(March 1963)

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)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Norman Mingo (signed)
Inks:
Norman Mingo (signed)
Colors:
Norman Mingo (signed)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Alfred inverts the old William Tell fable, placing an arrow on his head while someone tries to hit it with an apple.

We're Looking For a Few Idiots Who Like to Draw (Table of Contents)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Famous Artists School print ads; twelve famous, if morally questionable, artists seek students to exploit.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
William M. Gaines
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Filed October 1, 1962. Listed owners E.C. Publications, 850 Fifth Avenue, New York, 22, NY; Premier Corporation of America, 1410 Broadway, New York, 18, NY; Botany Industries, 717 Fifth Avenue, New York, 22, NY; A.M. Sonnabend, 464 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass; Frank G. Binswanger, 1420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 02, PA; Arnold Saltzman, 1410 Broadway, New York, 18, NY; Michael Daroff, 717 Fifth Avenue, New York, 22, NY. Listed publisher William M. Gaines; listed editor Albert B. Feldstein. Total distribution 1,293,705.

Mad's 1963 All-Inclusive Magazine Calendar (Table of Contents)

Palming Off the Dates Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Calendar pages geared to the readers of various niche magazines.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Don Martin
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dr. Jekyll
Synopsis:
The doctor's latest formula does nothing - - to him.

Hollywood Surplus Sale (Table of Contents)

Lights, Camera, Auction Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Earle Doud
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Sale ads for props left over from old Hollywood films.

Speaking From Pictures (Table of Contents)

Freedom With Speech Dept. / photo story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerald Gardner
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Jacqueline Kennedy; Richard Nixon; Wily Brandt; Dwight Eisenhower; Mamie Eisenhower; Fidel Castro; John Kennedy; Nikita Kruschev; Hassa Al Sudairi
Synopsis:
Humorous captions are added to UPI wire photos to satirical effect.

If Five Comic Strip Cartoonists Interpreted the Age-Old Riddle (Table of Contents)

Fowl Play Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Snoopy; Charlie Brown; Lucy Van Pelt; Mark Trail; B.C.; Thor
Synopsis:
If the riddle "Why did the chicken cross the road?" was the plot idea for a daily strip of Peanuts, Mark Trail, B.C., Miss Peach or Jules Pfeiffer's panel.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / 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 steals blueprints of the White Spy's new device.

Letters That Cross in the Mail (Table of Contents)

Postal-Mortems Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
Bob Clarke; typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Various people send off hot-headed letters, only to receive letters just after that make them regret their actions.

The Defensers (Table of Contents)

Dribble Across the Court Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
E.G. Marshall [as Lawrence Pressedham]; Robert Reed [as Kenny Pressedham]; Raymond Burr [as Perry Mason]; Polly Rowles [as Helen Donaldson]
Synopsis:
Parody of the television series "The Defenders"; a father and son law firm lose all of their cases due to their arrogance and incompetence.

Yacht Flags for the Home (Table of Contents)

Standards of Living Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Yacht style flags that proclaim various household events.

Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy; The Gray Spy
Synopsis:
Solving a jigsaw puzzle leads the two spies into the Gray Spy's trap.

The Mad Guide to Astrology (Table of Contents)

Proceed According to Planet Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical look at astrology and its dubious effect on life.

On a Summer's Afternoon (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 wife tries to help a man conceal his extended stomach.

The Lighter Side of Women (Table of Contents)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Series of cartoons exploring the foibles of females.

A Child's Garden of Weeds (Table of Contents)

Corn Poem Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Classic poems adapted to reflect modern situations.

A Mad Look at Travel (Table of Contents)

Tour De Farce Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Reilly
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Contrasting travel in the nineteenth century and the twentieth century.

Because Owning Your Own Car is One Headache After Another (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Ford print ads; the hazards of car-ownership are outlined as a way to promote using taxis.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. We're Looking For a Few Idiots Who Like to Draw
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Mad's 1963 All-Inclusive Magazine Calendar
    Palming Off the Dates Dept.
  5. 4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    Don Martin Dept.
  6. 5. Hollywood Surplus Sale
    Lights, Camera, Auction Dept.
  7. 6. Speaking From Pictures
    Freedom With Speech Dept.
  8. 7. If Five Comic Strip Cartoonists Interpreted the Age-Old Riddle
    Fowl Play Dept.
  9. 8. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  10. 9. Letters That Cross in the Mail
    Postal-Mortems Dept.
  11. 10. The Defensers
    Dribble Across the Court Dept.
  12. 11. Yacht Flags for the Home
    Standards of Living Dept.
  13. 12. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  14. 13. The Mad Guide to Astrology
    Proceed According to Planet Dept.
  15. 14. On a Summer's Afternoon
    Don Martin Dept.
  16. 15. The Lighter Side of Women
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  17. 16. A Child's Garden of Weeds
    Corn Poem Dept.
  18. 17. A Mad Look at Travel
    Tour De Farce Dept.
  19. 18. Because Owning Your Own Car is One Headache After Another
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