(July 1978)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.60 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly except for February, May, August and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Barcode:
0709893323007
Editing:
Al Feldstein
Color:
color (#1-23, 400-present); color cover with black & white interior (#24 - 399)
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:
Jack Rickard (signed)
Inks:
Jack Rickard (signed)
Colors:
Jack Rickard (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Rip-Off (Table of Contents)

cartoon / 0.125 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Don Martin submits a new definition for the phrase "rip-off".

Indexer Notes

This cartoon appears in the letters page.

Clod Encounters of the Absurd Kind (Table of Contents)

Boffo UFO Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Richard Dreyfuss [as Cloy]; Melinda Dillon [as Jelly]; Francois Truffaut [as the French scientist]; Teri Garr [as Ronnie]; Cary Guffey [as Barium]
Synopsis:
Parody of the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; Possible contact with an alien race has ordinary people acting sillier than usual.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / cartoon / 0 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 Rime of the Modern Skateboarder (Table of Contents)

From Fad to Verse Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Parody of the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Three over-aged skateboarders try to attract girls.

You Can Never Escape From Stress (Table of Contents)

That Old Familiar Strain Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Koch
Pencils:
Jack Davis
Inks:
Jack Davis
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Examples of how no matter what you do, stress is going to get you.

The Lighter Side of Fads (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 people flock to, or from, fads.

Graduating Class Pictures as Staged by Some of the World's Best-Known Picture-Makers (Table of Contents)

Awful Assembly Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Graduation pictures taken by film auteurs Busby Berkeley, Federico Fellini, Sam Peckinpaugh, Cecil B. De Mille, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, John Ford, Mel Brooks and Steven Spielberg.

When Those "Old-Time Comic Strips" Follow the New Wave, Cerebral "Doonesbury" Trend (Table of Contents)

Tried and Trudeau Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Nancy; Sluggo; Dr. Rex Morgan; Dagwood Bumstead; Blondie Bumstead; Dick Tracy; Junior Tracy; Sgt. Orville Snorkel; Beetle Bailey; Mammy Yokum; Pappy Yokum; Donald Duck; Daisy Duck
Synopsis:
Veteran comic strip characters try the Garry Trudeau way of comedy.
Reprints:

Mad's College Concert Comic of the Year (Table of Contents)

The Dirty End of the Schtick Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Mad interviews popular college circuit stand-up comedian Carl Carnal.

Indexer Notes

"Carl Carnal" is a thinly veiled parody of comedian George Carlin.

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 Black Spy destroys the White Spy's ship with a specially designed torpedo.

The Mad Book of Odds (Table of Contents)

You Bet Your Life Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Odds are quoted on how likely discouraging events will happen in one's life.

How to Read Between the Lines (Table of Contents)

Hidden Meanies Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Hart
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
satire-parody
Synopsis:
Examples of how quotes are taken out of context or dressed up to change their meaning.

A Mad Look at the Moment Before the Disaster (Table of Contents)

Zings to Come Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
Depicting the act that led to various disastrous outcomes.

The Dummy & Mareek Show (Table of Contents)

Sweetness Counts Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
satire-parody
Characters:
Donny Osmond [as Dummy]; Marie Osmond [as Mareek]; Queen Elizabeth II; Pope Paul VI; Frank Sinatra; President Jimmy Carter; Johnny Carson
Synopsis:
Parody of "Donny and Marie"; A pair of overbearingly cute singers host a variety show.

Before the Rock Concert (Table of Contents)

Socket to 'em Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
How a rock singer gets his mane of curly hair.

What Volatile Ingredients - - Now Being Formulated - - are Sure to Cause Future Catastrophes? (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:
advocacy
Synopsis:
It could consume an entire continent.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

The Frog Prince IV (Table of Contents)

More Fairy Tales Scenes We'd Like to See / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A princess finds she has competition for her prince.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Rip-Off
  3. 2. Clod Encounters of the Absurd Kind
    Boffo UFO Dept.
  4. 3. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  5. 4. The Rime of the Modern Skateboarder
    From Fad to Verse Dept.
  6. 5. You Can Never Escape From Stress
    That Old Familiar Strain Dept.
  7. 6. The Lighter Side of Fads
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  8. 7. Graduating Class Pictures as Staged by Some of the World's Best-Known Picture-Makers
    Awful Assembly Dept.
  9. 8. When Those "Old-Time Comic Strips" Follow the New Wave, Cerebral "Doonesbury" Trend
    Tried and Trudeau Dept.
  10. 9. Mad's College Concert Comic of the Year
    The Dirty End of the Schtick Dept.
  11. 10. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  12. 11. The Mad Book of Odds
    You Bet Your Life Dept.
  13. 12. How to Read Between the Lines
    Hidden Meanies Dept.
  14. 13. A Mad Look at the Moment Before the Disaster
    Zings to Come Dept.
  15. 14. The Dummy & Mareek Show
    Sweetness Counts Dept.
  16. 15. Before the Rock Concert
    Socket to 'em Dept.
  17. 16. What Volatile Ingredients - - Now Being Formulated - - are Sure to Cause Future Catastrophes?
    Mad Fold-In
  18. 17. The Frog Prince IV
    More Fairy Tales Scenes We'd Like to See
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
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