(January 1970)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.35 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:

Season's Greetings! Have a Ball! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Lester Krauss (photo); ? (Alfred E. Neuman portrait)
Inks:
Lester Krauss (photo); ? (Alfred E. Neuman portrait)
Colors:
Lester Krauss (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman

Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 9 (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Colors:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
Bob Clarke

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of the cartoon panel "Ripley's Believe It or Not"; Examples of odd or eccentric people, including a woman mugged 2178 times and a long distance call from Bismarck, North Dakota, to London, England.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

["Det har hele tiden"] (Table of Contents)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jerry DeFuccio ?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Mad publishes fan letters from European countries, in the original languages, to prove that they are distributed in countries other than the United States.

Haunted By the Ghost of Christmas Presents? (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Ebeneezer Scrooge; Alfred E. Neuman (as The Ghost of Christmas Presents)
Reprints:

Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All Men (Table of Contents)

Yule Tide Dept. / photo story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Max Brandel
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Edward Kennedy; Richard Nixon; Dr. Timothy Leary; Rev. Billy Graham; Gen. William Westmoreland; Gamel Abdul Nasser; Golda Meir; Mao tse-Tung; Chaing Kai-shek; Jacqueline Kennedy; Jacqueline Susanne; Muhammed Ali; Tom Smothers; Dick Smothers; Hugh Hefner; Pope Paul VI; William F. Buckley; Stokely Carmichael; George Wallace
Synopsis:
News photos altered to make it seem like philosophical enemies are embracing as friends.

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.

On the Trail with a Zoologist (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Martin
Pencils:
Don Martin (signed)
Inks:
Don Martin (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
An ornithologist chooses to follow the tracks of a bird he thinks is less dangerous.
Reprints:

The Academy Awards Show We'd Like to See (Table of Contents)

Degeneration Gap Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Dustin Hoffman; Joseph Cotten; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Raquel Welch; Vanessa Redgrave; Ali McGraw; Warren Beatty; Lee Marvin; James Coburn
Synopsis:
The Academy Awards adds new award categories to accommodate changing sexual mores in modern films.

Nixon's the One (Table of Contents)

Giving Dickie the Bird Dept. / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ronnie Nathan
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Richard Nixon
Synopsis:
Prediction, in verse, of how the country will fare in the next eight years with Richard Nixon as President.

Sergio Aragones Takes a Mad Look at Protest Demonstrations (Table of Contents)

Bombing the Ban-ers Dept. / cartoon / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Cynical look at protest demonstrations and society's reaction to them.
Reprints:

The Lighter Side of Birthdays (Table of Contents)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Dave Berg
Pencils:
Dave Berg
Inks:
Dave Berg
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examination of how we celebrate birthdays and their implications.
Reprints:

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Antonio Prohias
Pencils:
Antonio Prohias (signed)
Inks:
Antonio Prohias (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis:
Each Spy tries to corrupt the other spy's child.

Playthings Based on TV Commercials (Table of Contents)

Ad Infant Items Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Basing the concepts for toys and games aimed at children on famous television commercials and advertising slogans.

The High Diver (Table of Contents)

Elephant Joke Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A circus high diver runs into a problem during his act.
Reprints:

The Month Before Christmas (Table of Contents)

Gift-rapping Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Rewritten version of Clement Clark Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to reflect modern consumerism.
Reprints:

Mad Peek Behind the Scenes at the Phone Company (Table of Contents)

Inside-Ouch Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Earle Dowd
Pencils:
Angelo Torres
Inks:
Angelo Torres
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Cynical look at the inner workings of the phone company.

Horrifying Cliches 8 (Table of Contents)

Spooking From Pictures Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
May Sakami
Pencils:
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Common phrases are given monstrous visualization, including "springing a trap" and "padding an expense account".
Reprints:

Condemner Reports (Table of Contents)

Berating the Ratings Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils:
Bob Clarke; Irving Schild (photo)
Inks:
Bob Clarke; Irving Schild (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of the magazine "Consumer Reports"; Products are rated based on dubious standards.
Reprints:

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Antonio Prohias
Pencils:
Antonio Prohias (signed)
Inks:
Antonio Prohias (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis:
The Black Spy tries to sabotage the White Spy's rocket launch.

What New Trend Is Destroying a Time-Honored Theater Art? (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
You don't need costumes in a nude play.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Knight-Fall (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Kent
Pencils:
Jack Rickard (signed)
Inks:
Jack Rickard (signed)
Colors:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A fully armored knight trips and falls down a flight of stairs.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Season's Greetings! Have a Ball!
  2. 1. Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 9
  3. 2. ["Det har hele tiden"]
    Letters Dept.
  4. 3. Haunted By the Ghost of Christmas Presents?
  5. 4. Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All Men
    Yule Tide Dept.
  6. 5. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  7. 6. On the Trail with a Zoologist
    Don Martin Dept.
  8. 7. The Academy Awards Show We'd Like to See
    Degeneration Gap Dept.
  9. 8. Nixon's the One
    Giving Dickie the Bird Dept.
  10. 9. Sergio Aragones Takes a Mad Look at Protest Demonstrations
    Bombing the Ban-ers Dept.
  11. 10. The Lighter Side of Birthdays
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. Playthings Based on TV Commercials
    Ad Infant Items Dept.
  14. 13. The High Diver
    Elephant Joke Dept.
  15. 14. The Month Before Christmas
    Gift-rapping Dept.
  16. 15. Mad Peek Behind the Scenes at the Phone Company
    Inside-Ouch Dept.
  17. 16. Horrifying Cliches 8
    Spooking From Pictures Dept.
  18. 17. Condemner Reports
    Berating the Ratings Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  20. 19. What New Trend Is Destroying a Time-Honored Theater Art?
    Mad Fold-In
  21. 20. Knight-Fall
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