Copyrighted 1953. First issue.
Banned in Massachusetts due to parody of "The Night Before Christmas". On December 18, 1953, under orders of the Massachusetts Governor's Council, state Attorney General George Fingold directed the state police to stop the distribution of Panic #1 and remove all copies from newsstands in greater Boston, which they did by December 21st. (Reported in the New York Times, 12/28/1953.)
Inside front cover intro to Panic.
Parody of Spillane's "Mike Hammer."
Parody of TV show "This is Your Life."
Parody of newspaper psychiatric help columns.
Parody transcript of "speech" by President of National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturers.
Last panel is modified reprint of final Orlando panel from "This Is Your Strife".
The story is a parody of Moore's "The Night Before Christmas".
Last page is a splash featuring drawings of the EC staffers, featuring Bill Gaines, Nancy Siegel, Al Feldstein, Bill Elder, Al Williamson, George Evans, Joe Orlando, Wally Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Reed Crandall, Bernie Krigstein, Marie Severin, Jack Davis, Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig, John Severin, and Jack Kamen.