MAD #18
(December 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

Look Gang! Another Surprise! In This Issue...YOU Draw The Cover! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover drawing includes a connect the dots activity to complete.

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

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

Alice In Wonderland! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Lewis Carroll (original); Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
John Tenniel; Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
John Tenniel; Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alice; Alice's sister; the White Rabbit [Bugs Bunny]; Mad Hatter; Knave of Hearts; Queen of Hearts
Synopsis
After Alice's adventures, her sister takes her to a psycho-analyst.
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Indexer Notes

A parody of parts of both Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, using some of the original John Tenniel illustrations as base drawings. The poem "Jabberwocky" is quoted in its entirety.

319 All-Different Stamps (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Zenith Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Howdy Dooit! (Table of Contents: 4)

T.V. Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Buffalo Bill; Mickey Mouse (cameo); Howdy Dooit; Clarabella; Big Chief Thundamelvin; The PeeWee Gallery; guard
Synopsis
Howdy hawks advertisers' wares while Buffalo Bill tries to keep the crowd in line...but fails.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

A parody of the Howdy Doody tv show.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Reversible Auto Seat Covers (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Terrace Sales / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Factory-To-You Coupon Offer Saves $4.00 (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Penmaster Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

How Our Opinions Sound (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman [ as G. Clef]
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
An excerpt from a musical score, presented as an explanation of how we sound to others.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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: 8) (Expand) /

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

Pot-Shot Pete... (Table of Contents: 9)

Collectors' Item Dept.; Pot-Shot Pete / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody; western-frontier
Characters
Pot-Shot Pete; Poopy; Pot-Shot Pete's girl; a young gunzel; Mrs. McYetnit; Marvin McYetnit; Sheldon McYetnit
Synopsis
Pete brings in the McYetnits against all odds.
Reprints

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

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 Pete McDole, Anonymous, Roland Juge, Yale Greenspoon, Anonymous, Genghis Khan, A Girl in Oswego, Dick Regentz, Virginia Barron, Gary Barlet, Pat McKelvey, Bill Mattson, Coraline Haas, Anonymous, Anonymous (by George! This is getting repetitious!), Mike Melner, Carol Craven, Anonymous.
Script and colors credits identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #3.

Stalag 18! (Table of Contents: 11)

Movie 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
Lt. Wunbar; The Animal; Security; Stepton; Feldwessel Johann Sebastian Shmaltz; Nazi General; Russian prisoners
Synopsis
Stepton and Lt. Wunbar excape the stalag after finding a spy in the prisoners' ranks.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie Stalag 17.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Car Burning Oil? (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Power Seal / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

I Will Train You at Home for Good Pay Jobs in Radio-Television (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Insult That Turned a "Chump" Into a Champ (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Look Gang! Another Surprise! In This Issue...YOU Draw The Cover!
  2. 1. [King of Clubs]
    Panic; Mad
  3. 2. Alice In Wonderland!
    The Classics Dept.
  4. 3. 319 All-Different Stamps
    Zenith Company
  5. 4. Howdy Dooit!
    T.V. Dept.
  6. 5. Reversible Auto Seat Covers
    Terrace Sales
  7. 6. Factory-To-You Coupon Offer Saves $4.00
    Penmaster Co.
  8. 7. How Our Opinions Sound
    [Report From Abroad]
  9. 8. E. C. Went To Sea In Search Of Another New Trend...
    Piracy
  10. 9. Pot-Shot Pete...
    Collectors' Item Dept.; Pot-Shot Pete
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  12. 11. Stalag 18!
    Movie Dept.
  13. 12. Car Burning Oil?
    Power Seal
  14. 13. I Will Train You at Home for Good Pay Jobs in Radio-Television
    National Radio Institute
  15. 14. The Insult That Turned a "Chump" Into a Champ
    Charles Atlas
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