MAD #27
(April 1956)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
Quarterly
On-sale date
1956-01-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
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

On-sale date is from 1984 copyright renewal. It is not listed in Catalog of Copyright Entries, 1956 Periodicals.


[1956] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Davis (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Inks
Jack Davis (signed); Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed)
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; General Douglas MacArthur; Thomas Dewey; Harry Truman; Adlai Stevenson; Mao Tse-tung; Nikita Kruschev; Mickey Mouse; Davy Crockett; J. Fred Muggs; Joe McCarthy; Richard Nixon; Marilyn Monroe; Jane Russell; Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth II; Casey Stengel
Synopsis
The new 1956 baby walks into the mess remaining from previous years, with Alfred ready to trip him.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Many other people in the drawing the indexer did not recognize. The frame around the drawing is NOT the same as in issues #24-#26.

Marlbrando (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Marlbrando Tattoo Needles with filtered ink.

Indexer Notes

Parody of Marlboro Cigarette ad. Inside front cover.

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

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

Characters
Abe Burrows

Indexer Notes

Includes a brief summary of contents with excerpts of art from this issue.

Cartoon Digest (Table of Contents: 3)

Newspaper Comics Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Little Orphan Melvin; Punjoke; Sandle; Daddy Peacebudks; Mett; Juff; Mickey Rodent; R. Morgan; Starchie; Bottleneck; Harold Toon; Shadrack; Poopeye; Marlon Branflakes
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parodies of strips: Little Orphan Annie; Mutt and Jeff; Li'l Abner; Rex Morgan MD; Archie; Popeye.

Why Settle for Others When Beautydreamy Balances Drinking Glasses! (Table of Contents: 4)

Beautydreamy Matresses / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Beautyrest Matresses.

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

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman
Pencils
Jack Davis; Wally Wood; ?
Inks
Jack Davis; Wally Wood; ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is various excerpts from previous issue and a few more samples of possible Alfred E. Neuman predecessors. Letters from Sydney Firetag, M.L., John Henry Chesterfield & Louis Forgotson, Janet Kaplan, R.L. Westbrook, Dorothy Backer, Mark Rudolph, Bob Foxworth, C.C. Harrigan, Jr., Jon Skinta, James Thurkauf Irwin Gross, Lorelei Latour (fake letter), Jim Killian, Domenic Pappaceno, E. Nelson Bridwell (future DC staffer), G.O.W. Also includes ad for new "Inside Mad" paperback.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

statement of ownership / 0.17 page (report information)

Script
Lyle Stuart
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Editor: Harvey Kurtzman; Managing Editor: John Putnam; Business Manager: Lyle Stuart; Publisher: William M. Gaines; Owner: E. C. Publications, Inc. [William M. Gaines; J. K. Gaines; V. E. MacAdie]

How You Can Be a Member of the Bogen Hi-Fi Set at Moderate Cost (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Bogen Hi-Fidelity Equipment / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Marshall Who Got Outdrawn (Table of Contents: 8)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The marshall goes out to a gunfight over the objections of several girlfriends...and is outdrawn and shot.
Reprints

How To Be Smart (Table of Contents: 9)

Education Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Shows many things you can do to look smart.
Reprints

A Sea Chanty (Table of Contents: 10)

Music Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Abe Burrows
Pencils
Russ Heath
Inks
Russ Heath
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Lyrics and music for a song about sailing on the Nancy Brown.

Indexer Notes

Short blurb at the end advertising the "Abe Burrows Songbook."

Ed Suvillan Show (Table of Contents: 11)

TV Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ed Suvillan; Phil Soundflinger; Charlie Mahoney; Ookabolaconga tribe; Sultan Taj Mahal; Alfred L. Neuman; Wes Yeast
Synopsis
A typical night on the show, with a ventriloquist, a foreign act, and a comic. Article ends with a mock judicial order from Judge Alfred E. Neuman.
Reprints

Uninterrupted Melody (Table of Contents: 12)

Ice Cream Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Stan Freberg; F. C. Barr; Dave Green; Joe; Good Humorous Men; Harris; Jones; Mother Goose
Synopsis
A short play of a mutiny among the Good Humorous Men, when they can't stand any longer the music their trucks play.

A Lad and a Lion (Table of Contents: 13)

Nature Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gedney L. Burp; Tommy Burp; Lassie
Synopsis
Story showing that lions will be lions, not pets.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Safety Features (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Article shows how all the new auto safety features are optional equipment, and all the cosmetic features are standard.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Musketeer Who Failed To Get The Girl (Table of Contents: 15)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The musketeer successfully battles dozens of the villain's men, but is run through by the villain.
Reprints

The Brave Dogs (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Roger Price
Pencils
Roger Price
Inks
Roger Price
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Roger describes a new sport/art he has invented, Dog Kicking, which has its roots in bull fighting.

Ulysses (Table of Contents: 17)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ulysses [Kirk Doubtless]; Penelope [Silvano Lasagno]; Circe [Silvano Lasagno]; Nausicaa [Rossana Pizzeria]; Cyclops [Umberto Scallopini]; Telemachus
Synopsis
A brief summary of major scenes from the movie, with a surprise ending.

Indexer Notes

Parody of the movie "Ulysses."

Nightwatch (Table of Contents: 18)

Radio & TV Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Arnold Hayne
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ben Jones; Jed Brown; Dunday
Synopsis
Jones and Dunday keep arresting their captainm, Jed Brown.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "Dragnet."

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Woodsman Who Failed To Save the Girl (Table of Contents: 19)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A woodsman tries to save a girl going over a waterfall in a canoe, but can't reach her and she goes over.
Reprints

Rare Old Cartoons (Table of Contents: 20)

Collector's Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Caran d'Ache
Pencils
Caran d'Ache
Inks
Caran d'Ache
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man accuses his dog of defecating in the house, but when he tries to clean it up he discovers it is a snake and is bitten.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Old cartoon from French artist who lived 1858-1909.

Football (Table of Contents: 21)

Sports Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Rockwell Hedo; Hector Swineherd; Stuyvesant Oxe; Freddy Lippsitt; Irving Hambutt; Salvatore Kelly; Pincus McCarthy; Bentley J. Funff; Dzordz Dzizzy; Guy Wojskgnkski; Hoggy Carmichael
Synopsis
Highlighting the problems poorer schools have with their football teams.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Fighter Who Didn't Rally (Table of Contents: 22)

Hollywood Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks
Phil Interlandi (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The fighter rallies one last time after receiving some good news ringside, but is knocked out anyway.
Reprints

What -- Me Worry? (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

What Makes a Glass of Beer Taste So Good? (Table of Contents: 24)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Elder [as William Elder]
Inks
Bill Elder [as William Elder]
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of an ad for United States Brewers Foundation ("Foundation To Encourage Excess - The Beverage of Moderation"). Back cover. The name of the picture is "Visiting the Grandparents" (Number 1 in the series "Ol' Home Life").

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [1956]
  2. 1. Marlbrando
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Cartoon Digest
    Newspaper Comics Dept.
  5. 4. Why Settle for Others When Beautydreamy Balances Drinking Glasses!
    Beautydreamy Matresses
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. How You Can Be a Member of the Bogen Hi-Fi Set at Moderate Cost
    Bogen Hi-Fidelity Equipment
  9. 8. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Marshall Who Got Outdrawn
    Hollywood Dept.
  10. 9. How To Be Smart
    Education Dept.
  11. 10. A Sea Chanty
    Music Dept.
  12. 11. Ed Suvillan Show
    TV Dept.
  13. 12. Uninterrupted Melody
    Ice Cream Dept.
  14. 13. A Lad and a Lion
    Nature Dept.
  15. 14. Safety Features
    Science Dept.
  16. 15. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Musketeer Who Failed To Get The Girl
    Hollywood Dept.
  17. 16. The Brave Dogs
    Roger Price Dept.
  18. 17. Ulysses
    Movie Dept.
  19. 18. Nightwatch
    Radio & TV Dept.
  20. 19. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Woodsman Who Failed To Save the Girl
    Hollywood Dept.
  21. 20. Rare Old Cartoons
    Collector's Dept.
  22. 21. Football
    Sports Dept.
  23. 22. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Fighter Who Didn't Rally
    Hollywood Dept.
  24. 23. What -- Me Worry?
    Alfred E. Neuman
  25. 24. What Makes a Glass of Beer Taste So Good?
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Pat Conolly
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Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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