(January 1972)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.40 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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Alfred E. Neuman

[The Sword Duel] (Table of Contents)

A Movie Scene We'd Like to See / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Al Jaffee
Pencils:
George Woodbridge [as GW] (signed)
Inks:
George Woodbridge [as GW] (signed)
Colors:
George Woodbridge [as GW] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A sword duel ends badly for the winner because of gravity.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry DeFuccio ?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Among the letters are one from Hollywood script writer Sol Weinstein and a picture of "Five Easy Pieces" co-stars Jack Nicholson, Helena Kallianiotes and Michelle Phillips reading an issue of Mad.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

If the Characters in "Peanuts" Aged Like Ordinary People (Table of Contents)

Adding a New Wrinkle Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Charlie Brown; Linus Van Pelt; Schroeder; Violet; Snoopy; Woodstock; Lucy Van Pelt; Pigpen
Synopsis:
Glimpses of the age-progressed cast of "Peanuts" at various stages of their lives.
Reprints:

When Madison Avenue Appeals to Extremists (Table of Contents)

Hard-Core-Sell Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of print advertising aimed at fringe demographics.

The Trauma of '42 (Table of Contents)

Three to Get Ready Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gary Grimes [as Wormy]; Jennifer O'Neill [as Mrs. Pushover]; Jerry Houser [as Husky]; Oliver Conant [as Beanie]
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "The Summer of '42"; an awkward teen has a series of awkward encounters with an older woman waiting for her husband to return from the war.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Mort Drucker slips Linus Van Pelt and Moon Mullins into the backgrounds of two panels on page 5.

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.

The Great Escape Plot (Table of Contents)

Con Vex Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
The plans for a plot to escape from prison gets passed on to one person too many.
Reprints:

Don Martin in a Play-Land (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:
A man has a series of problems with an arcade game.

The Lighter Side of Living Space (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:
Satire of modern society's attempts to deal with urban sprawl.
Reprints:

[The Electric Train] (Table of Contents)

Hawks and Doves / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Major Hawks; Private Doves
Synopsis:
Private Doves is assigned to put together the toy train set of the Major's son. He uses the opportunity to convey his message of peace.

Answers to Children's Letters - - from Santa (Table of Contents)

Escape Claus Dept. / photo story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo; Donald K. Epstein
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Santa answers letters from children.
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 White Spy thinks he's sabotaged The Black Spy's ability to retaliate.

Mad's Rhyming Guide to Pro Football (Table of Contents)

Pros and Poetry Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
John Niland; Dick Butkus; Fran Tarkenton; Ben Davidson; Steve Cox; Pat Sumerall; Howard Cosell
Synopsis:
An explanation, in rhyme, of the positions, strategies and coverages of pro football.
Reprints:

One Thursday Afternoon on the Moon (Table of Contents)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Two astronauts on a moon walk find their lunar rover stripped.

Behind the Scenes at an Underground Newspaper (Table of Contents)

Inside-Ouch Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Sy Reit
Pencils:
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
The antics and editorial decisions of a counter-culture oriented newspaper are revealed.

A Mad Look at Waterbeds (Table of Contents)

Asleep on the Deep Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Peter Porges
Pencils:
Paul Peter Porges
Inks:
Paul Peter Porges
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of the pitfalls of owning a waterbed.
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 White Spy uses trained fleas to harass the Black Spy.

Messy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Table of Contents)

Turkey An' the Store Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo; Kedzie North
Pencils:
Angelo Torres (signed)
Inks:
Angelo Torres (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Lorne Greene; Betty White
Synopsis:
Satire of the silly floats and balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the antics of the people who watch it, and the network television coverage of it.

The Daily Congressional Off-The-Record (Table of Contents)

Senate and House Organ Dept. / photo story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Irving Schild (photo)
Inks:
Irving Schild (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A newsletter covering Congress and the actions of the elected representatives.
Reprints:

What Is Really Bugging Most Americans? (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:
humor
Synopsis:
Jab at F.B.I. domestic surveillance tactics.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[Caesar Made the Salad] (Table of Contents)

A TV Scene We'd Like To See / photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of a Wishbone Salad Dressing television ad; The crowd at a Roman Forum react to Caesar's claim of credit for the salads.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [The Sword Duel]
    A Movie Scene We'd Like to See
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Letters Dept.
  4. 3. Haunted By the Ghost of Christmas Presents?
  5. 4. If the Characters in "Peanuts" Aged Like Ordinary People
    Adding a New Wrinkle Dept.
  6. 5. When Madison Avenue Appeals to Extremists
    Hard-Core-Sell Dept.
  7. 6. The Trauma of '42
    Three to Get Ready Dept.
  8. 7. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  9. 8. The Great Escape Plot
    Con Vex Dept.
  10. 9. Don Martin in a Play-Land
    Don Martin Dept.
  11. 10. The Lighter Side of Living Space
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  12. 11. [The Electric Train]
    Hawks and Doves
  13. 12. Answers to Children's Letters - - from Santa
    Escape Claus Dept.
  14. 13. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  15. 14. Mad's Rhyming Guide to Pro Football
    Pros and Poetry Dept.
  16. 15. One Thursday Afternoon on the Moon
    Don Martin Dept.
  17. 16. Behind the Scenes at an Underground Newspaper
    Inside-Ouch Dept.
  18. 17. A Mad Look at Waterbeds
    Asleep on the Deep Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  20. 19. Messy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
    Turkey An' the Store Dept.
  21. 20. The Daily Congressional Off-The-Record
    Senate and House Organ Dept.
  22. 21. What Is Really Bugging Most Americans?
    Mad Fold-In
  23. 22. [Caesar Made the Salad]
    A TV Scene We'd Like To See
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Igor Dybzinski
  • Jochen G.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne