MAD #26
(November 1955)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Bi-Monthly
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

The Satellite (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed)
Colors
?
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
Synopsis
Satellite the size of a basketball IS a basketball.

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.

Armstronger Tire Knock-Down Punch Socko For Skids! (Table of Contents: 1)

Armstronger Tire / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Armstronger Tires.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Armstrong Tires. Inside front cover.

Contents (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Mario Labonza

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with excerpts of art from this issue. Illustration of Mario Labonza is the complete art for the cropped illustrations used in the article "Confidentially."

Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Harry Purvis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

Letters Dept. (Table of Contents: 4)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.875 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman

Indexer Notes

Art is various versions of Alfred E. Neuman from historic sources. He is not named, and "What? Me Worry?" is sometimes shown as simply "Me Worry?"

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

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

The Dave Garrowunway Show (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dave Garrowunway; J. Floyd Gluggs
Synopsis
Dave gets locked out of the studio and J. Floyd continues the show.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of the "Today" tv show with Dave Garroway.

[Davy Crockett Merchandising Ideas] (Table of Contents: 7)

Davy Crockett Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder
Inks
Bill Elder
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Various missed opportunities to tie merchandise to the Davy Crockett fad.

Indexer Notes

Presented as a group of newspaper and magazine ads torn from pages.

Confidentially (Table of Contents: 8)

Confidential Information Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mario Labonza
Synopsis
Phony articles from various confidential exposé magazines showing how they are all the same.
Reprints

The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout (Table of Contents: 9)

Adventure Dept. / text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Ira Wallach
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Peter Wheaten; Larry Memmerson; Will Yaeger; Mitchel Hackney
Synopsis
An account of climbing a minor hummock at a New England resort, narrated as if climbing Mt. Everest.

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Harry Purvis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

Let's Go For A Ride! (Table of Contents: 11)

How We Live / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Davis (signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Exaggerated versions of the problems of a Sunday drive, with the family finally deciding home was more peaceful.
Reprints

The Strange Cruise of The Buttercup (Table of Contents: 12)

Poetry Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
David W. Donaldson
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The ship never sets sail and fires cannon at the Admiralty building.

Indexer Notes

Small illustrations around the article appear to be clip art from old sources.

The Prodigious (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mikellah; Sanforized; Flash Gordon (cameo); Shazam
Synopsis
Review of a movie, showing major plot turning points.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Prodigal."

At Home With Lorelei Latour (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Ernie Kovacs
Pencils
Gustave Doré (original); Wally Wood (embellishments)
Inks
Gustave Doré (original); Wally Wood (embellishments)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Ernie Kovacs
Synopsis
Essay on how "simple" and "unassuming" Miss Latour's estate and home are, in contrast to the expected extravagance of Hollywood stars.

Indexer Notes

Art credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Seven Itchy Years (Table of Contents: 15)

Movie Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder [as Will Elder]
Inks
Bill Elder [as Will Elder]
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Marilyn Marone; Thomas Eawrl; Victor Moo; Robert Animal; Sunny Tuffy
Synopsis
Scenes from the movie with a review.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Seven Year Itch."

[Today's Criminal Investigating Game] (Table of Contents: 16)

Roger Price Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Roger Price
Pencils
Roger Price
Inks
Roger Price
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Elton Parsons; Roger's uncle Frank; Jerome Clendenin; Rachel "Hoghead" Skinner
Synopsis
Roger discusses "The Sissonville Fiend Case", how to surround and capture a criminal whose location is known, obtaining information, identifying criminal types, stake outs, fingerprints, marksmanship, and delinquent youth assistance programs.

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Harry Purvis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc."

A Guide To Better Understanding The Fine Old Art of Boxing (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Insight into the sport of boxing.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

My Secret (Table of Contents: 19)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Benn Ogen
Synopsis
Shows the details of famous golfer Benn Ogen's swing.
Reprints

More Sure Fire Dialogue (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
Harry Purvis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Snippets of stereotypical movie dialog.

Indexer Notes

Noted as "Copyright 1955 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Inc." The "Totally MAD" CD collection lists writer credit for this 4th page as Al Jaffee.

Tense Tycoons and Lucky Bucks (Table of Contents: 21)

Best Seller Dept. / text story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bernard Shir-Cliff
Pencils
Bernie Krigstein (signed); Wally Wood (final illustration)
Inks
Bernie Krigstein (signed); Wally Wood (final illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Crash McCool; Austin Grant; Larraine Grant; Phil Sheridan; Waldon Conman; Malt Moulton; Miss Vorple; Bessemer; Grafton Garfoltz
Synopsis
Parts of a story about a corporate raider and the people of one of the companies he buys.

Indexer Notes

Presented as a 5-page excerpt from the novel: "Crash McCool." Final illustration is the final illustration from the story "The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout" in this issue. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

[Sanofranized] (Table of Contents: 22)

Sanofranized fabrics / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed); Thomas Nast
Inks
Bill Elder (signed); Thomas Nast
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
The Addams Family; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Four single panel cartoons in different art styles, as Sanofranized ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Sanforized fabric ad. Inside back cover.

It's High Adventure (Table of Contents: 23)

Canadian Clubbed / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Canadian Clubbed whiskey.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Canadian Club whiskey.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Satellite
  2. 1. Armstronger Tire Knock-Down Punch Socko For Skids!
    Armstronger Tire
  3. 2. Contents
  4. 3. Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  5. 4. Letters Dept.
    Letters Dept.
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    The MAD Reader; MAD Strikes Back!
  7. 6. The Dave Garrowunway Show
    TV Dept.
  8. 7. [Davy Crockett Merchandising Ideas]
    Davy Crockett Dept.
  9. 8. Confidentially
    Confidential Information Dept.
  10. 9. The Conquest of Tillie's Lookout
    Adventure Dept.
  11. 10. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  12. 11. Let's Go For A Ride!
    How We Live
  13. 12. The Strange Cruise of The Buttercup
    Poetry Dept.
  14. 13. The Prodigious
    Movie Dept.
  15. 14. At Home With Lorelei Latour
    Movie Dept.
  16. 15. The Seven Itchy Years
    Movie Dept.
  17. 16. [Today's Criminal Investigating Game]
    Roger Price Dept.
  18. 17. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  19. 18. A Guide To Better Understanding The Fine Old Art of Boxing
    Sports Dept.
  20. 19. My Secret
    Sports Dept.
  21. 20. More Sure Fire Dialogue
    Education Dept.
  22. 21. Tense Tycoons and Lucky Bucks
    Best Seller Dept.
  23. 22. [Sanofranized]
    Sanofranized fabrics
  24. 23. It's High Adventure
    Canadian Clubbed
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Chris Boyko
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne