(March 1970)

Ballantine Books, 1955 Series
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Price
0.60 USD
Pages
196
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Ballantine Books, Inc.
Brand
A Ballantine Book
Editing
?
Color
Color cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions
4 1/8" wide x 7" tall
Paper Stock
Cardstock cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Mass Market Paperback

Issue Notes

Uncertain of first date for this issue number and cover. Date used is for 18th printing.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?

Indexer Notes

New cover art since issue #491K.

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

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front and back covers are blank.

Hoo Hah! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Wallace Wood
Inks
Wallace Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Introduction to the contents.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 3 pages (report information)

Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Characters
Melvin
Synopsis
Title page and publishing information.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art is just the figures from cover of MAD #1.

Contents (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Pencils
Wallace Wood
Inks
Wallace Wood
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Table of contents.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

Straight Talk From Bob & Ray (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Elliot; Ray Goulding
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.

MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 6)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wallace Wood
Inks
Wallace Wood
Letters
?

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpt from "Gopo Gossum!"

Prince Violent! (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters
?
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (original)

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

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Prince Valiant comic strip.

Captain TVideo (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Puzzle Page! (Table of Contents: 9)

activity / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

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

Indexer Notes

One page is after "Captain TVideo", one page after "Gopo Gossum!", one page is after "Ping Pong!", one page is after "Cowboy!", and answer page is after "Manduck The Magician."

Gopo Gossum! (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
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.

Ping Pong! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 21 pages (report information)

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

Genre
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 Pong and Mr. Mill has him towed back to New York, only to find none of them quite fit in.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the King Kong movie.

Poopeye! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
Inks
Bill Elder [as B. Elder]
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.

Smithson John & Co. (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for novelties, weapons, and live animals.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Johnson Smith novelty ads.
Does not contain the entire contents from the original cover, and items are rearranged to fit the paperback format.

Teddy And The Pirates! (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
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

Ripup's Believe It or Don't! (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not strips.

Cowboy! (Table of Contents: 16)

Comparison Dept. / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

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

Manduck the Magician (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

A parody of the comic strip Mandrake the Magician.

Wowee Gang! Here's Our Big Chance Of A Lifetime Offer! (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

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

In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. Hoo Hah!
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. Contents
  6. 5. Straight Talk From Bob & Ray
  7. 6. MAD Strikes Back!
  8. 7. Prince Violent!
  9. 8. Captain TVideo
  10. 9. Puzzle Page!
  11. 10. Gopo Gossum!
  12. 11. Ping Pong!
  13. 12. Poopeye!
  14. 13. Smithson John & Co.
  15. 14. Teddy And The Pirates!
  16. 15. Ripup's Believe It or Don't!
  17. 16. Cowboy!
    Comparison Dept.
  18. 17. Manduck the Magician
  19. 18. Wowee Gang! Here's Our Big Chance Of A Lifetime Offer!
  20. 19. In Just 8 Seconds...MAD Strikes Back!
    MAD Strikes Back!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Valmiki Annamanthadoo
  • Per Sandell
  • Merlin Haas
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein