MAD #42
(November 1958)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly except January, April, July, and October
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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[wine bottle stoppers] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints

Now In Its Second Printing (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.

What If You Did What They Told You On TV? (Table of Contents: 3)

Rush Right Out Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dee Caruso; Bill Levine
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
How doing the things that tv commercials suggest will not get the results you expect.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Why Go Hunting For Every Issue Of MAD (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Reaches New Heights (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

The Brothers MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1.26 pages (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein; Preston Kohn; Tony Freedman; Mrs. W. D. Peckham; Eliot Kohen; Linda; Gail; Barbara; H. W. Hightower; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Mendel Baylis; Carson Cox; Ed Woodsmall; Stan Balzer; Mike Conway; Martin Jublonski; Joseph Smith; Ronni Salter; Stephan Mehler; Brother John; Allan Hudson; Patty Hodgins
Pencils
? (photo); Mrs. W. D. Peckham (photo)
Inks
? (photo); Mrs. W. D. Peckham (photo)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Peckham children; Dior Knox; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #41, with reader photos.

Only One Left! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.07 page (report information)

MAD's 1958 Pigskin Preview (Table of Contents: 8)

Unnecessary Roughness Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Elihu "Midge" Dunkley; Charlie Schvepp; "Lush" Pitkin; Clip Clopp; Sid Blemish; Alfred E. Neuman; "Boxer" Towser
Synopsis
Parody of magazine college football season previews, along with fake definitions of football terms.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

A Nameless Story (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A boy saves a bird from a hunter...then eats the bird.
Reprints

Big Cars (Table of Contents: 10)

Ask The Man Who Parks One Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Solutions to parking and congestion problems caused by big cars.

I'm Five! (Table of Contents: 11)

Danny Kaye Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Milton Schafer; Danny Kaye
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Danny Kaye
Synopsis
Song lyrics as performed by Danny Kaye, with illustrations.

Indexer Notes

Song copyright 1957 by Frank Music Corp.

Not-So-Far-From-Wrong Spelling Errors (Table of Contents: 12)

E Before I Except After Q Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Julius Rothenberg
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Spelling errors that tell the story better than the correct spelling would.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

25c MAD Children's Books (Table of Contents: 13)

A Child's Garden of Curses Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Marjorie; Mr. Furd; Billy; Sue; The Little Red Hen; Comrade George; Fireman Jones; The Commissioner
Synopsis
Parodies of children's books but on adult subjects, written and illustrated in the style of Golden Books.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Sick Sick Sick (Table of Contents: 14)

Out of The Freud And Into The Feiffer Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Jules Feiffer
Pencils
Jules Feiffer
Inks
Jules Feiffer
Letters
Jules Feiffer

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Excerpts from the book.
Reprints
  • from Sick Sick Sick (McGraw Hill Book Co., Inc., 1958 series)

Strangely Believe It! (Table of Contents: 15)

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; Sidney Klutz; Malcolm Cranshaw; Fanciful Jones; Dylan Smetnik
Synopsis
Parody of Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

MAD Mood Music (Table of Contents: 16)

Let's Look At The Record Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Laikin
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Popular songs arranged into phony albums of music for specific moods.

Indexer Notes

Writer credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Credits For The Common Man (Table of Contents: 17)

Honorable Mention Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Laikin
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Everyday occupations with credits for all the people who helped in the background, in the style of movie credits. Also, suggested "professional" names for persons in various occupations.

Indexer Notes

Writer credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Baseball Report (Table of Contents: 18)

Bob & Ray Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Bob Elliott; Ray Goulding; Wally Ballew; Duane Grubble
Synopsis
Wally interviews the official team heckler for the San Francisco Giants.

On The Bowery (Table of Contents: 19)

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
Two bums who have been ingesting Sterno find an unusual way to light a cigarette.
Reprints

Houses To Match Your Personality (Table of Contents: 20)

Frame of Mind Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Strange home styles to fit various personality types.

Indexer Notes

Writer credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Scenes We Never Got To See (Table of Contents: 21)

The Phase On The Cutting Room Floor Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Albert Meglin
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Frank Sinatra; William Holden; Kim Novak; Sophia Loren; Alan Ladd; Burt Lancaster; Deborah Kerr; Bridgette Bardot
Synopsis
The supposed final frame cut from famous movie scenes.

Indexer Notes

Writer credits from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Great Bank Robbery (Table of Contents: 22)

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 bank robbery goes wrong when no one cares about the hostage.
Reprints

You'll Be A "Horror" In A MAD T-Shirt (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

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

Where They Spent Their Vacations (Table of Contents: 24)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Vacation spots paired with various occupations.

Indexer Notes

Appear in the margins of 26 pages of the issue.

Does She... Or Doesn't She... (Table of Contents: 25)

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
Parody of Miss Clairol hair coloring ad (Miss Clairold Date-Ager Kit), featuring a kit to age your date so his appearance matches yours.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [wine bottle stoppers]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Now In Its Second Printing
    MAD For Keeps
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. What If You Did What They Told You On TV?
    Rush Right Out Dept.
  5. 4. Why Go Hunting For Every Issue Of MAD
    MAD Magazine
  6. 5. Reaches New Heights
    The Brothers MAD
  7. 6. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  8. 7. Only One Left!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  9. 8. MAD's 1958 Pigskin Preview
    Unnecessary Roughness Dept.
  10. 9. A Nameless Story
    Don Martin Dept.
  11. 10. Big Cars
    Ask The Man Who Parks One Dept.
  12. 11. I'm Five!
    Danny Kaye Dept.
  13. 12. Not-So-Far-From-Wrong Spelling Errors
    E Before I Except After Q Dept.
  14. 13. 25c MAD Children's Books
    A Child's Garden of Curses Dept.
  15. 14. Sick Sick Sick
    Out of The Freud And Into The Feiffer Dept.
  16. 15. Strangely Believe It!
    Ernie Kovacs Dept.
  17. 16. MAD Mood Music
    Let's Look At The Record Dept.
  18. 17. Credits For The Common Man
    Honorable Mention Dept.
  19. 18. Baseball Report
    Bob & Ray Dept.
  20. 19. On The Bowery
    Don Martin Dept.
  21. 20. Houses To Match Your Personality
    Frame of Mind Dept.
  22. 21. Scenes We Never Got To See
    The Phase On The Cutting Room Floor Dept.
  23. 22. The Great Bank Robbery
    Don Martin Dept.
  24. 23. You'll Be A "Horror" In A MAD T-Shirt
    MAD T-Shirts
  25. 24. Where They Spent Their Vacations
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  26. 25. Does She... Or Doesn't She...
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Chris Boyko
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne