(June 1961)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly except for February, May, August and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Editing:
Al 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)

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Special April Showers Issue (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Alfred gets rained on under his umbrella.

Boy, Were We Surprised! (Table of Contents)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A man burglarizes the 3M Company safe by tying up the security guard with cellophane tape.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Mad's Modern Elementary School Text Books (Table of Contents)

Lessen the Load Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Dave Berg
Inks:
Dave Berg
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Updating school text books with modern pictures and references.

What's in a Name? (Table of Contents)

Neuman-Clature Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Hahn
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jacqueline Kennedy; Robert Kennedy; Jayne Mansfield; Arnold Stang; Ronald Reagan; Lloyd Bridges; Fabian; Rick Nelson; Stan Musial; Werner Von Braun; Eddie Fisher; Pat Nixon; Dennis Hopper; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Contrasting the historical definitions of common names with celebrities who have those names.

Specialized Breakfast Foods (Table of Contents)

The Bowl Game Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Breakfast cereals marketed to specific demographic groups.

At the Knife-Throwing School (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Don Martin
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man is instructed on the proper form to throw a knife.

Adult TV Cartoons (Table of Contents)

Drawing on an Old Format Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Fred Flintstone; Barney Rubble; Wilma Flintstone; Jackie Gleason [as Ralph Kramden]; Art Carney [as Ed Norton]; Audrey Meadows [as Alice Kramden]; Mickey Mouse
Synopsis:
If other cartoon series lifted their premise from established television shows, as The Flintstones were accused of doing from The Honeymooners.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Jack Paar is anthropomorphized as a crocodile, Groucho Marx as an owl, and Charles Collingwood as a fox.

Magazines For Senior Citizens (Table of Contents)

Paging the Aging Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Magazines geared to the over sixty set.

How To Improve America's Prestige Abroad (Table of Contents)

Uncle Semantics Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Various stereotypical Americans relate their ideas to improve the country's image.

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman makes a cameo appearance on a movie poster.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents)

Joke & Dagger Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Antonio Prohias
Pencils:
Antonio Prohias
Inks:
Antonio Prohias

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis:
The White Spy booby-traps the Black Spy's phone.

Sports Typography (Table of Contents)

Slug It Out Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Archie De Silva ?
Pencils:
Archie De Silva
Inks:
Archie De Silva
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Text characters laid out to visually tell the story.

The Minute After That One Minute TV Commercial (Table of Contents)

Swinging After the Pitch Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Sy Reit
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Continuing the action of various television commercials after the camera has stopped.

In the Park (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Don Martin
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man looks at the statues in the park.

The Great Magazine Circulation Drive (Table of Contents)

Sub-Version Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A magazine publishing company badgers a person to subscribe.

Spy Vs. Spy, Part 2 (Table of Contents)

Joke & Dagger Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Antonio Prohias
Pencils:
Antonio Prohias
Inks:
Antonio Prohias

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis:
The Black Spy booby-traps the White Spy's chicken.

A Mad Peek Behind the Scenes (Table of Contents)

Inside-Ouch Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Berg
Pencils:
Dave Berg
Inks:
Dave Berg
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Behind the scenes at various businesses.

Paperback Roulette (Table of Contents)

Cover-Story Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Sy Reit
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A rack full of paperback book covers is presented.

Indexer Notes

Charlie Brown appears on the cover of a Peanuts compilation. Alfred E. Neuman makes a cameo on a crime novel cover. The reprint collection "Utterly Mad" appears in the self-help section.

How to Read Between the Lines and Fill In Those Little Dots in a Gossip Column (Table of Contents)

Little Black-And-White Lies Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Reilly
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Lassie; Tony Curtis; Janet Leigh; Marilyn Monroe; Arthur Miller; Fabian
Synopsis:
Filling in the facts that Hollywood gossip columns leave out.

The Pickpocket (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Don Martin
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A pickpocket works a crowded subway car.

Mad Visits John Wayde on the Set of The Alamo (Table of Contents)

We Wish Hollywouldn't Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
John Wayne [as John Wayde playing Davy Crockett]; Richard Boone [as Sam Houston]; Richard Widmark [as Jim Bowie]; Frankie Avalon [as Smiddy]
Synopsis:
Satirical look behind the scenes at the filming of the John Wayne film "The Alamo".

Sadder...But Wiser (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Kelly Freas
Inks:
Kelly Freas
Colors:
Kelly Freas
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Budweiser Beer print ads.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Special April Showers Issue
  2. 1. Boy, Were We Surprised!
  3. 2. Mad's Modern Elementary School Text Books
    Lessen the Load Dept.
  4. 3. What's in a Name?
    Neuman-Clature Dept.
  5. 4. Specialized Breakfast Foods
    The Bowl Game Dept.
  6. 5. At the Knife-Throwing School
    Don Martin Dept.
  7. 6. Adult TV Cartoons
    Drawing on an Old Format Dept.
  8. 7. Magazines For Senior Citizens
    Paging the Aging Dept.
  9. 8. How To Improve America's Prestige Abroad
    Uncle Semantics Dept.
  10. 9. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.
  11. 10. Sports Typography
    Slug It Out Dept.
  12. 11. The Minute After That One Minute TV Commercial
    Swinging After the Pitch Dept.
  13. 12. In the Park
    Don Martin Dept.
  14. 13. The Great Magazine Circulation Drive
    Sub-Version Dept.
  15. 14. Spy Vs. Spy, Part 2
    Joke & Dagger Dept.
  16. 15. A Mad Peek Behind the Scenes
    Inside-Ouch Dept.
  17. 16. Paperback Roulette
    Cover-Story Dept.
  18. 17. How to Read Between the Lines and Fill In Those Little Dots in a Gossip Column
    Little Black-And-White Lies Dept.
  19. 18. The Pickpocket
    Don Martin Dept.
  20. 19. Mad Visits John Wayde on the Set of The Alamo
    We Wish Hollywouldn't Dept.
  21. 20. Sadder...But Wiser
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Igor Dybzinski
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne