(April 1965)

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
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

You'll Go "Ape" Over This Issue of Mad (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
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
A switch on the classic ending of "King Kong", with Alfred atop the Empire State Building and gorillas piloting the planes.

Be Suspicious (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Sanforized Laundry Services ads; a private detective uses the Sanforized ad format to sow doubt among housewives and drum up business.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Mad's Valentines to American Industry (Table of Contents)

Cupidity (look it up) Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Mort Drucker; Don Martin; Jack Rickard; Paul Coker, Jr.; Bob Clarke; George Woodbridge
Inks:
Mort Drucker; Don Martin; Jack Rickard; Paul Coker, Jr.; Bob Clarke; George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Cynical Valentine messages with subtle criticisms of various industries.

The Prophet (Table of Contents)

Signing-off Dept. / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
An end-of-the-world prophet has his prophecy come true.

007 (Table of Contents)

It's True! Bonds Do Have More Fun Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Sean Connery [as James Bomb]; Bernard Lee [as M]; Mickey Spillane [as Mike Hammer]; The Beatles [John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Ringo Starr]; Audrey Hepburn; Richard Burton; Hayley Mills; Winston Churchill; Rex Harrison; Peter Sellers; Margaret Rutherford [as Miss Marple]; Edward Heath
Synopsis:
A prototypical James Bond plot is presented as a Gilbert and Sullivan musical.

Famous People's Home-Study Courses (Table of Contents)

Schools Rush In Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Famous Artist School correspondence course; A correspondence school claims it can make you rich and famous through its mail-order courses.

Indexer Notes

In the "ten famous swindlers" course, the swindlers are named after the Mad Magazine editorial and production staff: (Al) Feldstein, (John) Putnam, (?) Brenner, (Jerry) DeFuccio, (Nick) Meglin, and (?) Tirado, with the last three called the usual gang of idiots. The last famous swindler is Alfred E. Neuman. Among the "famous billionaires" is Mad publisher William Gaines.

A Fine Day in the City (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 is curious about a procession of men shaking uncontrollably as they pass him.

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 into the margins of random pages.

A Mad Look at Winter Sports (Table of Contents)

Ice-Elation Dept. / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A skier has an accident; an ice fisher has an accident; a bobsled team has an accident; a ski jumper picked up some unwanted passengers; a figure skating team has an accident.

Specific "Form Answer Letters" (Table of Contents)

Softening the Blow-Ups Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Samples of form letters from specific companies and government offices.

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 tricks the Black Spy off a cliff.

The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.: Ft. Worth, Texas (Table of Contents)

Talk of the Towns 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 neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas.

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 ski run.

Neurotic Magazine (Table of Contents)

Sick-Sick-Slick Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Niche magazine aimed at neurotic people.

The Spectator (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 drills a hole in a fence to watch a baseball game for free, with grisly results.

Basketball Foto-Plays (Table of Contents)

Court Jesting Dept. / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
File wire photos of National Basketball Association and collegiate basketball action have humorous word balloons added to them.

The Lighter Side of Kids' Parties (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:
Birthday and social parties for children are satirized.

TV Commercials (Table of Contents)

No Sale Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of consumer groups that particular advertising campaigns are wasted on.

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 switches the camera of the other spies and leaves them with photos of their own installations.

Son of Mighty Joe Kong (Table of Contents)

What Time Does the Baboon Go Up? Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Mort Drucker
Inks:
Mort Drucker
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
James Garner [as Robert Headstrong]; Doris Day [as Rae Faye]; Dick Van Dyke [as Bruce Cabbage]
Synopsis:
Parody remake of "King Kong"; two cynical promoters and a vapid actress bring a giant ape to New York to succeed on Broadway.

Indexer Notes

Richard Burton is credited on the opening page as playing King Kong, but does not appear otherwise.

Which National Symbol is Going to Need the Biggest Repair Job? (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
Al Jaffee (signed)
Inks:
Al Jaffee (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Who is going to need the most healing after the contentious 1964 election is portrayed.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

After the Most Hair-Raising Adventure of My Life (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Lester Krauss (photo); Bob Clarke (illustrations)
Inks:
Lester Krauss (photo); Bob Clarke (illustrations)
Colors:
Lester Krauss (photo); Bob Clarke (illustrations)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Canadian Club print ads; a man swears off drinking after a jarring experience with delirium tremens.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. You'll Go "Ape" Over This Issue of Mad
  2. 1. Be Suspicious
  3. 2. Mad's Valentines to American Industry
    Cupidity (look it up) Dept.
  4. 3. The Prophet
    Signing-off Dept.
  5. 4. 007
    It's True! Bonds Do Have More Fun Dept.
  6. 5. Famous People's Home-Study Courses
    Schools Rush In Dept.
  7. 6. A Fine Day in the City
    Don Martin Dept.
  8. 7. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  9. 8. A Mad Look at Winter Sports
    Ice-Elation Dept.
  10. 9. Specific "Form Answer Letters"
    Softening the Blow-Ups Dept.
  11. 10. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  12. 11. The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.: Ft. Worth, Texas
    Talk of the Towns Dept.
  13. 12. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  14. 13. Neurotic Magazine
    Sick-Sick-Slick Dept.
  15. 14. The Spectator
    Don Martin Dept.
  16. 15. Basketball Foto-Plays
    Court Jesting Dept.
  17. 16. The Lighter Side of Kids' Parties
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  18. 17. TV Commercials
    No Sale Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  20. 19. Son of Mighty Joe Kong
    What Time Does the Baboon Go Up? Dept.
  21. 20. Which National Symbol is Going to Need the Biggest Repair Job?
    Mad Fold-In
  22. 21. After the Most Hair-Raising Adventure of My Life
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