(February 1957)

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

[Mt. Rushmore] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Norman Mingo (painted, signed)
Inks:
Norman Mingo (painted, signed)
Colors:
Norman Mingo (painted, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints:

The MAD Window Test (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed); Bill Elder (Shomes figure)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed); Bill Elder (Shomes figure)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Melvin Cowznofski; Shermlock Shomes
Synopsis:
House ad for MAD Magazine subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Departments (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
? [as Alf]
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this issue. Masthead quote is from TIME Magazine. There is a credit of Nick Megliola for ideas, but no indication of what articles.

The New Marilyn Marone (Table of Contents)

Increase The Circulation Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Marilyn Marone; Sir Lauwrence Olivier
Synopsis:
A comparison of Marilyn's career before and after acting lessons.

Indexer Notes

Parody of Marilyn Monroe's career.

If You Like To Collect Records (Table of Contents)

Leslie Creations / advertisement / 0.083 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for record rack.

Are You MAD? (Table of Contents)

Critics Panel / advertisement / 0.165 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for kit including pin, for becoming a registered Critic.

Now In Full Color! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
House ad for pinups suitable for framing.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein; Dotti Stavin; Jean Menti; Jan Baldwin; Gary DeLain; Elvis Presley Fan Club (Orland CA); Ronald Jones; Michael Mason; Don Galloway; Ronny Klugman; Robert Masonheimer; Harold Weiss; Mickey Rooney; Tom Player; Louis Callahan; Robert Monement; Free Fall Ferris; Chips Koehler; Jack Benny; Walt Dizzy; Tim Lachman; John Doe; Marty Karpen; Phil Duffey; Ken Mayer; Elmer Woggin; Bruce Furic; Jean Roy; N. Lenin, Jr.; Hiram Dinkerpok; James Eveland; Michael Wiesenberg
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #30.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from issue #30. Reply to one letter states that all letters published are written by readers, even the gag letters.

Field & Scream (Table of Contents)

Call of The Wild Magazines Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Lance Sturdley; Irv Blintz; Milton Forbisher; Lancelot Borscht-Bagel; Ozgood Z'Beard; Elmo Klunk; Walt Goober; Fenwick Furd
Synopsis:
Excerpts from hunters' magazine, including some phony ads.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of "Field & Stream" magazine.

Scenes We'd Like To See: One Against Four (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Man defeats 4 pirates one-at-a-time while rescuing a woman but is then surrounded by the next 4 pirates.
Reprints:

Item (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
G. Stang
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Billy Poobah; Jim Poobah; Charles Bickford
Synopsis:
Stories on the same news item as they might be done by different newspapers or magazines.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Why I Write Poetry (Table of Contents)

Ernie Kovacs Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Ernie Kovacs [as Percy Dovetonsils]
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Stanley; Stanley's cat; Percy Dovetonsils
Synopsis:
A short article on why he writes poetry followed by the poem "Ode To Stanley's Pussycat."

MAD Greeting Cards (Table of Contents)

Pick-A-Card Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A collection of greeting cards for unusual events such as being evicted and losing your job.

Indexer Notes

Third page is separated and is on final page of issue.

What They're Saying Around The Solar System (Table of Contents)

Ear To The Ether Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Floyd Void; Boone Swoon; Groib Spoop; Harry S. Irium; Sullivan Ford; Gertie Grunch; Wyncha Gimeah; Stanley Groovik; Mandrill Gluten; Alfred E. Lumen
Synopsis:
Opinions of earth culture by beings from other bodies in our solar system.

What's All This Jazz About Jazz (Table of Contents)

Al "Jazzbo" Collins Dept. / text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Al "Jazzbo" Collins
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Al "Jazzbo" Collins
Synopsis:
In an interview, Al tells something about the origins and meaning of jazz and introduces his jazz pets.

Future TV Ads (Table of Contents)

Soft-Sell Advertising Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Phony ad storyboard for Billie's Rope Mart.
Reprints:

MAD's Ink Blot Test (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kelly Freas; Bill Elder (title figures)
Inks:
Kelly Freas; Bill Elder (title figures)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Fake Rorschach tests with explanations.
Reprints:

Don Giovanni (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Nick Meglin
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Don Giovanni; Leporello; Donna Anna; Don Pedro; Zerlina; Don Ottavio; Emily Bravo; Elvis Presley (cameo)
Synopsis:
The story of the comic opera Don Giovanni is told with special emphasis on what makes it funny.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Future TV Ads (Table of Contents)

Soft-Sell Advertising Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
George; Harriet
Synopsis:
Phony ad storyboard for Ringwort's Rat Poison Pills.
Reprints:

Why the Precision Engineered, Highly Perfected 35mm Camera Replaced The Simple, Unpretentious, Primitive Box Camera (Table of Contents)

Negative Thinking Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
A. Rosen
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Humorous look at the relative problems of both types of cameras, ending in the question still unanswered.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Orson Bean Opens His Family Album (Table of Contents)

Orson Bean Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Orson Bean
Pencils:
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks:
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Orson Bean; Orson's father; Uncle Ordway; cousin Gerald; Matthew Brady Bean; Orson's grandmother; unnamed gypsy; Hesitation Bean; Ezekial Bean; King George III; Cornwallis; Hope Bean
Synopsis:
Vignettes of Orson's family from Revolutionary times to present.

Indexer Notes

Intended to be the first of several articles. Notes that "special material by Alan Robin" but does not note what material.

A New Kind of Bargain Offer To Mystery Readers (Table of Contents)

The Dollar Mystery Guild / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for book club.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Purloined Proverbs Ascribed to Popular People (Table of Contents)

Misdirected Quotes Dept. / text article / 0 pages (report information)

Script:
various
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Old cliches misattributed to famous people.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Appear in margins on 20 different pages of the issue.

MAD Travel Stickers (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Colors:
?

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Phony travel destination stickers.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Mt. Rushmore]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. The MAD Window Test
    Mad Magazine
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. The New Marilyn Marone
    Increase The Circulation Dept.
  5. 4. If You Like To Collect Records
    Leslie Creations
  6. 5. Are You MAD?
    Critics Panel
  7. 6. Now In Full Color!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  8. 7. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  9. 8. Field & Scream
    Call of The Wild Magazines Dept.
  10. 9. Scenes We'd Like To See: One Against Four
    Hollywood Dept.
  11. 10. Item
    Newspapers Dept.
  12. 11. Why I Write Poetry
    Ernie Kovacs Dept.
  13. 12. MAD Greeting Cards
    Pick-A-Card Dept.
  14. 13. What They're Saying Around The Solar System
    Ear To The Ether Dept.
  15. 14. What's All This Jazz About Jazz
    Al "Jazzbo" Collins Dept.
  16. 15. Future TV Ads
    Soft-Sell Advertising Dept.
  17. 16. MAD's Ink Blot Test
    Psychology Dept.
  18. 17. Don Giovanni
    Culture Dept.
  19. 18. Future TV Ads
    Soft-Sell Advertising Dept.
  20. 19. Why the Precision Engineered, Highly Perfected 35mm Camera Replaced The Simple, Unpretentious, Primitive Box Camera
    Negative Thinking Dept.
  21. 20. Orson Bean Opens His Family Album
    Orson Bean Dept.
  22. 21. A New Kind of Bargain Offer To Mystery Readers
    The Dollar Mystery Guild
  23. 22. Purloined Proverbs Ascribed to Popular People
    Misdirected Quotes Dept.
  24. 23. MAD Travel Stickers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne