MAD #1
(October-November 1952)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1952-07-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Educational Comics, Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman; Bill Gaines [as William M. Gaines] (managing 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

Issue Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Had a print run of 400,000 copies per Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files on William Gaines and EC Comics, as reported by a confidential informant to the Bureau. From Muckrock.com Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of 27 January 2012 (https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/comic-book-publ...), page 27, retrieved 26 February 2017.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's Melvin!
Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

See cover to Walt Disney's Donald Duck Adventures (Disney, 1990 series) #11; Batman: Gotham Adventures (DC, 1998 series) #13; Smult (Bladkompaniet, 2002 series) #5/2002 (poster); Gorilla (Egmont Serieforlaget, 2003 series) #1/2003 (illustration).

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman; William Gaines
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints
Keywords
editorial

Indexer Notes

On inside front cover.

Hoohah! (Table of Contents: 2)

Terror Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; horror-suspense; satire-parody
Characters
Galusha; Daphne; Melvin The Caretaker; two unnamed Silver Avengers kids
Synopsis
Two youngsters run out of gas and enter a house they think is haunted.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the E.C. horror comics stories.

Blobs! (Table of Contents: 3)

Science-Fiction Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; science fiction
Characters
Melvin; Alfred
Synopsis
Alfred outlines a terrible thought he has about the end of humanity.
Reprints

E.C. Fans! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

E.C. comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Enter Cosmo McMoon! (Table of Contents: 5)

Cosmo McMoon / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Captain O'Malley; Omar Kayak; Mrs. Kayak; Cosmo McMoon
Synopsis
Cosmo solves(?) a missing person case.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with an illustration.

Crow Vadis? (Table of Contents: 6)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Tiberius O'Leary
Synopsis
Story of how a Roman soldier invented the chalkboard eraser.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with an illustration.

Ganefs! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
humor; crime
Characters
Bumble; Bumble's boss
Synopsis
A perfect crime is hatched but Bumble fumbles.
Reprints

Varmint! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
John Severin [as J. Severin]
Inks
John Severin [as J. Severin]
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
humor; western-frontier
Characters
Textron Quickdraw; Saddlesore; Kickiminabelly Kelly; Slippery Sam; The Pig-Faced Kid
Synopsis
Textron is hunting the killer of Melvin and kills every suspect.
Reprints

Super Powerful! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Consumers Mart / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

I Gained 53 lbs. of Shapley Power-Packed Muscles! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

How To Fix Any Part of Any Car (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Motor's Auto Repair Manuals / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["It's Melvin!"]
  2. 1. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  3. 2. Hoohah!
    Terror Dept.
  4. 3. Blobs!
    Science-Fiction Dept.
  5. 4. E.C. Fans!
    E.C. comics
  6. 5. Enter Cosmo McMoon!
    Cosmo McMoon
  7. 6. Crow Vadis?
  8. 7. Ganefs!
    Crime Dept.
  9. 8. Varmint!
    Western Dept.
  10. 9. Super Powerful!
    Consumers Mart
  11. 10. I Gained 53 lbs. of Shapley Power-Packed Muscles!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  12. 11. How To Fix Any Part of Any Car
    Motor's Auto Repair Manuals
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