(July 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)

Issue Notes

Issue printed with 3 different covers available. Last issue edited by Harvey Kurtzman.


Spring Issue [Useful Income Tax Guide] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

Spring Issue [Useless Income Tax Guide] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

Spring Issue [Guided Missiles] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

They Wanted To Call It Partners Pick (Table of Contents)

Billows Cotton Pick / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Cotton Billow; George Company
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Billows Cotton Pick whiskey.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for an unknown brand of whiskey.

Contents (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Ed Suvillan
Synopsis:
Masthead quote: "In the present state of the world it is difficult not to write lampoons." - Juvenal (100 A.D.)

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this and previous issue. Includes the first quote under the masthead, though it is not by Alfred E. Neuman.

Letters Dept. (Table of Contents)

letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman; DeWitt Wallace
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Mel Haney [Alfred E. Neuman]

Indexer Notes

Includes letter from DeWitt Wallace, Publisher of Reader's Digest.

He Rose Tattooed (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Scallopini Rosa [Anna Lasagna]; Rosario Rosa [Burt Lambaster]; Antipasto Monticello; Rosa Rosa
Synopsis:
Highlights from the movie "He Rose Tattooed."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Rose Tattoo."

Stamps (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A brief look at stamp collecting, focusing on printing errors.
Reprints:

Triumph Over Tooth Decay (Table of Contents)

Best 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 Best Toothpaste with Frammistan.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Crest Toothpaste.

The Race Is On For The Super Guided Missile (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Gallup; Kerbang; Blitz; Pick; Back; Buck Roger; Waldo; Zork Argh; Dashkin; Propelnik; Schmidt; Beelzebub; Buck Rojinikoff; Plotkin; Watchova
Synopsis:
Shows various parts of the space race between the US and USSR, with ultimate consequences of missile use.
Reprints:

Children's Primer (Table of Contents)

Education Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
? [as Eugene Field]
Pencils:
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks:
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sluggo; the Double Bubble gum kid; Dennis The Menace; Jughead; Little Lulu; Nancy; Henry; The Captain; Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer
Synopsis:
Excerpts from phony old-fashioned children's reading primer.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the type of poetry written by 19th century poet, Eugene Field, The Children's Poet.

Comic Books [Black And Blue Hawks!] (Table of Contents)

Literature Dept.; Black And Blue Hawks / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Wally Wood [as Woodhawk]
Inks:
Wally Wood [as Woodhawk]
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Saddlesore; Saurbratten; Robespierre; Boss Hawk; Yonny Yohnson; Chop Chop Chop; woman in red
Synopsis:
The Black And Blue Hawks stage a mutiny.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A parody of Blackhawk comic books. Pages reproduced smaller than original.

Young Men's Spring Fashions for 1956 (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Comparison of fashions for Ivy League class with those worn by street gangs.

Your Income Tax (Table of Contents)

Do It Yourself Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Pencils:
? (photo); Bill Elder
Inks:
? (photo); Bill Elder
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Bad advice for filling out your federal income tax return.

Collegiate Whimsey (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
various; Bill Davis
Pencils:
various; Bill Davis
Inks:
various; Bill Davis
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Galahad
Synopsis:
Gag cartoons from the following college publications: Syracusan; Flat Iron; Texas Ranger; Columns; Chaparral; Cornell Widow; Showme

Indexer Notes

Uncredited, but the following signatures are readable: Wilson; Spavey; BK; Noel; C. Jacobson. Letters Dept. in issue #29 notes that cartoon credited to Smoke Signals is actually from Chaparral, featuring character Galahad by Bill Davis.

The Life of General Homer T. 'Old Hominy' Shotbag (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ed Fischer
Pencils:
Ed Fischer (signed); Seltz
Inks:
Ed Fischer (signed); Seltz
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Homer T. Shotbag; Simeon D. Shotbag; Flora Brocklebone Shotbag; Marie d'Ewlappe Shotbag; Abraham Lincoln; Ulysses S. Grant
Synopsis:
Highlights of the life of Civil War general Homer T. Shotbag, from childhood to fame.

Talk (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Shirley; Lance Cowznofski; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Comparisons of what you think overseen conversations are, with what they actually are.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman does not resemble the MAD trademark character.

Rare Old Cartoons (Table of Contents)

Collector's Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Mayo Bateman
Pencils:
Henry Mayo Bateman
Inks:
Henry Mayo Bateman
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Man has trouble with a tube of glue.

Indexer Notes

English cartoon from the World War I period.

Million Dollar Horse (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Naushea; Shorty Yech; Wastrel P. Prodigal
Synopsis:
Story of a celebrity race horse, showing the care taken with him versus the poor working conditions of his caretakers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Good Old, Old Days! (Table of Contents)

Book Review Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
B. Wiseman
Pencils:
B. Wiseman
Inks:
B. Wiseman
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Borey Mernstein; hypnosis subject
Synopsis:
Excerpt from and review of fictitious book.

Medical (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Konrad Strainer; Smilby; Lance Follicle; Amanda
Synopsis:
Lance needs a tonsillectomy, from which he recovers in great shape, but still can't play the violin well.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "Medic."

Real Advertisements (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.16 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
A notice the the remainder of the page contains real advertisements.

Mad Records For Mad Readers! (Table of Contents)

San Francisco Records / advertisement / 0.16 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for hi-fi records.

Looks Cooler - Is Cooler (Table of Contents)

Viking pipe set / advertisement / 0.26 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for Viking smoking set from R. S. Leber.

She'll Love You If You Buy Her A Glob of Silly Putty (Table of Contents)

Silly Putty / advertisement / 0.17 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for Silly Putty.

Indexer Notes

Shows a Basil Wolverton drawing being lifted by Silly Putty.

Roger Price (Table of Contents)

In One Head And Out The Other / advertisement / 0.17 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Roger Price
Synopsis:
Ad for book by Roger, from Ballantine Books.

What? Me Worry? (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.08 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Ad for drawings suitable for framing.

Indexer Notes

Drawing is historical picture and Alfred is not named.

You Don't Have To Fight Over MAD (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
House ad for MAD subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Art appears to be an old painting, possibly of Custer's Last Stand.

Paper Doll Page (Table of Contents)

Things To Make & Do Dept. / activity / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Pete Paperdoll; Pat Paperdoll
Synopsis:
Paperdolls with unusual accessories.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Page 2 is inside back cover.

The Heathy Girl (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Russ Heath (signed)
Inks:
Russ Heath (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of a Varga Girl.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Spring Issue [Useful Income Tax Guide]
  2. 1. Spring Issue [Useless Income Tax Guide]
  3. 2. Spring Issue [Guided Missiles]
  4. 3. They Wanted To Call It Partners Pick
    Billows Cotton Pick
  5. 4. Contents
    Table of Contents
  6. 5. Letters Dept.
  7. 6. He Rose Tattooed
    Movie Dept.
  8. 7. Stamps
    Hobbies Dept.
  9. 8. Triumph Over Tooth Decay
    Best Toothpaste
  10. 9. The Race Is On For The Super Guided Missile
    Science Dept.
  11. 10. Children's Primer
    Education Dept.
  12. 11. Comic Books [Black And Blue Hawks!]
    Literature Dept.; Black And Blue Hawks
  13. 12. Young Men's Spring Fashions for 1956
    Fashion Dept.
  14. 13. Your Income Tax
    Do It Yourself Dept.
  15. 14. Collegiate Whimsey
    College Dept.
  16. 15. The Life of General Homer T. 'Old Hominy' Shotbag
    History Dept.
  17. 16. Talk
    Talk Dept.
  18. 17. Rare Old Cartoons
    Collector's Dept.
  19. 18. Million Dollar Horse
    Sports Dept.
  20. 19. The Good Old, Old Days!
    Book Review Dept.
  21. 20. Medical
    TV Dept.
  22. 21. Real Advertisements
  23. 22. Mad Records For Mad Readers!
    San Francisco Records
  24. 23. Looks Cooler - Is Cooler
    Viking pipe set
  25. 24. She'll Love You If You Buy Her A Glob of Silly Putty
    Silly Putty
  26. 25. Roger Price
    In One Head And Out The Other
  27. 26. What? Me Worry?
    Alfred E. Neuman
  28. 27. You Don't Have To Fight Over MAD
    Mad Magazine
  29. 28. Paper Doll Page
    Things To Make & Do Dept.
  30. 29. The Heathy Girl
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