(January 1962)

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
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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Season's Greetings from Mad (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Two men dressed as Santa get into a huge argument.

Who Put the Men in Mental Breakdown? (Table of Contents)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Alpine cigarette print ads; An Alpine cigarette can ease the irritating effects of constant bombardment from television cigarette ads.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Midnight TV Roulette (Table of Contents)

Channel Crossing Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gary Belkin
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jack Paar; Hugh Downs; Cliff Arquette [as Charley Weaver]; Joey Bishop; Genevieve Bujold; Boris Karloff; Peter Cushing; Christopher Lee; Bela Lugosi; Lawrence Olivier
Synopsis:
A viewer surfs between the three options on late night television: "Hamlet", a monster movie or The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

The Appointment (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 races to make an appointment, but every means of transportation he uses breaks in half.

If Stars Had Ordinary Jobs (Table of Contents)

What Never Happened To Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Groucho Marx; Art Linkletter; Mitch Miller; Chet Huntley; David Brinkley; Boris Karloff; Ed Sullivan
Synopsis:
If celebrities had never become celebrities.

A Mad Look at Christmas (Table of Contents)

The Claus That DepressesDept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Series of Christmas-based humorous situations.

Celebrities' Wallets (Table of Contents)

8-Ball in the Extreme Right Pocket Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Barry Goldwater; Joseph McCarthy
Synopsis:
A peek in Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater's wallet.

Inspirational Poems By, For and About the Nation's Building Men (Table of Contents)

The House That Jerk Built Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Famous poems altered to appeal to the construction industry.

The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party (Table of Contents)

Never On Sunday-Pages Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gary Belkin
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Mr. Dithers; Dennis Mitchell; Henry Mitchell; Moonbeam McSwine; Dick Tracy; Hi Flagston; Lois Flagston; Joe Palooka; Steve Roper; Smitty; Archie Andrews; Ponytail; Tarzan; Minnie Mouse; Donald Duck; Gran'ma; Pigpen; Smokey Stover; Lucy Van Pelt; Sweetpea; Schroeder; Popeye; The Saint; Daddy Warbucks; Little Orphan Annie; Sandy; Moon Mullins; Charlie Brown; Blondie Bumstead; Dagwood Bumstead: Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer; Steve Canyon; Terry Lee; The Little King; Henry; Ferd'nand; Fearless Fosdick; Li'l Abner; Prince Valiant; Diana Palmer; The Phantom; Mandrake the Magician; Loathar; Nancy; Jeff; Alley Oop; Felix the Cat; Mary Worth; B.C.; The Lone Ranger; Summer Smith Olsen; Snoopy; Albert Alligator; Pogo Possum; Junior Tracy; Mr. Magoo; Miss Peach; Mark Trail; Rip Kirby; Dondi; Gravel Gertie
Synopsis:
Various comic strip characters meet for a Christmas party.
Reprints:

Beer Ad (Table of Contents)

Ad Libs Dept. / photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of magazine beer ads.

Mad's Handy Guide to Languages of the U.S.A. (Table of Contents)

Watch My Line Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Gilbert Barnhill; Gary Belkin
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Interpretations of slang terms endemic to various professions.

Tovarich (Table of Contents)

Nyets to You Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A Soviet-style military officer plays cruel tricks on people.

Indexer Notes

These are reprints of some of Antonio Prohias's anti-communist cartoons which ran in the Cuban newspaper Prensa Libre.

College Fraternities (Table of Contents)

Sorority, Wrong Number Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of people stretching the truth.

The Truth About Secret Ingredients (Table of Contents)

Elements of Surprise Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Two Soviet scientists combine the "secret ingredients" in various household products into an efficient rocket fuel.

What Do You Do For a Living, Daddy? (Table of Contents)

Pop's Concert Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Reilly
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Various fathers try to explain their jobs to their children.

Indexer Notes

Mad Publisher William Gaines has a cameo as one of the fathers.

The Escalator (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:
An overweight woman attempts to ride a narrow escalator.

The Guns of Minestrone (Table of Contents)

All Hellas Breaks Loose Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gregory Peck; David Niven; Anthony Quayle; Anthony Quinn; Irene Papas; James Darren
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "The Guns of Navarone".

["Glass Bottles"] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Parody of milk print ads.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Season's Greetings from Mad
  2. 1. Who Put the Men in Mental Breakdown?
  3. 2. Midnight TV Roulette
    Channel Crossing Dept.
  4. 3. The Appointment
    Don Martin Dept.
  5. 4. If Stars Had Ordinary Jobs
    What Never Happened To Dept.
  6. 5. A Mad Look at Christmas
    The Claus That DepressesDept.
  7. 6. Celebrities' Wallets
    8-Ball in the Extreme Right Pocket Dept.
  8. 7. Inspirational Poems By, For and About the Nation's Building Men
    The House That Jerk Built Dept.
  9. 8. The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party
    Never On Sunday-Pages Dept.
  10. 9. Beer Ad
    Ad Libs Dept.
  11. 10. Mad's Handy Guide to Languages of the U.S.A.
    Watch My Line Dept.
  12. 11. Tovarich
    Nyets to You Dept.
  13. 12. College Fraternities
    Sorority, Wrong Number Dept.
  14. 13. The Truth About Secret Ingredients
    Elements of Surprise Dept.
  15. 14. What Do You Do For a Living, Daddy?
    Pop's Concert Dept.
  16. 15. The Escalator
    Don Martin Dept.
  17. 16. The Guns of Minestrone
    All Hellas Breaks Loose Dept.
  18. 17. ["Glass Bottles"]
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