MAD #44
(January 1959)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly except February, May, August and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
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

Alfred E. Neuman Gets A Gift From... (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

Indexer Notes

Back cover is same window scene, but from Alfred's viewpoint. The logo of the soft drink Moxie appears in about every other article.

Clear Heads Agree Culvert D.T.'s Are Better (Table of Contents: 1)

Culvert Reserve / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Kelly Freas (signed)
Inks
Kelly Freas (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Phony ad for Culvert Reserve Whiskey.

Indexer Notes

Parody of ad for Calvert Reserve Whiskey.

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.

Catch Up On What You've Missed (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Getting Sick of TV? (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 5)

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Albert B. Feldstein; Harold Chamberlain; Cronley's Barber Shop; Knut Schaad; Jonathan Williams; Jerry Bourasaw; Barbara Nace; Bjorn Petersson; Johnny Lunsford; Arthur Marchino; Howard Hoffman; Leslie Naman
Pencils
Larry Maleman (photo); ? (photo)
Inks
Larry Maleman (photo); ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Albert B. Feldstein
Synopsis
Letters of comment, mostly about issue #42.

Indexer Notes

Two photos of Feldstein; one is from house ad for MAD tee shirts in MAD #42.

It's Yours Free! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Alfred E. Neuman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.17 page (report information)

A Christmas Gift Suggestion (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

The Coming Attractions...Don't Always Show Exactly What's Coming! (Table of Contents: 8)

Sneaky Prevues Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Showing the larger boring scenes that exciting movie previews are supposedly taken from.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

International Advertising (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Ads we might see if countries advertised like other products, instead of communicating their ideologies and accomplishments as they currently do.

The National Safety Council's Holiday-Weekend Telethon (Table of Contents: 10)

Crash Program Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Dee Caruso; Bill Levine
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Barry Grue; Martin Dean; Virginia Charity
Synopsis
Telethon to pump up the number of highway fatalities to meet the numbers announced before the holiday.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection. One character in cameo appears to be Scribbly Jibbet.

Junior Additions (Table of Contents: 11)

Crib Sheet Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Wally Wood (signed)
Inks
Wally Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Little Red Riding Hood; Dennis The Menace
Synopsis
Possible kids' editions of popular magazines, including: Junior Confessions, Tiny Homes and Gardens; Sports Infantile; Truant; Tyke; Pedal Trend; The Saturday Evening Tot.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Memories of Summer (Table of Contents: 12)

Don Martin Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
3 cartoons of the dangers of summer.
Reprints

Basketball (Table of Contents: 13)

Dribble Drivel Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Richard Furd
Synopsis
Satirical look at the sport of basketball.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Not a single black player is depicted.

Alfred E. Neuman's Family Tree (Table of Contents: 14)

The Root of All Evil Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Nu Mun; Tut-Ankh-Nu-Men; Socrates Numanos; Nerd Numinus; Alfred The Hun; Alfred The Chicken-Harted; Johannes Nuemanberg; Christopher Numunbus; Amerigo Numanucci; Michaelanumano; Elder Neuman; Sir Isaac Neuman; Benjamin Neuman; General George Neuman; Paul Neuman; Patrick Neuman; Abraham Neuman; Jefferson Davis Neuman; Nikolai Neumanski; Teddy Neuman; William Jennings Neuman; Thomas Alva Neuman; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Famous ancestors of Alfred, with very brief biographical notes and dates of birth and death.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

"Walk - Don't Walk" Signals (Table of Contents: 15)

Signals Crossed Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Thoughts on what could happen if the concept of signals were extended to everyday life events.
Reprints

Custom-Made Christmas Cards (Table of Contents: 16)

X-Missles Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Elfrida Von Nardroff; Charles Van Doren; Nikita Khrushchev; Ed Sullivan; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Phony Christmas cards from celebrities to other celebrities.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

How To Read Graphs (Table of Contents: 17)

Grid And Bear It Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Albert B. Feldstein ?; Joe Orlando
Inks
Albert B. Feldstein ?; Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Useless explanations of various types of graphs.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Scenes We'd Like To See: The Monster And The Villagers (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks
Joe Orlando (signed)

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Frankenstein's monster
Synopsis
When the villagers finally corner the monster he responds by signing autographs.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

The Search For Sleep (Table of Contents: 19)

Mind Over Mattress Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Various methods of inducing sleep.

Next Year's Extra-Long Book Titles (Table of Contents: 20)

Gone To Great Lengths Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
C. Memling
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Possible long book titles based on a the recent success of book by Robert Paul Smith.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Electrical Report (Table of Contents: 21)

Bob & Ray Dept. / comic story / 2 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; Ludlow J. Poindexter
Synopsis
Showing how the electrical company supposedly controls refrigerator lights and other appliance lights from a central headquarters.

Veeble People (Table of Contents: 22)

Working Press Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Elihu J. Sternwallow; Pop Schlepp; Woodruff Durfendorfer
Synopsis
Fictitious company magazine for North American Veeblefetzer Co.

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

A Very Merry Christmas...And A Happy New Year! (Table of Contents: 23)

Season's Greetings Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Two cartoons: a toddler unwraps his older brother instead of the present, and a woman's hair turns into a New Year's noisemaker.

You'll Be "Chairman of The Board" In Your MAD T-Shirt (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

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

Some Items "For Sale - Cheap" (Table of Contents: 25)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Items once associated with a celebrity, but no longer needed.

Indexer Notes

Appear in the margins of 20 pages of the issue.

[untitled] (Table of Contents: 26)

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

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

Characters
Moxie Cowznofsky

Indexer Notes

The front cover as seen from Alfred's viewpoint. Moxie Cowznofsky is named in letters column of issue #48.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Alfred E. Neuman Gets A Gift From...
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Clear Heads Agree Culvert D.T.'s Are Better
    Culvert Reserve
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. Catch Up On What You've Missed
    MAD For Keeps
  5. 4. Getting Sick of TV?
    The Brothers MAD
  6. 5. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  7. 6. It's Yours Free!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  8. 7. A Christmas Gift Suggestion
    MAD Magazine
  9. 8. The Coming Attractions...Don't Always Show Exactly What's Coming!
    Sneaky Prevues Dept.
  10. 9. International Advertising
    Globaloney Dept.
  11. 10. The National Safety Council's Holiday-Weekend Telethon
    Crash Program Dept.
  12. 11. Junior Additions
    Crib Sheet Dept.
  13. 12. Memories of Summer
    Don Martin Dept.
  14. 13. Basketball
    Dribble Drivel Dept.
  15. 14. Alfred E. Neuman's Family Tree
    The Root of All Evil Dept.
  16. 15. "Walk - Don't Walk" Signals
    Signals Crossed Dept.
  17. 16. Custom-Made Christmas Cards
    X-Missles Dept.
  18. 17. How To Read Graphs
    Grid And Bear It Dept.
  19. 18. Scenes We'd Like To See: The Monster And The Villagers
    Hollywood Dept.
  20. 19. The Search For Sleep
    Mind Over Mattress Dept.
  21. 20. Next Year's Extra-Long Book Titles
    Gone To Great Lengths Dept.
  22. 21. Electrical Report
    Bob & Ray Dept.
  23. 22. Veeble People
    Working Press Dept.
  24. 23. A Very Merry Christmas...And A Happy New Year!
    Season's Greetings Dept.
  25. 24. You'll Be "Chairman of The Board" In Your MAD T-Shirt
    MAD T-Shirts
  26. 25. Some Items "For Sale - Cheap"
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  27. 26. [untitled]
    Alfred E. Neuman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne