"]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  11. 10. ["Climbing Over Rocky Mountain..."]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  12. 11. ["This Toaster Shoots The Toast Up Too High!"]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  13. 12. ["My Friend Sings!"]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  14. 13. ["I Can Flip An Egg Any Way!"]
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Hey Look!
  15. 14. Smilin' Melvin!
    Airplane Dept.
  16. 15. They Claim This Coupon Brings You "Good Luck"
    International Correspondence Schools
  17. 16. Television Bank
    SeaGee Co.
  18. 17. Men! Women! Take Orders For Famous Nylons Guaranteed 9 mos.
    Wil-Knit Hoisery Co.
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne