(September 1956)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
?
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
Brand:
?
Editing:
Albert B. Feldstein
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

First issue edited by Albert B. Feldstein. First issue with text in margins.


3-Ring Circus of Fun (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Wally Wood (figures at bottom)
Inks:
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Wally Wood (figures at bottom)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

The Furious Falcon (Table of Contents)

Ethel / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Ethel, exhorting everyone to drive more.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ethyl Corp. gasoline additive ads. Some characters based on Pogo comic strip. Possible Feldstein script per Feldstein: The Mad life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Departments (Table of Contents)

Vital Features / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this issue. Quote under the masthead is from Swift (1667-1745).

The New Expandable Severolet... (Table of Contents)

Severolet / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Severolet, a car that comes in sections and can expand to any desired length.

Indexer Notes

Script credit confirmed by Feldstein in the book Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.Parody of ad for Chevrolet station wagon; car drawing resembles one.

If You Haven't Been Able To Find 'MAD' On Your Local Newsstand... (Table of Contents)

Mad Magazine / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils:
Bill Elder
Inks:
Bill Elder
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Melvin
Synopsis:
House ad for MAD Magazine subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Kurtzman credit confirmed by Al Feldstein in the book Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Galahad

Indexer Notes

Includes correction to the Collegiate Whimsey article in issue #28. First issue to use title "Random Samplings of Reader Mail." Letters, mostly commenting on issue #28 by Philip Charize; Nathan A, Shotbag; Bob Martinick; Harvey Simons; Bob Tucker; Bill Fried; Max Schneider; James Germain; John Murray Jr.; Alex Dunne; Stan Lamontovich; Tony Gristina; Paul Johnson; Murray Loew; Roger Johnson; Frank Veles; John Nellis; Jim McConnell; Ron Freund; Don Evans; Dianne Haber; Chester Swedge and James Layland.

Free Fall Ferris (Table of Contents)

Unsung Heroes Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry DeFuccio (idea); Al Feldstein (script)
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Free Fall Ferris
Synopsis:
Story about a mouse who becomes a U.S. astronaut.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

writer/idea credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. "Totally MAD" CD collection credited DeFuccio with script.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Runaway Stagecoach (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Cowboy tries to save a woman in a runaway stage coach by jumping from his horse onto one of the runaway horses...but falls on the ground.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Interlandi script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Gringo (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Ernie Kovacs
Pencils:
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks:
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ernie Kovacs
Synopsis:
Rules for a fictitious board game.
Reprints:

New Designs In Television Sets (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?; Al Feldstein ?
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of types and uses of television remote controls.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Feldstein was unsure if this story was written by him or Kurtzman. Info from the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Dining Etiquette Quiz (Table of Contents)

Raised Pinky Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Basil Wolverton
Pencils:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks:
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Quiz with bad examples of dining practices.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Wolverton script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

The Man In The Soot-Gray Flannel (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Tim Wrath [Greg Peckory]; Gene Lockjaw; Mrs. Wrath [Joan Jennifer]; Rosa [Maria Parmesan]
Synopsis:
Major scenes from the movie, with captions instead of dialog.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit." Writer credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Rare Old Cartoons (Table of Contents)

Collector's Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Wilhelm Busch
Pencils:
Wilhelm Busch
Inks:
Wilhelm Busch
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Hans Huckerbein; Fritz; Auntie Lotten
Synopsis:
Fritz captures a raven, Hans, and brings it home where it destroys the place until it drinks some wine and dies tangled in some rope. The moral is loosely given as the bad you do will catch up with you.

Indexer Notes

Cartoon is over 100 years old, by the creator of "Max und Moritz" which was the inspiration for the Katzenjammer Kids.

Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Advice for a man who loses everything and wants to hang himself.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Alfred E. Neuman does not physically resemble the MAD trademark character.

Camp (Table of Contents)

Poison Ivy Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Melvin Cowznofsky
Synopsis:
Story of Melvin's summer at Camp Pot-Ra-Zee-Bee.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Make Your Own Love-Story Comic (Table of Contents)

Do It Yourself Dept. / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Kamen
Inks:
Jack Kamen
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A bunch of figures, captions, and titles to cut out and arrange on some background scenes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer and artist credits confirmed per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Hot Weather Photos (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mort Pestle; Mickey Toonis; Sid Lumly; George Sturdley; Vava Voom
Synopsis:
Collection of typical newspaper photos taken to show hot summer weather.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Kurtzman script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

MAD Bubble Gum Cards (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Smedley van Sturdley; Milton Forbisher; Stanley Henkledorf; Walter N. Goober; Beauregard Bordon
Synopsis:
Bubble gum cards in the Famous Cowards series.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Scenes We'd Like To See: Escaping The Cannibals (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A man and a woman are running to escape cannibals and she twists an ankle, whereupon the man runs away as the cannibals close in, instead of carrying her.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

The Underworld Around Us (Table of Contents)

Epic Case History Dept. / text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Bernie Wiseman
Pencils:
Bernie Wiseman
Inks:
Bernie Wiseman
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Essay on early human evolution up to the Stone Age.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Day of The Big Race (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Phil Interlandi
Pencils:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks:
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Colors:
one
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
After a jockey is fired for taking a bribe, the owner's granddaughter volunteers to ride in the big race. She loses.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Convention Forecasts (Table of Contents)

Political Crystal Ball Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Sylvester J. Ike; Cosmo L. Nixon; Stevenson Blung; Irving I. Kefauver; Harriman Twince
Synopsis:
Predictions for political convention personnel whose names resemble famous politicians.

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Real Estate Ads (Table of Contents)

Home-Sweet-Homes Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood; Jack Kamen (home rendering)
Inks:
Wally Wood; Jack Kamen (home rendering)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Furd famliy
Synopsis:
The Furds find an attractive real estate ad only to be disappointed by the actual home.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Advice for a man whose wife plays the tuba at night.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Energetic 17-Year-Olds Are Happy Happy Happy (Table of Contents)

How To Give A Party Dept. / comic story / 2.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Harvey Kurtzman ?; Al Feldstein ?
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Mrs. Goodfellow Kringe; Irving Kringe
Synopsis:
A look at a teenage Rock 'n Roll Romp party and aftermath.

Indexer Notes

Al Feldstein was unsure if he or Kurtzman wrote this story. Info per Al Feldstein from the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Mad Records For Mad Readers! (Table of Contents)

San Francisco Records / advertisement / 0.165 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for hi-fi records.

Show-Off Your Records! (Table of Contents)

Leslie Productions / advertisement / 0.083 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for record album rack.

What? Me Worry? (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.083 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Alfred is not named.

Biggest Year In MAD History (Table of Contents)

Mad Magazine / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Meaningless charts showing useless statistics about MAD's first year.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

This One Has The Urp! (Table of Contents)

Padst Red Ribbon Beer / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for Padst Red Ribbon Beer. Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. On back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. 3-Ring Circus of Fun
  2. 1. The Furious Falcon
    Ethel
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. The New Expandable Severolet...
    Severolet
  5. 4. If You Haven't Been Able To Find 'MAD' On Your Local Newsstand...
    Mad Magazine
  6. 5. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. Free Fall Ferris
    Unsung Heroes Dept.
  8. 7. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Runaway Stagecoach
    Hollywood Dept.
  9. 8. Gringo
    Games Dept.
  10. 9. New Designs In Television Sets
    Science Dept.
  11. 10. Dining Etiquette Quiz
    Raised Pinky Dept.
  12. 11. The Man In The Soot-Gray Flannel
    Movie Dept.
  13. 12. Rare Old Cartoons
    Collector's Dept.
  14. 13. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  15. 14. Camp
    Poison Ivy Dept.
  16. 15. Make Your Own Love-Story Comic
    Do It Yourself Dept.
  17. 16. Hot Weather Photos
    Newspaper Dept.
  18. 17. MAD Bubble Gum Cards
    Hobby Dept.
  19. 18. Scenes We'd Like To See: Escaping The Cannibals
    Hollywood Dept.
  20. 19. The Underworld Around Us
    Epic Case History Dept.
  21. 20. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Day of The Big Race
    Hollywood Dept.
  22. 21. Convention Forecasts
    Political Crystal Ball Dept.
  23. 22. Real Estate Ads
    Home-Sweet-Homes Dept.
  24. 23. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  25. 24. Energetic 17-Year-Olds Are Happy Happy Happy
    How To Give A Party Dept.
  26. 25. Mad Records For Mad Readers!
    San Francisco Records
  27. 26. Show-Off Your Records!
    Leslie Productions
  28. 27. What? Me Worry?
    Alfred E. Neuman
  29. 28. Biggest Year In MAD History
    Mad Magazine
  30. 29. This One Has The Urp!
    Padst Red Ribbon Beer
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne