MAD #41
(September 1958)

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

[Dear Editor] (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Inks
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Colors
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Letters
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints

If You're A New Fan You're Lucky! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

MAD For Keeps / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

Vital Features / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from this issue. There is a writer credit for Albert Meglin, Steve Tuttle and Marguerite McClain, but unknown for what stories.

MAD Answers Questions Most Asked By Camp Counselors (Table of Contents: 3)

Aide-De-Camp Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Pencils
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Inks
Mel Lazarus (signed)
Letters
Mel Lazarus (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Questions summer camp counselors might have...but no answers.

Don't Be A Shnook! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Hot Off The Press! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

The Brothers MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.17 page (report information)

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 6)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.088 pages (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein; Marge Duffy Devine; George Leeman; Miriam Frank; R. Leland; New York Graphic Society; Merrill Lifton; Peter Torvik; Robert Ryan; Allen Standish; John Bruck; Samuel Northcross; Paul Vervisch; Jim Stripling; Clifford Kent; Bob Lilienthal; Rollins Turner
Pencils
various; ? (photo); Henry Major
Inks
various; ? (photo); Henry Major
Letters
typeset

Characters
Wally Wood; The Gay Philosopher
Synopsis
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #40. Includes a photo of Wally Wood receiving the "Best Comic Artist of 1957" award, and a painting of The Gay Philosopher by Henry Major.

Just A Limited Amount Left! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

Statement of Ownership (Table of Contents: 8)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
William M. Gaines
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publisher = Willaim M. Gaines; Editor = Albert B. Feldstein; Owner = E.C. Publications, Inc. [William M. Gaines; Jessie K. Gaines; Virginia E. MacAdie]

For October 1, 1957.

It's Fun To Phone! (Table of Contents: 9)

Bet Telephone System / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Bell Telephone System ad, showing how it's fun to phone your bookie.

The MAD Primer (Table of Contents: 10)

Throw The Book At 'Em Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Irving; Schlep; Farmer Brown; Miss Furd; Sadie; Irving's father; Bobbie Smith; Mr. Johnson
Synopsis
Parody of a reading primer, with a rather psychotic family.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Don Martin at Large In a Haberdashery (Table of Contents: 11)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Don Martin (signed)
Pencils
Don Martin (signed)
Inks
Don Martin (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Don sniffs (or worse) the handkerchiefs and coats before buying.
Reprints

How To Put Out An Imitation of MAD (Table of Contents: 12)

Free-Loading Dept. / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Norman Mingo (Alfred); Jack Davis (main cover illustration)
Inks
Harvey Kurtzman (frame, signed); Bill Elder (frame, signed); Norman Mingo (Alfred); Jack Davis (main cover illustration)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Instructions to other publishers and editors on how to imitate MAD.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes the Departments page from this issue.

Rare Old Magazines (Table of Contents: 13)

Look In The Yellowed Pages Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Possible modern style magazines as they would have existed in history.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Go West, Old Format (Table of Contents: 14)

3:10 To Yuma Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Meglin
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Joe Friday; Dead-Eye; Mike Wallace; Blackjack Cohen; Bob Cummings; Chuck; Georgia; Phil Silvers; Pvt. Doberman
Synopsis
Ways to punch up old tv shows by turning them into westerns.

Indexer Notes

Shows parodied are: Dragnet; Mike Wallace; Bob Cummings; Phil Silvers. Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Go East, Old Western (Table of Contents: 15)

3:10 To Westport Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Meglin
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Pallidin; Mr. Kitzel; Mr. Wessel
Synopsis
Turning a western tv show into a Madison Avenue concept, Pallidin is hired to create an advertising campaign and when it doesn't work, forces a merger of two companies.

Indexer Notes

Parody of tv show "Have Gun, Will Travel." Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Snob Appeal vs Slob Appeal (Table of Contents: 16)

Lower The Pitch Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ads for Rancid's Deluxe Whiskey, Whammo Watchbands, Breezy of California jackets, and Aardvark Carpets, that show two different advertising approaches.

The Chess Game (Table of Contents: 17)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don Martin (signed)
Pencils
Don Martin (signed)
Inks
Don Martin (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Fatal results from cheating at chess.

The New, Improved, Rotten Circus (Table of Contents: 18)

Henry Morgan Dept. / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Morgan
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed); Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed); Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Henry Morgan
Synopsis
Henry compares modern circuses to old-fashioned ones...unfavorably.

How To Play Golf (Table of Contents: 19)

Tee And Sympathy Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Bad tips on golfing, including giving up the game.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

One Day's Advice Columns...The Next Day's Headlines (Table of Contents: 20)

Help Needed Dept....Help Heeded Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Sidney Fawnover; Ozgood Z'Beard; Kate Potchka; Helen DuBois
Synopsis
What might be happening when people follow the advice they receive from newspaper columnists.

Indexer Notes

Includes article noting Kelly Freas has been fired from Time Magazine, which ties in with the cover of this issue.

Strangely Believe It! (Table of Contents: 21)

Ernie Kovacs Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ernie Kovacs
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
Wally Wood

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ernie Kovacs; J. Daniel Frump; Frembish K. Fair III
Synopsis
Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

The Wrong Lions (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Christian Diesel [Marlo Brandin]; Michael Wiffycur [Dean Martini]; Noah Ackermoan [Montgomery Cleft]; Irwin Shaw
Synopsis
Parody of movie The Young Lions with twist ending involving the author of the book.

The Great Mail Robbery (Table of Contents: 23)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don Martin (signed)
Pencils
Don Martin (signed)
Inks
Don Martin (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A robbery goes bad when the mail carrier seems to be indestructible.
Reprints

Boating (Table of Contents: 24)

Two Years Before The Mess Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg (signed)
Pencils
Dave Berg (signed)
Inks
Dave Berg (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A look at when the boating craze gets out of hand and common traffic problems and situations will apply to boating.

The Count-Down Man (Table of Contents: 25)

Bob & Ray Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding; Bill Levine; Dee Caruso
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding; Wally Ballew; Dr. Adolph Von Schmutz
Synopsis
Wally interviews the man who counts down rocket launches for NASA.

Indexer Notes

Writer credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The National Osographic Magazine (Table of Contents: 26)

Around The World In Eighty Pictures Dept. / text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Roger Sternwallow; Evelyn Sternwallow; Birdie Ugnew; Neville Brooks-Brother
Synopsis
Parody of National Geographic Magazine.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

In A Penny Arcade (Table of Contents: 27)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Don Martin (signed)
Pencils
Don Martin (signed)
Inks
Don Martin (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
When two men finish playing a boxing game, the mechanical characters take over.
Reprints

You'll Be A "Knockout" In A MAD T-Shirt (Table of Contents: 28) (Expand) /

MAD T-Shirts / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Edited Advertising Slogans (Table of Contents: 29)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / filler / 0 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Advertising slogans with a punch line following.

Indexer Notes

Appear in the margins of 25 pages of the issue.

The Skid-Row Bums (Table of Contents: 30)

Chesterfind Cigarettes / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Inks
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Colors
Kelly Freas (painted, signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad parody of Chesterfield Cigarettes ad.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Dear Editor]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. If You're A New Fan You're Lucky!
    MAD For Keeps
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. MAD Answers Questions Most Asked By Camp Counselors
    Aide-De-Camp Dept.
  5. 4. Don't Be A Shnook!
    Mad Magazine
  6. 5. Hot Off The Press!
    The Brothers MAD
  7. 6. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  8. 7. Just A Limited Amount Left!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  9. 8. Statement of Ownership
  10. 9. It's Fun To Phone!
    Bet Telephone System
  11. 10. The MAD Primer
    Throw The Book At 'Em Dept.
  12. 11. Don Martin at Large In a Haberdashery
    Don Martin Dept.
  13. 12. How To Put Out An Imitation of MAD
    Free-Loading Dept.
  14. 13. Rare Old Magazines
    Look In The Yellowed Pages Dept.
  15. 14. Go West, Old Format
    3:10 To Yuma Dept.
  16. 15. Go East, Old Western
    3:10 To Westport Dept.
  17. 16. Snob Appeal vs Slob Appeal
    Lower The Pitch Dept.
  18. 17. The Chess Game
    Don Martin Dept.
  19. 18. The New, Improved, Rotten Circus
    Henry Morgan Dept.
  20. 19. How To Play Golf
    Tee And Sympathy Dept.
  21. 20. One Day's Advice Columns...The Next Day's Headlines
    Help Needed Dept....Help Heeded Dept.
  22. 21. Strangely Believe It!
    Ernie Kovacs Dept.
  23. 22. The Wrong Lions
    Movies Dept.
  24. 23. The Great Mail Robbery
    Don Martin Dept.
  25. 24. Boating
    Two Years Before The Mess Dept.
  26. 25. The Count-Down Man
    Bob & Ray Dept.
  27. 26. The National Osographic Magazine
    Around The World In Eighty Pictures Dept.
  28. 27. In A Penny Arcade
    Don Martin Dept.
  29. 28. You'll Be A "Knockout" In A MAD T-Shirt
    MAD T-Shirts
  30. 29. Edited Advertising Slogans
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  31. 30. The Skid-Row Bums
    Chesterfind Cigarettes
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ray Bottorff Jr
  • Peter Croome
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
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