MAD Magazine #1

USA • 1st Edition - New York


MAD Magazine #1 • USA • 1st Edition - New York

Series: MAD Magazine

Company: E.C. Publications, Inc.

Publishing Date: 1st October 1952

Cover: Tales Calculated to Drive You MAD

Cover Artist: Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

Original price: 10 cent

Pages: 32

Format: Magazine

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Mad #1 (Harvey Kurtzman) - First Kurtzman Satire Comic Issue - 1952

Kurtzman's cover illustration for (Tales Calculated to Drive You) Mad (Humor in a Jugular Vein) introduced the reader to "Melvin," the first running joke in his new satire/parody comic book. The cover and the first story, HooHah! were parodies of the most successful EC subject: horror/terror. The book contained four illustrated stories separated into departments (Terror, Science-Fiction, Crime, Western).

Stories one (HooHah!), two (Blobs!), and four (Varmint!) are rather tame compared to subsequent Mad offerings. The artists generally followed Kurtzman's story line without background embellishments. The exception is story three (Ganefs!) with Will Elder's drawings. He managed to get about 20 of his "chicken fat" jokes into the six-page article. Thus began the Elder touch which caused his fans to examine every frame for obvious and hidden non sequiturs. "Ganef" is the Yiddish word for "thief."

Some experts have claimed that the stories in the first Mad are actually parodies of radio programs. Apparently, the Kurtzman family did not own a television. [Potrzebie Statistical Abstract Volume 1]

Galusha is holding onto the divider between frames. ("HooHah!" - page 3)

Departments:
Terror - Hoohah! (Jack Davis)
Science Fiction - Blobs! (Wally Wood)
Crime - Ganefs! (Will Elder)
Western - Varmint! (John Severin)

 

Thanks to www.mindsnackbooks.com

Contributors

Harvey Kurtzman ... Cover Artist
Marie Severin ... Cover Artist

Table of Contents

Front Cover

Contributors:
Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

MAD Mumblings

Department:
MAD Mumblings
Contributors:
William Gaines, Harvey Kurtzman

Hoohah!

Department:
Terror Dept.
Contributors:
Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

Blobs!

Department:
Science-Fiction Dept.
Contributors:
Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin, Wally Wood

E.C. Fans!

Department:
E.C. comics
Contributors:
Marie Severin

Enter Cosmo McMoon!

Department:
Cosmo McMoon
Contributors:
Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

Crow Vadis?

Contributors:
Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

Ganefs!

Department:
Crime Dept.
Contributors:
Bill Elder, Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin

Varmint!

Department:
Western Dept.
Contributors:
Harvey Kurtzman, Marie Severin, John Severin

Super Powerful!

Department:
Consumers Mart

I Gained 53 lbs. of Shapley Power-Packed Muscles!

Department:
Jowett Institute of Physical Training

How To Fix Any Part of Any Car

Department:
Motor's Auto Repair Manuals

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