Mad #8
(December 1953-January 1954)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1953-09-01
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Educational Comics, Inc.
Brand
EC An Entertaining Comic
Editing
Harvey Kurtzman (editor)

Issue Notes

On sale date as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, July-December 1953, page 267, registration number B432116.
Character appearances, department names and other miscellaneous info for this issue added by Donald Dale Milne, December 2008.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
We're Looking For A Monster, Ma'm!
Reprints

So What? So You, Too, Can Join the E.C. Fan-Addict Club! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

E.C. Fan-Addict Club / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Frank N. Stein! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody; horror-suspense
Characters
Baron Francesco Napoleon Stein; Bumble; Melvin; Sherman; the monster
Synopsis
A parody of The Frankenstein horror comics and films.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The monster has Adolph Hitler's face.

Lone Stranger Rides Again! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody; western-frontier
Characters
Lone Stranger; Pronto [Chief Wonga]; Ookabollwonga tribe
Synopsis
The Lone Stranger learns of Proto's secret identity.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

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

E.C. comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter II] (Table of Contents: 5)

Cloak-And-Dagger Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry De Fuccio
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Five Fingers Jones; the Chief
Synopsis
Five Fingers makes his way to Moscow.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Right side of page and left side of facing page.
Script credit from The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

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

Educational Comics, Inc. / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (illustration)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (illustration)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters of comments from John Hurt of Elgin, Oregon; Ronald Ketterer of Reading, Pennsylania; Harry Mitchell; Bobby Percy of Auburn, Alabama; Rose Sultan of New York City; Bill Wiesenbach of Pensacola, Florida; Atascaedro Union Hight school; Chucks Hancox; Howard Griffith; and David Allessio of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Script and colors credits from The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

Collectors' Item Dept. (Table of Contents: 8)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman; Ben Oda (panel one)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You will notice how this chair fits you when you sit...
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man tries a new chair.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The first panel contains text lacking in the original publication noting that this and the following 5 pages are reprints.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Come, my friend--
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man shows off his new fireplace.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I think I'll listen to the radio!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man doesn't like the sound of radio news.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm hungry!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man tries to eat breakfast cereal.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'm going to the movies!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man makes too much noise at a movie.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Hey Look! / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (signed as H.Kurtz(figure of a man))
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
Harvey Kurtzman

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh joyeux!
Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man tries out a magic hat.
Reprints

Bat Boy and Rubin! (Table of Contents: 14)

Hero Worship Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Bat Boy; Rubin; the Fleagle Gang; the Flurgle Gang
Synopsis
Bat Boy and Rubin eliminate the gangs in Cosmopolis, but the killer is still at large.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of Batman and Robin comics. May be first use of word "furshlugginer" in MAD.

Flash! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Ideal Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The New Way To Enjoy Sports, Movies, Plays, Television (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Spektoscopes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Now You Can Fly a Real Jet Plane! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Jetex / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["We're Looking For A Monster, Ma'm!"]
  2. 1. So What? So You, Too, Can Join the E.C. Fan-Addict Club!
    E.C. Fan-Addict Club
  3. 2. Frank N. Stein!
    Terror Dept.
  4. 3. Lone Stranger Rides Again!
    Western Dept.
  5. 4. We at E.C. are Proudest of Our Science-Fiction Magazines!
    E.C. comics
  6. 5. Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter II]
    Cloak-And-Dagger Dept.
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Educational Comics, Inc.
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  9. 8. Collectors' Item Dept.
    Hey Look!
  10. 9. ["Come, my friend--"]
    Hey Look!
  11. 10. ["I think I'll listen to the radio!"]
    Hey Look!
  12. 11. ["I'm hungry!"]
    Hey Look!
  13. 12. ["I'm going to the movies!"]
    Hey Look!
  14. 13. ["Oh joyeux!"]
    Hey Look!
  15. 14. Bat Boy and Rubin!
    Hero Worship Dept.
  16. 15. Flash!
    Ideal Co.
  17. 16. The New Way To Enjoy Sports, Movies, Plays, Television
    Spektoscopes
  18. 17. Now You Can Fly a Real Jet Plane!
    Jetex
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