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(December 1973)

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

Issue Notes

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

Mad is a Four-Letter Word (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

Early One Morning in the Near Future (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man must hack through the thick covering of junk in order to fish the river below.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry DeFuccio ?
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Among the letters is one from actor William Conrad, accompanied by a photo, of him reading the issue that carried the parody of his series "Cannon".

The Clods of '44 (Table of Contents)

Son of the Summer of '42 Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Gary Grimes [as Wormy]; Jerry Houser [as Husky]; Oliver Conant [as Beanie]; Deborah Winters [as Jolly]
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "The Class of '44"; The three boring high school students from "The Summer of '42" graduate and become boring college students.

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.

One Fine Day on a Guided Tour of Mount Rushmore (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:
Tourists discover the unseen side of Mount Rushmore.

A Mad Look at Two Grammar School Generations (Table of Contents)

Minor Adjustment Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of how parenting methods have changed from one generation to another.

The Lighter Side of Corruption (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:
Examples of dishonesty being its own reward.

One Fine Day During the Civil War (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:
A cavalry officer is dishonorably cashiered out of the service.

Relevant Job Applications (Table of Contents)

True-to-Form Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick DeBartolo; Donald K. Epstein
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Job applications are skewed to the particular applicant being sought.

A Mad Look at Karate (Table of Contents)

Chop Fooey Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of the good and bad aspects of karate enthusiasts.
Reprints:

Picket & Strike (Table of Contents)

Spate of the Union Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
A niche magazine aimed at union members and activists.

A Witch's Tale (Table of Contents)

Broom Schtick Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A witch's broom is recycled with unexpected results.

Graffiti Through History (Table of Contents)

Marking Time Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Historical scenes are marred by malicious or satirical graffiti.

Interpreting the News (Table of Contents)

There's Bull in Them Bulletins Dept. / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Gary Alexander
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Walter Cronkite
Synopsis:
Well-worn phrases used in news releases are presented in counterpoint to cynical interpretations of the same phrases.

Mad's Sure-Fire Sports Predictions (Table of Contents)

The Old Crystal Ballgame Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Predictions for future occurrences in sports that seem likely, based on past occurrences.

Malice in Wonderland, or Watergate - - Through the Looking Glass (Table of Contents)

Curiouser and Curiouser Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks:
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Richard Nixon; Charles Colson; John Mitchell; John Dean; Ron Zieglar; H.R. Haldeman; John Erlichman; Jeb Magruder; Martha Mitchell; Ronald Reagan; Spiro Agnew
Synopsis:
Sections of the novel "Alice in Wonderland" are presented with Watergate conspirators inserted as characters in the scenes.

One Fine Day in the Life of Leonardo da Vinci (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:
Leonardo da Vinci is inspired by birds to design a famous invention.

Least Horizon (Table of Contents)

Him-A-Lay-A-Bomb Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Angelo Torres
Inks:
Angelo Torres
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Peter Finch [as Richard Runaway]; Michael York [as George Runaway]; George Kennedy [as Sam Cornylines]; Liv Ullman [as Saccharine]; Bobby Van [as Hardy Harhar]; Sally Kellerman [as Silly Huge]; Olivia Hussey [as Mitsia]; John Gielgud [as Chang]
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "Lost Horizon"; A plane sets down in the Himalayas, and the cynical passengers stumble onto a bizarre paradise.

What Volatile System Is Now Heavily Fueled and Promises to Rocket to Unlimited Heights? (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:
NASA isn't the only thing exploding in the country.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Can You Spot the Former Cancel Smoker? (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Parody of Camel cigarette print ads; Six people waiting at a newsstand are profiled, but only one is the smoker.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Mad is a Four-Letter Word
  2. 1. Early One Morning in the Near Future
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Letters Dept.
  4. 3. The Clods of '44
    Son of the Summer of '42 Dept.
  5. 4. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  6. 5. One Fine Day on a Guided Tour of Mount Rushmore
    Don Martin Dept.
  7. 6. A Mad Look at Two Grammar School Generations
    Minor Adjustment Dept.
  8. 7. The Lighter Side of Corruption
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  9. 8. One Fine Day During the Civil War
    Don Martin Dept.
  10. 9. Relevant Job Applications
    True-to-Form Dept.
  11. 10. A Mad Look at Karate
    Chop Fooey Dept.
  12. 11. Picket & Strike
    Spate of the Union Dept.
  13. 12. A Witch's Tale
    Broom Schtick Dept.
  14. 13. Graffiti Through History
    Marking Time Dept.
  15. 14. Interpreting the News
    There's Bull in Them Bulletins Dept.
  16. 15. Mad's Sure-Fire Sports Predictions
    The Old Crystal Ballgame Dept.
  17. 16. Malice in Wonderland, or Watergate - - Through the Looking Glass
    Curiouser and Curiouser Dept.
  18. 17. One Fine Day in the Life of Leonardo da Vinci
    Don Martin Dept.
  19. 18. Least Horizon
    Him-A-Lay-A-Bomb Dept.
  20. 19. What Volatile System Is Now Heavily Fueled and Promises to Rocket to Unlimited Heights?
    Mad Fold-In
  21. 20. Can You Spot the Former Cancel Smoker?
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