Mad #163
(December 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:

Mad is a Four-Letter Word (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
humor

Early One Morning in the Near Future (Table of Contents: 1)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Colors
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A man must hack through the thick covering of junk in order to fish the river below.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

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

Letters Dept. / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jerry DeFuccio ?
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Among the letters is one from actor William Conrad, accompanied by a photo, of him reading the issue that carried the parody of his series "Cannon".

The Clods of '44 (Table of Contents: 3)

Son of the Summer of '42 Dept. / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Gary Grimes [as Wormy]; Jerry Houser [as Husky]; Oliver Conant [as Beanie]; Deborah Winters [as Jolly]
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "The Class of '44," the three boring high school students from "The Summer of '42" graduate and become boring college students.

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.

One Fine Day on a Guided Tour of Mount Rushmore (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
Tourists discover the unseen side of Mount Rushmore.

A Mad Look at Two Grammar School Generations (Table of Contents: 6)

Minor Adjustment Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Lou Silverstone
Pencils
Paul Coker Jr.
Inks
Paul Coker Jr.
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of how parenting methods have changed from one generation to another.

The Lighter Side of Corruption (Table of Contents: 7)

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 dishonesty being its own reward.
Reprints

One Fine Day During the Civil War (Table of Contents: 8)

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 cavalry officer is dishonorably cashiered out of the service.

Relevant Job Applications (Table of Contents: 9)

True-to-Form Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo; Donald K. Epstein
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Job applications are skewed to the particular applicant being sought.
Reprints

A Mad Look at Karate (Table of Contents: 10)

Chop Fooey Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Examples of the good and bad aspects of karate enthusiasts.
Reprints

Picket & Strike (Table of Contents: 11)

Spate of the Union Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Lou Silverstone
Pencils
George Woodbridge
Inks
George Woodbridge
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A niche magazine aimed at union members and activists.

A Witch's Tale (Table of Contents: 12)

Broom Schtick Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A witch's broom is recycled with unexpected results.

Graffiti Through History (Table of Contents: 13)

Marking Time Dept. / cartoon / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Peter Porges
Pencils
Bob Clarke
Inks
Bob Clarke
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Historical scenes are marred by malicious or satirical graffiti.

Interpreting the News (Table of Contents: 14)

There's Bull in Them Bulletins Dept. / photo story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Gary Alexander
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Walter Cronkite
Synopsis
Well-worn phrases used in news releases are presented in counterpoint to cynical interpretations of the same phrases.

Mad's Sure-Fire Sports Predictions (Table of Contents: 15)

The Old Crystal Ballgame Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Peter Porges
Pencils
Jack Davis
Inks
Jack Davis
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Predictions for future occurrences in sports that seem likely, based on past occurrences.

Malice in Wonderland, or Watergate - - Through the Looking Glass (Table of Contents: 16)

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

Script
Lou Silverstone
Pencils
Bob Clarke (signed)
Inks
Bob Clarke (signed)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Richard Nixon; Charles Colson; John Mitchell; John Dean; Ron Zieglar; H.R. Haldeman; John Erlichman; Jeb Magruder; Martha Mitchell; Ronald Reagan; Spiro Agnew
Synopsis
Sections of the novel "Alice in Wonderland" are presented with Watergate conspirators inserted as characters in the scenes.

One Fine Day in the Life of Leonardo da Vinci (Table of Contents: 17)

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
Leonardo da Vinci is inspired by birds to design a famous invention.
Reprints

Least Horizon (Table of Contents: 18)

Him-A-Lay-A-Bomb Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen
Pencils
Angelo Torres
Inks
Angelo Torres
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Peter Finch [as Richard Runaway]; Michael York [as George Runaway]; George Kennedy [as Sam Cornylines]; Liv Ullman [as Saccharine]; Bobby Van [as Hardy Harhar]; Sally Kellerman [as Silly Huge]; Olivia Hussey [as Mitsia]; John Gielgud [as Chang]
Synopsis
In a parody of the film "Lost Horizon," a plane sets down in the Himalayas, and the cynical passengers stumble onto a bizarre paradise.

What Volatile System Is Now Heavily Fueled and Promises to Rocket to Unlimited Heights? (Table of Contents: 19)

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
NASA isn't the only thing exploding in the country.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

Can You Spot the Former Cancel Smoker? (Table of Contents: 20)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Camel cigarette print ads; Six people waiting at a newsstand are profiled, but only one is the smoker.

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Mad is a Four-Letter Word
  2. 1. Early One Morning in the Near Future
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Letters Dept.
  4. 3. The Clods of '44
    Son of the Summer of '42 Dept.
  5. 4. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  6. 5. One Fine Day on a Guided Tour of Mount Rushmore
    Don Martin Dept.
  7. 6. A Mad Look at Two Grammar School Generations
    Minor Adjustment Dept.
  8. 7. The Lighter Side of Corruption
    Berg's Eye View Dept.
  9. 8. One Fine Day During the Civil War
    Don Martin Dept.
  10. 9. Relevant Job Applications
    True-to-Form Dept.
  11. 10. A Mad Look at Karate
    Chop Fooey Dept.
  12. 11. Picket & Strike
    Spate of the Union Dept.
  13. 12. A Witch's Tale
    Broom Schtick Dept.
  14. 13. Graffiti Through History
    Marking Time Dept.
  15. 14. Interpreting the News
    There's Bull in Them Bulletins Dept.
  16. 15. Mad's Sure-Fire Sports Predictions
    The Old Crystal Ballgame Dept.
  17. 16. Malice in Wonderland, or Watergate - - Through the Looking Glass
    Curiouser and Curiouser Dept.
  18. 17. One Fine Day in the Life of Leonardo da Vinci
    Don Martin Dept.
  19. 18. Least Horizon
    Him-A-Lay-A-Bomb Dept.
  20. 19. What Volatile System Is Now Heavily Fueled and Promises to Rocket to Unlimited Heights?
    Mad Fold-In
  21. 20. Can You Spot the Former Cancel Smoker?
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