MAD #97
(September 1965)

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

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

You'll Get a Charge Out of This Issue of Mad (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Alfred tries to power his electric guitar by tapping a thunderstorm.
Reprints

Being Rich Is Better Than a Warm Puppy (Table of Contents: 1)

Blue Chips Off the Old Block Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of the advantages rich kids have over other kids.

A Frightful Incident (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A woman tries to rescue her husband from a precarious situation.
Reprints

Mad Goes to a Screening of Cheyenne Awful (Table of Contents: 3)

Indian Corn Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
John Ford; Richard Widmark [as Richard Widemark]; Carroll Baker [as Carroll Babydoll]; Sal Mineo [as Sal Meanio]; Gilbert Roland [as Gilbert Rolando]; Ricardo Montalban [as Ricardo Mentalblock]; Dolores Del Rio [as Dolores Del Dolores]; James Stewart [as James Stewed]; Karl Malden [as Karl Malted]
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "Cheyenne Autumn," director John Ford screens his film "Cheyenne Awful", about a tribe of Native Americans and U.S. Cavalry soldiers generally acting silly.

Indexer Notes

Mort Drucker inserts cameos of Linus Van Pelt (from Peanuts) and Pinocchio into crowd scenes. John Wayne has a cameo strong-arming John Ford into casting Wayne's son.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Cartoons drawn into the margins of random pages.

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

Canned Laughter Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Satirical look at the duties and habits of sanitation workers.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 6)

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 suckers the Black Spy with a false trap.

The Walt Cronkite Show (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Walter Cronkite; Harry Reasoner; Bob Trout; Roger Mudd; Mike Wallace; Thomas Dewey; Richard Nixon; Barry Goldwater; King Faisel; Chet Huntley; David Brinkley; Lyndon Johnson; Hubert Humphrey; Everett Dirkson; Casey Stengel; Yogi Berra
Synopsis
Newscaster Walter Cronkite hosts a television variety show with political and sports figures as performing guests.

In the Desert (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Vultures watch a dying man in the desert.
Reprints

Load & Crash (Table of Contents: 9)

One For the Road Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of automobile-centric niche magazines, this one showing the reader how to decrease the value of their auto and which valueless makes to consider buying.

What They Say and What It Really Means (Table of Contents: 10)

Double-Talk Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Ronald Axe; Sol Weinstein
Pencils
Paul Coker, Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker, Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Examples of the hypocrisy behind various homilies and good wishes.

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 booby-traps his safe in anticipation of the White Spy.

Mad Interviews a "John Birch Society" Policeman (Table of Contents: 12)

Squads Right Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Ronald Axe; Sol Weinstein
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Mad profiles a bigoted police officer as he patrols his shift.

Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts (Table of Contents: 13)

Behind the Odd-ball Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen ?
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
Bob Clarke; typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of the Ripley's Believe It Or Not comic panel; profiles of various people who had odd things happen to them.

The Lighter Side of Employees (Table of Contents: 14)

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 employees, their job performances and their relationships with their employers.
Reprints

Spy Vs. 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; The Gray Spy
Synopsis
The Gray Spy lures the other spies into a trap in a castle.
Reprints

The Rooks (Table of Contents: 16)

Age Before Booty Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
David Niven [as Alec Fleming]; Charles Boyer [as Marcel St. Clair]; Gig Young [as Tony Fleming]; Robert Coote [as Timmy Fleming]; Gladys Cooper [as Auntie Margaret]; Broderick Crawford [as Orville Cess]
Synopsis
In a parody of the TV series "The Rogues," three brothers and a family friend team up to con dishonest power brokers and seduce women half their age.

In an Alley (Table of Contents: 17)

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

Script
Don Martin
Pencils
Don Martin
Inks
Don Martin
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A police officer's warning shot goes awry.
Reprints

What Comes After Pop Art and Op Art (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Al Jaffee predicts the next art style to sweep the art world.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

The Day They Shot the "Ten-foot-tall Washing Machine" Ad in an 8-foot High Basement (Table of Contents: 19)

Mad's Great Moments in Advertising / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Irving Schild (photo)
Inks
Irving Schild (photo)
Colors
Irving Schild (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Dash laundry soap TV ads; a washing machine grows so large that it bursts through the ceiling into the room above it due to the effects of Dash detergent.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. You'll Get a Charge Out of This Issue of Mad
  2. 1. Being Rich Is Better Than a Warm Puppy
    Blue Chips Off the Old Block Dept.
  3. 2. A Frightful Incident
    Don Martin Dept.
  4. 3. Mad Goes to a Screening of Cheyenne Awful
    Indian Corn Dept.
  5. 4. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  6. 5. A Mad Look at Garbagemen
    Canned Laughter Dept.
  7. 6. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  8. 7. The Walt Cronkite Show
  9. 8. In the Desert
    Don Martin Dept.
  10. 9. Load & Crash
    One For the Road Dept.
  11. 10. What They Say and What It Really Means
    Double-Talk Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. Mad Interviews a "John Birch Society" Policeman
    Squads Right Dept.
  14. 13. Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts
    Behind the Odd-ball Dept.
  15. 14. The Lighter Side of Employees
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  16. 15. Spy Vs. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  17. 16. The Rooks
    Age Before Booty Dept.
  18. 17. In an Alley
    Don Martin Dept.
  19. 18. What Comes After Pop Art and Op Art
    Mad Fold-In
  20. 19. The Day They Shot the "Ten-foot-tall Washing Machine" Ad in an 8-foot High Basement
    Mad's Great Moments in Advertising
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