Mad #23
(May 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

Last 10 cent, comic book size issue.


E. C.'s New Direction One-Two-Punch Mags! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

[Important Announcement] (Table of Contents: 2)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Notice to readers of an important announcement on the last page of the issue.

Gopo Gossum! (Table of Contents: 3)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gopo Gossum; Simple J. Baloney [Joe McCarthy]; Alphonse Alligator [Winston Churchmouse]; Tideland Owl [Marshland Tito]; Ol' Tortoise [Mendup France]; Corky Porcupine [Waterhole Nehru]; Ol' Bloodhound [Change-Ki-Check]; Rackleddy Coon [Chew-An-Play]; Mouse [Georiga Melloncough]; Darnold Duck; Mickey Rodent; Goony; Minny Rodent; a tadpole
Synopsis
Gopo mistakenly leads the swamp dwellers into politics and disaster.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Pogo comic strip.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

MAD Mumblings (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Reprints

Scenes We'd...Like To See! (Table of Contents: 5)

Cliche Dept. / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Snirdingbash; Lance Sterling; Gwathmey
Synopsis
Typical climax scenes from various movie genres, with untypical endings.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

Ripup's Believe It Or Don't (Table of Contents: 6)

Newspaper Cartoon Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not strips.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

The Barefoot Nocountessa! (Table of Contents: 7)

Hollywood 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
Harry Drawers [Humphrey Yogurt]; The Nocountessa [Ava Nother]; Edward Kirks; Alberto Banano; Count Vincenzo-Torlato-Pizzaria; Melvin Cowznowski
Synopsis
Harry narrates the story of the Nocountessa, as she marries a series of rich men.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie The Barefoot Countessa.
Script credit from Tales of Terror: The EC Companion.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

Here Is The Very Important Announcement (Table of Contents: 9)

Mad Magazine / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Synopsis
Announcement that MAD will change to a magazine-sized book with #24 within 3 months.
Reprints

Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

The FUNMan / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

319 All-Different Stamps (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Zenith Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Tell Me What You Want Money For... (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Stuart Greetings / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

I Will Train You at Home in Spare Time to Be A Radio-Television Technician (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Check The Kind of Body You Want! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. THINK
  2. 1. E. C.'s New Direction One-Two-Punch Mags!
    MD; Psychoanalysis
  3. 2. [Important Announcement]
  4. 3. Gopo Gossum!
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  5. 4. MAD Mumblings
    MAD Mumblings
  6. 5. Scenes We'd...Like To See!
    Cliche Dept.
  7. 6. Ripup's Believe It Or Don't
    Newspaper Cartoon Dept.
  8. 7. The Barefoot Nocountessa!
    Hollywood Dept.
  9. 8. [untitled]
    The MAD Reader
  10. 9. Here Is The Very Important Announcement
    Mad Magazine
  11. 10. Men-Women-Boys-Girls Prizes Given
    The FUNMan
  12. 11. 319 All-Different Stamps
    Zenith Company
  13. 12. Tell Me What You Want Money For...
    Stuart Greetings
  14. 13. I Will Train You at Home in Spare Time to Be A Radio-Television Technician
    National Radio Institute
  15. 14. Check The Kind of Body You Want!
    Charles Atlas
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