(December 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
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

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

No cover art, only copy.

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 straps himself to the clapper of a church bell, hoping to commit suicide because he missed the latest issue of Mad.

Some Mad Devices for Safer Smoking (Table of Contents)

Inhale-Safe Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of devices of dubious merit to help people smoke without risking the dangers of inhaling.

Movie Heroes Are Finks or Hey There, Audience, You've Been Booing the Wrong Guy (Table of Contents)

Viva Villain Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Harry Purvis
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
John Wayne; Edward G. Robinson; Vincent Price; Gregory Peck; Boris Karloff
Synopsis:
Typical movie scenes where the hero is at the mercy of the villain are footnoted to show that the villain is actually nice and the hero is a rude lout.

A Mad Look at the Summer Olympics (Table of Contents)

5-Ring Circus Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Reporters swarm the pretty loser of a sprint; a shot-putter fails; a relay is disrupted; a wrestling underdog wins; a pole vaulter fails; a photographer interferes with an event; a sprint has two illegal entrants.

A Celebrity's Wallet (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Bob Clarke; Frank Frazetta
Inks:
Bob Clarke; Frank Frazetta
Letters:
typeset; Bob Clarke

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Ringo Starr; Moe Howard
Synopsis:
A look into Ringo Starr's wallet.

Indexer Notes

One of the portraits of Ringo Starr in his wallet is a reprint of the portrait Frank Frazetta did for the previous issue's Breck Shampoo parody ad.

A Mad Guide to Little Known Jobs in Television (Table of Contents)

Extra-Ordinary Opportunities Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of jobs catering to the unusual whims of television actors and directors.

A Fairy Tale (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 princess kisses a frog and the frog turns into a handsome prince.

New Movie Monsters From the Business World (Table of Contents)

I Got My Blob Through The New York Times Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Annoying features of working in an office setting are turned into horror films.

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 tries to hijack the White Spy's rocket.

The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.: Washington, D.C. (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 example of a typical neighborhood in the nation's capitol.

The Nearsighted Voodoo Priest (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 voodoo priest with vision problems confuses an infant with his fetish doll.

When Today's Celebrities Become Tomorrow's Historical Heroes (Table of Contents)

Hysterical Fiction Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
How future generations will glorify current celebrities Harold Stassen, Hyman Rickover, Elizabeth Taylor and the news team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.

How Bad Childhood Habits Can Help In a Congressional Career (Table of Contents)

Capitol Punishment Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of politicians acting childishly.

Why Not Warnings on All Packages? (Table of Contents)

Name Your Poison Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Warning labels are required for all consumer products, not just cigarettes.

The Lighter Side of Going to the Movies (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:
Examples of ironies and frustrations that come with viewing a film in a theater.

Twisted Mad Tales For Twisted Mad Readers (Table of Contents)

Stifling a Yarn Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Mildon
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Fred Gwynne [as Francis Muldoon]; Joe E. Ross [as Gunther Toody]
Synopsis:
Modern fairy tales built around modern people.

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 other two spies into injuring themselves on a train.

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 drawn in the margins of random pages.

Mr. Nudnick (Table of Contents)

Home Sweet Homeroom Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
James Franciscus [as Mr. Nudnick]; Dean Jagger[as Mr. Vey]
Synopsis:
Parody of the television show "Mr. Novak"; a high school English teacher earns the respect of students and faculty alike, even though he's a meddlesome pain.

What's Really Behind South American Unrest? (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
Synopsis:
Portrayal of what is the cause of unrest in South America.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Self-Portrait (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man creates a painting by killing himself.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Why Kill Yourself?
  3. 2. Some Mad Devices for Safer Smoking
    Inhale-Safe Dept.
  4. 3. Movie Heroes Are Finks or Hey There, Audience, You've Been Booing the Wrong Guy
    Viva Villain Dept.
  5. 4. A Mad Look at the Summer Olympics
    5-Ring Circus Dept.
  6. 5. A Celebrity's Wallet
    Drum-Schtick Dept.
  7. 6. A Mad Guide to Little Known Jobs in Television
    Extra-Ordinary Opportunities Dept.
  8. 7. A Fairy Tale
    Don Martin Dept.
  9. 8. New Movie Monsters From the Business World
    I Got My Blob Through The New York Times Dept.
  10. 9. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  11. 10. The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.: Washington, D.C.
    Talk of the Town Dept.
  12. 11. The Nearsighted Voodoo Priest
    Don Martin Dept.
  13. 12. When Today's Celebrities Become Tomorrow's Historical Heroes
    Hysterical Fiction Dept.
  14. 13. How Bad Childhood Habits Can Help In a Congressional Career
    Capitol Punishment Dept.
  15. 14. Why Not Warnings on All Packages?
    Name Your Poison Dept.
  16. 15. The Lighter Side of Going to the Movies
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  17. 16. Twisted Mad Tales For Twisted Mad Readers
    Stifling a Yarn Dept.
  18. 17. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  19. 18. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  20. 19. Mr. Nudnick
    Home Sweet Homeroom Dept.
  21. 20. What's Really Behind South American Unrest?
    Mad Fold-In
  22. 21. Self-Portrait
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Igor Dybzinski
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne