(July 1964)

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:

[Rocket's Red Glare] (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 lights a giant bottle rocket, but he launches instead.

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 man tries to commit suicide by sticking his head in the barrel of a cannon because he missed the latest issue of Mad.

Movie Ads With Behind the Scene Gossip (Table of Contents)

Hollywood Bilge-Board Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Elizabeth Taylor [as Cleopatra]; Richard Burton [as Marc Antony]; Eddie Fisher; The Rat Pack [Frank Sinatra; Shirley MacLane; Dean Martin; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Peter Lawford; Joey Bishop]
Synopsis:
Movie posters that use the stars' personal lives as selling points for the film.

The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming July 4th Weekend (Table of Contents)

Mis-Happy Holiday Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Predictions of summer accidents accompanied by humorous illustrations of said mishaps.

Don Martin in an Italian Restaurant (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A boy plays with his food; a chef receives a spaghetti delivery; a diner's pasta comes alive; a man is attacked by his cheese; a customer's entree unravels

Mad Visits the Producer-Director of "Charades" (Table of Contents)

Corpse and Robbers Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Stanley Donen [as Stanley Done-in]; Cary Grant [as Cary Grand]; Audrey Hepburn [as Audrey Heartburn]; Walter Matthau; James Coburn; Sam Jaffe; Doris Day [as Doris Date]; Alfred Hitchcock [as Alfred Hatchplot]
Synopsis:
The director of a murder and espionage film tries to explain its incomprehensible plot.

Indexer Notes

The interviewer is a caricature of occasional Mad contributor, noted fan and future DC staffer E. Nelson Bridwell.

The Long Range Effects of Products on People (Table of Contents)

Cause and Defect Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Reilly
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
How overuse of certain consumer products can adversely affect a person's physical condition.

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 fakes the White Spy into shooting himself with a cannon.

The Lighter Side of Little League (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:
Satirical look at Little League Baseball and over-enthusiastic parents.

The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A. (Table of Contents)

Talk of the Town Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel; Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical look at life in New York.

The Swampview Terrace Weekly (Table of Contents)

Tenants, Anyone Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A humorous version of an apartment complex newsletter, presented as a lurid tabloid.

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 thinks he's diffused a White Spy booby-trap.

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 in the margins of random pages.

Mad's Caterer of the Year (Table of Contents)

Affairs of Status Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
David Brinkley
Synopsis:
Newsman David Brinkley interviews a catering manager as he oversees a wedding party dinner.

The Mad Politicians Primer (Table of Contents)

Snakes in the Grass Roots Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical descriptions of politicians, their families, their staff and the lobbyists who support them.

Comics For Publications That Don't Have Comics (Table of Contents)

Someday Supplement Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dagwood Bumstead; Blondie Bumstead; Mr. Dithers; Charlie Brown; Donald Duck; Goofy; Huey; Dewey; Louie; Ludwig Von Drake; Little Orphan Annie; Daddy Warbucks; Steve Canyon; General Abercrombie; Pogo Possum; Albert Alligator; Howland Owl; Dennis Mitchell
Synopsis:
If comic strips had their content adjusted for niche publications.
Reprints:

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 lures the others into a rocket headed for space.

Buck'$ Law (Table of Contents)

Gold-Plated Copper Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gene Barry [as Amos Buck]; Kirk Douglas; Burt Lancaster; Gregory Peck; Sophia Loren; Gary Conway [as Det. Tilson]; Doris Day; Skitch Henderson; Jack Webb [as Sgt. Joe Friday]; Robert Stack [as Eliot Ness]; Fred Gwynne [as Officer Muldoon]; Lee Marvin; Fred Flintstone
Synopsis:
Parody of the television series "Burke's Law"; A rich, handsome police captain can't solve crimes because he's too busy dodging all the women who want to marry him.

The Only Hope for Curing Beatle-Mania (Table of Contents)

Mad Fold-In / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
The Beatles [John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Ringo Starr]
Synopsis:
How to counteract the frenzy of Beatle-Mania.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Us Cigarette Makers Will Fight Rather Than Quit (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 Tareyton Cigarette ads; A cigarette manufacturer, sporting a black eye, vows to fight the U.S. Department of Health's landmark report linking cigarette smoking to cancer.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Rocket's Red Glare]
  2. 1. Why Kill Yourself?
  3. 2. Movie Ads With Behind the Scene Gossip
    Hollywood Bilge-Board Dept.
  4. 3. The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming July 4th Weekend
    Mis-Happy Holiday Dept.
  5. 4. Don Martin in an Italian Restaurant
    Don Martin Dept.
  6. 5. Mad Visits the Producer-Director of "Charades"
    Corpse and Robbers Dept.
  7. 6. The Long Range Effects of Products on People
    Cause and Defect Dept.
  8. 7. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  9. 8. The Lighter Side of Little League
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  10. 9. The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.
    Talk of the Town Dept.
  11. 10. The Swampview Terrace Weekly
    Tenants, Anyone Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  14. 13. Mad's Caterer of the Year
    Affairs of Status Dept.
  15. 14. The Mad Politicians Primer
    Snakes in the Grass Roots Dept.
  16. 15. Comics For Publications That Don't Have Comics
    Someday Supplement Dept.
  17. 16. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  18. 17. Buck'$ Law
    Gold-Plated Copper Dept.
  19. 18. The Only Hope for Curing Beatle-Mania
    Mad Fold-In
  20. 19. Us Cigarette Makers Will Fight Rather Than Quit
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