Mad #161
(September 1973)

EC, 1952 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.40 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:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Reprints

Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 13 (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Colors
Bob Clarke
Letters
Bob Clarke

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of the comic strip "Ripley's Believe It or Not", including why women don't get ulcers and a farmer trying to raise meatloaf.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Poopsidedown Adventure (Table of Contents: 2)

Tidal Wave of Nausea Dept. / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils
Mort Drucker (signed)
Inks
Mort Drucker (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gene Hackman [as Reverend Shout]; Ernest Borgnine [as Mr. Rougho]; Red Buttons [as Mr. Martyr]; Carol Linley [as Ninny]; Shelley Winters [as Bellow Roseman]; Jack Albertson [as Hammy Roseman]; Leslie Neilsen [as The Captain]; Stella Stevens [as Limber Rougho]
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "The Poseidon Adventure," an odd collection of odd passengers try to escape a capsized ocean liner.
Reprints

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 3)

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.

More Mad Phototoons (Table of Contents: 4)

Photo Finishes Dept. / photo story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Wire photos have drawings added beyond their borders for satirical effect.

Crime Foilers For the Average Citizen (Table of Contents: 5)

Props and Robbers Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee
Pencils
Al Jaffee
Inks
Al Jaffee
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of gadgets that will protect an average citizen from criminals.
Reprints

An Offer They Couldn't Refuse (Table of Contents: 6)

Money Squawks Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ronnie Nathan
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A poem satirizing the U.S. government's attempt to buy a peace settlement with Vietnam.

Indexer Notes

The poem is illustrated with photo reproductions of various world currency.

One Morning in Marrakesh (Table of Contents: 7)

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
A tourist tries to use a flying carpet.
Reprints

Fairy Tales Continued (Table of Contents: 8)

Twice Upon a Time Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The consequences of the happy endings of various fairy tales are presented.
Reprints

A Mad Look at Tarzan (Table of Contents: 9)

Lord of the Bungle Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Don Edwing
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Tarzan [John Clayton, Lord Greystoke]; Jane Porter
Synopsis
Humorous twists on well-known elements of the Tarzan legend.
Reprints

The Lighter Side of Fun (Table of Contents: 10)

Berg's Eye View Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of how people try to relax.

One Afternoon in Switzerland (Table of Contents: 11)

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
A tourist uses a pay telescope to view the Alps.
Reprints

Protest Songs For Life's Everyday Complaints (Table of Contents: 12)

Refrain in the Neck Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The lyrics of sixties era protest songs are altered to more mundane subjects.

What's In a Name? (Table of Contents: 13)

Letter Openers Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Max Brandel
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Particular letters in names of famous people are enlarged to provide a satirical comment on those celebrities.

The Old Ball Game (Table of Contents: 14)

Fortune Kookie Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A fortune teller doesn't see the whole picture.

Idjit Love Ernie (Table of Contents: 15)

Ecchnic Humor Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
David Birney [as Ernie Feinberg]; Meredith Baxter [Idjit Fitzpatrick]; Harold J. Stone [as Manny Feinberg]; Bibi Osterwald [as Sadie Feinberg]; David Doyle [as Walter Fitzpatrick]; Audra Lindley [as Amy Fitzpatrick]; Ned Glass [as Uncle Schmoe]; Robert Sampson [as Father Mike]
Synopsis
In a parody of the TV show "Bridget Loves Bernie," a Jewish man marries a Catholic woman and together they try to deal with their bigoted, stereotype in-laws.

One Evening in Spain (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 tourists dine in a Spanish restaurant.
Reprints

What Is the Worst Form of Capital Punishment? (Table of Contents: 17)

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
You don't have to be a criminal to suffer from Capital punishment.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Another Mad Mini-Poster / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Larry Gore
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can fool some of the people all of the time
Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Richard Nixon
Synopsis
Richard Nixon gloats about being dishonest.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. Mad's Modern Believe It or Nuts 13
  3. 2. The Poopsidedown Adventure
    Tidal Wave of Nausea Dept.
  4. 3. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  5. 4. More Mad Phototoons
    Photo Finishes Dept.
  6. 5. Crime Foilers For the Average Citizen
    Props and Robbers Dept.
  7. 6. An Offer They Couldn't Refuse
    Money Squawks Dept.
  8. 7. One Morning in Marrakesh
    Don Martin Dept.
  9. 8. Fairy Tales Continued
    Twice Upon a Time Dept.
  10. 9. A Mad Look at Tarzan
    Lord of the Bungle Dept.
  11. 10. The Lighter Side of Fun
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  12. 11. One Afternoon in Switzerland
    Don Martin Dept.
  13. 12. Protest Songs For Life's Everyday Complaints
    Refrain in the Neck Dept.
  14. 13. What's In a Name?
    Letter Openers Dept.
  15. 14. The Old Ball Game
    Fortune Kookie Dept.
  16. 15. Idjit Love Ernie
    Ecchnic Humor Dept.
  17. 16. One Evening in Spain
    Don Martin Dept.
  18. 17. What Is the Worst Form of Capital Punishment?
    Mad Fold-In
  19. 18. ["You can fool some of the people all of the time"]
    Another Mad Mini-Poster
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