(April 1954)

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.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

The Face Upon The Floor (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

I Dreamed I Went to a Fraternity Smoker in My Panic Magazine! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Subscription ad for Panic.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

G.I. Shmoe! (Table of Contents)

War Comics Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; war
Characters:
Galusha Iggy Shmoe [G. I. Shmoe]; Sgt. Squirt; Comrade Commander
Synopsis:
A parody of war comics.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Every woman in the story uses the line, "...Hey Joe...You got chewing gum?"

Sane! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor; western-frontier
Characters:
Sane; Paw; Maw; Joey; Wilson
Synopsis:
Sane beats Wilson in a gun battle through trickery.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of the film "Shane."

Operation Under-the-Ground Chapter 35 [Chapter 4] (Table of Contents)

Cloak-And-Dagger Dept. / text story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor; spy
Characters:
Five Fingers Jones; Floppova Movova; Lavrenti Buried
Synopsis:
Five Fingers is captured by the Soviet BVD.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Labled as Chapter 35.

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Frank D. Lee (business manager)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

As of 23 September 1954 Mad magazine was owned by Educational Comics, William Gaines, J. K. Gaines, and V.E. McAdie.

You, Too, Can Meet New Friends! (Table of Contents)

E. C. Fan-Addict Club! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
An ad for membership in the E.C. fan club.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Letters of comment from Clare Gottfried, "L.S.", Manfred Waechter, Melvin Talipida, Larry Lengle, Gwynne DeCoverly, Ed Spigel, and Roger Schenkman.

Indexer Notes

May have the first use of the word "potrzebie" in MAD. Answer to one letter notes that Marie Severin is the colorist on ALL E.C. magazines.

The Face Upon the Floor! (Table of Contents)

Poetry Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Davis (plot); H. Antoine D'Arcy (text)
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed); Basil Wolverton (final panel)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed); Basil Wolverton (final panel)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
the vagabond
Synopsis:
An illustration of D'Arcy poem.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is the text of the famous poem accompanied by humorous illustrations. Notes that the original poem title is "The Face Upon The Barroom Floor."

Woman Wonder! (Table of Contents)

Heroine Worship Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; superhero
Characters:
Woman Wonder [Diana Banana]; Steve Adore; Nivlem [a disguised Steve Adore]; Mickey; Spillane; Superduperman (cameo)
Synopsis:
A parody of Wonder Woman.
Reprints:

Extra Money (Table of Contents)

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
An advertisement for salesmen for Stuart Greeting Cards.

I Will Train You at Home for Good Pay Jobs in Radio-Television (Table of Contents)

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
J. E. Smith
Synopsis:
An ad for National Radio Institute training.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Let Me Give You a New He-Man Body! (Table of Contents)

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Charles Roman
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
?

Characters:
Charles Atlas
Synopsis:
An ad for the Charles Atlas booklet, "Everlasting Health and Strength."

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Face Upon The Floor
  2. 1. I Dreamed I Went to a Fraternity Smoker in My Panic Magazine!
    Panic
  3. 2. G.I. Shmoe!
    War Comics Dept.
  4. 3. Sane!
    Western Dept.
  5. 4. Operation Under-the-Ground Chapter 35 [Chapter 4]
    Cloak-And-Dagger Dept.
  6. 5. Statement of Ownership
  7. 6. You, Too, Can Meet New Friends!
    E. C. Fan-Addict Club!
  8. 7. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  9. 8. The Face Upon the Floor!
    Poetry Dept.
  10. 9. Woman Wonder!
    Heroine Worship Dept.
  11. 10. Extra Money
    Stuart Greetings
  12. 11. I Will Train You at Home for Good Pay Jobs in Radio-Television
    National Radio Institute
  13. 12. Let Me Give You a New He-Man Body!
    Charles Atlas
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