(November 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

The Satellite (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Colors:
?
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
Synopsis:
Satellite the size of a basketball IS a basketball.

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.

Armstronger Tire Knock-Down Punch Socko For Skids! (Table of Contents)

Armstronger Tire / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Armstronger Tires.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Armstrong Tires. Inside front cover.

Contents (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Mario Labonza

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with excerpts of art from this issue. Illustration of Mario Labonza is the complete art for the cropped illustrations used in the article "Confidentially."

Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Purvis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

Letters Dept. (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.875 pages (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman

Indexer Notes

Art is various versions of Alfred E. Neuman from historic sources. He is not named, and "What? Me Worry?" is sometimes shown as simply "Me Worry?"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
House ad for MAD paperback books: "MAD Strikes Back!" and "The MAD Reader."

The Dave Garrowunway Show (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dave Garrowunway; J. Floyd Gluggs
Synopsis:
Dave gets locked out of the studio and J. Floyd continues the show.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of the "Today" tv show with Dave Garroway.

[Davy Crockett Merchandising Ideas] (Table of Contents)

Davy Crockett Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder
Inks:
Bill Elder
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Various missed opportunities to tie merchandise to the Davy Crockett fad.

Indexer Notes

Presented as a group of newspaper and magazine ads torn from pages.

Confidentially (Table of Contents)

Confidential Information Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mario Labonza
Synopsis:
Phony articles from various confidential exposé magazines showing how they are all the same.
Reprints:

The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout (Table of Contents)

Adventure Dept. / text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Ira Wallach
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Peter Wheaten; Larry Memmerson; Will Yaeger; Mitchel Hackney
Synopsis:
An account of climbing a minor hummock at a New England resort, narrated as if climbing Mt. Everest.

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Purvis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

Let's Go For A Ride! (Table of Contents)

How We Live / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Exaggerated versions of the problems of a Sunday drive, with the family finally deciding home was more peaceful.
Reprints:

The Strange Cruise of The Buttercup (Table of Contents)

Poetry Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
David W. Donaldson
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The ship never sets sail and fires cannon at the Admiralty building.

Indexer Notes

Small illustrations around the article appear to be clip art from old sources.

The Prodigious (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mikellah; Sanforized; Flash Gordon (cameo); Shazam
Synopsis:
Review of a movie, showing major plot turning points.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Prodigal."

At Home With Lorelei Latour (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ernie Kovacs
Pencils:
Gustave Dore (original); Wally Wood (embelishiments)
Inks:
Gustave Dore (original); Wally Wood (embelishiments)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ernie Kovacs
Synopsis:
Essay on how "simple" and "unassuming" Miss Latour's estate and home are, in contrast to the expected extravagance of Hollywood stars.

Indexer Notes

Art credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Seven Itchy Years (Table of Contents)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Elder [as Will Elder]
Inks:
Bill Elder [as Will Elder]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Marilyn Marone; Thomas Eawrl; Victor Moo; Robert Animal; Sunny Tuffy
Synopsis:
Scenes from the movie with a review.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Seven Year Itch."

[Today's Criminal Investigating Game] (Table of Contents)

Roger Price Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Roger Price
Pencils:
Roger Price
Inks:
Roger Price
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Elton Parsons; Roger's uncle Frank; Jerome Clendenin; Rachel "Hoghead" Skinner
Synopsis:
Roger discusses "The Sissonville Fiend Case", how to surround and capture a criminal whose location is known, obtaining information, identifying criminal types, stake outs, fingerprints, marksmanship, and delinquent youth assistance programs.

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Purvis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

A Guide To Better Understanding The Fine Old Art of Boxing (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Insight into the sport of boxing.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

My Secret (Table of Contents)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Benn Ogen
Synopsis:
Shows the details of famous golfer Benn Ogen's swing.
Reprints:

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Purvis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc." The "Totally MAD" CD collection lists writer credit for this 4th page as Al Jaffee.

Tense Tycoons and Lucky Bucks (Table of Contents)

Best Seller Dept. / text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Pencils:
Bernie Krigstein (signed); Wally Wood (final illustration)
Inks:
Bernie Krigstein (signed); Wally Wood (final illustration)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Crash McCool; Austin Grant; Larraine Grant; Phil Sheridan; Waldon Conman; Malt Moulton; Miss Vorple; Bessemer; Grafton Garfoltz
Synopsis:
Parts of a story about a corporate raider and the people of one of the companies he buys.

Indexer Notes

Presented as a 5-page excerpt from the novel: "Crash McCool." Final illustration is the final illustration from the story "The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout" in this issue. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

[Sanofranized] (Table of Contents)

Sanofranized fabrics / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
The Addams Family; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Four single panel cartoons in different art styles, as Sanofranized ads.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of Sanforized fabric ad. Inside back cover.

It's High Adventure (Table of Contents)

Canadian Clubbed / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Canadian Clubbed whiskey.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Canadian Club whiskey.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Satellite
  2. 1. Armstronger Tire Knock-Down Punch Socko For Skids!
    Armstronger Tire
  3. 2. Contents
    Table of Contents
  4. 3. Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  5. 4. Letters Dept.
    Letters Dept.
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The MAD Reader; MAD Strikes Back!
  7. 6. The Dave Garrowunway Show
    TV Dept.
  8. 7. [Davy Crockett Merchandising Ideas]
    Davy Crockett Dept.
  9. 8. Confidentially
    Confidential Information Dept.
  10. 9. The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout
    Adventure Dept.
  11. 10. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  12. 11. Let's Go For A Ride!
    How We Live
  13. 12. The Strange Cruise of The Buttercup
    Poetry Dept.
  14. 13. The Prodigious
    Movie Dept.
  15. 14. At Home With Lorelei Latour
    Movie Dept.
  16. 15. The Seven Itchy Years
    Movie Dept.
  17. 16. [Today's Criminal Investigating Game]
    Roger Price Dept.
  18. 17. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  19. 18. A Guide To Better Understanding The Fine Old Art of Boxing
    Sports Dept.
  20. 19. My Secret
    Sports Dept.
  21. 20. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  22. 21. Tense Tycoons and Lucky Bucks
    Best Seller Dept.
  23. 22. [Sanofranized]
    Sanofranized fabrics
  24. 23. It's High Adventure
    Canadian Clubbed
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne