(September 1955)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
60
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

Many articles in this issue are part of a running gag where unlikely items are labeled "Davy Crockett"; at the height of the marketing for such products his name was indeed on some unlikely items.


MAD Fearlessly Exposes The Tweed Ring (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Thomas Nast (signed)
Pencils:
Thomas Nast (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Inks:
Thomas Nast (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Socrates; Napoleon; Sigmund Freud; Marilyn Monroe; Alexander The Great; Rembrandt; Galileo; Lassie; Tom Swift; Columbus; Caesar; Buffalo Bill; Alfred L. Neuman; Melvin Cowznowski [Alfred E. Neuman]; Copernicus; Louis Pasteur; Ludwig Van Beethoven; "Boss" Tweed

Indexer Notes

Characters noted are in the frame around the page. Alfred L. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, whose image does appear unnamed. Main cover image is reprint of a Thomas Nast editorial cartoon of "Boss" Tweed and cronies.

What?...You Haven't Tasted New Ipuna? (Table of Contents)

Ipuna Toothpaste / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Ipuna Toothpaste.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Ipana Toothpaste. On inside front cover.

Contents (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Stan Freburg; Doodles Weaver; Steve Allen; Allen Jaffee [Al Jaffee]

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with photos of some contributors.

Radiodetectiveland (Table of Contents)

Radio Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sam; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
A look at the crazy neighborhood inhabited by the average radio show detective.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character.

A Stirring Scene To Say The Least From MGMG's "Leave Me Or Leave!" (Table of Contents)

Leave Me Or Leave! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Doris Daytime; James Cagneebone
Synopsis:
Phony ad for movie "Leave Me Or Leave!"
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Also mentions movie credits for: Josef M. Kornmeyer; Alfred E. Neuman; Elliot Cowsnofski; Alfred Kornmeyer; Josef E. Cowsnofski; Elliot M. Neuman; Alfred Cowsnofski; Josef Neuman. Appears to use a photograph as base for illustration.

Letter Dept. (Table of Contents)

Letter Dept. / letters page / 0.875 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from previous issues. Alfred E. Neuman is not named, and editors ask for information on the source of "What? Me Worry?" and the old picture used for his image.

MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents)

MAD Strikes Back! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.125 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for 2nd MAD paperback book: "MAD Strikes Back!"

The Jack E. Glisten Story (Table of Contents)

People Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Jack E. Glisten
Synopsis:
A behind-the-scenes look at how the Jack E. Glisten show is produced.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the Jackie Gleason tv show.

Very Square Dance (Table of Contents)

Music Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Allen
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Lyrics by Steve Allen presented without the musical score.

Baseball...Science Or Skill? (Table of Contents)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Smoky Allshot; Casey Stumble; Melvin Crudley; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Comparison of the scientific and instinctive methods of baseball team management: both fail.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character.

Anyone For Wrist Slashing? (Table of Contents)

Magazine Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Freberg
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Stan Freberg; Michael Wilting; Liz Wilting; maid; delivery man; Mikey Wilting
Synopsis:
Excerpt from a movie magazine and a "screenplay" by Stan to show contrasts between his characters and real life.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Persons parodied are Elizabeth Taylor and then-husband Michael Wilding.

Was George Washington "George"? (Table of Contents)

Confidential Information Dept. / text article / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
George Washington; John Smith; Pocahontas; Snow White; Witch; The Seven Dwarfs [Dummchen; Fröhlich; Doktor; Brummbär; Niessen; Schüchtern; Schlafhaube]
Synopsis:
Exposé type articles on George Washington, John Smith and Snow White.
Reprints:

The Sleeping Beauty (Table of Contents)

Fairy Tale Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Ernie Kovacs [as Pierre Ragout]
Pencils:
Gustave Doré (signed)
Inks:
Gustave Doré (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sleeping Beauty
Synopsis:
The fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Indexer Notes

Told briefly and with French words substituted for English every so often. Includes an old drawing and a glossary.

MAD Awards (Table of Contents)

MAD Award Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman (as award statuette); Ed Hurlthehay
Synopsis:
Awards for best tv commercials.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parodies of commercials for: Oldsmobile [Goldsmobile]; Dial Soap [Dialtone Soap]; storm windows; Colgate Dental Cream [Colgrate Dental Cream]; Saran Wrap [Sarong Wrap]. The award statuette is in image of MAD trademark face and appears to be the first time the name Alfred E. Neuman is applied to this face.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Newspaper Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mel Haney
Synopsis:
Various typical newspaper columns: Hollywood gossip; horoscope; Broadway gossip; doctor; lovelorn.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Mel Haney is caption under image of Alfred E. Neuman.

They Built Their Dream-House Singlehanded (Table of Contents)

Build-It-Yourself Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Blanding Countersunk; Babs Countersunk
Synopsis:
Story of how the Countersunks built their not-quite-so-dream house.

[Gettysburg Address] (Table of Contents)

Education Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Doodles Weaver
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Teacher's grading and editing of Lincoln's Gettysburg address as if it had been written for an English assignment.

The Stark Club (Table of Contents)

Television Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sherwin Billingscheck; Sherwinette Billingscheck; Mr. & Mrs. Fludney Bent; Mr. & Mrs. Bedney Flunt; Mr. & Mrs. Fledney Bunt; Myron Cowznofski; Mr. & Mrs. Flentney; Mr. & Mrs. Blunt; Mr. & Mrs. Buntney; Gledney Dent; Barney Flent; Mr. & Mrs. VanFlentney; Mr. & Mrs. Bootney Fent; Mr. & Mrs. Blint; Mr. & Mrs. Gentney Woont; Sir Flentney Blent
Synopsis:
A tour through the nightly happenings at the Stark Club.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show about New York's Stork Club.

Advice To Young Men On How To Get Into The Army (Table of Contents)

Roger Price Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
? (photo); Roger Price
Pencils:
? (photo); Roger Price
Inks:
? (photo); Roger Price
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Humorous advice on joining the U.S. Army.
Reprints:

Fozless Fooznick (Table of Contents)

Fozless Fooznick; Crazyroot Cream-Oil Hair Tonic / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder [as Chester Cool and Al Hopp]
Inks:
Bill Elder [as Chester Cool and Al Hopp]
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Fozless Fooznick; Chief; Lil' Ab'r; Junior (cameo)
Synopsis:
Fooznick is running from his relatives.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of Wildroot Cream Oil Hair Tonic ads and Fearless Fozdick character.

The Blackboard Jumble (Table of Contents)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 3.17 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Scenes from the movie and a recommendation for solving the real life violence problem in schools.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "Blackboard Jungle."

Banish Body Aroma Problems and Like That (Table of Contents)

NDDDS / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for NDDDS Chlorophyll Tablets.
Reprints:

Wowee Gang - I Wish I'd Written Both These New Mad Books! (Table of Contents)

The MAD Reader; MAD Strikes Back! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

House ad for MAD paperback books.

Your Voice of Wiseness Says Smoke Kennt (Table of Contents)

Kennt Cigarettes / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Kennt Cigarettes.

Indexer Notes

Mentions Ipuna Toothpaste from front page ad in this issue. On inside back cover.

A Picture History of Ol' Craw (Table of Contents)

Ol' Craw Whiskey / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ulysses S. Grant; Robert E. Lee; Davy Crockett; Jim Bowie; James Craw; Pocahontas; John Smith; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Ol' Craw Whiskey.

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ol' Crow ad. Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character. On back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. MAD Fearlessly Exposes The Tweed Ring
  2. 1. What?...You Haven't Tasted New Ipuna?
    Ipuna Toothpaste
  3. 2. Contents
    Table of Contents
  4. 3. Radiodetectiveland
    Radio Dept.
  5. 4. A Stirring Scene To Say The Least From MGMG's "Leave Me Or Leave!"
    Leave Me Or Leave!
  6. 5. Letter Dept.
    Letter Dept.
  7. 6. MAD Strikes Back!
    MAD Strikes Back!
  8. 7. The Jack E. Glisten Story
    People Dept.
  9. 8. Very Square Dance
    Music Dept.
  10. 9. Baseball...Science Or Skill?
    Sports Dept.
  11. 10. Anyone For Wrist Slashing?
    Magazine Dept.
  12. 11. Was George Washington "George"?
    Confidential Information Dept.
  13. 12. The Sleeping Beauty
    Fairy Tale Dept.
  14. 13. MAD Awards
    MAD Award Dept.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Newspaper Dept.
  16. 15. They Built Their Dream-House Singlehanded
    Build-It-Yourself Dept.
  17. 16. [Gettysburg Address]
    Education Dept.
  18. 17. The Stark Club
    Television Dept.
  19. 18. Advice To Young Men On How To Get Into The Army
    Roger Price Dept.
  20. 19. Fozless Fooznick
    Fozless Fooznick; Crazyroot Cream-Oil Hair Tonic
  21. 20. The Blackboard Jumble
    Movie Dept.
  22. 21. Banish Body Aroma Problems and Like That
    NDDDS
  23. 22. Wowee Gang - I Wish I'd Written Both These New Mad Books!
    The MAD Reader; MAD Strikes Back!
  24. 23. Your Voice of Wiseness Says Smoke Kennt
    Kennt Cigarettes
  25. 24. A Picture History of Ol' Craw
    Ol' Craw Whiskey
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jason Czeskleba
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne