(January 1964)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.30 USD
Pages:
50
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

This issue has variants.


Special Christmas Seal Issue (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A trained seal juggles glass Christmas tree ornaments poorly.

Life Insurance? I'd Rather Play the Horses! (Table of Contents)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis:
Parody of Mutual Of New York life insurance print ads; a man rejects investing in life insurance in favor of gambling the money at the race track.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Future Singing TV Commercials (Table of Contents)

The Melody Jingles On Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of commercial jingles that adapt the melodies of famous Broadway musical songs. Products involved are Raleigh cigarettes, Anacin, Dash detergent, Allstate insurance, Vitalis hair tonic and Crest toothpaste.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / cartoon / pages (report information)

Script:
Sergio Aragones
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Cartoons drawn in the margins of random pages.

Celebrities' Nightmares (Table of Contents)

Names in the Snooze Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Reilly
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
John F. Kennedy; Christine Keeler; Nikita Khrushchev; Mao tse-Tung; Frank Sinatra; Bert Parks; Nelson Rockefeller; Charlton Heston; George Wallace; Hugh Hefner
Synopsis:
Various celebrities dream about their worst fears.

Some Mad Hints for the Coming Xmas Season (Table of Contents)

St. Nick Knacks Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Suggestions on what to do with unwanted gifts, cards and leftover decorations.

The Epicure (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Edgar A. Guest
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Presentation of an Edgar A. Guest poem, with satirical illustrations added.

More Movie Dialogue We'd Like to Hear (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Harry Purvis
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Pat O'Brien [as Father Connolly]; Johnny Weissmueller [as Tarzan]; Maureen O'Sullivan [as Jane Porter]
Synopsis:
Series of single movie cliche scenes with the dialogue redone to satirize the situation.

Trademarks Resulting From Future Mergers (Table of Contents)

Clash of Symbols Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Merging famous trademarks to reflect corporate mergers. Trademarks merged are Sherwin-Williams with Dutch Boy Paint, RCA with MGM, Schweppes with White Rock, American Airlines with Greyhound, Prudential with Traveler's Insurance, White Owl cigars with Raleigh cigarettes, Kool and Camel cigarettes, Mr. Clean with Old Dutch cleanser, Sunshine Biscuits with Arm & Hammer, and Morton's salt and Heinz Ketchup.

A Mad Guide to Hypnotism (Table of Contents)

May I Have the Next Trance Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Hahn
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical look at the procedure of hypnotizing someone and the benefits of hypnotism.

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman makes a cameo as a hypnosis subject.

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 leaves a gift on the White Spy's doorstep.

The Lighter Side of Cops (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:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical look at police officers.

3 Sure Fire Methods of Getting a Job (Table of Contents)

Hire Education Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Mickey Rose
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Dubious ways of getting hired.

Indexer Notes

One method involves posing as a current employee of the company you wish to be hired at, and announcing to a room full of applicants that the position has already been filled. This is similar to a method in an old (1930s ?) Mutt & Jeff strip where Jeff announces to a room full of applicants, from the door of the company president, that he will not be hiring any of them.

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 White Spy booby-traps the door to his castle.

The Academy Awards for Home Movies (Table of Contents)

Lights, Camera, Ecch-tion Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
An award show dedicated to home movies of average people.

A Mad Look at Santa (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Sergio Aragones
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Santa Claus
Synopsis:
Series of cartoons satirizing both the real Santa Claus, and charity ringers and store employees dressed as him.

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:
The Gray Spy fools the others into thinking she's drowning.

Modern Teacher (Table of Contents)

Working For Schoolie Wages Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of a niche magazine aimed at teachers.

Indexer Notes

A segment on whether teachers should be allowed to strike includes a response from then Teamsters Union head Jimmy Hoffa.

An Early Morning Bathroom Scene (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 berates the plumber he hired for the poor job done.

I'm the Guy (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 Contadina print ads; The head chef of the Contadina Tomato Sauce company demonstrates how he gets eight tomatoes into that little can.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Special Christmas Seal Issue
  2. 1. Life Insurance? I'd Rather Play the Horses!
  3. 2. Future Singing TV Commercials
    The Melody Jingles On Dept.
  4. 3. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  5. 4. Celebrities' Nightmares
    Names in the Snooze Dept.
  6. 5. Some Mad Hints for the Coming Xmas Season
    St. Nick Knacks Dept.
  7. 6. The Epicure
    Don Martin Dept.
  8. 7. More Movie Dialogue We'd Like to Hear
    Hollywood Dept.
  9. 8. Trademarks Resulting From Future Mergers
    Clash of Symbols Dept.
  10. 9. A Mad Guide to Hypnotism
    May I Have the Next Trance Dept.
  11. 10. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  12. 11. The Lighter Side of Cops
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  13. 12. 3 Sure Fire Methods of Getting a Job
    Hire Education Dept.
  14. 13. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  15. 14. The Academy Awards for Home Movies
    Lights, Camera, Ecch-tion Dept.
  16. 15. A Mad Look at Santa
    Ho-Ho-Ho Dept.
  17. 16. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  18. 17. Modern Teacher
    Working For Schoolie Wages Dept.
  19. 18. An Early Morning Bathroom Scene
    Don Martin Dept.
  20. 19. I'm the Guy
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Igor Dybzinski
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne