Mad #20
(February 1955)

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.


Composition (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Cover appears as a high school composition notebook.
Reprints

No, I Said! You Can't Have My Copy of MAD! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Katchandhammer Kids! (Table of Contents: 2)

Newspaper Cartoon 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
Hans Katchandhammer; Feetz Katchandhammer; Der Kapitan; Inspektor; boat company man; Mamma
Synopsis
A parody of the Katzenjammer Kids comic strip.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The script appears to be real German at the beginning, before changing into a pastiche of English, German and pseudo-German.
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

Sound Effects! (Table of Contents: 3)

Comic book 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
Kane Keen; Joe Arrrgh
Synopsis
A murder mystery with no dialog, only sound effects.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

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 of comment from Abe Lieberman, Brooklyn NY; Gene Compton, Mibone NC; Eddie Evans, Dallas TX; Lawrence Rogers, Seattle WA; Walter Sandvik & Richard Whitman, Hopewell Junction NY; Margaret Charles, New York, NY; Doug Polling, Toledo OH; GGG, Derby NY; Jere Thomas, Mobile, AL; Tom Lathrop, Los Angeles, CA; Glenford Friffen, Portland OR; Al Teaff, Houston TX; and Louis Grimshaw, Ontario CN.
Script and colors credits identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

Bop (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A dictionary of Bop slang.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit identified in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

Paul Revere's Ride! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (original); Harvey Kurtzman (adaptation)
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Colors
Marie Severin
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A humorous illustration of the poem by Longfellow.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from The Complete Color Mad (Russ Cochran, 1986 series) #2 (1986).
Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

Cowboy! (Table of Contents: 8)

Comparison Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody; western-frontier
Characters
Lance Sterling; John Smurd
Synopsis
Parallel stories comparing the movie version of the Old West with real life.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit confirmed in The Mad Archives (DC, 2002 series) #4.

Look Here! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

You, Too, Can Be Tough! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Lighting Ju-Jitsu / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Television-Radio-Electronics (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

National Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

New Catalog of 3100 Novelties (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

9X Area Magnification! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Powerhouse Binoculars / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Prizes Given (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

The FUNman / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Composition
  2. 1. No, I Said! You Can't Have My Copy of MAD!
    Panic; Mad
  3. 2. Katchandhammer Kids!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  4. 3. Sound Effects!
    Comic book Dept.
  5. 4. ["We Know You'll Enjoy..."]
    Piracy
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    MAD Mumblings
  7. 6. Bop
  8. 7. Paul Revere's Ride!
    Poetry Dept.
  9. 8. Cowboy!
    Comparison Dept.
  10. 9. Look Here!
  11. 10. You, Too, Can Be Tough!
    Lighting Ju-Jitsu
  12. 11. Television-Radio-Electronics
    National Schools
  13. 12. New Catalog of 3100 Novelties
    Johnson Smith & Company
  14. 13. 9X Area Magnification!
    Powerhouse Binoculars
  15. 14. Prizes Given
    The FUNman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Tom Vincent
  • 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