Mad #4
(April-May 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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Mad / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Kill Me? Don't Be Absurd!
Genre
humor
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

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Indexer Notes

Letters from Jimmy Phelan, Mrs. C. Peterson, Martin McReynolds, Larry Stark, Melvyn Davees, Angelo T. Boni, Paul Isaacs, Carole Luis, with header illustration. On inside front cover.

Superduperman! (Table of Contents: 2)

Hero Worship Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Superduperman [Clark Bent]; Lois Pain; Copy Boy; W. Twitchell; Captain Marbles [Billy Spafon]
Synopsis
Superduperman defeats Captain Marbles by causing Marbles to punch himself out, but Superduperman still can't make it with Lois.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of both Superman and Captain Marvel.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Flob Was A Slob! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ramona Snarfle; Sheldon Flob; Rackstraw Him
Synopsis
Ramona is engaged to slobby, boring Flob but is smitten by the newcomer Rackstraw and follows Rackstraw into a life of crime.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of romance comics.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

We at E.C. Are Proudest of Our Science-Fiction Magazines! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

The Parole (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Tumblers Tympannus; Tiberious O'Leary
Synopsis
Tumblers is temporarly paroled from prison to help free someone from a bank vault, but the police don't hold up their end of the bargain and he is reimprisoned.
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Indexer Notes

Text story with an illustration. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

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

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

Let's Deplore Your Mind (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Cosmo McMoon
Synopsis
A fake letters column with Cosmo answering the letters.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Text story with an illustration. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Robin Hood! (Table of Contents: 8)

Hysterical Historical Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Robin Hood; Big John; Sparkie; Alan Adaile; Friar Tuck; Little John; Happy; Sneezy; Sleepy; Doc; Dopey; Bashful; Grumpy; Maid Marion
Synopsis
After robbing a sheriff's posse, Robin Hood and his gang rob Big John and Sparkie of their last two cents.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of Robin Hood.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Shadow! (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Ben Oda

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Margo Pain; Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom
Synopsis
Lamont kills Margo to preserve the secret of his identity.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of The Shadow.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Electronic Walkie-Talkies! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

C. G. G. Products Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

I Gained 60 lbs. of Handsome Hard-Hitting Muscles! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

How To Fix Any Part of Any Car (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Kill Me? Don't Be Absurd!"]
    Mad
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  3. 2. Superduperman!
    Hero Worship Dept.
  4. 3. Flob Was A Slob!
    Romance Dept.
  5. 4. We at E.C. Are Proudest of Our Science-Fiction Magazines!
  6. 5. The Parole
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. Let's Deplore Your Mind
    Cosmo McMoon
  9. 8. Robin Hood!
    Hysterical Historical Dept.
  10. 9. Shadow!
    Crime Dept.
  11. 10. Electronic Walkie-Talkies!
    C. G. G. Products Co.
  12. 11. I Gained 60 lbs. of Handsome Hard-Hitting Muscles!
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  13. 12. How To Fix Any Part of Any Car
    Motor's Auto Repair Manuals
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