(April 1955)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Harvey Kurtzman
Format:
Standard Golden Age U.S. (#1-23); Magazine size (#24 onward); saddle-stitched; glossy cover; full color (#1-23); Black & White (#24-?); full color again (#? - onward)

Special Art Issue (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Bill Elder ?
Reprints:

Special Art Issue (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bill Elder

Indexer Notes

Introduction to the stories in this issue about Bill Elder.

The Child! (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; biography
Characters:
Bill Elder
Synopsis:
A humorous look at Bill's early life with some supposed early scribblings of his.

Indexer Notes

Includes photos as bases for drawings, with one image each from Braque, Matisse, and Picasso.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for The MAD Reader, paperback book.

The Boy! (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; biography
Synopsis:
Humorous bio of Bill's childhood, through photos supposedly showing his early artwork.

Indexer Notes

Includes photos of U. S. coins, a Cellini sculpture, Rodin's "The Thinker", and Mount Rushmore.

The Young Artist! (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks:
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor; biography
Characters:
Jack Webb; Marilyn Monroe; Mona Lisa; George Washington
Synopsis:
Humorous look at Bill's early career, with photos of various items he supposedly painted.

Indexer Notes

Includes photos of billboards, a playing card, Playtex ad, Jack Webb, Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, George Washington, the Blue Boy, Young Woman With A Water Jug, Whistler's Mother and the Sistene Chapel. Several characters are named Coznowski, which may be its first use in MAD.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Lyle Stuart
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Editor: Harvey Kurtzman; Managing Editor: William M. Gaines; Business Manager: Lyle Stuart; Publisher: William M. Gaines; Owner: Educational Comics, Inc. [William M. Gaines; J. K. Gaines; V. E. MacAdie]

The Commercial Artist! (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; biography
Synopsis:
Humorous look at Bill's commercial art career, with samples of fake advertisements.
Reprints: show reprint note before migration
  • United States in Inside Mad (Ballantine Books, 1955 series) #124 (November 1955) [Only reprints the Brewer's Foundation page from the 6-page story.], #124 (November 1955) [Only reprints the Puntiac page from the 6-page story.], #124 (November 1955) [Only reprints the Canadian Specific page from the 6-page story.]

Indexer Notes

Ads include: California Zipper Blista-Dome train; Canadian Specific airline; Herbert Terrytoon cigarettes; Puntiac automobiles; Brewer's Foundation.

The Old Pro! [Mole!] (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; biography
Characters:
Bill Elder; Melvin Mole
Synopsis:
Melvin is captured during a bank robbery and continually digs his way out of jail.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

One doctored photo as a lead-in to "Mole!", replacing original splash panel.

Senility! (Table of Contents)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor; biography
Characters:
Bill Elder
Synopsis:
A few of Bill's most recent drawings, showing a regression to his earliest form.

Introducing E. C.'s Sixth "New Direction" Magazine (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
Marie Severin
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

House ad for new MD comic subscriptions.

Tell Me What You Want Money For... (Table of Contents)

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
B. J. Stuart

Indexer Notes

Ad for Stuart Greetings cards sales.

319 All-Different Stamps (Table of Contents)

Zenith Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for Zenith Company stamp approval service.

Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given (Table of Contents)

The FUNMan / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for FUNman religious wall motto sales.

I Will Train You at Home in Spare Time to Be A Radio-Television Technician (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
J. E. Smith

Indexer Notes

Ad for training courses. Inside back cover.

Check The Kind of Body You Want! (Table of Contents)

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Charles Atlas

Indexer Notes

Ad for Charles Atlas's body building booklet. On back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Special Art Issue
  2. 1. Special Art Issue
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder
  3. 2. The Child!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  4. 3. [untitled]
    The MAD Reader
  5. 4. The Boy!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  6. 5. The Young Artist!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  7. 6. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. Statement of Ownership
  9. 8. The Commercial Artist!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  10. 9. The Old Pro! [Mole!]
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  11. 10. Senility!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  12. 11. Introducing E. C.'s Sixth "New Direction" Magazine
    MD
  13. 12. Tell Me What You Want Money For...
    Stuart Greetings
  14. 13. 319 All-Different Stamps
    Zenith Company
  15. 14. Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given
    The FUNMan
  16. 15. I Will Train You at Home in Spare Time to Be A Radio-Television Technician
    National Radio Institute
  17. 16. Check The Kind of Body You Want!
    Charles Atlas
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Peter Croome
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne