MAD #25
(August-September 1955)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
On-sale date
1955-07-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Brand
EC
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

Many articles in this issue are part of a running gag where unlikely items are labeled "Davy Crockett"; at the height of the marketing for such products his name was indeed on some unlikely items.
On sale date as given in the copyright application as listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Periodicals, July-December 1955, page 253, registration number B543897.


MAD Fearlessly Exposes The Tweed Ring (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Thomas Nast (signed)
Pencils
Thomas Nast (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Inks
Thomas Nast (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Socrates; Napoleon; Sigmund Freud; Marilyn Monroe; Alexander The Great; Rembrandt; Galileo; Lassie; Tom Swift; Columbus; Caesar; Buffalo Bill; Alfred L. Neuman; Melvin Cowznowski [Alfred E. Neuman]; Copernicus; Louis Pasteur; Ludwig Van Beethoven; "Boss" Tweed

Indexer Notes

Characters noted are in the frame around the page. Alfred L. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman, whose image does appear unnamed. Main cover image is reprint of a Thomas Nast editorial cartoon of "Boss" Tweed and cronies.

What?...You Haven't Tasted New Ipuna? (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Ipuna Toothpaste.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Ipana Toothpaste. On inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman (signed)
Pencils
? (photo); ?
Inks
? (photo); ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Stan Freburg; Doodles Weaver; Steve Allen; Allan Jaffee [Al Jaffee]

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with photos of some contributors.

Radiodetectiveland (Table of Contents: 3)

Radio Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Sam; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
A look at the crazy neighborhood inhabited by the average radio show detective.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character.

A Stirring Scene To Say The Least From MGMG's "Leave Me Or Leave"! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Doris Daytime; James Cagneebone
Synopsis
Phony ad for movie "Leave Me Or Leave!"
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Also mentions movie credits for: Josef M. Kornmeyer; Alfred E. Neuman; Elliot Cowsnofski; Alfred Kornmeyer; Josef E. Cowsnofski; Elliot M. Neuman; Alfred Cowsnofski; Josef Neuman. Appears to use a photograph as base for illustration.

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

Letter Dept. / letters page / 0.875 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman

Indexer Notes

Letters from Jimmy J. Folse, Arthur Chandley, Henry D. Shapiro, Ellis Lesack, Dick Boersma, J. Lindley Mixon, Fine and Myron, Paul Cummins, David H. Williams, Name Withheld, Gary Neusch, Hartley Gurney, Gary Hoopes. Art is excerpts from previous issues. Alfred E. Neuman is not named, and editors ask for information on the source of "What? Me Worry?" and the old picture used for his image.

MAD Strikes Back! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

MAD Strikes Back! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.125 page (report information)

...The Jack E. Glisten Story (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Jack E. Glisten
Synopsis
A behind-the-scenes look at how the Jack E. Glisten show is produced.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the Jackie Gleason tv show.

Very Square Dance (Table of Contents: 8)

Music Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Allen
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Lyrics by Steve Allen presented without the musical score.

Baseball... Science Or Skill? (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Smoky Allshot; Casey Stumble; Melvin Crudley; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Comparison of the scientific and instinctive methods of baseball team management: both fail.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character.

Anyone For Wrist Slashing? (Table of Contents: 10)

Magazine Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Freberg
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Stan Freberg; Michael Wilting; Liz Wilting; maid; delivery man; Mikey Wilting
Synopsis
Excerpt from a movie magazine and a "screenplay" by Stan to show contrasts between his characters and real life.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Persons parodied are Elizabeth Taylor and then-husband Michael Wilding.

Was George Washington "George"? (Table of Contents: 11)

Confidential Information Dept. / text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
George Washington; John Smith; Pocahontas; Snow White; Witch; The Seven Dwarfs [Dummchen; Fröhlich; Doktor; Brummbär; Niessen; Schüchtern; Schlafhaube]
Synopsis
Exposé type articles on George Washington, John Smith and Snow White.
Reprints

The Sleeping Beauty (Table of Contents: 12)

Fairy Tale Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ernie Kovacs [as Pierre Ragout]
Pencils
Gustave Doré (signed)
Inks
Gustave Doré (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Sleeping Beauty
Synopsis
The fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Indexer Notes

Told briefly and with French words substituted for English every so often. Includes an old drawing and a glossary.

MAD Awards... (Table of Contents: 13)

Mad Award Department / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman (as award statuette); Ed Hurlthehay
Synopsis
Awards for best tv commercials.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parodies of commercials for: Oldsmobile [Goldsmobile]; Dial Soap [Dialtone Soap]; storm windows; Colgate Dental Cream [Colgrate Dental Cream]; Saran Wrap [Sarong Wrap]. The award statuette is in image of MAD trademark face and appears to be the first time the name Alfred E. Neuman is applied to this face.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Newspaper Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mel Haney
Synopsis
Various typical newspaper columns: Hollywood gossip; horoscope; Broadway gossip; doctor; lovelorn.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mel Haney is caption under image of Alfred E. Neuman.

They Built Their Dream-House Singlehanded (Table of Contents: 15)

Build-It-Yourself Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Blanding Countersunk; Babs Countersunk
Synopsis
Story of how the Countersunks built their not-quite-so-dream house.

[Gettysburg Address] (Table of Contents: 16)

Education Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Doodles Weaver
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Teacher's grading and editing of Lincoln's Gettysburg address as if it had been written for an English assignment.

The Stark Club (Table of Contents: 17)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Sherwin Billingscheck; Sherwinette Billingscheck; Mr. & Mrs. Fludney Bent; Mr. & Mrs. Bedney Flunt; Mr. & Mrs. Fledney Bunt; Myron Cowznofski; Mr. & Mrs. Flentney; Mr. & Mrs. Blunt; Mr. & Mrs. Buntney; Gledney Dent; Barney Flent; Mr. & Mrs. VanFlentney; Mr. & Mrs. Bootney Fent; Mr. & Mrs. Blint; Mr. & Mrs. Gentney Woont; Sir Flentney Blent
Synopsis
A tour through the nightly happenings at the Stark Club.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show about New York's Stork Club.

Advice To Young Men On How To Get Into The Army (Table of Contents: 18)

Roger Price Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
? (photo); Roger Price
Pencils
? (photo); Roger Price
Inks
? (photo); Roger Price
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Humorous advice on joining the U.S. Army.
Reprints

Fozless Fooznick (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder [as Chester Cool and Al Hopp]
Inks
Bill Elder [as Chester Cool and Al Hopp]
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Fozless Fooznick; Chief; Lil' Ab'r; Junior (cameo)
Synopsis
Fooznick is running from his relatives.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Wildroot Cream Oil Hair Tonic ads and Fearless Fozdick character.

The Blackboard Jumble (Table of Contents: 20)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 3.17 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Scenes from the movie and a recommendation for solving the real life violence problem in schools.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "Blackboard Jungle."

Banish Body Aroma Problems and Like That (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for NDDDS Chlorophyll Tablets.
Reprints

Wowee Gang - I Wish I'd Written Both These New Mad Books! (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.25 page (report information)

Your Voice of Wiseness Says Smoke Kennt (Table of Contents: 23)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Kennt Cigarettes.

Indexer Notes

Mentions Ipuna Toothpaste from front page ad in this issue. On inside back cover.

A Picture History of Ol' Craw (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ulysses S. Grant; Robert E. Lee; Davy Crockett; Jim Bowie; James Craw; Pocahontas; John Smith; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Phony ad for Ol' Craw Whiskey.

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ol' Crow ad. Alfred E. Neuman bears no physical resemblance to the MAD trademark character. On back cover.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. MAD Fearlessly Exposes The Tweed Ring
  2. 1. What?...You Haven't Tasted New Ipuna?
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Radiodetectiveland
    Radio Dept.
  5. 4. A Stirring Scene To Say The Least From MGMG's "Leave Me Or Leave"!
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Letter Dept.
  7. 6. MAD Strikes Back!
    MAD Strikes Back!
  8. 7. ...The Jack E. Glisten Story
    People Dept.
  9. 8. Very Square Dance
    Music Dept.
  10. 9. Baseball... Science Or Skill?
    Sports Dept.
  11. 10. Anyone For Wrist Slashing?
    Magazine Dept.
  12. 11. Was George Washington "George"?
    Confidential Information Dept.
  13. 12. The Sleeping Beauty
    Fairy Tale Dept.
  14. 13. MAD Awards...
    Mad Award Department
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Newspaper Dept.
  16. 15. They Built Their Dream-House Singlehanded
    Build-It-Yourself Dept.
  17. 16. [Gettysburg Address]
    Education Dept.
  18. 17. The Stark Club
    Television Dept.
  19. 18. Advice To Young Men On How To Get Into The Army
    Roger Price Dept.
  20. 19. Fozless Fooznick
  21. 20. The Blackboard Jumble
    Movie Dept.
  22. 21. Banish Body Aroma Problems and Like That
  23. 22. Wowee Gang - I Wish I'd Written Both These New Mad Books!
  24. 23. Your Voice of Wiseness Says Smoke Kennt
  25. 24. A Picture History of Ol' Craw
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