MAD #51
(December 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.
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

[Potrzebie High School Band] (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)

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Moxie Cowznofsky
Synopsis
Moxie beats on a drum, giving the Alfred face on the drum a black eye.

Indexer Notes

Alfred's famous quote is given in Latin as: "Quid, Me Vexari?"

One Kind of Husband...Two Kinds of Underwear (Table of Contents: 1)

Hames / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Kelly Freas (signed)
Inks
Kelly Freas (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Eddie Fisher; Elizabeth Taylor; Debbie Reynolds
Synopsis
Satire on Hanes underwear ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.
Inside front cover.

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.

Do Your Christmas Shopping Early (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

MAD Christmas Gift Mart / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Julie Carroll; George Ainslie; Josh Zerlin; Robert Canning; Jane High; Don Gerson; Stanley Stone; Barry Signoretti; Ken Rose; Ray Soudant; Charles Stoddard; Steve Schlessinger; Judy Arnold; Sullivan; Stone
Pencils
Kelley Freas; Wallace Wood; Bob Clarke
Inks
Kelley Freas; Wallace Wood; Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Letters of comment, many about issue #49.

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from previous issues.

Advertising Slogans Will Replace Everyday Conversations (Table of Contents: 5)

Gray Flannel-Mouth Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Mr. Sternwallow; Mr. Brooks; Sydney; Gladys; Casey Stengel; Whitey Ford; Bob Turley
Synopsis
Shows how advertising slogans can be used in many different situations to replace ordinary conversation.

Indexer Notes

signed on typewriter on first page

The Man With The Sprung Neck (Table of Contents: 6)

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 man with his neck out of place visits two doctors, who end up winding him up like a toy top.

The Night The Price Is All Right Has An Unexpected Guest (Table of Contents: 7)

Light, Camera, Auction Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Bill Culon; Mrs. Kravitch; Mr. Getzoff; Mr. Ogilvie; Mr. Sfortz; Mr. Furd; President Eisenhower (on phone)
Synopsis
Parody of the TV show "The Price Is Right", in which an uncharacteristically unexcited guest nearly ruins the show.
Reprints

Painting By The Numbers (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Shows how the principles of paint-by-number art could be applied to other endeavors such as surgery, cooking, creative writing, and wrestling.
Reprints

A MAD Treasury of Unknown Poetry Volume 2 (Table of Contents: 9)

Verse of The People Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Parodies of famous poems by Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling and others.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Poem titles are: Insomnia, The Spaniel, The Barefoot Fink, When I was A Used Car Salesman, On The Road To Louisville, and Killer Boy Furd.
References Volume 1 in MAD #43.

The Great Hotel Fire (Table of Contents: 10)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Some completely inept firemen manage not save a single person jumping from a building on fire.
Reprints

Testing Civilians For Space Flight (Table of Contents: 11)

Solar Perplexus Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks
Wallace Wood (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Lester B. Cowznofski
Synopsis
Testing the theory that the most difficult part of long space flights for people to deal with is withdrawal from their usual patterns of life, researchers discover an even bigger problem.

Scenes We'd Like To See: Driving The Golden Spike (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Eugene St. Jean
Pencils
Wallace Wood (signed)
Inks
Wallace Wood (signed)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
An engineering error ruins the final connection of the trans-continental railroad.
Reprints

The MAD Guide To Handwriting Analysis (Table of Contents: 13)

Scrawl's Well That Reads Well Dept. / text story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Tommy Furd; Jimmy Mung; Sidney Zorch; Alfred E. Neuman (handwriting); Herman Finster
Synopsis
Shows how handwriting reveals a person's soul, prospects for success and other information...or not. Some samples are Alfred E. Neuman writing in a diary about Moxie Cowznofsky.
Reprints

TV Ads We'd Like To See: The Schleppe's Commercial (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Commander Whytehead
Synopsis
Parody of Schweppe's mixers ad.

MAD Looks At Adult Education (Table of Contents: 15)

Blackboard Bungle Dept. / text story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Laikin
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of course offerings at adult schools, featuring the more practical offerings in the Course Bulletin for Potrzebie High School Division of Adult Education.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Writer credit from "Totally MAD" CD collection.

Hide-A-Bed (Table of Contents: 16)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The concept of a bed that folds out from a sofa or chair is extended to place beds in other items of furniture, and then to other items besides beds being folded up.
Reprints

Madison Avenue Turns To History And Literature (Table of Contents: 17)

Pros For The Cons Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parodies of various magazine ads using history or literature as motifs.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Products used are Bufferin pain reliever, Miss Clairol hair color, Colgate toothpaste, and Winston cigarettes.

Grandstand Football (Table of Contents: 18)

Way Off-Side Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
George Woodbridge (signed)
Inks
George Woodbridge (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Monroe Fernfeather; Delbert (Biff) Smeed; Spencer (Go-Go) McNulty; Beauregard Finster; Ardsley Waxwing; Barney (Rah-Rah) Windlass; Kyle Esterhazy; Barclay Brisk; Jasper C. Van Flick
Synopsis
Discussion of the actions of the spectators in the stands during a football game, as if they are playing a game. Rules, player positions, and some of the great players are highlighted.
Reprints

Teenage (Table of Contents: 19)

Pomp-Adore Dept. / text story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Murray Blech; Phoebe Newt; Yetta Blintzner; Monty Monroe; Myron Goraz; George Jessel; Steve Vance
Synopsis
Parody of magazines targeted towards teenagers.
Reprints

The Escaped Convict (Table of Contents: 20)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Several G-men bumble a search for someone disembarking from a train.
Reprints

New Singers For Old Songs (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Matching song titles to celebrities' personalities.

Indexer Notes

Appear on 38 pages in the issue.

Announcing The Birth Of A New Brainchild (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

Son of MAD / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

...Paying For A Diamond Is Forever (Table of Contents: 23)

text 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 DeBeers Diamonds ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

back cover

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Potrzebie High School Band]
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. One Kind of Husband...Two Kinds of Underwear
    Hames
  3. 2. Departments
    Vital Features
  4. 3. Do Your Christmas Shopping Early
    MAD Christmas Gift Mart
  5. 4. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters Dept.
  6. 5. Advertising Slogans Will Replace Everyday Conversations
    Gray Flannel-Mouth Dept.
  7. 6. The Man With The Sprung Neck
    Don Martin Dept.
  8. 7. The Night The Price Is All Right Has An Unexpected Guest
    Light, Camera, Auction Dept.
  9. 8. Painting By The Numbers
    Digitalent Dept.
  10. 9. A MAD Treasury of Unknown Poetry Volume 2
    Verse of The People Dept.
  11. 10. The Great Hotel Fire
    Don Martin Dept.
  12. 11. Testing Civilians For Space Flight
    Solar Perplexus Dept.
  13. 12. Scenes We'd Like To See: Driving The Golden Spike
    Hollywood Dept.
  14. 13. The MAD Guide To Handwriting Analysis
    Scrawl's Well That Reads Well Dept.
  15. 14. TV Ads We'd Like To See: The Schleppe's Commercial
    Television Dept.
  16. 15. MAD Looks At Adult Education
    Blackboard Bungle Dept.
  17. 16. Hide-A-Bed
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  18. 17. Madison Avenue Turns To History And Literature
    Pros For The Cons Dept.
  19. 18. Grandstand Football
    Way Off-Side Dept.
  20. 19. Teenage
    Pomp-Adore Dept.
  21. 20. The Escaped Convict
    Don Martin Dept.
  22. 21. New Singers For Old Songs
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  23. 22. Announcing The Birth Of A New Brainchild
    Son of MAD
  24. 23. ...Paying For A Diamond Is Forever
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  • Donald Dale Milne
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  • Karsten S.
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Gregory Fischer
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  • Donald Dale Milne