Mad #3
(January-February 1953)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Educational Comics, Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman
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

[Vampire in the Cemetery] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor; horror-suspense
Reprints

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

MAD Mumblings / letters page / 1 page (report information)

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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Complementary letters of review for Mad #1 from Eugene F. Shanlin, Corker Sapp, "Spider" Stannik, Mike Brennan, Melvin Harris, Bill Dennis, Nancy Cash, Jim Bruffey, Laurin Lewis, Richard Grant, Don Emkens, Larry Van Cleef, Jerry Widener, Jon Day, Aristo Lumbre, James L. Bartz, Ronnie Baumgardner, Ted Eggers, Mary Moseler, Melvin, Wamiel Dundle, Joe Anderson, Edward Saffin, Tommy Balacek, Joe Hahn, Fred Delse, Bob Galeria, Joan M. Robinson, M.C. Sinald, and less than complementary letters from R. Schmitt, B.J.D., Joseph Raymond, Francis, Minick, Joe White; with header illustration. On inside front cover.

Dragged Net! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
detective-mystery; satire-parody
Characters
Joe Friday; Ed Saturday; Mr. Glotz; The Chief
Synopsis
Joe and Ed travel around the world NOT solving a crime.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of Dragnet TV show.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Sheik of Araby! (Table of Contents: 3)

French Foreign Legion Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Roquefort; Camembert; Chantilly; Sergeant Guillotine; Goscinny; Frothingbash; Pastafazoo; Hossenpfeffer; Rasputin; Melvin; Melvin's wife Rosie
Synopsis
Melvin has joined the Foreign Legion to escape his wife and kids, but she decimates the entire regiment at Fort Wadi El Aycare.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The first panel is an infinity picture.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

House ad for E.C. comics featuring cover to Weird Science #17.

Rookie Gladiator (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Play-by-play announcing for a Roman gladiatorial double header, including a commercial.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with an illustration.
Script credit from The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1.

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

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Don Cameron
Inks
Don Cameron
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

House ad for Picture Story comics.

The Dandelion Caper (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor; crime
Characters
Cosmo McMoon; Malfeasance O'Malley; Morningside Mac Mixmaster; Truman Remote; Vino Muscatel; Marie Severin
Synopsis
Cosmo solves a kidnapping of Truman Remote for Remote's publisher, Random Shack.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Marie Severin runs a day nursery.
Script credit from The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1.

V-Vampires! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre
humor; horror-suspense
Characters
Godiva; Godiva's kid brothers; Renfrew
Synopsis
A vampire goes on a date with a werewolf.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

References "Vault of Horror" #9.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Lone Stranger! (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Lone Stranger; Golden; Pronto
Synopsis
The Lone Stranger bumbles his way through foiling a stage coach robbery.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Lone Ranger.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Car Owners Shove $10 bills In Your Pocket (Table of Contents: 10)

Key Products Corp. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Indexer Notes

Ad for auto seat covers.

Scram! You Skinny Scarecrow! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Characters
Roger Hirsch; George Jowett

Indexer Notes

Ad for body-building method. On inside back cover.

Get Prizes Make Money (Table of Contents: 12)

American Seed Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Ad for seed sales opportunity. On back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Vampire in the Cemetery]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  3. 2. Dragged Net!
  4. 3. Sheik of Araby!
    French Foreign Legion Dept.
  5. 4. E.C. Fans!
  6. 5. Rookie Gladiator
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. The Dandelion Caper
  9. 8. V-Vampires!
    Horror Dept.
  10. 9. Lone Stranger!
    Western Dept.
  11. 10. Car Owners Shove $10 bills In Your Pocket
    Key Products Corp.
  12. 11. Scram! You Skinny Scarecrow!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  13. 12. Get Prizes Make Money
    American Seed Company
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