([November] 2012)

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Volume
4
Price
59.99 USD; 68.00 CAD
Pages
256
On-sale Date
2012-11-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
ISBN
978-1-4012-3761-5 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9781401237615 55999
Editing
Scott Nybakken (editor - collected edition); Harvey Kurtzman (editor - original series)
Color
color
Binding
hardcover with dust jacket; sewn binding
Publishing Format
collected edition

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Mad / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kill Me? Don't Be Absurd!
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Illustration cropped from the cover of MAD (EC, 1952 series) #4.

[Table of Contents] (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Letters
typeset

Introduction... (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Mark Evanier
Pencils
Various
Inks
Various
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

[racing sheet] (Table of Contents: 3)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A parody of horse race results.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Mickey Rodent! (Table of Contents: 5)

Animation Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Will Elder (signed)
Inks
Will Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Jim Wroten; Bill Elder

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; satire-parody
Characters
Mickey Rodent; Darnold Duck; Goony; Horace Horszneck; Pluted Pup; Minny Rodent; zookeeper; Professor
Synopsis
Mickey tricks Darnold into a zoo to get rid of him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Walt Disney animated cartoons.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Letters of comment from Fraklin Kambach, Pusan Korea; Caroline Raymond, Rockville MD; Suzi Hefferan, Richmond VA; Tommy Wright, Miami FL; Elaine Spiwak; Gene McWhorter, Longview TX; STanford Grossman, Detroit MI; A. Romano, Newark NJ; Jim Rusk; and Don Burdett, Checotah, OK
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Supermarkets! (Table of Contents: 7)

The American Scene Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mr. Sturdley; Mrs. Sturdley; Superman (cameo)
Synopsis
A look at America's obsession with supermarkets, as the Sturdley's survive the rigors of shopping.
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Puzzle Pages! (Table of Contents: 8)

Filler Dept. / activity / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Will Elder (signed)
Inks
Will Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A parody of comic book activity pages.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Cane Mutiny! (Table of Contents: 10)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Willie Wonte; Lt. Feefer; Captain DeBris; Captain Kweeg; Van; Lt. Whitewald; Lt. Christian; Captain Bligh
Synopsis
A parody of the movie "The Caine Mutiny."
Reprints

Drawrof (Table of Contents: 11)

[Report From Abroad] / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman [as Yeldrums Serutan]
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
An analysis of Antarctica, with all words printed backwards, as it is supposed to be the point of view of "backwards nations."
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Composition (Table of Contents: 12)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Cover appears as a high school composition notebook.
Reprints

No, I Said! You Can't Have My Copy of MAD! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Katchandhammer Kids! (Table of Contents: 14)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Will Elder (signed)
Inks
Will Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Hans Katchandhammer; Feetz Katchandhammer; Der Kapitan; Inspektor; boat company man; Mamma
Synopsis
A parody of the Katzenjammer Kids comic strip.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The script appears to be real German at the beginning, before changing into a pastiche of English, German and pseudo-German.

Sound Effects! (Table of Contents: 15)

Comic Book Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Kane Keen; Joe Arrrgh
Synopsis
A murder mystery with no dialog, only sound effects.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Abe Lieberman, Brooklyn NY; Gene Compton, Mibone NC; Eddie Evans, Dallas TX; Lawrence Rogers, Seattle WA; Walter Sandvik & Richard Whitman, Hopewell Junction NY; Margaret Charles, New York, NY; Doug Polling, Toledo OH; GGG, Derby NY; Jere Thomas, Mobile, AL; Tom Lathrop, Los Angeles, CA; Glenford Friffen, Portland OR; Al Teaff, Houston TX; and Louis Grimshaw, Ontario CN.

Bop (Table of Contents: 18)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A dictionary of Bop slang.
Reprints

Paul Revere's Ride! (Table of Contents: 19)

Poetry Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (original); Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A humorous illustration of the poem by Longfellow.
Reprints

Cowboy! (Table of Contents: 20)

Comparison Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody; western-frontier
Characters
Lance Sterling; John Smurd
Synopsis
Parallel stories comparing the movie version of the Old West with real life.
Reprints

Smithson John & Co. (Table of Contents: 21)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alfred [Alfred E. Neuman]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover is a satire of Johnson Smith & Co. novelty catalog ads. Includes first image of "Alfred" on a MAD cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 22)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Flat Top, Tommy Anvill, Rich, Barry Roth, Stuart Glass, Brian Daly, George Ball, Al Heumann, Anonymous, Anonymous (different Anonymous!), Peter Graham, T.R. Lee, Robert Jolly, James Cromwell, Philip Winterson, Nelson Lyon, Ernest Sherman, Sheik el John el Gaboury, B.L.D., Peggy Dart, Ted Nelson, Pfc. Frank Blahnik, Mrs. M.E. Biggs (not a fan). Includes announcement for the first pocket book MAD collection from Ballantine Books (no title given).

Poopeye! (Table of Contents: 23)

Newspaper Comics Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
Inks
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Poopeye; Mazola Oil; Swee'back [Mad-Man]; Mammy Jokeum; Mammy's son; Melvin of the Apes; Superduperman [Clark Bent]; Windy
Synopsis
Poopeye beats up other comic strongmen hired by the broccoli king to get rid of Poopeye.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Popeye comic strip.

Slow Motion! (Table of Contents: 24)

Science Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A look at what might be happening in various sports if they were recorded by a slow motion camera.
Reprints

Comic Book Ads! (Table of Contents: 25)

Cut Your Own Throat Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody ads for "How To Hypnotize", "Get Prizes...Make Money", "Rubber Bubble Gum", "Tromp Stamps Co.", "Ded Ryder Cowboy Carbine", and "Alwett Physical Training Course."
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[Subscription Ads] (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Impact; Extra!; Valor; Aces High; Psychoanalysis / promo (ad from the publisher) / 3 pages (report information)

Under The Waterfront! (Table of Contents: 27)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Terry; Joey; John Friendly; Charlie; Edie
Synopsis
Everyone Terry knows is killed by John Friendly's thugs.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "On The Waterfront."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Finally, as this, our current session draws to a close...
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A Christmas and New Year message from the editors and staff.

Special Art Issue (Table of Contents: 29)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Bill Elder ?
Reprints

Special Art Issue (Table of Contents: 30)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Bill Elder
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Introduction to the stories in this issue about Bill Elder.

The Child! (Table of Contents: 31)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Characters
Bill Elder
Synopsis
A humorous look at Bill's early life with some supposed early scribblings of his.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes photos as bases for drawings, with one image each from Braque, Matisse, and Picasso.

[MAD Reader Advertisement] (Table of Contents: 32) (Expand) /

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

The Boy! (Table of Contents: 33)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Synopsis
Humorous bio of Bill's childhood, through photos supposedly showing his early artwork.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes photos of U. S. coins, a Cellini sculpture, Rodin's "The Thinker", and Mount Rushmore.

The Young Artist! (Table of Contents: 34)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Characters
Jack Webb; Marilyn Monroe; Mona Lisa; George Washington
Synopsis
Humorous look at Bill's early career, with photos of various items he supposedly painted.
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Indexer Notes

Includes photos of billboards, a playing card, Playtex ad, Jack Webb, Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, George Washington, the Blue Boy, Young Woman With A Water Jug, Whistler's Mother and the Sistene Chapel. Several characters are named Coznowski, which may be its first use in MAD.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents: 35)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Reprints

[Statement of Ownership] (Table of Contents: 36)

statement of ownership / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
Lyle Stuart
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Editor: Harvey Kurtzman; Managing Editor: William M. Gaines; Business Manager: Lyle Stuart; Publisher: William M. Gaines; Owner: Educational Comics, Inc. [William M. Gaines; J. K. Gaines; V. E. MacAdie]

The Commercial Artist! (Table of Contents: 37)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Synopsis
Humorous look at Bill's commercial art career, with samples of fake advertisements.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Ads include: California Zipper Blista-Dome train; Canadian Specific airline; Herbert Terrytoon cigarettes; Puntiac automobiles; Brewer's Foundation.

The Old Pro! [Mole!] (Table of Contents: 38)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Characters
Bill Elder; Melvin Mole
Synopsis
Melvin is captured during a bank robbery and continually digs his way out of jail.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

One doctored photo as a lead-in to "Mole!", replacing original splash panel.

Senility! (Table of Contents: 39)

Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Inks
Bill Elder; ? (photo)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
humor; biography
Characters
Bill Elder
Synopsis
A few of Bill's most recent drawings, showing a regression to his earliest form.
Reprints

Introducing E. C.'s Sixth "New Direction" Magazine (Table of Contents: 40) (Expand) /

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

THINK (Table of Contents: 41)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Reprints

E. C.'s New Direction One-Two-Punch Mags! (Table of Contents: 42) (Expand) /

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

[Important Announcement] (Table of Contents: 43)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Notice to readers of an important announcement on the last page of the issue.

Gopo Gossum! (Table of Contents: 44)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; satire-parody
Characters
Gopo Gossum; Simple J. Baloney [Joe McCarthy]; Alphonse Alligator [Winston Churchmouse]; Tideland Owl [Marshland Tito]; Ol' Tortoise [Mendup France]; Corky Porcupine [Waterhole Nehru]; Ol' Bloodhound [Change-Ki-Check]; Rackleddy Coon [Chew-An-Play]; Mouse [Georiga Melloncough]; Darnold Duck; Mickey Rodent; Goony; Minny Rodent; a tadpole
Synopsis
Gopo mistakenly leads the swamp dwellers into politics and disaster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Pogo comic strip.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents: 45)

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Scenes We'd...Like To See! (Table of Contents: 46)

Cliche Dept. / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Snirdingbash; Lance Sterling; Gwathmey
Synopsis
Typical climax scenes from various movie genres, with untypical endings.
Reprints

Ripup's Believe It or Don't (Table of Contents: 47)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not strips.

The Barefoot Nocountessa! (Table of Contents: 48)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Harry Drawers [Humphrey Yogurt]; The Nocountessa [Ava Nother]; Edward Kirks; Alberto Banano; Count Vincenzo-Torlato-Pizzaria; Melvin Cowznowski
Synopsis
Harry narrates the story of the Nocountessa, as she marries a series of rich men.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie The Barefoot Countessa.

[MAD Reader Advertisement] (Table of Contents: 49) (Expand) /

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

Here Is The Very Important Announcement (Table of Contents: 50)

Mad Magazine / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Announcement that MAD will change to a magazine-sized book with #24 within 3 months.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 51)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This New Magazine Is Vital For You To Read...
Genre
humor
Characters
Socrates; Napoleon; Sigmund Freud; Marilyn Monroe; Alexander The Great; Rembrandt; Galileo; Lassie; Tom Swift; Columbus; Caesar; Buffalo Bill; Alfred L. Neuman; Melvin Cowznowski [Alfred E. Neuman]; Copernicus; Louis Pasteur; Ludwig Van Beethoven
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Characters noted are in the frame around the page. Alfred L. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, whose image does appear unnamed.

Headache? Cold Misery? (Table of Contents: 52)

Bofforin / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Bofforin pain reliever.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Bufferin ad.

Extremely Important Message from the Editors (Table of Contents: 53)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Message is, "Please Buy This Magazine."
Reprints

She Wanted To Drown Her Troubles (Table of Contents: 54)

Gluggle! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Jane Outsell
Synopsis
Phony ad for movie "Gluggle!"
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for movie "Underwater!" Also mentions movie credits for: Howard Huge; Eli Lectric; Manny Tshark; Myrtle Turtle; Eben Tide; Ty Dalwave.

Contents (Table of Contents: 55)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Roger Price; Bernard Shir-Cliff; Ernie Kovacs; Ira Wallach
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with photos of some contributors. Layout appears similar to Playboy table of contents pages.

I Dreamed I Walked Down 5th Avenue In My Ironmaidenfit (Table of Contents: 56)

Ironmaidenfit / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Ironmaidenfit bras.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Maidenform bra ad.

Letters Dept. (Table of Contents: 57)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from previous issues.

Are You Ever Lovely To Love? (Table of Contents: 58)

MMboy / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for MMBoy Cream Deordorant.
Reprints

Is a Trip to the Moon Possible? (Table of Contents: 59)

Science Dept. / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Dr. X Fline Saucer; Captain Buck Roger; Melvin Cowznowski; Commander Zork Argh
Synopsis
A humorous look at the problems and joys of travel to the moon.
Reprints

Report From Russia (Table of Contents: 60)

News Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Hans Christian Andersen
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?; typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Tel-Tapper-Phoner; Watchbug
Synopsis
A supposed look into Russian thought...in Russian (Cyrillic script).
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes a propaganda cartoon, "This Is A Tel-Tapper-Phoner".

Out of the Frying Pan and nto the Soup (Table of Contents: 61)

Literature Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Ira Wallach
Pencils
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Inks
Bernie Krigstein (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ernest Heminghaw [Pappa]; Private First Class; Pierre; Mignonette; a driver
Synopsis
A tangled story of a retired army private and his granddaughter.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Billed as, "The first part of a ½ part novel."

Wrestling (Table of Contents: 62)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Kid Kindyouth; Offensive Herman; Art Rottencore; Reggie Spoilsport; Tom Strongheart; Dick Stoutfellow; Yukon Klondike; Antonio Rockingchair; Gomez Addams (cameo); Morticia Addams (cameo); Pugsley Addams (cameo); Frankenstein's monster (cameo)
Synopsis
A humorous look at professional wrestling matches, using all the stereotypes in the sport.
Reprints

Comics Digest (Table of Contents: 63)

Newspaper Comics Dept.; Brunette; Little Orphan Melvin; Smilin' Melvin; Lil' Ab'r; Dick Tracing; Popcorn; Manduck The Magician / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Brunette; Dogwood; Punjoke; Little Orphan Melvin; Daddy Peacebucks; Little Melvin Rooney; Smilin' Melvin; Upwind Johnson; Lil' Ab'r; Mammy Jokeum; Dick Tracing; Chief; Junior; Popcorn kids; Manduck The Magician; Loathar
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Single strip parodies of newspaper comics: Blondie; Little Orphan Annie; Smilin' Jack; Lil' Abner; Dick Tracy; Peanuts; Mandrake The Magician.

Classy Crimes #138: Who Put The Strichnine In Mrs. Murphy's Husband? (Table of Contents: 64)

Crime Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Dr. Milo Quackenbush; Francis L. Guteberger; Alfred L. Neuman; Seamus Murphy; Voona Murphy; Vasily Vaselodovich Orang-outang; Fothergill; Rosencrantz
Synopsis
Detective Francis L. Guteberger investigates the murder of Seamus Murphy.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Alfred L. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, whose picture also appears with no name.

Anyone Can Build This Coffee Table (Table of Contents: 65)

Do It Yourself Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Bogus instructions on how to build a coffee table complete with a potted plant sitting on the table.
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Is This Your Life? (Table of Contents: 66)

Television Dept. / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Raoul Phedwards; Melvin Furd; Shiloh Culpepper; Sabrina Voom; Sheldon Scrounge; Alfred L. Neuman; Brunhilda Furd; Furd children; Furd's mother; Furd's father; Furd's sister; Furd's brother; Lone Ranger (cameo); Snap (cameo); Crackle (cameo); Pop (cameo); Santa Claus (cameo); Smith Brothers (cameo); Quaker Oats Man (cameo); Edward R. Murrow (cameo); Winston Churchill (cameo); Joe McCarthy (cameo); Harry Truman (cameo); Liberace (cameo); Abraham Lincoln (cameo); Bing Crosby (cameo); Bob Hope (cameo); Marlon Brando (cameo); Marilyn Monroe (cameo); Joe Friday (cameo); Aunt Jemimah (cameo); Arthur Godfrey (cameo); Jackie Gleason (cameo); Douglas MacArthur (cameo); Groucho Marx (cameo); Donald Duck (cameo); Dean Martin (cameo); Prince Albert (in a can, cameo); others (cameo);
Synopsis
Melvin Furd is nearly killed during the show, which features family, friends, enemies and someone he doesn't even know.
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Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "This Is Your Life." Alfred L. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman.

Tom Swifft and His Electric Ping Pong Ball (Table of Contents: 67)

Classics Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ernie Kovacs [as Victor Applesauce]
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Tom Swifft; Professor Harding; Six-Torso [Ramona Popkin]
Synopsis
Tom's invention is stolen by a Russian spy.
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A Guide For Future Job Hunters (Table of Contents: 68)

Education Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A series of phony graphs explaining employment statistics.
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How To Get The Job You Want By Thinking Positively And Also Get Ahead By Learning My Five Rules That Will Give You A New And Unbelievable Positive Personality And Help You Achieve Success (Table of Contents: 69)

Education Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Roger Price
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Five foolish rules for building a positive personality for yourself.
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Indexer Notes

Includes one illustration.

Vera's Cruz (Table of Contents: 70)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Burt Lambaster; Gary Chickencooper; Seezer Romeo; Emperor Maxamillion; Denice Parcel; Melvin Cowznowski; Sarita Vavavoom
Synopsis
Two men sign on to guard a gold and guns shipment, but are also out to steal it for themselves.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of the movie "Veracruz."

If You Suffer Pain (Table of Contents: 71)

Anasprin / comic story / 0.11 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Melvin Coznowski [Alfred E. Neuman]
Synopsis
Phony ad for Anasprin.
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Indexer Notes

Parody of both Anacin and aspirin ads. Character is unamed.

When The Talk Turns To Books Do You Find Yourself Saying: "Hoo Hah?" (Table of Contents: 72) (Expand) /

The MAD Reader / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.11 page (report information)

Pictoquiz (Table of Contents: 73)

Puzzle Dept. / activity / 1.45 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Wanda Furd
Synopsis
A quiz where none of the answers makes sense.
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Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman is name given to several celebrities pictured, one of which is actually him (although it was not officially his name as yet).

Are You Walking Around Like A Human Queston Mark? (Table of Contents: 74)

Rubbaban / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Rubbaban women's foundation garments.
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In These Danger Periods Your Skin "Dies" A Little (Table of Contents: 75)

Pund's Cold Cream / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Camenbert, Duchess of Fromage
Synopsis
Phony ad for Pund's Cold Cream.
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Indexer Notes

Parody of Pond's Cold Cream ad.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Kill Me? Don't Be Absurd!"]
    Mad
  2. 1. [Table of Contents]
  3. 2. Introduction...
  4. 3. [racing sheet]
  5. 4. ["No, I Said! You Can't Have My Copy of MAD!"]
    Panic; Mad
  6. 5. Mickey Rodent!
    Animation Dept.
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. Supermarkets!
    The American Scene Dept.
  9. 8. Puzzle Pages!
    Filler Dept.
  10. 9. ["We Know You'll Enjoy..."]
    Piracy
  11. 10. The Cane Mutiny!
    Hollywood Dept.
  12. 11. Drawrof
    [Report From Abroad]
  13. 12. Composition
  14. 13. No, I Said! You Can't Have My Copy of MAD!
    Panic; Mad
  15. 14. Katchandhammer Kids!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  16. 15. Sound Effects!
    Comic Book Dept.
  17. 16. ["We Know You'll Enjoy..."]
    Piracy
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  19. 18. Bop
  20. 19. Paul Revere's Ride!
    Poetry Dept.
  21. 20. Cowboy!
    Comparison Dept.
  22. 21. Smithson John & Co.
  23. 22. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  24. 23. Poopeye!
    Newspaper Comics Dept.
  25. 24. Slow Motion!
    Science Dept.
  26. 25. Comic Book Ads!
    Cut Your Own Throat Dept.
  27. 26. [Subscription Ads]
    Impact; Extra!; Valor; Aces High; Psychoanalysis
  28. 27. Under The Waterfront!
    Movie Dept.
  29. 28. ["Finally, as this, our current session draws to a close..."]
  30. 29. Special Art Issue
  31. 30. Special Art Issue
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder
  32. 31. The Child!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  33. 32. [MAD Reader Advertisement]
    The MAD Reader
  34. 33. The Boy!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  35. 34. The Young Artist!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  36. 35. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  37. 36. [Statement of Ownership]
  38. 37. The Commercial Artist!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  39. 38. The Old Pro! [Mole!]
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  40. 39. Senility!
    Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder Dept.
  41. 40. Introducing E. C.'s Sixth "New Direction" Magazine
    MD
  42. 41. THINK
  43. 42. E. C.'s New Direction One-Two-Punch Mags!
    MD; Psychoanalysis
  44. 43. [Important Announcement]
  45. 44. Gopo Gossum!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  46. 45. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  47. 46. Scenes We'd...Like To See!
    Cliche Dept.
  48. 47. Ripup's Believe It or Don't
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  49. 48. The Barefoot Nocountessa!
    Hollywood Dept.
  50. 49. [MAD Reader Advertisement]
    The MAD Reader
  51. 50. Here Is The Very Important Announcement
    Mad Magazine
  52. 51. ["This New Magazine Is Vital For You To Read..."]
  53. 52. Headache? Cold Misery?
    Bofforin
  54. 53. Extremely Important Message from the Editors
  55. 54. She Wanted To Drown Her Troubles
    Gluggle!
  56. 55. Contents
  57. 56. I Dreamed I Walked Down 5th Avenue In My Ironmaidenfit
    Ironmaidenfit
  58. 57. Letters Dept.
    Letters Dept.
  59. 58. Are You Ever Lovely To Love?
    MMboy
  60. 59. Is a Trip to the Moon Possible?
    Science Dept.
  61. 60. Report From Russia
    News Dept.
  62. 61. Out of the Frying Pan and nto the Soup
    Literature Dept.
  63. 62. Wrestling
    Sports Dept.
  64. 63. Comics Digest
    Newspaper Comics Dept.; Brunette; Little Orphan Melvin; Smilin' Melvin; Lil' Ab'r; Dick Tracing; Popcorn; Manduck The Magician
  65. 64. Classy Crimes #138: Who Put The Strichnine In Mrs. Murphy's Husband?
    Crime Dept.
  66. 65. Anyone Can Build This Coffee Table
    Do It Yourself Dept.
  67. 66. Is This Your Life?
    Television Dept.
  68. 67. Tom Swifft and His Electric Ping Pong Ball
    Classics Dept.
  69. 68. A Guide For Future Job Hunters
    Education Dept.
  70. 69. How To Get The Job You Want By Thinking Positively And Also Get Ahead By Learning My Five Rules That Will Give You A New And Unbelievable Positive Personality And Help You Achieve Success
    Education Dept.
  71. 70. Vera's Cruz
    Movie Dept.
  72. 71. If You Suffer Pain
    Anasprin
  73. 72. When The Talk Turns To Books Do You Find Yourself Saying: "Hoo Hah?"
    The MAD Reader
  74. 73. Pictoquiz
    Puzzle Dept.
  75. 74. Are You Walking Around Like A Human Queston Mark?
    Rubbaban
  76. 75. In These Danger Periods Your Skin "Dies" A Little
    Pund's Cold Cream
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