MAD #16
(October 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

Humor In A Jugular Vein (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
"Stories" on comic book artists being arrested and comics being sold on black market.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover mimics a newspaper page.

Proof... of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is Best Imitation of MAD (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Shermlock Shomes in the Hound of The Basketballs! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Shermlock Shomes; Dr. Whatsit; Arty Morty (cameo); Pru Basketball; Coolidge Basketball (corpse); the devil
Synopsis
Shermlock captures the hound that has cursed the Basketball family.
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Indexer Notes

Parody of Sherlock Holmes mystery.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Newspapers! (Table of Contents: 3)

The Press Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Various fake newspaper stories and ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Only the first page is colored.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

[In Hieroglyphics] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
An analysis of the Egyptian political situation -- in hieroglyphics.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

E. C. Went To Sea In Search Of Another New Trend... (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

[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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Hal Higdon, Paul Anderson, Paul Cummino, Richard Bassford, Dawn McAllister, Personnel of the 8th R.S.M., Frank Quinn, LeRoy Furguson, Marvin Galper, Edwin L. Magee, Scooter, Eddie Essen, N.S., Hopee Saunders.
Script, art and colors credits identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Restaurant! (Table of Contents: 7)

The American Scene Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Mr. Sturdley; Mrs. Sturdley; Smurdley Sturdley; junior Sturdley; baby Sturdley
Synopsis
The deprivations the Sturdleys suffer at a "typical" Sunday restaurant outing.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Wreck of The Hesperus (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (original); Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Colors
Monte Moore (painted)
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Skipper; Skipper's daughter; Popeye (cameo)
Synopsis
Relates the wreck of the ship Hesperus on the reef at Norman's Woe.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is the text of the famous poem accompanied by humorous illustrations. Script credit from The Complete Color Mad (Russ Cochran, 1986 series) #2 (1986).

Yours Free! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Send for My Free Outfit and Start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Mason Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Science-Fiction Book Club / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Humor In A Jugular Vein
  2. 1. Proof... of 8 Brands Tested, Panic is Best Imitation of MAD
    Panic; Mad
  3. 2. Shermlock Shomes in the Hound of The Basketballs!
    Crime Dept.
  4. 3. Newspapers!
    The Press Dept.
  5. 4. [In Hieroglyphics]
    [Report From Abroad]
  6. 5. E. C. Went To Sea In Search Of Another New Trend...
    Piracy
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  8. 7. Restaurant!
    The American Scene Dept.
  9. 8. Wreck of The Hesperus
    Poetry Dept.
  10. 9. Yours Free!
    Stuart Greetings
  11. 10. Send for My Free Outfit and Start a Quick-Cash Spare Time Shoe Business!
    Mason Shoes
  12. 11. The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today!
    Science-Fiction Book Club
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