(January 1960)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
?
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

Running gag in this issue is for "Alfred E. Neuman For President" to appear somewhere in most of the stories.


[Christmas Carolers] (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)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Alfred charges for his group singing Christmas carols.

Got It! (Table of Contents)

Parloraid Land Camera / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Polaroid Land Camera ad.

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:
table of contents

Indexer Notes

Art is from various stories in this issue.

You'll Rock With Laughter 'N We'll Roll In Dough... (Table of Contents)

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

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

Synopsis:
House ad for 7th MAD paperback book.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Albert B. Feldstein; Ira Epstein; Miriam Anver; Fred Voss, III; Leon Schor; D. Lewin; Ed Reimers; Dan Atchley; Leonard Moss; Priscilla De Vantier; Joe Coleman; Ed St. Yues; Al Whitmer; Thomas Gittins; Brooks Scofield; Carl Brunsting; George Appleton; Donald Dickson; Peg O'Mally
Pencils:
George Woodbridge; Mort Drucker; Bob Clarke; ? (photo)
Inks:
George Woodbridge; Mort Drucker; Bob Clarke; ? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Ed Reamer; Ed Reimers
Synopsis:
Letters and photos from readers.

Indexer Notes

A reply from the editor notes that an original portrait of Ed Reimers (Allstate Insurance spokesman), by Mort Drucker, has been sent to Mr. Reimers.

The MAD 1960 Calendar (Table of Contents)

In One Year And Out The Other Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Orlando (signed); Bob Clarke (signed); Wallace Wood; Kelly Freas (signed); Mort Drucker (signed); Dave Berg (signed); Don Martin; George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
Joe Orlando (signed); Bob Clarke (signed); Wallace Wood; Kelly Freas (signed); Mort Drucker (signed); Dave Berg (signed); Don Martin; George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman; Father Time
Synopsis:
A calendar with a poem for each month.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

New Ad Spaces (Table of Contents)

Inside Pitch Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
For advertisers scraping the bottom of the barrel, MAD suggest some unusual places for ads in bars, hospitals, airplanes, and even prisons.

777 Sunset Strip (Table of Contents)

Hair 'Em, Scare 'Em Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Stew Daily; Jess Spence; Paladin; Shirley Plain; Koukie; Angelo; Mr. Brooksbrothers; Miss Primm; Peter Gone; the show's producer
Synopsis:
Stew and Jess try to avoid kissing their homely client while searching for Koukie's kidnapper, but the producer finds they have kidnapped Koukie because he was taking over the show.

Indexer Notes

Parody of TV show 77 Sunset Strip.

The Brain Operation (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A surgeon and two nurses engage in a slapstick fight in the operating room, so the patient leaves in disgust.

Protest Letters (Table of Contents)

Cranks A-Million Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Sy Reit
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mr. Murphy; Marmaduke (ventriloquist's dummy)
Synopsis:
Shows the results when TV executives cave in to pressure from everyone who writes an angry letter about a show.

MAD's Helpful Household Repair Hints (Table of Contents)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Santa Claus; Mickey Mouse
Synopsis:
Very unhelpful household repair hints, resulting in both damage and injury.

MAD's Modern Folk Music (Table of Contents)

Turkeys In The Craw Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Song titles of folk songs based on modern situations.

Living Space (Table of Contents)

Room With A Phew! Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Mr. Smedley; Mrs. Smedley
Synopsis:
A look at how the stuff people have expands to fill the available space.

Sure-Fire 1959 Christmas Songs (Table of Contents)

Cash 'N Carol Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
Ridiculous Christmas song lyrics.

The Truth About "Before" And "After" Ads (Table of Contents)

Double-Cross Exposure Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Sy Reit
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sal Mineo; Ricky Nelson
Synopsis:
The real "after" photos showing unexpected side effects of various products.

In Surgery (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The surgeon takes a hypodermic of some drug himself before operating.

MAD Goes To A Historical Movie Preview (Table of Contents)

35mm Histrionics Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Darryl F. Sfortz; James Buchanan; Mrs. Buchanan (James' mother); Daisy DuPont; Ben Franklin; John Hancock; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Paine; Abraham Lincoln; General Sherman; Miss Fritchie; Doctor Livingstone; Joe DiMaggio; Patrick Henry; Nathan Hale; John Paul Jones; Christopher Columbus
Synopsis:
A completely mixed-up look at American history via the needs of a movie plot.

The First Edition / The Second Edition / The Final Edition (Table of Contents)

Editorial Wheeze Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mike Mosholu
Synopsis:
A look at how newspapers change the news with each later edition during the day, in an attempt to hide their errors of the first edition.

MAD's Up-To-Date Version of The Night Before Christmas (Table of Contents)

A Cool Yule Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Laikin (translation); Clement Clarke Moore (original)
Pencils:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks:
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
A hip rendition of the classic poem, with illustration showing Santa and the reindeer wearing shades, goatees and berets.

Indexer Notes

The text of the original poem is also printed.
Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Early Riser (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man sleepwalks through his closet and picks up a hanger in a strange way.

Marvin Talks About The Tobacco Industry (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Marginal Marvin
Synopsis:
Marvin makes a few jokes about tobacco companies.

Indexer Notes

Appears in the margins of 19 pages.

Do Your Christmas Shopping Early (Table of Contents)

MAD Christmas Gift Mart / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Ad for all types of MAD merchandise, including subscriptions.

Indexer Notes

Main photo appears to be of various MAD staff members, from the same photo session as issue #50, at the Cup 'n Saucer Coffee House, New York, NY.
Inside back cover.

Das Spiel Von Der Automobile, Or How To Look Funny While Driving (Table of Contents)

Volks W agen / 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:
The Captain; Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer; Mama; The Professor
Synopsis:
Parody of Volkswagen ad, highlighting all the odd features in mock German dialect.

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Christmas Carolers]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Got It!
    Parloraid Land Camera
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. You'll Rock With Laughter 'N We'll Roll In Dough...
    Son of MAD
  5. 4. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  6. 5. The MAD 1960 Calendar
    In One Year And Out The Other Dept.
  7. 6. New Ad Spaces
    Inside Pitch Dept.
  8. 7. 777 Sunset Strip
    Hair 'Em, Scare 'Em Dept.
  9. 8. The Brain Operation
    Don Martin Dept.
  10. 9. Protest Letters
    Cranks A-Million Dept.
  11. 10. MAD's Helpful Household Repair Hints
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  12. 11. MAD's Modern Folk Music
    Turkeys In The Craw Dept.
  13. 12. Living Space
    Room With A Phew! Dept.
  14. 13. Sure-Fire 1959 Christmas Songs
    Cash 'N Carol Dept.
  15. 14. The Truth About "Before" And "After" Ads
    Double-Cross Exposure Dept.
  16. 15. In Surgery
    Don Martin Dept.
  17. 16. MAD Goes To A Historical Movie Preview
    35mm Histrionics Dept.
  18. 17. The First Edition / The Second Edition / The Final Edition
    Editorial Wheeze Dept.
  19. 18. MAD's Up-To-Date Version of The Night Before Christmas
    A Cool Yule Dept.
  20. 19. The Early Riser
    Don Martin Dept.
  21. 20. Marvin Talks About The Tobacco Industry
    Marginal Marvin Dept.
  22. 21. Do Your Christmas Shopping Early
    MAD Christmas Gift Mart
  23. 22. Das Spiel Von Der Automobile, Or How To Look Funny While Driving
    Volks W agen
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne