MAD #88
(July 1964)

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

[Rocket's Red Glare] (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
Synopsis
Alfred lights a giant bottle rocket, but he launches instead.
Reprints

Why Kill Yourself? (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Movie Ads With Behind the Scene Gossip (Table of Contents: 2)

Hollywood Bilge-Board Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Elizabeth Taylor [as Cleopatra]; Richard Burton [as Marc Antony]; Eddie Fisher; The Rat Pack [Frank Sinatra; Shirley MacLane; Dean Martin; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Peter Lawford; Joey Bishop]
Synopsis
Movie posters that use the stars' personal lives as selling points for the film.

The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming July 4th Weekend (Table of Contents: 3)

Mis-Happy Holiday Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Predictions of summer accidents accompanied by humorous illustrations of said mishaps.

Don Martin in an Italian Restaurant (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A boy plays with his food; a chef receives a spaghetti delivery; a diner's pasta comes alive; a man is attacked by his cheese; a customer's entree unravels
Reprints

Mad Visits the Producer-Director of "Charades" (Table of Contents: 5)

Corpse and Robbers Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Stanley Donen [as Stanley Done-in]; Cary Grant [as Cary Grand]; Audrey Hepburn [as Audrey Heartburn]; Walter Matthau; James Coburn; Sam Jaffe; Doris Day [as Doris Date]; Alfred Hitchcock [as Alfred Hatchplot]
Synopsis
The director of a murder and espionage film tries to explain its incomprehensible plot.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The interviewer is a caricature of occasional Mad contributor, noted fan and future DC staffer E. Nelson Bridwell.

The Long Range Effects of Products on People (Table of Contents: 6)

Cause and Defect Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Don Reilly
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
How overuse of certain consumer products can adversely affect a person's physical condition.
Reprints

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 Black Spy fakes the White Spy into shooting himself with a cannon.
Reprints

The Lighter Side of Little League (Table of Contents: 8)

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
Satirical look at Little League Baseball and over-enthusiastic parents.
Reprints

The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A. (Table of Contents: 9)

Talk of the Town Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel; Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Satirical look at life in New York.

The Swampview Terrace Weekly (Table of Contents: 10)

Tenants, Anyone Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A humorous version of an apartment complex newsletter, presented as a lurid tabloid.

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 Black Spy thinks he's diffused a White Spy booby-trap.
Reprints

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Various cartoons drawn in the margins of random pages.

Mad's Caterer of the Year (Table of Contents: 13)

Affairs of Status Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
David Brinkley
Synopsis
Newsman David Brinkley interviews a catering manager as he oversees a wedding party dinner.

The Mad Politicians Primer (Table of Contents: 14)

Snakes in the Grass Roots Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Satirical descriptions of politicians, their families, their staff and the lobbyists who support them.
Reprints

Comics For Publications That Don't Have Comics (Table of Contents: 15)

Someday Supplement Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Dagwood Bumstead; Blondie Bumstead; Mr. Dithers; Charlie Brown; Donald Duck; Goofy; Huey; Dewey; Louie; Ludwig Von Drake; Little Orphan Annie; Daddy Warbucks; Steve Canyon; General Abercrombie; Pogo Possum; Albert Alligator; Howland Owl; Dennis Mitchell
Synopsis
If comic strips had their content adjusted for niche publications.
Reprints

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 lures the others into a rocket headed for space.

Buck'$ Law (Table of Contents: 17)

Gold-Plated Copper Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gene Barry [as Amos Buck]; Kirk Douglas; Burt Lancaster; Gregory Peck; Sophia Loren; Gary Conway [as Det. Tilson]; Doris Day; Skitch Henderson; Jack Webb [as Sgt. Joe Friday]; Robert Stack [as Eliot Ness]; Fred Gwynne [as Officer Muldoon]; Lee Marvin; Fred Flintstone
Synopsis
Parody of the television series "Burke's Law"; A rich, handsome police captain can't solve crimes because he's too busy dodging all the women who want to marry him.

The Only Hope for Curing Beatle-Mania (Table of Contents: 18)

Mad Fold-In / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
The Beatles [John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Ringo Starr]
Synopsis
How to counteract the frenzy of Beatle-Mania.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Us Cigarette Makers Will Fight Rather Than Quit (Table of Contents: 19)

illustration / 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 Tareyton Cigarette ads; A cigarette manufacturer, sporting a black eye, vows to fight the U.S. Department of Health's landmark report linking cigarette smoking to cancer.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Rocket's Red Glare]
  2. 1. Why Kill Yourself?
  3. 2. Movie Ads With Behind the Scene Gossip
    Hollywood Bilge-Board Dept.
  4. 3. The Mad Safety Council's Predictions for the Upcoming July 4th Weekend
    Mis-Happy Holiday Dept.
  5. 4. Don Martin in an Italian Restaurant
    Don Martin Dept.
  6. 5. Mad Visits the Producer-Director of "Charades"
    Corpse and Robbers Dept.
  7. 6. The Long Range Effects of Products on People
    Cause and Defect Dept.
  8. 7. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  9. 8. The Lighter Side of Little League
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  10. 9. The Sights and Sounds of the U.S.A.
    Talk of the Town Dept.
  11. 10. The Swampview Terrace Weekly
    Tenants, Anyone Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  14. 13. Mad's Caterer of the Year
    Affairs of Status Dept.
  15. 14. The Mad Politicians Primer
    Snakes in the Grass Roots Dept.
  16. 15. Comics For Publications That Don't Have Comics
    Someday Supplement Dept.
  17. 16. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  18. 17. Buck'$ Law
    Gold-Plated Copper Dept.
  19. 18. The Only Hope for Curing Beatle-Mania
    Mad Fold-In
  20. 19. Us Cigarette Makers Will Fight Rather Than Quit
This issue was most recently modified by:
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