Mad #505
(October 2010)

EC, 1952 Series
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Price
5.99 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
6 times a year
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
ISBN
?
Barcode
?
Editing
John Ficarra; Dave Croatto (Associate Editor)
Color
color (#1-23, 400-550); 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
Was Ongoing Series

Our Slickest Issue Yet! (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mark Fredrickson
Inks
Mark Fredrickson
Colors
Mark Fredrickson
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Alfred basks on a beach with oily waves coming in.

Even Looks Good With Tights (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Journeys shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Dora The Explorer; Sarah Palin; Jesus Christ; George Washington

Indexer Notes

The feature "Testicular Homicide Department" is phony and does not actually appear in the issue.
Art is from various articles in this issue.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 3)

Letters And Tomatoes Dept. / letters page / 3.25 pages (report information)

Script
John Ficarra; Joshua Lacey; Dylan Lews; Julianna Harwood; Nathan Fenske; Robert Corrigan; Kyle Vellucci; Mike Devine; Claudia Gay; Ben Zuccareli; Frederick Hamra; Jill Webster
Pencils
? (photo); Dave Berg; Claudia Gay; Frederick Hamra (photo); Jill Webster
Inks
? (photo); Dave Berg; Claudia Gay; Frederick Hamra (photo); Jill Webster
Colors
? (photo); Dave Berg; Claudia Gay; Frederick Hamra (photo); Jill Webster
Letters
typeset

Characters
Jason Salas; Michelle Dwyer; Bob Machuga; Jason Katzenstein; Conan O'Brien; Alfred E. Neuman; Julianna Harwood
Synopsis
Letters, photos and fan art, including Celebrity Snaps and Employees of The Month.

Subscribe To MAD! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

An Offer You Can't De-Fuse! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Spy vs. Spy Mega Mini Kit / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

credits, title page / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

on bottom of page 4 of letters pages

Subscribe To MAD And Own A Piece of MAD History! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

The Fundalini Pages (Table of Contents: 8)

Random Acts of Mindless Dept.; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; The Fast Five; The Stupid Six; Vey To Go; Gaga The Horrible; Spotlight On American Universities; The Kitchen Sink; TV Drinking Games To Keep You Sober; Gimme A Flake; Melvin & Jenkins / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?; Arnie Kaplan; Jeff Kruse; P. C. Vey; Emily Flake; John Caldwell; Desmond Devlin
Pencils
Sam Viviano; ? (photo); Paul Coker; P. C. Vey; Sam Sisco; Gary Hallgren; John Caldwell; Charles Akins; Dave Crosland; Tom Bunk; Emily Flake; Kevin Pope
Inks
Sam Viviano; ? (photo); Paul Coker; P. C. Vey; Sam Sisco; Gary Hallgren; John Caldwell; Charles Akins; Dave Crosland; Tom Bunk; Emily Flake; Kevin Pope
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
?; typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Charlie Sheen; Betty White; Elena Kagan; Justin Bieber; Lucky Eddie; Helga; Lady Gaga [the Horrible]; Melvin; Jenkins
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Additional features are: A Sex Tape We Hope We Never See; A Skateboarding Term Or BP Cleanup Tactic?; Possible Theories To Explain Justin Bieber's Ever-Present Hand Gesture; Universal Pet Peeves of Beloved Yoga Masters; Dating Tips With Donnie The Douche; Things You Don't Want To Overhear At A Bachelor Party.

Glee Blows (Table of Contents: 9)

All The World's An Awkward Stage Dept. / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Two hands forming "L"s.

Indexer Notes

"A MAD Public Service Announcement."

Tea-Bagger Proof That Obama Is A Terrorist / Socialist (Table of Contents: 10)

Red State of Confusion Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Sinberg
Pencils
Hermann Mejia
Inks
Hermann Mejia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Ridiculous ideas that "prove" President Obama is either a terrorist, socialist, or both.

Metroid Other M (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Metroid / advertisement / 2 pages (report information)

A MAD Look At Racial Profiling (Table of Contents: 12)

Serge-In General Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Colors
Tom Luth

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A look a things that could go wrong with assuming that all people of a given race act alike.

Worst-Selling Children's Books (Table of Contents: 13)

Shelf Loathing Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse
Pencils
Scott Bricher; Redbaron / Dreamstime.com (photo); Julien Tromeur / Dreamstime.com
Inks
Scott Bricher; Redbaron / Dreamstime.com (photo); Julien Tromeur / Dreamstime.com
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
R. L. Stine; Sally Smartass; Dora The Explorer; Tommy Turtle; Mr. Caldecott; Stupid Bear; Darnell; Ishmael Terwilliger
Synopsis
Book titles for children's books that would never be published, illustrated by fake covers. Parodies of real titles, characters, or genres.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 14)

Joke And Dagger Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Kuper
Pencils
Peter Kuper
Inks
Peter Kuper
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Black Spy; White Spy
Synopsis
In the first story, the White Spy is destroyed while spying by satellite camera on the Black Spy. In the second story, the Black Spy is shot by a machine gun disguised as a ladder.

Indexer Notes

2 cartoons

Inspirational Wall Plaques That Never Caught On (Table of Contents: 15)

Don't Phrase Me, Bro Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Wall plaques with stupid, hopeless, or meaningless sayings.

Planet Tad!!!!! (Table of Contents: 16)

In Blog We Trust Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tim Carvell
Pencils
Brian Durniak
Inks
Brian Durniak
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Tad discusses seeing-eye dogs, a mosquito trap using blood, the TV show Glee, and helping his mother with a baby shower.

9 Ways To Pass The Time In Your Doctor's Waiting Room (Table of Contents: 17)

Trying Our Patients Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Pencils
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Inks
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Colors
?
Letters
Teresa Burns Parkhurst

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Stupid ideas to pass the time using items typically found in a waiting room, and hosting a tailgate party while waiting.
Reprints

MAD's Oh-So Negative True Blood Outtakes (Table of Contents: 18)

The Vampire Strikes Back Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Stills from the movie "True Blood" with fake dialog.

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Response (Table of Contents: 19)

A MAD Ad Parody; Carry On My Hayward Son Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A fake letter from BP explaining away their slow response to the Gulf oil spill.

The Strip Club (Table of Contents: 20)

Pen And Stink Dept.; Rex In The City; Just Below The Surface; The Machine That Travels Through Time; The Roomates: John, Joe And Jerry; The Dork Side; Phone Tagged / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Todd Clark; Kit Lively; Vic Black; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Pencils
Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Todd Clark; Scott Nickel; Vic Black; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Inks
Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Todd Clark; Scott Nickel; Vic Black; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Colors
?
Letters
Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Todd Clark; Scott Nickel; Vic Black; Douglas Paszkiewicz

Genre
humor
Characters
The Tooth Fairy
Synopsis
A collection of comic strips.

If Jesus Walked Among Us: The Gulf Coast (Table of Contents: 21)

A MAD Masterpiece; The Splashin' Of The Christ Dept. / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Richard Williams (painted, signed)
Inks
Richard Williams (painted, signed)
Colors
Richard Williams (painted, signed)

Genre
humor
Characters
Jesus Christ
Synopsis
Shows Jesus walking on an oil slick on water.

TMZZZ (Table of Contents: 22)

Look Who's Stalking Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jacob Lambert
Pencils
Xandros / Dreamstime.com (photo); Karimala / Dreamstime.com (photo); Kuzma / Dreamstime.com (photo); ? (photo)
Inks
Xandros / Dreamstime.com (photo); Karimala / Dreamstime.com (photo); Kuzma / Dreamstime.com (photo); ? (photo)
Colors
Xandros / Dreamstime.com (photo); Karimala / Dreamstime.com (photo); Kuzma / Dreamstime.com (photo); ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Snooki; Care Bear; Barbara Bush; Angela Lansbury; Carrot Top; Rihanna; Eric Roberts; Lindsay Lohan; Abraham Lincoln
Synopsis
Parody of a celebrity gossip website.

Rejected Stamp Collections (Table of Contents: 23)

For Letter Or Worse Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse
Pencils
Bob Staake; Drew Friedman; ? (photo)
Inks
Bob Staake; Drew Friedman; ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Richard Nixon; Theodore Roosevelt; Harry Reems; John Holmes; Ron Jeremy; Mike Horner; Adolf Hitler; Fidel Castro; Barack Obama; Sammy Sosa; Yasser Arafat; Cuba Gooding, Jr.; Milli Vanilli; Hillary Clinton
Synopsis
Supposed US commemorative postage stamp sets that were never printed.

The Darker Side Of The Lighter Side (Table of Contents: 24)

Berg's Eye Askew Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg (original); ? (revised)
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Roger Kaputnik
Synopsis
New gags written for Dave Berg's drawings.
Reprints
  • From Mad (EC, 1952 Series) #?

Indexer Notes

The new gag writer is not credited.

The Wizard of O (Table of Contents: 25)

Toto Recall Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Desmond Devlin
Pencils
Tom Richmond
Inks
Tom Richmond
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dorothy; Bo-Bo; Pundits [Karl Rove; Ann Coulter; Pat Buchannan; James Carvell; Newt Gingrinch; Michael Moore; Rush Limbaugh; John Stewart; Sean Hanitty; Stephen Colbert]; Unfair-Crow [Bill O'Reilly]; The Spin Man [Keith Olberman]; the lion [Glenn Beck]; Wizard of O [Barack Obama]; Witless Witch of The North [Sarah Palin]
Synopsis
Dorothy is lamenting the bad economy in the wasteland of Detroit, MI and is magically transported to Punditland, where nothing makes sense. Dorothy, the Unfair-Crow, the Spin Man, and lion travel to see the Wizard, who turns out to be just another "cheap backroom politician" who cannot save any of them.

Indexer Notes

The Pundits are not named, but I have listed them by their likenesses. Many other political celebrities that I do not recognize are depicted in the background and in singing parts.

The MAD Vault 2001 (Table of Contents: 26)

The Articles Formerly Known As Reprints Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?; Mike Snider; Tom Cheney; Desmond Devlin; Scott Maiko; John Caldwell; Brian Farrelly; Sean Farrelly; Duck Edwing; Arnie Kogen;
Pencils
Rick Tulka; George Woodbridge; Tom Cheney; Mark Fredrickson; Tom Richmond; Hermann Meija; John Caldwell; Irving Schild (photo); Duck Edwing; Ray alma; Mort Drucker
Inks
Rick Tulka; George Woodbridge; Tom Cheney; Mark Fredrickson; Tom Richmond; Hermann Meija; John Caldwell; Irving Schild (photo); Duck Edwing; Ray alma; Mort Drucker
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Malcontent; Harry Potter; Barbra Streisand; Hannibal Lechter; Eminem; Alan Greenspan; Tom Hanks
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Single panels, pages and covers from previous issues.

It Happened One Morning (Table of Contents: 27)

Release The Crappin' Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Michael Gallagher
Pencils
Tom Bunk
Inks
Tom Bunk
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A pastry chef's dog relieves itself on someone's lawn and is kicked off the property. The chef finds a most unusual revenge with the plastic bag of dog do.

What Strospheric Condition Caused Many Not To Fly This Year? (Table of Contents: 28)

Mad Fold-In / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee (signed)
Pencils
Al Jaffee (signed)
Inks
Al Jaffee (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Answer is sky-high airline luggage fees.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 29)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / filler / 0 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Gags appear on 17 different pages.

Everyone Experiences It Differently (Table of Contents: 30) (Expand) /

React Gum / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Our Slickest Issue Yet!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Even Looks Good With Tights
    Journeys shoes
  3. 2. Departments
  4. 3. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters And Tomatoes Dept.
  5. 4. Subscribe To MAD!
    MAD Magazine
  6. 5. An Offer You Can't De-Fuse!
    Spy vs. Spy Mega Mini Kit
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. Subscribe To MAD And Own A Piece of MAD History!
    MAD Magazine
  9. 8. The Fundalini Pages
    Random Acts of Mindless Dept.; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; The Fast Five; The Stupid Six; Vey To Go; Gaga The Horrible; Spotlight On American Universities; The Kitchen Sink; TV Drinking Games To Keep You Sober; Gimme A Flake; Melvin & Jenkins
  10. 9. Glee Blows
    All The World's An Awkward Stage Dept.
  11. 10. Tea-Bagger Proof That Obama Is A Terrorist / Socialist
    Red State of Confusion Dept.
  12. 11. Metroid Other M
    Metroid
  13. 12. A MAD Look At Racial Profiling
    Serge-In General Dept.
  14. 13. Worst-Selling Children's Books
    Shelf Loathing Dept.
  15. 14. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke And Dagger Dept.
  16. 15. Inspirational Wall Plaques That Never Caught On
    Don't Phrase Me, Bro Dept.
  17. 16. Planet Tad!!!!!
    In Blog We Trust Dept.
  18. 17. 9 Ways To Pass The Time In Your Doctor's Waiting Room
    Trying Our Patients Dept.
  19. 18. MAD's Oh-So Negative True Blood Outtakes
    The Vampire Strikes Back Dept.
  20. 19. Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Response
    A MAD Ad Parody; Carry On My Hayward Son Dept.
  21. 20. The Strip Club
    Pen And Stink Dept.; Rex In The City; Just Below The Surface; The Machine That Travels Through Time; The Roomates: John, Joe And Jerry; The Dork Side; Phone Tagged
  22. 21. If Jesus Walked Among Us: The Gulf Coast
    A MAD Masterpiece; The Splashin' Of The Christ Dept.
  23. 22. TMZZZ
    Look Who's Stalking Dept.
  24. 23. Rejected Stamp Collections
    For Letter Or Worse Dept.
  25. 24. The Darker Side Of The Lighter Side
    Berg's Eye Askew Dept.
  26. 25. The Wizard of O
    Toto Recall Dept.
  27. 26. The MAD Vault 2001
    The Articles Formerly Known As Reprints Dept.
  28. 27. It Happened One Morning
    Release The Crappin' Dept.
  29. 28. What Strospheric Condition Caused Many Not To Fly This Year?
    Mad Fold-In
  30. 29. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  31. 30. Everyone Experiences It Differently
    React Gum
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne