(December 1958)

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)

[scarecrow] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Inks:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Colors:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints:

I Never Carry More Than $50 in Cash (Table of Contents)

American Expense Account Cheques / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kelly Freas (signed)
Inks:
Kelly Freas (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Brigitte Bardot (sic)
Synopsis:
Parody of American Express Travelers Cheques ads.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Departments (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
Art is excerpts from this issue.

MAD's M.V.B.T.A. Awards (Table of Contents)

The Double-Play's The Thing Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Harry Jingo; Babe Brando; Enos Schwack; "School Boy" Drake; Hank Ozone; Jake Jacobs; Leo Screech
Synopsis:
Acting awards for baseball players hamming it up for fans and the camera during games.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Help Make This Christmas A Memorable One (Table of Contents)

MAD For Keeps / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
House ad for hardcover book from Crown Publishers.

People Who Have Read It Are Raving About It (Table of Contents)

The Brothers MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.17 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
House ad for a MAD paperback book.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein; Alexander Wilde; Ron Bergman; Jack Litch; Carolyn Walker; Bradley Pieper; Chuck Venturi; Gene Herson; Jon Kwitny; The Alfred E. Neuman [Auto] Racing Club; G. J. Manos; Nancy Gaines; William Doorly
Pencils:
various; ? (photo)
Inks:
various; ? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
The Alfred E. Neuman [Auto] Racing Club; Bill Gaines's daughter
Synopsis:
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #40. Includes a photo of Bill Gaines's (unnamed) daughter.

Indexer Notes

Notes that "Famous Monsters of Filmland #2" includes some article reprinted from an issue of MAD.

Cleaned Out! (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.17 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Norman Mingo (painted)
Inks:
Norman Mingo (painted)
Letters:
typeset

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

Do Your Christmas Shopping Early (Table of Contents)

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

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

Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
House ad for MAD subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Illustration is excerpt from a previous issue of Panic.

The End of Comics (Table of Contents)

Installment Overdue Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Puck; Little Orphan Annie; Daddy Warbucks; Annie's real mother; Sandy; Mandrake The Magician; Lothar; Pogo; Albert the Alligator; Dick Tracy; Chief; Junior; Toonerville's The Skipper; Mary Worth; Mary's nephew; Mammy Yokum; Pappy Yokum; Li'l Abner; Dennis The Menace; Henry; Smilin' Jack; Blondie Bumstead
Synopsis:
Possible final strips for when newspapers have to eliminate comics to use the space for more educational features.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Parodies these strips: Little Orphan Annie; Mandrake The Magician; Pogo; Dick Tracy; Mary Worth; Li'l Abner; Dennis The Menace; Henry; Smilin' Jack; Blondie

Future Magazine Mergers (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dwight Eisenhower; Harry Truman; Nikita Krushchev
Synopsis:
Unlikely magazine titles for when magazines merge.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

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

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

Script:
Al Jaffee ?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks:
Joe Orlando (signed)

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Enemy frogmen successfully blow up each other's ships and are then stranded mid-ocean.

Indexer Notes

This may be Al Jaffee's first script for Mad. According to info in Feldstein:The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein by Grant Geissman Jaffe contributed to this issue, alhough it does not specifically note what story. Early on Jaffe was only writing scripts for other artists to illustrate.

The Electricians (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Two building maintenance men try to find why a toaster won't work.

If Hollywood Directors Staged...Advertising Photos (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parodies of ads depicted in the styles of directors: Alfred Hitchcock; Elia Kazan; Cecil B. DeMille; Sam Katzman.

Indexer Notes

Ads parodied are: Body By Fisher; Joy Detergent; Marlboro Cigarettes; White Rock beverages.

Pushcarts (Table of Contents)

Food For Thought Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Berg (signed)
Pencils:
Dave Berg (signed)
Inks:
Dave Berg (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
History of merchandising by pushcarts and projection to a future where stores are so large that vendors sell by pushcarts within the stores.
Reprints:

Health Chairs (Table of Contents)

Relax In Discomfort Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Taking the fad of reclining chairs to extremes.

The MAD Halloween Trick-Or-Treatment (Table of Contents)

Hobble Them Goblins Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A list of revenges against common Halloween pranks.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The MAD Treasury of Unknown Poetry (Table of Contents)

Verse of The People Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parodies of famous poems.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Special Lamps For Reading Magazine (Table of Contents)

Light of Your LIFE Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Reading lamps designed in styles to match popular magazine content.

Misleading Headlines (Table of Contents)

Extra! Extra! Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sarah Klunk; Sidney Klutz; Byron Brisket; Gladys Glotz; Carl Umlaut; Fred Mildew; Hank Shlubb; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Headlines that purposefully do not describe the underlying newspaper articles.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The New Baby (Table of Contents)

Danny Kaye Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Milton Schafer; Danny Kaye
Pencils:
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Danny Kaye
Synopsis:
Song lyrics as performed by Danny Kaye, with illustrations.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Song copyright 1957 by Frank Music Corp.

Coming Musicals (Table of Contents)

And Then I Wrote Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel; Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Broadway musicals based on unlikely source material.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The End Of A Perfect Day (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man has trained his dog to fetch him everything...including his wife.

Music Report (Table of Contents)

Bob & Ray Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding; Wally Ballew; Filbert Hoffenberger
Synopsis:
Wally interviews a man who tests the truth of song lyrics and watches him demonstrate "It's a treat to beat your feet in the Mississippi Mud."

Payhouse 90 (Table of Contents)

Television Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Albert Meglin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Ficticious filming schedule for tv show, showing that it mostly consists of commercials.

Indexer Notes

Show parodied is Playhouse 90. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Smithshop (Table of Contents)

Traumatic Workshop Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
The ultimate in the trend towards combined home woodworking shop tools, parodying the Shopsmith.

Woodlore (Table of Contents)

To Blazes With The Trail Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A guidebook to (phony) dangerous plants and animals of the woods.
Reprints:

The Bathtub Admiral (Table of Contents)

Danny Kaye Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Milton Schafer; Danny Kaye
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Danny Kaye
Synopsis:
Song lyrics as performed by Danny Kaye, with illustrations.

Indexer Notes

Song copyright 1957 by Frank Music Corp.: this and writer credits given in the first Danny Kaye Dept. of this issue.

Down Lovers' Lane (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Two couples carve a heart; one on a tree and one on a forehead.

You'll "Go Far" In A MAD T-Shirt (Table of Contents)

MAD T-Shirts / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Larry Maleman (photo); Wally Wood
Inks:
Larry Maleman (photo); Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
House ad for t-shirts with Alfred E. Neuman on front.

Indexer Notes

On inside back cover.

Proverbs Revisited (Table of Contents)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / filler / 0 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Common proverbs with twist endings.

Indexer Notes

Appear in the margins of 22 pages of the issue.

Look Mom - No More Cavities! (Table of Contents)

Crust Gumpaste / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Inks:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Colors:
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Melvin Furd
Synopsis:
Parody of ad for Crest Toothpaste, with painting signed as "Norman Rocknroll."
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [scarecrow]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. I Never Carry More Than $50 in Cash
    American Expense Account Cheques
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. MAD's M.V.B.T.A. Awards
    The Double-Play's The Thing Dept.
  5. 4. Help Make This Christmas A Memorable One
    MAD For Keeps
  6. 5. People Who Have Read It Are Raving About It
    The Brothers MAD
  7. 6. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  8. 7. Cleaned Out!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  9. 8. Do Your Christmas Shopping Early
    MAD Magazine
  10. 9. The End of Comics
    Installment Overdue Dept.
  11. 10. Future Magazine Mergers
    Togetherness Dept.
  12. 11. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Frogmen
    Hollywood Dept.
  13. 12. The Electricians
    Don Martin Dept.
  14. 13. If Hollywood Directors Staged...Advertising Photos
    Hollywood Dept.
  15. 14. Pushcarts
    Food For Thought Dept.
  16. 15. Health Chairs
    Relax In Discomfort Dept.
  17. 16. The MAD Halloween Trick-Or-Treatment
    Hobble Them Goblins Dept.
  18. 17. The MAD Treasury of Unknown Poetry
    Verse of The People Dept.
  19. 18. Special Lamps For Reading Magazine
    Light of Your LIFE Dept.
  20. 19. Misleading Headlines
    Extra! Extra! Dept.
  21. 20. The New Baby
    Danny Kaye Dept.
  22. 21. Coming Musicals
    And Then I Wrote Dept.
  23. 22. The End Of A Perfect Day
    Don Martin Dept.
  24. 23. Music Report
    Bob & Ray Dept.
  25. 24. Payhouse 90
    Television Dept.
  26. 25. The Smithshop
    Traumatic Workshop Dept.
  27. 26. Woodlore
    To Blazes With The Trail Dept.
  28. 27. The Bathtub Admiral
    Danny Kaye Dept.
  29. 28. Down Lovers' Lane
    Don Martin Dept.
  30. 29. You'll "Go Far" In A MAD T-Shirt
    MAD T-Shirts
  31. 30. Proverbs Revisited
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  32. 31. Look Mom - No More Cavities!
    Crust Gumpaste
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • 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