(July 1965)

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:

Special "Middle-of-the-Road" Issue (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis:
Part of a highway maintenance team, Alfred paints the black asphalt around the white center line.
Reprints:

Substandard Brands, Inc. (Table of Contents)

Department of the Inferior Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Ronald Axe; Sol Weinstein
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Consumer products, parodying then current ad campaigns, which are blatantly and proudly inferior.

The Man From A.U.N.T.I.E. (Table of Contents)

Hollarin' Uncle Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Robert Vaughn [as Napoleon Polo]; David McCallum [as Ilya Nutcrackin]; Leo G. Carroll [as The Boss]; Sean Connery [as James Bond]
Synopsis:
Parody of the series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.; Two secret agents wander through a semi-serious plot trying to track down the head of a rival spy organization.

Indexer Notes

Antonio Prohias's The White Spy makes several cameo appearances in this story.

On the Job (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 construction worker accidentally eats one of his tools for lunch.

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.

Baseball Foto-Plays (Table of Contents)

Out of Left Field Dept. / photo story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Wire photos of Major League Baseball action are given humorous dialogue.

Indexer Notes

Among the recognizable players are Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, as well as actress Doris Day.

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 with a flying serum.

Unspoken Messages in TV Commercials (Table of Contents)

Sponsor Speak With Forked Tongue Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Joe Orlando
Inks:
Joe Orlando
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Footnoting dialogue in commercials to reveal hidden facts about the product.

Show Biz Celebrities in Ordinary Life Situations (Table of Contents)

Off But Still "On" Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Larry Siegel
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Bing Crosby; Garry Moore; Phil Silvers; Judy Garland; Margaret Rutherford; Frank Sinatra; Dean Martin; Sammy Davis Jr.
Synopsis:
Ordinary situations made unusual by the participation of a celebrity.

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 lures the White Spy into a trap with a promise of stardom.

Today's Typical "Sales & Promotional" Gimmicks (Table of Contents)

Previews of Drumming-Up Attractions Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of sales promotions of dubious value.

Mad's Seed and Garden Catalog (Table of Contents)

Hoe-Hum Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A garden supply catalog with bizarre plants and garden implements of dubious value.

The Lighter Side of the Boss (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:
Satire of various people and their relationships with their boss at work.

Indexer Notes

On page one, a note is clipped to the top of the page, allegedly from Publisher William Gaines, instructing Editor Al Feldstein to fire Artist Dave Berg. On page three, there is one sequence where the boss of a multi-million dollar business complains about an employee spending fifty-five cents on a long distance phone call. The boss is a caricature of William Gaines and the sequence satirizes one of Gaines' famous personality quirks.

In Injun Territory (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 settler escapes two disguised Indian warriors with the aid of his horse.

TV Commercial Aids (Table of Contents)

Out! Damned Spot! Dept. / comic story / pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Devices designed to make television viewing more enjoyable.

Indexer Notes

The caricature of Cary Grant on the television screen on page 2 is by Mort Drucker.

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 Black and White Spies try to rescue the Gray Spy, who is trapped in a runaway carriage.

Crazy Fists (Table of Contents)

Socko B.O. Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Bette Davis; George Hamilton; Keenan Wynn; Audrey Hepburn; Buddy Hackett; Walter Cronkite; Don Knotts
Synopsis:
Satire of the "boxing movie" genre; A youth gives up his ambitions to become a musician in order to make a living as a professional boxer.

The Indignant Husband (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 paints uncomplimentary graffiti about his wife.

The Harvest We Shall Reap From the Super-Patriots' Methods of Exposing "Communist Plotters" in America (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:
A warning about political extremism in the United States.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Let's Kill Off Ridiculous Ad Campaigns (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irving Schild (photo)
Inks:
Irving Schild (photo)
Colors:
Irving Schild (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Kellogg's cereal print ads; A man eats corn flakes from the mouth of a Sousaphone for no reason other than to draw attention to the cereal.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Special "Middle-of-the-Road" Issue
  2. 1. Substandard Brands, Inc.
    Department of the Inferior Dept.
  3. 2. The Man From A.U.N.T.I.E.
    Hollarin' Uncle Dept.
  4. 3. On the Job
    Don Martin Dept.
  5. 4. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  6. 5. Baseball Foto-Plays
    Out of Left Field Dept.
  7. 6. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  8. 7. Unspoken Messages in TV Commercials
    Sponsor Speak With Forked Tongue Dept.
  9. 8. Show Biz Celebrities in Ordinary Life Situations
    Off But Still "On" Dept.
  10. 9. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  11. 10. Today's Typical "Sales & Promotional" Gimmicks
    Previews of Drumming-Up Attractions Dept.
  12. 11. Mad's Seed and Garden Catalog
    Hoe-Hum Dept.
  13. 12. The Lighter Side of the Boss
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  14. 13. In Injun Territory
    Don Martin Dept.
  15. 14. TV Commercial Aids
    Out! Damned Spot! Dept.
  16. 15. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  17. 16. Crazy Fists
    Socko B.O. Dept.
  18. 17. The Indignant Husband
    Don Martin Dept.
  19. 18. The Harvest We Shall Reap From the Super-Patriots' Methods of Exposing "Communist Plotters" in America
    Mad Fold-In
  20. 19. Let's Kill Off Ridiculous Ad Campaigns
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