(April 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)

[Alfred with hieroglyphics] (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:

How Much More of This Stuff Can You Take? (Table of Contents)

Utterly MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Pronto
Synopsis:
House ad for 4th paperback MAD book, "Utterly MAD", and previous releases.

Indexer Notes

Illustration is excerpt from a previous issue.

Departments (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this issue. Masthead quote is from Chamfort (1741- 1794). There is a credit of Nick Megliola for ideas, but no indication of what articles.

Nansy (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Nansy; Nansy Duck; Pinnochio; Dick Nansy; Junior; Pat [Patton]; Li'l Nansy; Abner Mae; Nansy Canyon
Synopsis:
A look at a joke from one cartoon strip as it might be interpreted by other strips.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parodies of Nancy, Donald Duck, Dick Tracy, Li'l Abner and Steve Canyon.

You Can Break The Magazine Habit! (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
House ad for MAD Magazine subscriptions.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.42 pages (report information)

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein; Robert Hollinger; Chuck Levy; Danny Lichty; Steve Ellerbroek; Joshua Zerlin; Bob Singer; Bruce Brown; Bill O'Keefe; "Lucky" Simonds; Fred Beard; Tom Main; Mark Trail; Bob Koeser; Arthur Miller; Bryson Kitchen; Ken Corey; Alan Besser; Albertha Spaulding; Wendell Crowley; Dave Little; E. Pally Achee; Don Calfa; George Tysh; John Benson; M. Reine, Jr.; Ray Prochaska; Alfred Mazolie; Tom Donoher; Bruce Marshall
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #31.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from issue #31.

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.085 page (report information)

Script:
John F. Putnam
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

For October 1, 1956. Publisher: William M. Gaines, Editor: Albert B. Feldstein, Managing Editor: John F. Putnam, Owners: E. C. Publications, Inc.; William M. Gaines; V. E. McAdie; J. K. Gaines.

Now In Full Color! (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.165 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Norman Mingo; Wally Wood ?
Inks:
Norman Mingo; Wally Wood ?
Letters:
typeset

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

The Steve Allan Story (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Steve Allan; Ray Geneburn; Ed Suvillan; Elvis Presley; Wes Yeast
Synopsis:
Shows Steve at work and discusses how tv show is produced.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv's Steve Allen Show.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Faithful Dog (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A hunter is stuck in a bear trap and sends his dog back to town for help, whereupon the dog is captured by the local dog catcher.
Reprints:

It's Gonna Be A Mad Mad Year! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
G. Stang
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman; Lila Vavoom; Sam Westee; Javier Pereira
Synopsis:
Foolish predictions for world events in the coming year.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Bad Seat Is The Big Shocker!! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Paul Laikin
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Rhodent [Ratty McCormack]; Fancy Kelly; Evileye Varden; Melvin Cowznofski; Henry Bones; Claude Bagel
Synopsis:
Makes the argument that the Rhodent character in the movie was actually sweet and caring and ends with a petition to allow children to see the movie.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "The Bad Seed." Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Big Big Story (Table of Contents)

T.V. Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Joe Phipps; pirates; Joe's boss
Synopsis:
After years of laboring in obscurity, reporter Joe finally finds a big story, only to be fired when he's three days late finding it.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "The Big Story"?

Making A Paper Eucalyptus Tree (Table of Contents)

Orson Bean Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Orson Bean
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Orson Bean
Synopsis:
Orson delivers a monologue built around his paper trick, and instructions for making the tree.

The Rolly Cigarette Ad (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Allen Robin
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A couple discusses all the things they got with coupons from Rolly Cigarettes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parody of Raleigh Cigarette ads. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Ideal Woman (Table of Contents)

Point of View Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
D. Purdy
Pencils:
Kelly Freas
Inks:
Kelly Freas
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The ideal woman as visualized by 6 magazines, compared to the women who read the magazines.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Prisoner, When Arrested, Clung To The Railings (Table of Contents)

Rare Old Cartoons Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Mayo Bateman (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Mayo Bateman (signed)
Inks:
Henry Mayo Bateman (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Police are unable to arrest a man until they saw apart the iron fence he is clinging to.
Reprints:
  • From Punch (?) #? (1917)

What's Happened To Sports Magazines? (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Duke Snyder
Synopsis:
Analysis of older style and modern sports magazines, with their differing viewpoints on the sports versus lifestyles of sports personalities.
Reprints:

Childhood Chums (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Nick Meglin
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Johnathan Gordon; Barbara Bridgewood; Robert Miltown
Synopsis:
Messages to Alfred E. Neuman from three classmantes, at different points in their lives.
Reprints:

Movies Are Longer Than Ever (Table of Contents)

Overtaxed Seating Capacity Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bick Benedick; Leslie Lynnton; Luz Benedick; Vashti Snythe; Jett Rink; Anita Ekberg
Synopsis:
Reviews of three very long movies: Giant, War And Peace, and The Ten Commandments.

Tom Lehrer Sings (Table of Contents)

Tom Lehrer Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Lehrer; ?
Pencils:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Tom Lehrer
Synopsis:
A brief fake biography with an illustrated song, including sheet music.
Reprints:

Future TV Ad (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:
humor
Characters:
Charlie; Bill
Synopsis:
Phony ad storyboard for Schveppes Activated Sparkling Seltzer.
Reprints:

The "Night People" vs. "Creeping Meatballism" (Table of Contents)

Jean Shepherd Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Jean Shepherd
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Reprints:

The MAD Dating Technique (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Reviews different techniques of the shy type, agressive type and MAD type.
Reprints:

They Drew Their Way From "Rags To Riches" (Table of Contents)

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Albert Dorne; Norman Rockwell; Eric Ericson; John Whitaker; John Busketta; Harriet Kuzniewski
Synopsis:
Ad for commercial artist training.

Indexer Notes

On inside back cover.

Fictitious Want Ads Placed By Famous Folk (Table of Contents)

Classified Dept. / text article / 0 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
One-line want ads misattributed to celebrities and historical figures.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Occur on 17 different pages of the issue.

MAD Record Labels (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Phony record labels for 45s.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

On back cover. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Alfred with hieroglyphics]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. How Much More of This Stuff Can You Take?
    Utterly MAD
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. Nansy
    Newspaper Comics Dept.
  5. 4. You Can Break The Magazine Habit!
    Mad Magazine
  6. 5. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. Statement of Ownership
  8. 7. Now In Full Color!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  9. 8. The Steve Allan Story
    People Dept.
  10. 9. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Faithful Dog
    Hollywood Dept.
  11. 10. It's Gonna Be A Mad Mad Year!
    Crystal Ball Dept.
  12. 11. The Bad Seat Is The Big Shocker!!
    Movies Dept.
  13. 12. Big Big Story
    T.V. Dept.
  14. 13. Making A Paper Eucalyptus Tree
    Orson Bean Dept.
  15. 14. The Rolly Cigarette Ad
    Awards Dept.
  16. 15. The Ideal Woman
    Point of View Dept.
  17. 16. The Prisoner, When Arrested, Clung To The Railings
    Rare Old Cartoons Dept.
  18. 17. What's Happened To Sports Magazines?
    Sweatshirt Dept.
  19. 18. Childhood Chums
    Nostalgia Dept.
  20. 19. Movies Are Longer Than Ever
    Overtaxed Seating Capacity Dept.
  21. 20. Tom Lehrer Sings
    Tom Lehrer Dept.
  22. 21. Future TV Ad
    Soft-Sell Advertising Dept.
  23. 22. The "Night People" vs. "Creeping Meatballism"
    Jean Shepherd Dept.
  24. 23. The MAD Dating Technique
    Dating Dept.
  25. 24. They Drew Their Way From "Rags To Riches"
    Famous Artists Schools
  26. 25. Fictitious Want Ads Placed By Famous Folk
    Classified Dept.
  27. 26. MAD Record Labels
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Peter Croome
  • 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