(May 1955)

Ballantine Books, 1955 Series
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Price
0.35 USD
Pages
196
On-sale Date
1955-05-21
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Ballantine Books, Inc.
Brand
BB Ballantine
Mass Market Paperback Book Number
106
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (original)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1955 Books and Pamphlets, Copyright Office, Library of Congress. Story titles based on contents page listings, sequence numbers applied to repeating titles. 1st through 4th printings have the same cover image and background color, the same price and the same publisher code.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from a story in some previous issue of MAD, on background of new art based on pages in several other stories within.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover

Hoo Hah! (Table of Contents: 2)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood (illustration)
Inks
Wally Wood (illustration)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once again the call of the Wild Goose echoes...
Genre
humor
Synopsis
Introduction to the contents.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!" Not all printings have the "Hoo Hah!" title. Not all printings have the illustration.

[It's Melvin!] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Characters
Melvin

Indexer Notes

Art is the figures from cover of MAD #1 and the vampire baby from the cover of MAD #3. Some printings have credits on the first of the two pages.

[Print History] (Table of Contents: 4)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Entire contents Copyright © 1953, 1954, 1955 by Educational Comics, Inc.

Contents (Table of Contents: 5)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

A Straight Talk From Bob & Ray (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Ray Goulding; Bill Elder
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Bob Elliot; Ray Goulding; Arthur Godfrey; Joe McCarthy
Synopsis
In attempting to introduce the book, Bob & Ray wander off into a ridiculous discussion of Library of Congress book numbers.

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: vi.

MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 7)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

Prince Violent! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Prince Violent; Maid Alota; King Arthur
Synopsis
Prince Violent, a parody of the Prince Valiant, pursues Maid Alota, hacking many a foe before meeting her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 2.

Captain TVideo! (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 21 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Captain Tvideo; Venusian; Commissioner; Lone Ranger (cameo); assistant Ranger; commercial announcer
Synopsis
A parody of the Captain Video television program.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 26.

Puzzle Page (I) (Table of Contents: 10)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A parody of comic book activity pages.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 47.

Gopo Gossum! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; 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, a parody of Pogo, mistakenly leads the swamp dwellers into politics and disaster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 48.

Puzzle Page (II) (Table of Contents: 12)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Reprints
  • US from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #19 (January 1955) [page 2 of 5 pages]
  • Only panels 4 and 5 from the first story page are reprinted.

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 63. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Ping Pong! (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 21 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Cecil B. V. D. Mill; ship's captain; ship's crew; Mr. Mill's cameraman; Lana Lynn; Pong; Ookabolaponga tribe
Synopsis
Lana subdues Ping Pong, a parody of King Kong and Mr. Mill has him towed back to New York, only to find none of them quite fit in.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 64. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Puzzle Page (III) (Table of Contents: 14)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Reprints
  • US from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #19 (January 1955) [page 3 of 5 pages]
  • Only panels 6 and 7 from the first story page are reprinted.

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 85. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Poopeye! (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor; 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, a parody of Popeye, beats up other comic strongmen hired by the broccoli king to get rid of Poopeye.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 86. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Smithson, John (Advt.) (Table of Contents: 16)

illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
house
Inks
house
Letters
house

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Satire of Johnson Smith & Co. novelty catalog advertisements.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 110. Script credit from The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4. Tales of Terror: The EC Companion credits the cover as "house", meaning it was a paste up of text and photostats by someone on the staff. Grant Geissman confirmed meaning of "house" via email (2021-03-08).

Teddy and the Pirates (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Teddy; Half-Shot; Pat O'Bryan; Burma Shave; Mr. Sandthirst; Connie; Big-Poop; The Dragging Lady; The Pirates
Synopsis
Teddy and Half-Shot are assigned to keep an opium shipment out of the hands of The Pirates, but one of them is an inside man.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 112. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Believe It or Don't (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 136. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Cowboy! (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
?

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

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 142. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Puzzle Page (IV) (Table of Contents: 20)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Reprints
  • US from Mad (EC, 1952 series) #19 (January 1955) [page 4 of 5 pages]
  • Only the first 3 panels from the forth story page are reprinted.

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 157. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Manduck the Magician (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Manduck; Loathar; Charles Atlas (cameo); Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom; Narda
Synopsis
Manduck, a parody of Mandrake the Magician, is reduced to using his hypnotic spells to sell snake oil on the street, until he matches spells with Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 158. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Puzzle Page-Answers (Table of Contents: 22)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Contents listing at page: 182. Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Men Who Make MAD (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

blank page(s) / 1 page (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

MAD Strikes Back! / preview (from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Hoo Hah!
  4. 3. [It's Melvin!]
  5. 4. [Print History]
  6. 5. Contents
  7. 6. A Straight Talk From Bob & Ray
  8. 7. MAD Strikes Back!
  9. 8. Prince Violent!
  10. 9. Captain TVideo!
  11. 10. Puzzle Page (I)
  12. 11. Gopo Gossum!
  13. 12. Puzzle Page (II)
  14. 13. Ping Pong!
  15. 14. Puzzle Page (III)
  16. 15. Poopeye!
  17. 16. Smithson, John (Advt.)
  18. 17. Teddy and the Pirates
  19. 18. Believe It or Don't
  20. 19. Cowboy!
  21. 20. Puzzle Page (IV)
  22. 21. Manduck the Magician
  23. 22. Puzzle Page-Answers
  24. 23. The Men Who Make MAD
  25. 24. [no title indexed]
  26. 25. In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back!
    MAD Strikes Back!
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