MAD #117
(March 1968)

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

Let Us Spray (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry DeFuccio ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

The letters page includes a letter signed by Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry and actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, commenting on Mad's parody of them. A photo of Shatner and Nimoy, in costume, reading the issue, is included.

Will Success Spoil Charlie Brown? (Table of Contents: 3)

No Longer Working For Peanuts Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Charlie Brown; Lucy Van Pelt; Linus Van Pelt; Schroeder; Pig Pen; Violet; Snoopy; Patty; Shermie
Synopsis
A former friend of Charlie Brown of the Peanuts comic strip visits the old neighborhood and finds that the characters of the strip have let success change them.
Reprints

Letters to a Congressman...That Were Answered By Form Letters By That Congressman (Table of Contents: 4)

R.S.V.P-U. Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Andrews
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A constituent tries to communicate with his Congressman, but only gets a form letter response that can't even get his name right.

Out West (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man driving in the desert is menaced by a flock of vultures.

A Mad Look at Sky Diving (Table of Contents: 6)

The Sky Above, The Thud Below Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A cynical examination of the equipment and training that comes with sky diving.
Reprints

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 7)

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.

Mad Graffiti (Table of Contents: 8)

Cracks On The Walls Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
Bob Clarke

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of humorous graffiti allegedly found on the walls of public restroom stalls.

Honest Comments on TV (Table of Contents: 9)

Snow Removal Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Robert Kennedy; Pete Franklin; Richard Nixon; Lawrence Spivak; Lyndon Johnson
Synopsis
How different genres of TV shows would be affected if the interviewees told the truth instead of sticking to safe talking points.

The Mad Library of Extremely Thin Books (Table of Contents: 10)

Narrow-Minded Dept. / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A collection of books with very little content.

Indexer Notes

The bookends are the right and left halves of Alfred E. Neuman's head.

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 (signed)
Inks
Antonio Prohias (signed)

Genre
humor
Characters
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis
The White Spy thinks he's discovered The Black Spy's secret sub base.

Air Pollution Problems of the Future (Table of Contents: 12)

The Chokes On You Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Sy Reit
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
New types of air pollution that will be caused by new social movements.

You Know You're Really Married When... (Table of Contents: 13)

Bawl and Chain Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Phil Hahn; Jack Hanrahan
Pencils
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of behavior changes couples undergo after being married for a while.

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

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
Satirical look at American fashion and its effect on perception of other people.

Welcome Aboard Speeches (Table of Contents: 15)

Trip-Schticks Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sy Reit
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
If passengers got welcome speeches on other means of transportation like they do on airlines.

One Day Last Summer (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Two bums find a bottle they think contains liquor.
Reprints

Mad's Medical Mother Goose (Table of Contents: 17)

Taking a Gander at Quacks Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Nursery rhymes written to satirize the medical profession.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 18)

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

Script
Antonio Prohias
Pencils
Antonio Prohias (signed)
Inks
Antonio Prohias (signed)

Genre
humor
Characters
The Black Spy; The White Spy
Synopsis
The Black Spy tries to plant a listening device in the White Spy's headquarters.

The "Sam Pebbles" (Table of Contents: 19)

Yangtze Go Home Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Steve McQueen [as Jake Holenhead]; Candice Bergen [as Shrilly DuGood]; Edgar Bergen; Richard Crenna [as the Captain]; Richard Attenborough [as Reverend DuGood]; Mako [as the coolie]; Emmanuelle Arsan [as Dingaling]; Mao tse-Tung; Chou en-Lai
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "The Sand Pebbles," a surly sailor aboard a U.S. Naval vessel meets a corrupt priest and his dimwitted daughter in Southeast Asia.

Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts (Table of Contents: 20)

Behind the Odd-Ball Dept. / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Lyndon Johnson; Hubert Humphrey; Wilt Chamberlain
Synopsis
Parody of the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" panel cartoon; Various human physical and behavioral oddities are presented.
Reprints

What Is the Most Expensive Accessory Item Young Car-Buyers Purchase? (Table of Contents: 21)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
The one car accessory they don't sell at the dealership.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

The Further She Is...The Closer You Should Look (Table of Contents: 22)

photo story / 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 Clairol hair color print ads; Use Clear-All field glasses to make sure that person you're lusting after is who you think it is.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Let Us Spray
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. Will Success Spoil Charlie Brown?
    No Longer Working For Peanuts Dept.
  5. 4. Letters to a Congressman...That Were Answered By Form Letters By That Congressman
    R.S.V.P-U. Dept.
  6. 5. Out West
    Don Martin Dept.
  7. 6. A Mad Look at Sky Diving
    The Sky Above, The Thud Below Dept.
  8. 7. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  9. 8. Mad Graffiti
    Cracks On The Walls Dept.
  10. 9. Honest Comments on TV
    Snow Removal Dept.
  11. 10. The Mad Library of Extremely Thin Books
    Narrow-Minded Dept.
  12. 11. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  13. 12. Air Pollution Problems of the Future
    The Chokes On You Dept.
  14. 13. You Know You're Really Married When...
    Bawl and Chain Dept.
  15. 14. The Lighter Side of Clothes
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  16. 15. Welcome Aboard Speeches
    Trip-Schticks Dept.
  17. 16. One Day Last Summer
    Don Martin Dept.
  18. 17. Mad's Medical Mother Goose
    Taking a Gander at Quacks Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  20. 19. The "Sam Pebbles"
    Yangtze Go Home Dept.
  21. 20. Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts
    Behind the Odd-Ball Dept.
  22. 21. What Is the Most Expensive Accessory Item Young Car-Buyers Purchase?
    Mad Fold-In
  23. 22. The Further She Is...The Closer You Should Look
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