MAD #29
(September 1956)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
Bi-Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Editing
Albert B. Feldstein
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

First issue edited by Albert B. Feldstein. First issue with text in margins.


3-Ring Circus of Fun (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Wally Wood (figures at bottom)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Wally Wood (figures at bottom)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Reprints

Yard Birds (Table of Contents: 1)

Ethel, Cooperate / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Ethel, exhorting everyone to drive more.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Parody of Ethyl Corp. gasoline additive ads. Some characters based on Pogo comic strip. Possible Feldstein script per Feldstein: The Mad life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

Vital Features / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this issue. Quote under the masthead is from Swift (1667-1745).

The New Expandable Severolet... (Table of Contents: 3)

Severolet / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Severolet, a car that comes in sections and can expand to any desired length.

Indexer Notes

Script credit confirmed by Feldstein in the book Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Parody of ad for Chevrolet station wagon; car drawing resembles one.

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

Mad Magazine / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Galahad

Indexer Notes

Includes correction to the Collegiate Whimsey article in issue #28. First issue to use title "Random Samplings of Reader Mail" but this is only used on the Table of Contents page (and the titles listed there deviate from nearly all of those found on the stories themselves - sometimes considerably). Letters, mostly commenting on issue #28 by Philip Charize; Nathan A, Shotbag; Bob Martinick; Harvey Simons; Bob Tucker; Bill Fried; Max Schneider; James Germain; John Murray Jr.; Alex Dunne; Stan Lamontovich; Tony Gristina; Paul Johnson; Murray Loew; Roger Johnson; Frank Veles; John Nellis; Jim McConnell; Ron Freund; Don Evans; Dianne Haber; Chester Swedge and James Layland.

Free Fall Ferris (Table of Contents: 6)

Unsung Heroes Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry DeFuccio (idea); Al Feldstein (script)
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Free Fall Ferris
Synopsis
Story about a mouse who becomes a U.S. astronaut.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

writer/idea credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. "Totally MAD" CD collection credited DeFuccio with script.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Runaway Stagecoach (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Cowboy tries to save a woman in a runaway stage coach by jumping from his horse onto one of the runaway horses... but falls on the ground.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Interlandi script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Gringo (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Ernie Kovacs
Pencils
Bill Elder (signed)
Inks
Bill Elder (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ernie Kovacs
Synopsis
Rules for a fictitious board game.
Reprints

New Designs In Television Sets (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Harvey Kurtzman ?; Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of types and uses of television remote controls.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Feldstein was unsure if this story was written by him or Kurtzman. Info from the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Dining Etiquette Quiz (Table of Contents: 10)

Raised Pinky Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Basil Wolverton
Pencils
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Inks
Basil Wolverton (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Quiz with bad examples of dining practices.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wolverton script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

The Man In The Soot-Gray Flannel (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Tim Wrath [Greg Peckory]; Gene Lockjaw; Mrs. Wrath [Joan Jennifer]; Rosa [Maria Parmesan]
Synopsis
Major scenes from the movie, with captions instead of dialog.

Indexer Notes

Parody of movie "The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit." Writer credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Rare Old Cartoons: Hans Huckerbein der Young Hard-Luck Raven (Table of Contents: 12)

Collector's Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Wilhelm Busch
Pencils
Wilhelm Busch
Inks
Wilhelm Busch
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Hans Huckerbein; Fritz; Auntie Lotten
Synopsis
Fritz captures a raven, Hans, and brings it home where it destroys the place until it drinks some wine and dies tangled in some rope. The moral is loosely given as the bad you do will catch up with you.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cartoon is over 100 years old, by the creator of "Max und Moritz" which was the inspiration for the Katzenjammer Kids.

Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Advice for a man who loses everything and wants to hang himself.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. Alfred E. Neuman does not physically resemble the MAD trademark character.

Camp (Table of Contents: 14)

Poison Ivy Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Melvin Cowznofsky
Synopsis
Story of Melvin's summer at Camp Pot-Ra-Zee-Bee.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Make Your Own Love-Story Comic (Table of Contents: 15)

Do It Yourself Dept. / activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Kamen
Inks
Jack Kamen
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A bunch of figures, captions, and titles to cut out and arrange on some background scenes.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer and artist credits confirmed per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Hot Weather Photos (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mort Pestle; Mickey Toonis; Sid Lumly; George Sturdley; Vava Voom
Synopsis
Collection of typical newspaper photos taken to show hot summer weather.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Kurtzman script per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

MAD Bubble Gum Cards (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Smedley van Sturdley; Milton Forbisher; Stanley Henkledorf; Walter N. Goober; Beauregard Bordon
Synopsis
Bubble gum cards in the Famous Cowards series.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Scenes We'd Like To See: Escaping The Cannibals (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A man and a woman are running to escape cannibals and she twists an ankle, whereupon the man runs away as the cannibals close in, instead of carrying her.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

The Underworld Around Us (Table of Contents: 19)

Epic Case History Dept. / text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Bernie Wiseman
Pencils
Bernie Wiseman
Inks
Bernie Wiseman
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Essay on early human evolution up to the Stone Age.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Day of The Big Race (Table of Contents: 20)

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

Script
Phil Interlandi
Pencils
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Inks
Phil Interlandi (signed)
Colors
one
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
After a jockey is fired for taking a bribe, the owner's granddaughter volunteers to ride in the big race. She loses.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Convention Forecasts (Table of Contents: 21)

Political Crystal Ball Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Sylvester J. Ike; Cosmo L. Nixon; Stevenson Blung; Irving I. Kefauver; Harriman Twince
Synopsis
Predictions for political convention personnel whose names resemble famous politicians.

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Real Estate Ads (Table of Contents: 22)

Home-Sweet-Homes Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Wally Wood; Jack Kamen (home rendering)
Inks
Wally Wood; Jack Kamen (home rendering)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Furd famliy
Synopsis
The Furds find an attractive real estate ad only to be disappointed by the actual home.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions (Table of Contents: 23)

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

Script
Al Feldstein
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Advice for a man whose wife plays the tuba at night.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Energetic 17-Year-Olds Are Happy Happy Happy (Table of Contents: 24)

How To Give A Party Dept. / comic story / 2.67 pages (report information)

Script
Harvey Kurtzman ?; Al Feldstein ?
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Mrs. Goodfellow Kringe; Irving Kringe
Synopsis
A look at a teenage Rock 'n Roll Romp party and aftermath.

Indexer Notes

Al Feldstein was unsure if he or Kurtzman wrote this story. Info per Al Feldstein from the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein.

Mad Records For Mad Readers! (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

San Francisco Records / advertisement / 0.165 page (report information)

Show-Off Your Records! (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Leslie Productions / advertisement / 0.083 page (report information)

What... Me Worry? (Table of Contents: 27) (Expand) /

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.083 page (report information)

Biggest Year In MAD History (Table of Contents: 28) (Expand) /

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

This One Has the Urp! (Table of Contents: 29)

Padst Red Ribbon Beer / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody

Indexer Notes

Phony ad for Padst Red Ribbon Beer (parody of ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer). Script credit per info from Al Feldstein in the book Al Feldstein: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein. On back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. 3-Ring Circus of Fun
  2. 1. Yard Birds
    Ethel, Cooperate
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. The New Expandable Severolet...
    Severolet
  5. 4. ["Melvin? You say you can't find Mad anywhere?"]
    Mad Magazine
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. Free Fall Ferris
    Unsung Heroes Dept.
  8. 7. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Runaway Stagecoach
    Hollywood Dept.
  9. 8. Gringo
    Games Dept.
  10. 9. New Designs In Television Sets
    Science Dept.
  11. 10. Dining Etiquette Quiz
    Raised Pinky Dept.
  12. 11. The Man In The Soot-Gray Flannel
    Movie Dept.
  13. 12. Rare Old Cartoons: Hans Huckerbein der Young Hard-Luck Raven
    Collector's Dept.
  14. 13. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  15. 14. Camp
    Poison Ivy Dept.
  16. 15. Make Your Own Love-Story Comic
    Do It Yourself Dept.
  17. 16. Hot Weather Photos
    Newspaper Dept.
  18. 17. MAD Bubble Gum Cards
    Hobby Dept.
  19. 18. Scenes We'd Like To See: Escaping The Cannibals
    Hollywood Dept.
  20. 19. The Underworld Around Us
    Epic Case History Dept.
  21. 20. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Day of The Big Race
    Hollywood Dept.
  22. 21. Convention Forecasts
    Political Crystal Ball Dept.
  23. 22. Real Estate Ads
    Home-Sweet-Homes Dept.
  24. 23. Alfred E. Neuman Answers Your Questions
    Advice Dept.
  25. 24. Energetic 17-Year-Olds Are Happy Happy Happy
    How To Give A Party Dept.
  26. 25. Mad Records For Mad Readers!
    San Francisco Records
  27. 26. Show-Off Your Records!
    Leslie Productions
  28. 27. What... Me Worry?
    Alfred E. Neuman
  29. 28. Biggest Year In MAD History
    Mad Magazine
  30. 29. This One Has the Urp!
    Padst Red Ribbon Beer
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Patrick Lemaire
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Chris Boyko
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