MAD #68
(January 1962)

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

Season's Greetings from Mad (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Two men dressed as Santa get into a huge argument.
Reprints

Who Put the Men in Mental Breakdown? (Table of Contents: 1)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lester Krauss (photo)
Inks
Lester Krauss (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Alpine cigarette print ads; An Alpine cigarette can ease the irritating effects of constant bombardment from television cigarette ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Midnight TV Roulette (Table of Contents: 2)

Channel Crossing Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Gary Belkin
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Jack Paar; Hugh Downs; Cliff Arquette [as Charley Weaver]; Joey Bishop; Genevieve Bujold; Boris Karloff; Peter Cushing; Christopher Lee; Bela Lugosi; Lawrence Olivier
Synopsis
A viewer surfs between the three options on late night television: "Hamlet", a monster movie or The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

The Appointment (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man races to make an appointment, but every means of transportation he uses breaks in half.
Reprints

If Stars Had Ordinary Jobs (Table of Contents: 4)

What Never Happened To Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Groucho Marx; Art Linkletter; Mitch Miller; Chet Huntley; David Brinkley; Boris Karloff; Ed Sullivan
Synopsis
If celebrities had never become celebrities.

A Mad Look at Christmas (Table of Contents: 5)

The Claus That Depresses Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Series of Christmas-based humorous situations.
Reprints

Celebrities' Wallets (Table of Contents: 6)

8-Ball in the Extreme Right Pocket Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Barry Goldwater; Joseph McCarthy
Synopsis
A peek in Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater's wallet.
Reprints

Inspirational Poems By, For and About the Nation's Building Men (Table of Contents: 7)

The House That Jerk Built Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Famous poems altered to appeal to the construction industry.

The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party (Table of Contents: 8)

Never On Sunday-Pages Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gary Belkin
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mr. Dithers; Dennis Mitchell; Henry Mitchell; Moonbeam McSwine; Dick Tracy; Hi Flagston; Lois Flagston; Joe Palooka; Steve Roper; Smitty; Archie Andrews; Ponytail; Tarzan; Minnie Mouse; Donald Duck; Gran'ma; Pigpen; Smokey Stover; Lucy Van Pelt; Sweetpea; Schroeder; Popeye; The Saint; Daddy Warbucks; Little Orphan Annie; Sandy; Moon Mullins; Charlie Brown; Blondie Bumstead; Dagwood Bumstead: Hans Katzenjammer; Fritz Katzenjammer; Steve Canyon; Terry Lee; The Little King; Henry; Ferd'nand; Fearless Fosdick; Li'l Abner; Prince Valiant; Diana Palmer; The Phantom; Mandrake the Magician; Loathar; Nancy; Jeff; Alley Oop; Felix the Cat; Mary Worth; B.C.; The Lone Ranger; Summer Smith Olsen; Snoopy; Albert Alligator; Pogo Possum; Junior Tracy; Mr. Magoo; Miss Peach; Mark Trail; Rip Kirby; Dondi; Gravel Gertie
Synopsis
Various comic strip characters meet for a Christmas party.
Reprints

Beer Ad (Table of Contents: 9)

Ad Libs Dept. / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lester Krauss (photo) ?
Inks
Lester Krauss (photo) ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of magazine beer ads.
Reprints

Mad's Handy Guide to Languages of the U.S.A. (Table of Contents: 10)

Watch My Line Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Gilbert Barnhill; Gary Belkin
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Interpretations of slang terms endemic to various professions.
Reprints

Tovarich (Table of Contents: 11)

Nyets to You Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Antonio Prohias
Pencils
Antonio Prohias
Inks
Antonio Prohias

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A Soviet-style military officer plays cruel tricks on people.

Indexer Notes

These are reprints of some of Antonio Prohias's anti-communist cartoons which ran in the Cuban newspaper Prensa Libre.

College Fraternities (Table of Contents: 12)

Sorority, Wrong Number Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Don Reilly
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Examples of people stretching the truth.

The Truth About Secret Ingredients (Table of Contents: 13)

Elements of Surprise Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sy Reit
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Two Soviet scientists combine the "secret ingredients" in various household products into an efficient rocket fuel.
Reprints

What Do You Do For a Living, Daddy? (Table of Contents: 14)

Pop's Concert Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Don Reilly
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Various fathers try to explain their jobs to their children.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Mad Publisher William Gaines has a cameo as one of the fathers.

The Escalator (Table of Contents: 15)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
An overweight woman attempts to ride a narrow escalator.
Reprints

The Guns of Minestrone (Table of Contents: 16)

All Hellas Breaks Loose Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gregory Peck; David Niven; Anthony Quayle; Anthony Quinn; Irene Papas; James Darren
Synopsis
Parody of the film "The Guns of Navarone".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Glass Bottles
Synopsis
Parody of milk print ads.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Season's Greetings from Mad
  2. 1. Who Put the Men in Mental Breakdown?
  3. 2. Midnight TV Roulette
    Channel Crossing Dept.
  4. 3. The Appointment
    Don Martin Dept.
  5. 4. If Stars Had Ordinary Jobs
    What Never Happened To Dept.
  6. 5. A Mad Look at Christmas
    The Claus That Depresses Dept.
  7. 6. Celebrities' Wallets
    8-Ball in the Extreme Right Pocket Dept.
  8. 7. Inspirational Poems By, For and About the Nation's Building Men
    The House That Jerk Built Dept.
  9. 8. The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party
    Never On Sunday-Pages Dept.
  10. 9. Beer Ad
    Ad Libs Dept.
  11. 10. Mad's Handy Guide to Languages of the U.S.A.
    Watch My Line Dept.
  12. 11. Tovarich
    Nyets to You Dept.
  13. 12. College Fraternities
    Sorority, Wrong Number Dept.
  14. 13. The Truth About Secret Ingredients
    Elements of Surprise Dept.
  15. 14. What Do You Do For a Living, Daddy?
    Pop's Concert Dept.
  16. 15. The Escalator
    Don Martin Dept.
  17. 16. The Guns of Minestrone
    All Hellas Breaks Loose Dept.
  18. 17. ["Glass Bottles"]
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Kirk House
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Chris Boyko
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
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