Mad #15
(September 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.


...a MAD tea party. (Table of Contents)

Alice In Wonderland / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Tenniel; ?
Inks
John Tenniel; ?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alice; Mad Hatter; March Hare; Doormouse
Synopsis
An illustration from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" with MAD comics added in the characters' hands.
Reprints

Proof...Of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is best imitation of MAD (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

Synopsis
House ad for Panic and MAD subscriptions

Gasoline Valley! (Table of Contents: 2)

Newspaper 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
Wilt Willit; Skizziks Willit; Phyllus Willit; bully; Alexander Bumpstead; Juddy Willit; Caulky Willit; Nin O'Clock; Smilin' Jack (cameo); Wilber Booble; Cleavia Willit
Synopsis
Where the question of "will Caulky ever grow" is answered.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Gasoline Alley comic strip. Will Elder's signature grows larger with each page.
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Pot-Shot Pete Sheriff of Yucca-pucca Gulch! (Table of Contents: 3)

Collectors' Item Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody; western-frontier
Characters
Pot-Shot Pete; Pot-Shot's girl; Poopy; Apaches; Muzzle; arms dealer; the U.S. Calvary
Synopsis
Pot-Shot tries to halt arms sales to the Apaches.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A western parody. Confirmed to be a reprint from John Wayne #6.
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

[Report From Abroad] / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Continuing along the same sober lines that we did in our last issue...
Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
An analysis of the Chinese political situation -- in Chinese.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

"Potrzebie" appears several times in the text.
Script credit identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Now...If You Join...You Get the Bulletin...Free! (Table of Contents: 5)

E. C. Fan-Addict Club! / 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 the E.C. Fan-Addict fan Club.

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

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

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

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

Synopsis
Letters of comment from John Davidson, Sparks NV; Charles Chapocon, Aiken SC; Bob Henning, Brooklyn NY; David Anderson, Washington DC; Daniel Markewich, New York NY; I. Carnel, Bay Saint Louis MS; Victor Goff, Ft. Bragg NC; Walt Place, Detroit MI.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script and colors credits confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Wild 1/2 (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Johnny [played by Marlon Branflakes]; Johnny's gang; a girl; the girl's father
Synopsis
Johnny and his gang give up motorcycles.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "The Wild One."
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Captain Tvideo! (Table of Contents: 8)

T.V. 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
Captain Tvideo; Venusian; Commissioner; Lone Ranger (cameo); assistant Ranger; commercial announcer
Synopsis
A parody of the Captain Video television program.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

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

National Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Synopsis
Ad for National Schools training courses.

Do You Need Money? (Table of Contents: 10)

Cheerful Card Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Ad for Cheerful Card Company.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Hey Skinny! (Table of Contents: 11)

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Charles Roman
Pencils
?; ? (photo)
Inks
?; ? (photo)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Synopsis
Ad for Charles Atlas body building booklet.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ...a MAD tea party.
    Alice In Wonderland
  2. 1. Proof...Of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is best imitation of MAD
  3. 2. Gasoline Valley!
    Newspaper Comics Dept.
  4. 3. Pot-Shot Pete Sheriff of Yucca-pucca Gulch!
    Collectors' Item Dept.
  5. 4. ["Continuing along the same sober lines that we did in our last issue..."]
    [Report From Abroad]
  6. 5. Now...If You Join...You Get the Bulletin...Free!
    E. C. Fan-Addict Club!
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. Wild 1/2
    Hollywood Dept.
  9. 8. Captain Tvideo!
    T.V. Dept.
  10. 9. Get Shop-Method Home Training
    National Schools
  11. 10. Do You Need Money?
    Cheerful Card Company
  12. 11. Hey Skinny!
    Charles Atlas
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • ?
  • Michael Hoskin
  • Peter Croome
  • Kirk House
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Chris Boyko
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne