MAD #83 [30¢]
(December 1963)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.30 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

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


Sex (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

cover only includes copy.

367 Angry Workers Yell "Next Year - - Watch Out" (Table of Contents: 1)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Bulova Watch print ads; workers at the Buluva Watch company revolt when they receive watches for a Christmas bonus instead of money.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 2)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / cartoon / pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Cartoons drawn in the margins of random pages.

Stupidity on Television (Table of Contents: 3)

Vidiot's Delight Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Vince Edwards [as Ben Casey]; Sam Jaffe [as David Zorba]; Garry Moore; Durwood Kirby; Carol Burnett; Chet Huntley; David Brinkley; Bud Palmer; E.G. Marshall [as Lawrence Preston]; Robert Reed [as Kenneth Preston]; Fred Gwynne [as Sherlock Holmes]; Joe E. Ross [as Dr. John Watson]; Marty Allen; Steve Rossi
Synopsis
Various examples of how current television shows can be "dumbed down" to match the incoming crop of silly situation comedies. Shows parodies are "Ben Casey", "The Garry Moore Show", "The Huntley/Brinkley Report", "CBS Sports Spectacular", "The Defenders", "DuPont Show of the Week", and "Classical Civilization".

The Army on Mars (Table of Contents: 4)

Spacial Delivery Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
How military life adapts to being based on Mars, as told through a series of interoffice memos and letters home.

The Grand National 50 lb. Cannon Ball-Throwing Contest (Table of Contents: 5)

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 throws a cannon ball further than he thinks.

A Mad Guide to Art Films (Table of Contents: 6)

A Kick in the Cannes Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Examples of how to differentiate an Art House film from a commercial release.

Indexer Notes

Alfred E. Neuman has a cameo as a film critic.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 7)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Antonio Prohias
Pencils
Antonio Prohias
Inks
Antonio Prohias

Genre
humor
Characters
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis
The White Spy cons the Black Spy into thinking he's committing suicide.

Government Greeting Cards (Table of Contents: 8)

Add Verse and Consent Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Greeting cards written by various government agencies.

Mad's Chinese Restaurant Owner of the Year (Table of Contents: 9)

Chow Mainly Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Chaing kai-Cash
Synopsis
Mad interviews the less-than-scrupulous owner of a Chinese-themed restaurant.

Shipwrecked (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man is marooned on a small sandbar.
Reprints

A Mad Look at Football (Table of Contents: 11)

Pokin' the Pigskin Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Series of cartoons satirizing the game of football.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 12)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Antonio Prohias
Pencils
Antonio Prohias
Inks
Antonio Prohias

Genre
humor
Characters
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis
The Black Spy tricks the White Spy with a trick cannon.
Reprints

The Lighter Side of Car Owners (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Series of cartoons satirizing car ownership.

Scenes We'd Like to See (Table of Contents: 14)

Hollywood Dept. / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harry Purvis
Pencils
? (photograph)
Inks
? (photograph)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Picture of a native American warrior proclaiming John Wayne is dead.

Indexer Notes

The photo used is a publicity still from a Hollywood commercial film. The actor pictured may be Ted Cassidy.

The Labor Union Manual (Table of Contents: 15)

Labor Pains Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Satirical look at the functions of labor unions.

Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 16)

Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Antonio Prohias
Pencils
Antonio Prohias
Inks
Antonio Prohias

Genre
humor
Characters
The Black Spy; The White Spy; The Gray Spy
Synopsis
The Gray Spy fools the other spies with a phony mouse.

Rule Number One (Table of Contents: 17)

The Shriek of Araby Dept. / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Orlando (signed)
Inks
Joe Orlando (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The dog of an Indian Fakir is a little too affectionate.

Hood (Table of Contents: 18)

Meanwhile, Back at the Raunchy Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Paul Newman [as Hood Bunion]; Patricia Neal [as Elmer]; Melvyn Douglas [as Homer Bunion]; Brandon De Wilde [as Lonnie Bunion]; Roy Rogers; Gary Cooper
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "Hud," a sullen, angry, selfish lout makes everybody's life miserable on a Texas ranch.

The Fire at the Art Museum (Table of Contents: 19)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Firemen attempt to rescue pieces of sculpture from a burning museum.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This we bury first
Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Oscar Jordan [as Nikita Khrushchev]
Synopsis
The leader of the U.S.S.R. reacts negatively to sampling an issue of Mad.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. The cover was printed upside down with a parody logo of the magazine "Newsweek" on the photo. The issue he's reacting to, ironically, is issue #82, which featured Fidel Castro on the cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Sex
  2. 1. 367 Angry Workers Yell "Next Year - - Watch Out"
  3. 2. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  4. 3. Stupidity on Television
    Vidiot's Delight Dept.
  5. 4. The Army on Mars
    Spacial Delivery Dept.
  6. 5. The Grand National 50 lb. Cannon Ball-Throwing Contest
    Don Martin Dept.
  7. 6. A Mad Guide to Art Films
    A Kick in the Cannes Dept.
  8. 7. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  9. 8. Government Greeting Cards
    Add Verse and Consent Dept.
  10. 9. Mad's Chinese Restaurant Owner of the Year
    Chow Mainly Dept.
  11. 10. Shipwrecked
    Don Martin Dept.
  12. 11. A Mad Look at Football
    Pokin' the Pigskin Dept.
  13. 12. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  14. 13. The Lighter Side of Car Owners
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  15. 14. Scenes We'd Like to See
    Hollywood Dept.
  16. 15. The Labor Union Manual
    Labor Pains Dept.
  17. 16. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  18. 17. Rule Number One
    The Shriek of Araby Dept.
  19. 18. Hood
    Meanwhile, Back at the Raunchy Dept.
  20. 19. The Fire at the Art Museum
    Don Martin Dept.
  21. 20. ["This we bury first"]
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