(April 1956)

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

[1956] (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman; General Douglas MacArthur; Thomas Dewey; Harry Truman; Adlai Stevenson; Mao Tse-tung; Nikita Kruschev; Mickey Mouse; Davy Crockett; J. Fred Muggs; Joe McCarthy; Richard Nixon; Marilyn Monroe; Jane Russell; Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth II; Casey Stengle
Synopsis:
The new 1956 baby walks into the mess remaining from previous years, with Alfred ready to trip him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Many other people in the drawing the indexer did not recognize. The frame around the drawing is NOT the same as in issues #24-#26.

The Filter Doesn't Get Between You and The Tattoo (Table of Contents)

Marlbrando Tattoo Needles / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Marlbrando Tattoo Needles with filtered ink.

Indexer Notes

Parody of Marlboro Cigarette ad. Inside front cover.

Contents (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Abe Burrows

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with excerpts of art from this issue.

Cartoon Digest (Table of Contents)

Newspaper Comics Dept.; Little Orphan Melvin; Mett and Juff; Li'l Ab'r; R. Morgan MD; Starchie; Poopeye / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Little Orphan Melvin; Punjoke; Sandle; Daddy Peacebudks; Mett; Juff; Mickey Rodent; R. Morgan; Starchie; Bottleneck; Harold Toon; Shadrack; Poopeye; Marlon Branflakes
Synopsis:
Typical comic strips.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parodies of strips: Little Orphan Annie; Mutt and Jeff; Li'l Abner; Rex Morgan MD; Archie; Popeye.

Why Settle For Others When Beautydreamy Balances Drinking Glasses! (Table of Contents)

Beautydreamy Matresses / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Beautydreamy Matresses.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Beautyrest Matresses.

Letters Dept. (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.375 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman; E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is various excerpts from previous issue and a few more samples of possible Alfred E. Neuman predecessors. One letter from E. Nelson Bridwell of Oklahoma City, OK.

[Inside MAD] (Table of Contents)

Inside MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.125 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

House ad for 3rd MAD paperback.

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.17 page (report information)

Script:
Lyle Stuart
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

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

How You Can Be A Member of The Bogen Hi-Fi Set At Moderate Cost (Table of Contents)

Bogen Hi-Fidelity equipment / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for high fidelity audio equipment from the David Bogen Co., Inc.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Marshall Who Got Outdrawn (Table of Contents)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks:
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The marshall goes out to a gunfight over the objections of several girlfriends...and is outdrawn and shot.
Reprints:

How To Be Smart (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Shows many things you can do to look smart.
Reprints:

A Sea Chanty (Table of Contents)

Music Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Abe Burrows
Pencils:
Russ Heath
Inks:
Russ Heath
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Lyrics and music for a song about sailing on the Nancy Brown.

Indexer Notes

Short blurb at the end advertising the "Abe Burrows Songbook."

The Ed Suvillan Show (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ed Suvillan; Phil Soundflinger; Charlie Mahoney; Ookabolaconga tribe; Sultan Taj Mahal; Alfred L. Neuman; Wes Yeast
Synopsis:
A typical night on the show, with a ventriloquist, a foreign act, and a comic. Article ends with a mock judicial order from Judge Alfred E. Neuman.
Reprints:

Uninterrupted Melody (Table of Contents)

Ice Cream Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Stan Freberg; F. C. Barr; Dave Green; Joe; Good Humorous Men; Harris; Jones; Mother Goose
Synopsis:
A short play of a mutiny among the Good Humorous Men, when they can't stand any longer the music their trucks play.

A Lad And A Lion (Table of Contents)

Nature Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gedney L. Burp; Tommy Burp; Lassie
Synopsis:
Story showing that lions will be lions, not pets.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Safety Features (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
Al Jaffee
Inks:
Al Jaffee
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Article shows how all the new auto safety features are optional equipment, and all the cosmetic features are standard.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Musketeer Who Failed To Get The Girl (Table of Contents)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks:
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
The musketeer successfully battles dozens of the villain's men, but is run through by the villain.
Reprints:

The Brave Dogs (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Roger describes a new sport/art he has invented, Dog Kicking, which has its roots in bull fighting.

Ulysses (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:
Ulysses [Kirk Doubtless]; Penelope [Silvano Lasagno]; Circe [Silvano Lasagno]; Nausicaa [Rossana Pizzeria]; Cyclops [Umberto Scallopini]; Telemachus
Synopsis:
A brief summary of major scenes from the movie, with a surprise ending.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "Ulysses."

Nightwatch (Table of Contents)

Radio & TV Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnold Hayne
Pencils:
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks:
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ben Jones; Jed Brown; Dunday
Synopsis:
Jones and Dunday keep arresting their captainm, Jed Brown.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "Dragnet."

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Woodsman Who Failed To Save The Girl (Table of Contents)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks:
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A woodsman tries to save a girl going over a waterfall in a canoe, but can't reach her and she goes over.
Reprints:

Rare Old Cartoons (Table of Contents)

Collector's Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Caran d' Ache [Emmanuel Poiré]
Pencils:
Caran d' Ache [Emmanuel Poiré]
Inks:
Caran d' Ache [Emmanuel Poiré]
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man accuses his dog of defecating in the house, but when he tries to clean it up he discovers it is a snake and is bitten.

Indexer Notes

Old cartoon from French artist who lived 1858-1909.

Football (Table of Contents)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rockwell Hedo; Hector Swineherd; Stuyvesant Oxe; Freddy Lippsitt; Irving Hambutt; Salvatore Kelly; Pincus McCarthy; Bentley J. Funff; Dzordz Dzizzy; Guy Wojskgnkski; Hoggy Carmichael
Synopsis:
Highlighting the problems poorer schools have with their football teams.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Fighter Who Didn't Rally (Table of Contents)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Letters:
ty

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
The fighter rallies one last time after receiving some good news ringside, but is knocked out anyway.
Reprints:

[Alfred E. Neuman] (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
House ad for drawing of Alfred, suitable for framing.

Indexer Notes

This is a reproduction of a historical drawing of the character, and is not identified as Alfred.

Beer Belongs - Enjoy It! (Table of Contents)

Beer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for the "Foundation To Encourage Excess - The Beverage of Moderation."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of an ad for United States Brewers Foundation. Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [1956]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. The Filter Doesn't Get Between You and The Tattoo
    Marlbrando Tattoo Needles
  3. 2. Contents
    Table of Contents
  4. 3. Cartoon Digest
    Newspaper Comics Dept.; Little Orphan Melvin; Mett and Juff; Li'l Ab'r; R. Morgan MD; Starchie; Poopeye
  5. 4. Why Settle For Others When Beautydreamy Balances Drinking Glasses!
    Beautydreamy Matresses
  6. 5. Letters Dept.
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. [Inside MAD]
    Inside MAD
  8. 7. Statement of Ownership
  9. 8. How You Can Be A Member of The Bogen Hi-Fi Set At Moderate Cost
    Bogen Hi-Fidelity equipment
  10. 9. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Marshall Who Got Outdrawn
    Hollywood Dept.
  11. 10. How To Be Smart
    Education Dept.
  12. 11. A Sea Chanty
    Music Dept.
  13. 12. The Ed Suvillan Show
    TV Dept.
  14. 13. Uninterrupted Melody
    Ice Cream Dept.
  15. 14. A Lad And A Lion
    Nature Dept.
  16. 15. Safety Features
    Science Dept.
  17. 16. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Musketeer Who Failed To Get The Girl
    Hollywood Dept.
  18. 17. The Brave Dogs
    Roger Price Dept.
  19. 18. Ulysses
    Movie Dept.
  20. 19. Nightwatch
    Radio & TV Dept.
  21. 20. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Woodsman Who Failed To Save The Girl
    Hollywood Dept.
  22. 21. Rare Old Cartoons
    Collector's Dept.
  23. 22. Football
    Sports Dept.
  24. 23. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Fighter Who Didn't Rally
    Hollywood Dept.
  25. 24. [Alfred E. Neuman]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  26. 25. Beer Belongs - Enjoy It!
    Beer
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
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