Mad #142
(April 1971)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.35 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

This Country Is Out of Order (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Reprints

Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 11 (Table of Contents: 1)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
John Lennon; Yoko Ono; King Kong
Synopsis
Parody of the panel cartoon "Ripley's Believe It or Not"; Examples of odd human behavior and myths about famous people are presented, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous album cover and a myth about the film "King Kong".

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Why Not Have the Next Issue Sent Directly to Your Home? (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

West Coast Story (Table of Contents: 3)

Extremist Unction Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Ronald Reagan; Mickey Mouse; J. Edgar Hoover; Rev. Billy Graham; Richard Nixon
Synopsis
A musical parody of the peace movement, the counter-culture who participate in it and the members of "The Establishment" who oppose it.

Communism Revisited (Table of Contents: 4)

Better Read Than Dead Dept. / photo story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Max Brandel
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Quotes from Marxist and Communist leaders are placed in counterpoint with photos of reality for ironic effect.

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Indexer Notes

Cartoons drawn into the margins of random pages.

[The Cannon] (Table of Contents: 6)

Hawks and Doves / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Major Hawks; Private Doves
Synopsis
Pvt. Doves rigs a ceremonial cannon salute to post an anti-war message.

Violent TV Commercials (Table of Contents: 7)

Pain in the Ads Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Earle Doud
Pencils
Mort Drucker
Inks
Mort Drucker
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Arthur Godfrey; Jane Withers [as Josephine the Plumber]; Chuck McCann
Synopsis
If the sudden graphic violence trend of contemporary films was extended to contemporary television commercials.

Horrifying Cliches 9 (Table of Contents: 8)

Things That Go Bump in the Trite Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
May Sakami
Pencils
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Ordinary phrases are given monstrous illustrations, such as "embracing a belief" or "avoiding a confrontation".

Mad Salutes the Output of American Industry (Table of Contents: 9)

Environmental Illness Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Max Brandel
Pencils
? (photo); Max Brandel
Inks
? (photo); Max Brandel
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A photo of a modern industrial facility, with the smoke from the chimneys altered for effect.

What Is a Parent? (Table of Contents: 10)

Ma and Pa-thetic Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Essay on what are the joys and duties of a modern parent.

Telephone Taps We'd Like to Hear (Table of Contents: 11)

Conversation Piece Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Lou Silverstone
Pencils
Jack Rickard
Inks
Jack Rickard
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Aristotle Onassis; Howard Hughes; Tiny Tim; Miss Vicky; Pete Rozelle; Joe Namath; Don Rickles; J. Edgar Hoover; Spiro Agnew; Judy Agnew; William M. Gaines
Synopsis
Fictitious recorded conversations between celebrities.

One Night in the Acme Ritz Central Arms Waldorf Plaza Statler Hilton Grand Hotel (Table of Contents: 12)

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
Siamese twins sleep in a hotel.
Reprints

The Lighter Side of Love (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
humor
Synopsis
Examples of romance that don't always go according to plan.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 14)

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 disguises a trap as a child's slide.

Mad's "Dirty Old Man" of the Year (Table of Contents: 15)

Teeny-Bopper-Poppa Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Hart
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
David Frost [as David Frostbite]
Synopsis
Mad interviews a man who exploits the counterculture for his own benefit.

Answers to Children's Letters - - from God (Table of Contents: 16)

Heaven Sent Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo; Donald K. Epstein
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
God responds to complaints filed by children.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 17)

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 lures the Black Spy into a trap involving a board fence.

My Three Sonny Boys (Table of Contents: 18)

If It's Saturday, It Must be Boredom Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Angelo Torres (signed)
Inks
Angelo Torres (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Fred MacMurray [as Heave Douglas]; William Demarest [as Uncle Chilly]; Stanley Livingston[as Chap Douglas]; Barry Livingston [as Erkie Douglas]; Don Grady [as Boob Douglas]; Tina Cole [as Cutie Douglas]; Beverly Garland [as Blabla Douglas]; Dawn Lyn [as Dopie Douglas]; Tom Smothers; Dick Smothers
Synopsis
In a parody of the TV series "My Three Sons," a widower raises his boring family while not fully coming to grips with contemporary society.

On the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" Set (Table of Contents: 19)

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
The actor playing Quasimodo has a unique prosthetic.
Reprints

In What Dangerous Direction Are Militant Revolutionaries Leading Us? (Table of Contents: 20)

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

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Every action elicits a reaction.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Sign Language (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A crosswalk sign gives an accident victim legal advice.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. This Country Is Out of Order
  2. 1. Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 11
  3. 2. Why Not Have the Next Issue Sent Directly to Your Home?
  4. 3. West Coast Story
    Extremist Unction Dept.
  5. 4. Communism Revisited
    Better Read Than Dead Dept.
  6. 5. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  7. 6. [The Cannon]
    Hawks and Doves
  8. 7. Violent TV Commercials
    Pain in the Ads Dept.
  9. 8. Horrifying Cliches 9
    Things That Go Bump in the Trite Dept.
  10. 9. Mad Salutes the Output of American Industry
    Environmental Illness Dept.
  11. 10. What Is a Parent?
    Ma and Pa-thetic Dept.
  12. 11. Telephone Taps We'd Like to Hear
    Conversation Piece Dept.
  13. 12. One Night in the Acme Ritz Central Arms Waldorf Plaza Statler Hilton Grand Hotel
    Don Martin Dept.
  14. 13. The Lighter Side of Love
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  15. 14. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  16. 15. Mad's "Dirty Old Man" of the Year
    Teeny-Bopper-Poppa Dept.
  17. 16. Answers to Children's Letters - - from God
    Heaven Sent Dept.
  18. 17. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke & Dagger Dept.; Spy Vs. Spy
  19. 18. My Three Sonny Boys
    If It's Saturday, It Must be Boredom Dept.
  20. 19. On the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" Set
    Don Martin Dept.
  21. 20. In What Dangerous Direction Are Militant Revolutionaries Leading Us?
    Mad Fold-In
  22. 21. Sign Language
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