(December 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 with modern Mad trademark Alfred E. Neuman, last issue with Kurtzman / Elder frame.


Alfred E. Neuman Says "What - Me Worry?" (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman; elephant; donkey
Synopsis:
Alfred is billed as a write-in candidate for president.
Reprints:

B. F. Goodnrich Autoless - Because You Don't Need A Car, Just Tires (Table of Contents)

B. F. Goodnrich Carsaver Tires / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Inks:
Reed Crandall (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad for tires from B. F. Goodnrich that don't need a car.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for B. F. Goodrich Tires. Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Departments (Table of Contents)

Vital Features / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Art is excerpts from this issue. Quote under the masthead is from Abraham Lincoln.

Indexer Notes

First issue with a Department title for marginal text. Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Elvis Pelvis (Table of Contents)

Mass Hysteria Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Elvis Pelvis
Synopsis:
Satirical look at various facets of Elvis Presley's style.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Don't Sell Yourself Short! (Table of Contents)

Elevators / advertisement / 0.22 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for Elevators brand shoe height increasers from Stone-Tarlow Co.

Now...In Full color! (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.11 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Norman Mingo
Inks:
Norman Mingo
Letters:
Typeset

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

Indexer Notes

Picture is new art from cover; Alfred is not named.

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

Synopsis:
Letters, mostly commenting on issue #29.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from issue #29. Letters from Arnold Ferris; John Mahon; Richard Hagan; Gerald Rose; Tom Louis; Charles Forbisher; Walter Goober III; Herbie Dicker; Dave DeSilver; Michael Dworkin; Ken Schaber: Sam Cornell; Joseph Salas; Jeremy Millett; Doug Vance; Josef Trotsakov; Howard Landstrom; Dale Harris; Phil Shaw; William Zeckendorf; William Levitt; Walter Vaux; Steve Winchell and Hugh Cotterall.

Gunsmoked (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Madd Dillinger; Gambler Dan; Blacksmith Sam; Chestnut; Doc; Kiddie; Mayor Melvin
Synopsis:
Quick recap of typical plots from the show.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "Gunsmoke." Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book 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 (signed)
Inks:
Don Martin (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Advice for a man who loves both his wife and taxidermy, but whose wife hates his taxidermy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Manly Art of Self Defense (Table of Contents)

Collector's Dept.: Rare Old Mayhem / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmund E. Price (original); ? (abridged captions)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Harvey Kurtzman

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Excerpts from a treatise on The Manly Art of Self Defense by Edmund E. Price, published 1867, with illustrations and new captions.

Indexer Notes

Illustrations may not be from the original text and do not necessarily describe the text they are shown with. The original text was not humorous; this feature is added by the new abridged captions. This story was inventory edited by Harvey Kurtzman. Info per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Gladiator And The Empress (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A man is thrown into the gladiatorial ring and defeats a better armed opponent...but loses to a lion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

MAD Builds A More Civilized Mouse Trap (Table of Contents)

Beat-A-Path Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Several supposedly civilized ways to trap and kill mice.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Self-references this article with a mouse reading it.

Motorist Beware! (Table of Contents)

Fair Warning Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Describes the escalating efforts of police to patrol highways unnoticed, including several of the latest unmarked vehicles.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. "Totally MAD" CD collection incorrectly credited Herb Goldstein.

MAD Establishes An...Old Comic-Strip Characters' Home (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Little Nemo; Flip; Felix the Clown; Chief Wahoo; The Squirrel Cage Hitchhiker; Barnaby; Mr. O'Malley; Flyin' Jenny; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Brute Gentry; Ace Drummond; Tailspin Tommy; Barney Baxter; Peter Piltdown; Charlie; Min-nie; Shadrach the Hermit; The Spirit; Ebony; Commissioner Dolan; Scorchy Smith; Desperate Desmond; Hairbreadth Harry; Dickie Dare; Sappo; Professor Whottaschnozzle; Bunky; Fagon; The Family Upstairs; Doc Yak; The Bear; Silly Millie; Benny; Buster Brown; Tige the Bulldog; Just Kids; Grandpop; Baby; Mr. Branner the Policeman; Dinglehoofer; Dinglehoofer's Dog; Count Screwloose; Crazy Dog; Skeets; Skippy; Sooky; The Pussycat Princess; Mr. Jack; Krazy Kat; Ignatz Mouse; Offisa Pupp; Little Jimmy; The Kewpies; Rocky Mason; Mr.; Mrs.; Charlie Chan; The Nebbs; Desper't Ambrose; Pop [S'Matter Pop]; Pop [That's My Pop]; Son [That's My Pop]; The Timid Soul; Mama; Cedric; Pa; Don Winslow; Sgt. Pat; Pinky; Irish; Jimmy Dugan; Raymond; Puddinhead; the Reg'lar Fellers; Pop; Jerry on the Job; Daisybelle; Miss Fury; Toots; Casper; Alphonse; Gaston; Betty; Lester De Pester; Foxy Grandpa; Happy Hooligan; Maud the Mule; Panhandle Pete; The Yellow Kid; Napoleon, Uncle Elby; Clarence; Jane Arden; Apple Mary [Mary Worth]; Popeye's Goons; Homer Hoopee; Harold Teen; Pop; Shadow; Ming The Merciless; Brad; Dad; Abie the Agent; Aunt Eppie Hogg; Mickey McGuire; Pop Wortle; Flytrap Finnegan; The Skipper; Suitcase Simpson; The Powerful Katrinka; The Dwarf; The Terrible-Tempered Mr. Bang; The Toonerville Folks; Jet Scott; Beyond Mars characters
Synopsis:
Discusses the idea of a retirement home of no-longer published comic strip characters, with a pinup of characters and numbered key.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Characters drawn in their original styles.

Bowling (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Nick Meglin (idea); Al Feldstein (script)
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
John L. Lewis; Tommy Manville; Osgood Z'Beard
Synopsis:
Shows the scoring, style tips, psychological underpinnings, and problems of bowling.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. "Totally MAD" CD collection incorrectly credited Nick Meglin with script.

Collegiate Whimsey (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Parks; Rice; Bill Davis; Kent; Thomas; Ilnicki; Jerry Lee
Pencils:
Parks; Rice; Bill Davis; Kent; Thomas; Ilnicki; Jerry Lee
Inks:
Parks; Rice; Bill Davis; Kent; Thomas; Ilnicki; Jerry Lee
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Galahad
Synopsis:
Gag cartoons from the following college publications: Iowa State Green Gander; Harvard Lampoon; Stanford Chaparral; Florida Smoke Signals; Cornell Widow; Minnesota Daily; Michigan Gargoyle; California Pelican; U.C.L.A. Scop
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Not all contributors are identified by a signature. Some credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection. According to Al Feldstein this was inventory. Info from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Morbid Dick (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Captain Aslob [Legory Peck]; Fishmeal [Richard Basehearted]; Queeg-Queeg; Father Maplesyrup [Osome Bells]; Morbid Dick; Mr. Starstruck [Lee O'Genn]
Synopsis:
Tells the tale of the ill-fated voyage of the Peckwad in a vain attempt to kill the white whale.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "Moby Dick." Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book 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 (signed)
Inks:
Don Martin (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Advice to a man whose girlfriend's father threatens that the man will only marry his daughter over his dead body.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

A Medal for Horatius (Table of Contents)

History Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
W. C. Hall
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Series of mock memos from Roman Military regarding heroic action of one Gaius Gaius Horatius, showing how politics trumps truth.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection. Inventory story.

What's Happened To The...Pulp Magazaines? (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Fenwick; "Red" Herring; Maren
Synopsis:
Various genres of pulp stories are all given the same treatment, showing underlying similarity.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This was an inventory story. Info per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Final page includes 4 phony ads: "Make Money", "Learn To Draw", "Mental Science", and "Monuments."

A Saw Screams At Midnight (Table of Contents)

Band-Aid Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Carl Reiner
Synopsis:
Techniques for using a band saw.

Indexer Notes

Inventory story.

MAD Merit Badges (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Scout-type merit badges for everyday lazy, loutish clods.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Walt Dizzy Presents Dizzyland (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Walt Dizzy; unnamed fairy; Jimmy Dood; Ozgood Zeiss; Sigismund Sponk; Davy Crawcutt; Mike Finque; Walt Dizzy's animated characters
Synopsis:
Behind the scenes look at the 5 worlds of Dizzyland: Tomorrowsland, Frontrearland, Adventuresland, Fantasticland, Moneyland.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Animated characters are not named but include: Pluto, Pinnochio; Big Bad Wolf; Thumper; Dumbo; birds and mice from Sleeping Beauty; Morty Mouse; Ferdie Mouse; Bambi; Jimminy Cricket; Nana; Donald Duck; Mickey Mouse; Brer Bear; Brer Rabbit; one of Three Little Pigs; Lady; Tramp; Grumpy; Sleepy; Dopey; Doc; Happy; Sneezy; Fox; Mr. Toad.

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

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Don Martin (signed)
Inks:
Don Martin (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Advice for a girl who's being stalked by a boy.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Vital Items You Can Buy For A Quarter (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
House ad for MAD Magazine subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

[Marginal Thinking] (Table of Contents)

Nobody Asked Us, But - Dept. / text article / 0 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Rosen; Coleman Jacoby
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
One sentence observations on pop culture.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

In margins of 20 pages of the magazine. Copyright 1955 by Variety.

[untitled] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Feldstein
Pencils:
Norman Mingo (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Inks:
Norman Mingo (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman; Pogo; Liberace; Jerry Lewis; Dean Martin; Mona Lisa; Edward R. Murrow; Groucho Marks; Lone Ranger; Mad Hatter; Robert E. Lee; Jackie Gleason; Mickey Mantle; Steve Allen; Ed Sullivan; Dick Tracy; Elvis Presley; Mickey Mouse; Melvin Cowznofski; Little Orphan Annie; Smilin' Jack; Phil Silvers; Nikita Kruschev; Popeye

Indexer Notes

View of front cover scene from behind Alfred, as if frame is drawn on front of a piece of glass, looking at an audience. Additional characters appear that indexer did not recognize. Melvin Cowznofski is the older drawing of Alfred E. Neuman as identified in some earlier issues of Mad. Script credit per Al Feldstein, from the book Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Alfred E. Neuman Says "What - Me Worry?"
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. B. F. Goodnrich Autoless - Because You Don't Need A Car, Just Tires
    B. F. Goodnrich Carsaver Tires
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. Elvis Pelvis
    Mass Hysteria Dept.
  5. 4. Don't Sell Yourself Short!
    Elevators
  6. 5. Now...In Full color!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  7. 6. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  8. 7. Gunsmoked
    Western Dept.
  9. 8. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  10. 9. The Manly Art of Self Defense
    Collector's Dept.: Rare Old Mayhem
  11. 10. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Gladiator And The Empress
    Hollywood Dept.
  12. 11. MAD Builds A More Civilized Mouse Trap
    Beat-A-Path Dept.
  13. 12. Motorist Beware!
    Fair Warning Dept.
  14. 13. MAD Establishes An...Old Comic-Strip Characters' Home
    Nostalgia Dept.
  15. 14. Bowling
    Sports Dept.
  16. 15. Collegiate Whimsey
    College Dept.
  17. 16. Morbid Dick
    Movie Dept.
  18. 17. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  19. 18. A Medal for Horatius
    History Dept.
  20. 19. What's Happened To The...Pulp Magazaines?
    Literature Dept.
  21. 20. A Saw Screams At Midnight
    Band-Aid Dept.
  22. 21. MAD Merit Badges
    Awards Dept.
  23. 22. Walt Dizzy Presents Dizzyland
    TV Dept.
  24. 23. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  25. 24. Vital Items You Can Buy For A Quarter
    Mad Magazine
  26. 25. [Marginal Thinking]
    Nobody Asked Us, But - Dept.
  27. 26. [untitled]
    Alfred E. Neuman
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