MAD #12
(June 1954)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
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

Issue Notes

Character appearances, Department names and other miscellaneous info for this issue added by Donald Dale Milne, December 2008.


Stoppit! (Table of Contents: 1)

Panic / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis
House ad for Panic subscriptions.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Starchie (Table of Contents: 2)

Teen-Age Comics Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Starchie Standrews; Bottleneck; Mr. Weathernot; Little Orphan Melvin (cameo); Cookie Bumstead (cameo); Salonica; Biddy; Wedgie Van Smelt; Mr. Standrews; Mrs. Standrews; Dick Tracy (cameo)
Synopsis
Bottleneck frames Starchie so that Starchie goes to prison and Bottleneck can take over the girls and rackets at the high school.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of Archie comic books.
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

From Eternity Back to Here! (Table of Contents: 3)

Moving Picture Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Sgt. Gaym Warden; Captain Sherlock Homes; Prew Prewitt; Mrs. Homes; Jodie Majjio; Fatso; Mrs. Kipper; Princess
Synopsis
Prewitt will not fight, no matter what, and Sgt. Warden and Mrs. Homes drown on the beach.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "From Here to Eternity."
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter 6] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Jerry DeFuccio
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Five Fingers Jones; Floppovo Movova; Lavrenti Buried
Synopsis
Five Fingers is killed and the story is farshimmelt.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Almost half of the page is blank space.
Script credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2. Previous indexer had Harvey Kurtzman.

Do People Laugh at You for Reading Comic Books? (Table of Contents: 5)

Mad Magazine / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis
House ad for MAD subscriptions.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Letters of comment from Sandy Milne, National City, CA; John Savocks, Clifton, NJ; Collren Irwin, Azuza, CA; A. Katt; Jack the Maniac, Redwood City, CA; James Ellis Knoxville, TN; John Lanctot Burlington, VT; Jean LeMorpion, New York, NY; Hugh Redmon, Oklahoma City, OK; Eddie Schneider Miami Beach, FL; George Vampire, New York, NY
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

3-Dimensions! (Table of Contents: 7)

Odd (3-D) Comics Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
MAD writer; MAD artist
Synopsis
A phony description of how 3-D comics are made and a look at what can go wrong.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The final page is completely blank.
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

Mark Trade! (Table of Contents: 8)

Nature Lover's Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mark Trade; Mr. Tamesplinter; Morsemere; Sandy; scouts
Synopsis
Parody of the comic strip Mark Trail, finding Mark sick and tired of nature.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #2.

Get Shop-Method Home Training (Table of Contents: 9)

National Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Synopsis
Ad for National Schools.

Send for My FREE Outfit and start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business! (Table of Contents: 10)

Mason Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Synopsis
Ad for Mason Shoe Manufacturing Company.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

The World Is On Fire (Table of Contents: 11)

The FUNMan / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Synopsis
Ad for the FUNman religious motto sales.

Indexer Notes

On back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Special Issue
  2. 1. Stoppit!
    Panic
  3. 2. Starchie
    Teen-Age Comics Dept.
  4. 3. From Eternity Back to Here!
    Moving Picture Dept.
  5. 4. Operation Under-the-Ground [Chapter 6]
    Cloak-And-Dagger Dept.
  6. 5. Do People Laugh at You for Reading Comic Books?
    Mad Magazine
  7. 6. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. 3-Dimensions!
    Odd (3-D) Comics Dept.
  9. 8. Mark Trade!
    Nature Lover's Dept.
  10. 9. Get Shop-Method Home Training
    National Schools
  11. 10. Send for My FREE Outfit and start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business!
    Mason Shoes
  12. 11. The World Is On Fire
    The FUNMan
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Kirk House
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne