MAD #17
(November 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

This cover is printed upside down and is actually back cover of magazine. The sequences are indexed in order from the apparent "back" cover to this "front" cover. Indicia is printed on reverse of "back" cover.


The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today! (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for Science-Fiction Book Club. On apparent back cover, which is actually the front cover, printed upside down.

[King of Clubs] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

Reprints

Indexer Notes

House ad for Panic and MAD subscriptions. On inside "back" cover, printed right-side up.

Bringing Back Father! (Table of Contents: 2)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Jiggie; Maggs; Little Orphan Annie (cameo); Dinty Moore; Jiggie's brother-in-law; Jiggie's daughter
Synopsis
Jiggie cannot take Maggs's abuse any longer so when he has his serious moments he hires some goons to beat her into submission.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Drawn in 2 different styles by the 2 different artists: odd pages in the cartoon style and even pages in a more realistic style where Jiggie is shown to be severly injured by Maggs's constant violence.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

What's My Shine! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Jay Renkins; Everett Dirkdaughter; Henry Doorshack; Charles Potrzebie; John McLellillellillin; Stuart Sawhimintown; Henry Jackdaughter; Lana Cheesecake; Joseph McCartaway; Even Steven; Sturdley Smurdley; Karl Weekdt
Synopsis
How the Senate Subcomittee hearings would go if they were run like a tv game show.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Game show style loosely based on "What's My Line?" First page is photo of Senate subcommittee.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Dra (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Appears to be an excerpt from some history text.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Gag is that this is the small countries' viewpoint, and type is very tiny. In fact it's almost unreadable and indexer is uncertain of title. Dra it is (but you have to use a magnifying glass to read it).
Script credit identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

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

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

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

Reprints

Indexer Notes

House ad for Piracy comic subscriptions. Drawing are caricatures of E. C. staffers.

[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 Blue Beathard, Rocky Colassanti, Burl Moss, "no name given," Stan the Garbageman, Robert Glaberson, Frank Smith, Gilbert O'Connell, Phillip Loeb, Keith Nutt, Ginger Adler, Sam Browman, J. D. Carlson, Richard Scott.
Script and colors credits identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Meet Miss Potgold (Table of Contents: 7)

Advertising Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed); (photo)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed); (photo)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A collection of drawings of grotesque women entered in the Miss Potgold of 1955 contest.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First page is a parody of a Rheingold Beer ad with Bill Gaines in the photo.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Julius Caesar! (Table of Contents: 8)

Cut Your Own Throat Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Julius Caesar; Willie The Elder (cameo); Dick Tracy (cameo); Martin Walkingkane (cameo); Shermlock Shomes (cameo); Marlon Branflakes; Calphurnia; Marilyn Monroe (cameo); Fearless Feasdick; Junior; Mickey Mouse (cameo); Donald Duck (cameo); Pluto (cameo); Goofy (cameo)
Synopsis
MAD writer points out standard lampoon shtick elements during a portion of Julius Caesar story.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The titles of MAD and 11 competitors are used in the narrative on the first page: Bughouse; Crazy; Eh!; Flip; Get Lost; MAD; Madhouse; Nuts!; Panic; Riot; Wild; Whack. This page is a setup for the following story (intro and main story are consecutively paginated).

Script credits from John Benson's "The Sincerest Form of Parody: The Best 1950s MAD-Inspired Satirical Comics" (Fantagraphics, 2012)

Yours Free! (Table of Contents: 9)

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?; ? (photo)
Inks
?; ? (photo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Characters
B. J. Sutart

Indexer Notes

Ad for Stuart Greetings card sales outfits.

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
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset
Editing
?

Indexer Notes

Ad for sales kits for Mason Shoes. On inside "front" cover.

This Issue Is Going To Change Your Whole Viewpoint of MAD... (Table of Contents: 11)

Mad Magazine / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photogaph)
Colors
Marie Severin ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Book Club of Tomorrow Is Here Today!
    Science-Fiction Book Club
  2. 1. [King of Clubs]
    Panic; Mad
  3. 2. Bringing Back Father!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  4. 3. What's My Shine!
    Television Dept.
  5. 4. Dra
    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. Meet Miss Potgold
    Advertising Dept.
  9. 8. Julius Caesar!
    Cut Your Own Throat 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. This Issue Is Going To Change Your Whole Viewpoint of MAD...
    Mad Magazine
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