(December 1974)

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 Salutes the Big Con (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:
Richard Nixon [as Henry Gondorff]; Spiro Agnew [as Johnny Hooker]

A Mind-Blowing Incident (Table of Contents)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A man tries to stop an apparent suicide.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Zing (Table of Contents)

King Con Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Arnie Kogen
Pencils:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks:
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Paul Newman [as Henry Goniff]; Robert Redford [as Johnny Looker]; Robert Shaw [as Dull Irishman]; Charles Durning [as Lt. Snide]; Robert Earl Jones [as Lothar]; Eileen Brennan [as Billie]; Dana Elcar [as Agent Poke]
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "The Sting"; Two con men run an elaborate con on a crime boss in retaliation for the killing of one of the men's partner.
Reprints:

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.

Alfred's Poor Almanac (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Satirical events associated with the dates between October 4 and November 16.

The Mad Crisis Primer (Table of Contents)

Doom it May Concern Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Pencils:
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Advice on how to cope with various life crises.
Reprints:

One Morning in Surgery (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 plastic surgeon forget a vital step in the operation he's performing.

We're Losing Our War Against Computers (Table of Contents)

It's in the Punchcards Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Bob Clarke
Inks:
Bob Clarke
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of how computerization has made life less pleasant.

The Lighter Side of Dieting (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:
How people deal, or don't deal, with trying to lose weight.

Indexer Notes

Dave Berg draws a caricature of Mad publisher William Gaines on page 4.

One Day in a Run-Down Shack (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:
An inventor asks his wife to help him test a new bullet-proof vest.
Reprints:

A Mad Look at Fairy Tales (Table of Contents)

Once Upon a Mime Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Various famous fairy tales are given ironic new endings.

Poor Richard's Almanac (Table of Contents)

Ben-Edictions Dept. / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Jack Rickard [as JR] (signed)
Inks:
Jack Rickard [as JR] (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Benjamin Franklin; Richard Nixon
Synopsis:
Side-by-side comparison of Ben Franklin's philosophy and Richard Nixon's.

Mad's Sure-Fire Cliche Killers (Table of Contents)

Put Your Funny Where Your Mouth Is Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
People respond to cliche observations of life with biting, satirical answers.

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)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis:
The White Spy sabotages the Black Spy's cache of explosives.

Bible Rave (Table of Contents)

Upping the Prophets Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Jacobs
Pencils:
George Woodbridge
Inks:
George Woodbridge
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
What a teenage fan magazine would look like if it was published during biblical times.
Reprints:

You Have Reached a State of Apathy When... (Table of Contents)

Vive L'Indifference Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Lou Silverstone
Pencils:
Jack Rickard
Inks:
Jack Rickard
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of how to tell when you've lost interest in daily life.

One Evening at the Stamp Club Meeting (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:
Stamp enthusiasts gather on a Tuesday night.

The Rookers (Table of Contents)

P. D. Atrics Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Georg Stanford Brown [as Willies]; Sam Melville [as Mite]; Kate Jackson [as Pill]; Gerald S. O'Laughlin [as Lt. Pyker]; Michael Ontkean [as Terrier]
Synopsis:
Parody of the TV series "The Rookies"; Three rookie police officers try to prove their worth, and fail.

What Looks Like the Surest, Fastest Transportation to Washington This Year? (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:
Richard Nixon hasn't done his party any favors.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Morality...Then...and Now (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Max Brandel
Pencils:
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks:
Paul Coker Jr.
Colors:
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
It's a new day for black sheep and white sheep.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Mad Salutes the Big Con
  2. 1. A Mind-Blowing Incident
  3. 2. The Zing
    King Con Dept.
  4. 3. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  5. 4. Alfred's Poor Almanac
  6. 5. The Mad Crisis Primer
    Doom it May Concern Dept.
  7. 6. One Morning in Surgery
    Don Martin Dept.
  8. 7. We're Losing Our War Against Computers
    It's in the Punchcards Dept.
  9. 8. The Lighter Side of Dieting
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  10. 9. One Day in a Run-Down Shack
    Don Martin Dept.
  11. 10. A Mad Look at Fairy Tales
    Once Upon a Mime Dept.
  12. 11. Poor Richard's Almanac
    Ben-Edictions Dept.
  13. 12. Mad's Sure-Fire Cliche Killers
    Put Your Funny Where Your Mouth Is Dept.
  14. 13. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  15. 14. Bible Rave
    Upping the Prophets Dept.
  16. 15. You Have Reached a State of Apathy When...
    Vive L'Indifference Dept.
  17. 16. One Evening at the Stamp Club Meeting
    Don Martin Dept.
  18. 17. The Rookers
    P. D. Atrics Dept.
  19. 18. What Looks Like the Surest, Fastest Transportation to Washington This Year?
    Mad Fold-In
  20. 19. Morality...Then...and Now
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