(November 1954)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Educational Comics, Inc.
Brand:
EC An Entertaining Comic
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

This cover is printed upside down and is actually back cover of magazine. The sequences are indexed in order from the apparent "back" cover to this "front" cover. Indicia is printed on reverse of "back" cover.


The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today! (Table of Contents)

Science-Fiction Book Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for Science-Fiction Book Club. On apparent back cover, which is actually the front cover, printed upside down.

[King of Clubs] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for Panic and MAD subscriptions. On inside "back" cover, printed right-side up.

Bringing Back Father! (Table of Contents)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jiggie; Maggs; Little Orphan Annie (cameo); Dinty Moore; Jiggie's brother-in-law; Jiggie's daughter
Synopsis:
Jiggie cannot take Maggs's abuse any longer so when he has his serious moments he hires some goons to beat her into submission.

Indexer Notes

Drawn in 2 different styles by the 2 different artists: odd pages in the cartoon style and even pages in a more realistic style where Jiggie is shown to be severly injured by Maggs's constant violence.

What's My Shine! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jay Renkins; Everett Dirkdaughter; Henry Doorshack; Charles Potrzebie; John McLellillellillin; Stuart Sawhimintown; Henry Jackdaughter; Lana Cheesecake; Joseph McCartaway; Even Steven; Sturdley Smurdley; Karl Weekdt
Synopsis:
How the Senate Subcomittee hearings would go if they were run like a tv game show.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Game show style loosely based on "What's My Line?" First page is photo of Senate subcommittee.

Dra (Table of Contents)

Report From Abroad / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Su
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Appears to be an excerpt from some history text.

Indexer Notes

Gag is that this is the small countries' viewpoint, and type is very tiny. In fact it's almost unreadable and indexer is uncertain of title. Dra it is (but you have to use a magnifying glass to read it).

E. C. Went To Sea In Search Of Another New Trend... (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for Piracy comic subscriptions. Drawing are caricatures of E. C. staffers.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Letters from Blue Beathard, Rocky Colassanti, Burl Moss, "no name given," Stan the Garbageman, Robert Glaberson, Frank Smith, Gilbert O'Connell, Phillip Loeb, Keith Nutt, Ginger Adler, Sam Browman, J. D. Carlson, Richard Scott.

Meet Miss Potgold (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed); (photo)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed); (photo)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A collection of drawings of grotesque women entered in the Miss Potgold of 1955 contest.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First page is a parody of a Rheingold Beer ad with Bill Gaines in the photo.

Julius Caesar! (Table of Contents)

Cut Your Own Throat Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Julius Caesar; Willie The Elder (cameo); Dick Tracy (cameo); Martin Walkingkane (cameo); Shermlock Shomes (cameo); Marlon Branflakes; Calphurnia; Marilyn Monroe (cameo); Fearless Feasdick; Junior; Mickey Mouse (cameo); Donald Duck (cameo); Pluto (cameo); Goofy (cameo)
Synopsis:
MAD writer points out standard lampoon shtick elements during a portion of Julius Caesar story.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The titles of MAD and 11 competitors are used in the narrative on the first page: Bughouse; Crazy; Eh!; Flip; Get Lost; MAD; Madhouse; Nuts!; Panic; Riot; Wild; Whack. This page is a setup for the following story (intro and main story are consecutively paginated).

Script credits from John Benson's "The Sincerest Form of Parody: The Best 1950s MAD-Inspired Satirical Comics" (Fantagraphics, 2012)

Yours Free! (Table of Contents)

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
B. J. Sutart

Indexer Notes

Ad for Stuart Greetings card sales outfits.

Send for My FREE Outfit and start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business! (Table of Contents)

Mason Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for sales kits for Mason Shoes. On inside "front" cover.

This Issue Is Going To Change Your Whole Viewpoint of MAD... (Table of Contents)

Mad Magazine / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (photograph)
Inks:
? (photogaph)
Colors:
Marie Severin ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Reprints:
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today!
    Science-Fiction Book Club
  2. 1. [King of Clubs]
    Panic; Mad
  3. 2. Bringing Back Father!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  4. 3. What's My Shine!
    Television Dept.
  5. 4. Dra
    Report From Abroad
  6. 5. E. C. Went To Sea In Search Of Another New Trend...
    Piracy
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. Meet Miss Potgold
    Advertising Dept.
  9. 8. Julius Caesar!
    Cut Your Own Throat Dept.
  10. 9. Yours Free!
    Stuart Greetings
  11. 10. Send for My FREE Outfit and start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business!
    Mason Shoes
  12. 11. This Issue Is Going To Change Your Whole Viewpoint of MAD...
    Mad Magazine
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