(March 1964)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.30 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:

[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; Abraham Lincoln
Synopsis:
Alfred gets a surprise when he knocks someone's hat off with a snowball.

Aviz Can't Afford Dirty Plugs (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 Avis print ads; A car rental company reveals the cynical back story to its well known advertising slogan.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
William Gaines
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Filed October 23, 1962; Listed owners: EC Publications Inc, A.M. Sonnabend, Frank G. Binswanger, Michael Daroff; Publisher William M. Gaines, 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022; Editor Albert Feldstein, same; Total Paid Circulation, avg 12 months: 55,070

Why Kill Yourself? (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
A despondent man tries to get an ice skater to decapitate him because he missed the latest issue of Mad.

Mannie Get Your Ghoul (Table of Contents)

Downbeast Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Vincent Price; Peter Lorre; Frankenstein's Monster; Dracula; The Wolf Man; The Creature From The Black Lagoon
Synopsis:
A Broadway musical is written and staged starring old movie monsters.

Famous Protest Campaigns (Table of Contents)

And the Bans Played On Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs; Stan Hart
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Historical situations where organized protest demonstrations might have changed history.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Various cartoons drawn into the margins of random pages.

At a Matinee (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:
At a movie theater, a man loudly complains about his blocked view.

Mad Beasties (Table of Contents)

Word Game Preserve Dept. / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Coker, Jr. ?
Pencils:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Pun illustrations of random words.

The Rescue (Table of Contents)

Claws and Effect Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Sergio Aragones
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Fire fighters rescue a cat from a tree.

The Minute That TV Show is Over (Table of Contents)

The Other Side of the Corn Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Clayton "Bud" Collyer; Garry Moore; Durwood Kirby; Allen Funt; Buddy Ebsen [as Jed Clampett]; Irene Ryan [as Granny Clampett]
Synopsis:
Unexpected events that happen after a television show has been broadcast.

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 decoys the Black Spy over a cliff.

The Lighter Side of the College Crowd (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Life in college is satirized.

The Sunday Drive (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 shrewish woman criticizes her meek husband's driving.

What Could Happen When They Use Numbers for Everything (Table of Contents)

No. Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Numbers begin to replace words in ordinary conversation.

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 gathers the rocket parts the Black Spy "accidentally" drops.

Future Educational Comic Pamphlets (Table of Contents)

Funny Pitches Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dick Tracy; The Brow; Joe Palooka; Knobby Walsh; Popeye; Olive Oyl; Bluto; Mary Worth
Synopsis:
Using well-known comic strip characters in promotional pamphlets for various businesses and organizations.
Reprints:

A TV Ad We'd Like to See (Table of Contents)

Candid Camerawork Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Tide Detergent television ads; a housewife caught on camera praising the product isn't as spontaneous as we're led to believe.

The Mad Hospital Primer (Table of Contents)

A Ward to the Wise Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of what to expect if you have to spend time in the hospital.

The Real Story Behind the News (Table of Contents)

Stop the Pressures Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Normally barely noticed news stories are given expanded coverage for reasons other than the story's newsworthiness.

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 tries to be a peace broker between the other two spies.

Strange Interlude With Hazey (Table of Contents)

Maid in the U.S.A. Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Shirley Booth [as Hazey]; Don DeFore [as George Baxter]; Whitney Blake [as Dorothy Baxter]; Bobby Buntrock [as Harold Baxter]
Synopsis:
The television series "Hazel" is staged as if it were the play "Strange Interlude".

The Hunter (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 hunter tests a new moose call.

This Capsule Made $47,895,252.38 So Far (Table of Contents)

photo story / 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 pharmaceutical company print ads; A pharmaceutical company gloats about the profits they've made from their potentially harmful product.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Aviz Can't Afford Dirty Plugs
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Why Kill Yourself?
  5. 4. Mannie Get Your Ghoul
    Downbeast Dept.
  6. 5. Famous Protest Campaigns
    And the Bans Played On Dept.
  7. 6. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  8. 7. At a Matinee
    Don Martin Dept.
  9. 8. Mad Beasties
    Word Game Preserve Dept.
  10. 9. The Rescue
    Claws and Effect Dept.
  11. 10. The Minute That TV Show is Over
    The Other Side of the Corn Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. The Lighter Side of the College Crowd
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  14. 13. The Sunday Drive
    Don Martin Dept.
  15. 14. What Could Happen When They Use Numbers for Everything
    No. Dept.
  16. 15. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  17. 16. Future Educational Comic Pamphlets
    Funny Pitches Dept.
  18. 17. A TV Ad We'd Like to See
    Candid Camerawork Dept.
  19. 18. The Mad Hospital Primer
    A Ward to the Wise Dept.
  20. 19. The Real Story Behind the News
    Stop the Pressures Dept.
  21. 20. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  22. 21. Strange Interlude With Hazey
    Maid in the U.S.A. Dept.
  23. 22. The Hunter
    Don Martin Dept.
  24. 23. This Capsule Made $47,895,252.38 So Far
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  • Gregory Fischer
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