MAD #85
(March 1964)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Norman Mingo (signed)
Inks
Norman Mingo (signed)
Colors
Norman Mingo (signed)

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Abraham Lincoln
Synopsis
Alfred gets a surprise when he knocks someone's hat off with a snowball.

Aviz Can't Afford Dirty Plugs (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 Avis print ads; A car rental company reveals the cynical back story to its well known advertising slogan.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
William Gaines
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Filed October 23, 1962; Listed owners: EC Publications Inc, A.M. Sonnabend, Frank G. Binswanger, Michael Daroff; Publisher William M. Gaines, 850 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 10022; Editor Albert Feldstein, same; Total Paid Circulation, avg 12 months: 55,070

Why Kill Yourself? (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Mannie Get Your Ghoul (Table of Contents: 4)

Downbeast Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Vincent Price; Peter Lorre; Frankenstein's Monster; Dracula; The Wolf Man; The Creature From The Black Lagoon
Synopsis
A Broadway musical is written and staged starring old movie monsters.

Famous Protest Campaigns (Table of Contents: 5)

And the Bans Played On Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs; Stan Hart
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Historical situations where organized protest demonstrations might have changed history.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Various cartoons drawn into the margins of random pages.

At a Matinee (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
At a movie theater, a man loudly complains about his blocked view.

Mad Beasties (Table of Contents: 8)

Word Game Preserve Dept. / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Coker, Jr. ?
Pencils
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Pun illustrations of random words.

The Rescue (Table of Contents: 9)

Claws and Effect Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Fire fighters rescue a cat from a tree.

The Minute That TV Show is Over (Table of Contents: 10)

The Other Side of the Corn Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Clayton "Bud" Collyer; Garry Moore; Durwood Kirby; Allen Funt; Buddy Ebsen [as Jed Clampett]; Irene Ryan [as Granny Clampett]
Synopsis
Unexpected events that happen after a television show has been broadcast.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 11)

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 decoys the Black Spy over a cliff.

The Lighter Side of the College Crowd (Table of Contents: 12)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Life in college is satirized.

The Sunday Drive (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A shrewish woman criticizes her meek husband's driving.
Reprints

What Could Happen When They Use Numbers for Everything (Table of Contents: 14)

No. Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Numbers begin to replace words in ordinary conversation.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 15)

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 gathers the rocket parts the Black Spy "accidentally" drops.

Future Educational Comic Pamphlets (Table of Contents: 16)

Funny Pitches Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Wally Wood
Inks
Wally Wood
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dick Tracy; The Brow; Joe Palooka; Knobby Walsh; Popeye; Olive Oyl; Bluto; Mary Worth
Synopsis
Using well-known comic strip characters in promotional pamphlets for various businesses and organizations.
Reprints

A TV Ad We'd Like to See (Table of Contents: 17)

Candid Camerawork Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Tide Detergent television ads; a housewife caught on camera praising the product isn't as spontaneous as we're led to believe.

The Mad Hospital Primer (Table of Contents: 18)

A Ward to the Wise Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Examples of what to expect if you have to spend time in the hospital.
Reprints

The Real Story Behind the News (Table of Contents: 19)

Stop the Pressures Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Normally barely noticed news stories are given expanded coverage for reasons other than the story's newsworthiness.

Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 20)

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 tries to be a peace broker between the other two spies.

Strange Interlude With Hazey (Table of Contents: 21)

Maid in the U.S.A. Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Shirley Booth [as Hazey]; Don DeFore [as George Baxter]; Whitney Blake [as Dorothy Baxter]; Bobby Buntrock [as Harold Baxter]
Synopsis
The television series "Hazel" is staged as if it were the play "Strange Interlude".

The Hunter (Table of Contents: 22)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A hunter tests a new moose call.
Reprints

This Capsule Made $47,895,252.38 So Far (Table of Contents: 23)

photo story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of pharmaceutical company print ads; A pharmaceutical company gloats about the profits they've made from their potentially harmful product.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Aviz Can't Afford Dirty Plugs
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Why Kill Yourself?
  5. 4. Mannie Get Your Ghoul
    Downbeast Dept.
  6. 5. Famous Protest Campaigns
    And the Bans Played On Dept.
  7. 6. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  8. 7. At a Matinee
    Don Martin Dept.
  9. 8. Mad Beasties
    Word Game Preserve Dept.
  10. 9. The Rescue
    Claws and Effect Dept.
  11. 10. The Minute That TV Show is Over
    The Other Side of the Corn Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. The Lighter Side of the College Crowd
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  14. 13. The Sunday Drive
    Don Martin Dept.
  15. 14. What Could Happen When They Use Numbers for Everything
    No. Dept.
  16. 15. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  17. 16. Future Educational Comic Pamphlets
    Funny Pitches Dept.
  18. 17. A TV Ad We'd Like to See
    Candid Camerawork Dept.
  19. 18. The Mad Hospital Primer
    A Ward to the Wise Dept.
  20. 19. The Real Story Behind the News
    Stop the Pressures Dept.
  21. 20. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  22. 21. Strange Interlude With Hazey
    Maid in the U.S.A. Dept.
  23. 22. The Hunter
    Don Martin Dept.
  24. 23. This Capsule Made $47,895,252.38 So Far
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