(October 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

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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 booby-traps a stool in a diner so it will detonate a stick of dynamite in his mouth in order to commit suicide because he missed the latest issue of Mad.

If Celebrities Ran for Public Office (Table of Contents)

Hitch Your Bandwagon to a Star Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Steve Allen; Jack Paar; Jayne Mansfield; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Jonathan Winters [as Maude Frickert]; Oscar Levant; Cassius Clay; Charlton Heston; Hugh Hefner; Jerry Lewis
Synopsis:
Examples of political campaigns geared to particular celebrities.

The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming Labor Day 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:
Various holiday related potential mishaps are illustrated.

Etiquette (Table of Contents)

Two on the Isle Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Sir William S. Gilbert
Pencils:
Don Martin
Inks:
Don Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Two men retain their gentlemanly manners despite being stranded on a remote island.

Strange Interludes in Everyday Life (Table of Contents)

Face-Lifting Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Ordinary people in ordinary situations make sarcastic asides to the readers, as in the play "Strange Interlude".

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 a bridge the Black Spy is crossing.

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

Cartoons inserted into the margins of random pages.

Louise Cramm's Realistic Mad Scrapbook (Table of Contents)

The Berth of the Blues Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Fictional scrapbook of a fictional woman, complete with souvenirs.

Misleading TV Titles (Table of Contents)

Extra-Senseless Reception Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Nikita Krushchev; Lyndon Johnson; The Three Stooges [Moe Howard; Larry Fine; Joe DeRita]; Henry; The Little King; Charlie Chaplin [as the Little Tramp]; Harpo Marx; The White Spy; The Black Spy
Synopsis:
Actual television show titles are used to illustrate similar real life situations.

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 a typical neighborhood in Las Vegas.

A Mad Look at Firemen (Table of Contents)

Take Me to Your Ladder Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody

Indexer Notes

Series of cartoons lampooning firemen and situations they deal with.

Scenes We'd Like to See: After the Ball (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks:
Joe Orlando (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Cinderella; Prince Charming
Synopsis:
Prince Charming breaks the glass slipper before Cinderella can try it on.

The Lighter Side of Summer Romances (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

Indexer Notes

Series of incidents parodying summer romances.

Mad "Celebrity Feature" Merchandising Gimmicks (Table of Contents)

From Hair to Absurdity Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Phil Hahn
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Barbra Streisand; David Janssen; Kirk Douglas; Burt Lancaster
Synopsis:
Prosthetics based on the features of prominent celebrities for sale to the general public.

An Incident at a Red Light (Table of Contents)

Drag-Strip Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Letters:
typeset; Wally Wood

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
At a red light, a driver challenges another driver to a drag race.

The Impressionist (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 artist sets up his easel in a cow pasture.

Auto Accessories We'd Like to See (Table of Contents)

Gadget Goes to Detroit Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Auto accessories that solve life's little irritations.

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 sabotages the White Spy's magic act.

Mad's Teenage Idol Promoter of the Year (Table of Contents)

Rock 'N' Bank Roll Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Chet Huntley [as Chet Hunkley]
Synopsis:
Interview with a record promoter who boasts that he can take any nobody off the street (or even a chimpanzee) and turn them into a teen idol.

Indexer Notes

Statuettes in the promoter's Hall of Fame are of Rudy Vallee, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

The Message (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 African tribal chief receives a threatening message from another tribe.

The Next Scientific-Medical Breakthrough That Millions of Dollars Will Be Spent to Discover (Table of Contents)

Mad Fold-in / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Scientific research's latest breakthrough is revealed.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Make Beautiful Hair Blecch (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Frank Frazetta (signed)
Inks:
Frank Frazetta (signed)
Colors:
Frank Frazetta (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ringo Starr
Synopsis:
Parody of Breck Shampoo print ads; Blecch Shampoo claims that teenage boys who use their product can have the same appeal to teenage girls that Ringo Starr has.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Why Kill Yourself?
  3. 2. If Celebrities Ran for Public Office
    Hitch Your Bandwagon to a Star Dept.
  4. 3. The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming Labor Day Weekend
    Mis-happy Holiday Dept.
  5. 4. Etiquette
    Two on the Isle Dept.
  6. 5. Strange Interludes in Everyday Life
    Face-Lifting Dept.
  7. 6. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  8. 7. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  9. 8. Louise Cramm's Realistic Mad Scrapbook
    The Berth of the Blues Dept.
  10. 9. Misleading TV Titles
    Extra-Senseless Reception Dept.
  11. 10. The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.
    Talk of the Town Dept.
  12. 11. A Mad Look at Firemen
    Take Me to Your Ladder Dept.
  13. 12. Scenes We'd Like to See: After the Ball
    Hollywood Dept.
  14. 13. The Lighter Side of Summer Romances
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  15. 14. Mad "Celebrity Feature" Merchandising Gimmicks
    From Hair to Absurdity Dept.
  16. 15. An Incident at a Red Light
    Drag-Strip Dept.
  17. 16. The Impressionist
    Don Martin Dept.
  18. 17. Auto Accessories We'd Like to See
    Gadget Goes to Detroit Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  20. 19. Mad's Teenage Idol Promoter of the Year
    Rock 'N' Bank Roll Dept.
  21. 20. The Message
    Don Martin Dept.
  22. 21. The Next Scientific-Medical Breakthrough That Millions of Dollars Will Be Spent to Discover
    Mad Fold-in
  23. 22. Make Beautiful Hair Blecch
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Igor Dybzinski
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
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