Mad Magazine Contributors


Harvey Kurtzman


Contributions in Order of Appearance
It's generally accepted that Harvey Kurtzman had his hands in just about every aspect of the first 28 issues,
so absences of a writer credit for some articles may very likely be an uncredited Harvey Kurtzman.
Does Not Include Mad or E.C. Ads
Does not include credit for his famous Mad cover logo after its first appearance on issue #24.
(* A=Artist / W=Writer / I=Idea)

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* CONTRIBUTION TITLE CO-CONTRIBUTORS ISSUE / DATE
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - It's Melvin! 1 - Oct 1952
AW Mad Mumblings - "Greetings, you MAD readers!" 1 - Oct 1952
W Hoohah! Jack Davis 1 - Oct 1952
W Blobs! Wally Wood 1 - Oct 1952
W Blobs! Wally Wood 1 - Oct 1952
A Enter Cosmo McMoon! Jerry DeFuccio 1 - Oct 1952
AW Crow Vadis? 1 - Oct 1952
W Ganefs! Will Elder 1 - Oct 1952
W Varmint! John Severin 1 - Oct 1952
W Cover Writer - - Evil Eye Jack Davis 2 - Dec 1952
W Hex! Jack Davis 2 - Dec 1952
W Melvin! John Severin 2 - Dec 1952
A Lady-In-Mascara Jerry DeFuccio 2 - Dec 1952
AW Calling Cosmo McMoon! 2 - Dec 1952
W Gookum! Wally Wood 2 - Dec 1952
W Mole! Will Elder 2 - Dec 1952
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Little vampire 3 - Jan 1953
W Dragged Net! Will Elder 3 - Jan 1953
W Sheik of Araby! John Severin 3 - Jan 1953
AW Rookie Gladiator 3 - Jan 1953
AW The Dandelion Caper 3 - Jan 1953
W V-Vampires! Wally Wood 3 - Jan 1953
W Lone Stranger! Jack Davis 3 - Jan 1953
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Kill Me? Don't be absurd! 4 - Apr 1954
W Superduperman! Wally Wood 4 - Apr 1954
W Flob was a Slob! Jack Davis 4 - Apr 1954
A The Parole Jerry DeFuccio 4 - Apr 1954
A Let's Deplore Your Mind Jerry DeFuccio 4 - Apr 1954
W Robin Hood! John Severin 4 - Apr 1954
W Shadow! Will Elder 4 - Apr 1954
W Cover Writer - - Kane Keen Will Elder 5 - Jun 1953
W Outer Sanctum! Will Elder 5 - Jun 1953
W Black and Blue Hawks! Wally Wood 5 - Jun 1953
W Miltie of the Mounties! John Severin 5 - Jun 1953
W Kane Keen! - Private Eye Jack Davis 5 - Jun 1953
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - King Kong 6 - Aug 1953
W Teddy and the Pirates! Wally Wood 6 - Aug 1953
W Melvin of the Apes! John Severin 6 - Aug 1953
AW Hevo the Great 6 - Aug 1953
W Ping Pong! Will Elder 6 - Aug 1953
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Sherlock Holmes 7 - Oct 1953
W Shermlock Shomes! Will Elder 7 - Oct 1953
W Treasure Island! John Severin 7 - Oct 1953
A Operation Under The Ground (chapter 1) Jerry DeFuccio 7 - Oct 1953
AW Hey Look! 7 - Oct 1953
W Smilin' Melvin! Wally Wood 7 - Oct 1953
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Frankenstein 8 - Dec 1953
W Frank N. Stein! Will Elder 8 - Dec 1953
W Lone Stranger Rides Again! Jack Davis 8 - Dec 1953
A Operation Under The Ground (chapter 2) Jerry DeFuccio 8 - Dec 1953
AW Hey Look! 8 - Dec 1953
W Bat Boy and Rubin! Wally Wood 8 - Dec 1953
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - High Noon 9 - Mar 1954
W Little Orphan Melvin! Wally Wood 9 - Mar 1954
W Bop Jokes! John Severin 9 - Mar 1954
W Hah! Noon! Jack Davis 9 - Mar 1954
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - The Face Upon The Floor H. Antoine d'Arcy 10 - Apr 1954
W G.I. Shmoe! Wally Wood 10 - Apr 1954
W Sane! John Severin 10 - Apr 1954
AW Operation Under The Ground (chapter 35) 10 - Apr 1954
W Woman Wonder! Will Elder 10 - Apr 1954
W Cover Writer - - Beautiful girl of the month Basil Wolverton 11 - May 1954
W Flesh Garden! Wally Wood 11 - May 1954
W Mad Reader! Basil Wolverton 11 - May 1954
AW Operation Under The Ground (chapter 87) 11 - May 1954
W Dragged Net! Will Elder 11 - May 1954
W Cover Writer - - High-class intellectual stuff 12 - Jun 1954
W Starchie Will Elder 12 - Jun 1954
W From Eternity Back to Here! Bernie Krigstein 12 - Jun 1954
AW Operation Under The Ground (chapter 6) 12 - Jun 1954
W 3-Dimensions! Wally Wood 12 - Jun 1954
W Mark Trade! Jack Davis 12 - Jun 1954
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Smallest title in the world 13 - Jul 1954
W Prince Violent! Wally Wood 13 - Jul 1954
W Book! Movie! Jack Davis 13 - Jul 1954
W Essay in Greek 13 - Jul 1954
W Baby Quips! (photos with captions) 13 - Jul 1954
W Robinson Crusoe! Will Elder 13 - Jul 1954
W Cover Writer - - Mona Lisa with Mad Leonardo Da Vinci 14 - Aug 1954
W Manduck The Magician Will Elder 14 - Aug 1954
W Movie... Ads! Wally Wood 14 - Aug 1954
W Essay in Hungarian 14 - Aug 1954
W The Countynental! Jack Davis 14 - Aug 1954
W Plastic Sam! Russ Heath 14 - Aug 1954
W Cover Writer - - a Mad tea party Sir John Tenniel
Lewis Carroll
15 - Sep 1954
W Gasoline Valley! Will Elder 15 - Sep 1954
AW Pot-Shot Pete 15 - Sep 1954
W Essay in Chinese 15 - Sep 1954
W Wild 1 (correction) Wild 1/2 Wally Wood 15 - Sep 1954
W Captain TVideo! Jack Davis 15 - Sep 1954
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Newspaper 16 - Oct 1954
W Shermlock Shomes in The Hound of the Basketballs! Will Elder 16 - Oct 1954
W Newspapers! Jack Davis 16 - Oct 1954
W Article in Ancient Egyptian 16 - Oct 1954
W Restaurant! Will Elder 16 - Oct 1954
W Cover Writer - - Change your whole viewpoint 17 - Nov 1954
W Bringing Back Father! Will Elder
Bernie Krigstein
17 - Nov 1954
W What's My Shine! Jack Davis 17 - Nov 1954
W Essay from a small country 17 - Nov 1954
W Meet Miss Potgold Will Elder
Basil Wolverton
17 - Nov 1954
W Similar "Mad" -type comic book titles Wally Wood 17 - Nov 1954
W Julius Caesar! Wally Wood 17 - Nov 1954
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Connect the dots 18 - Dec 1954
W Alice in Wonderland! Jack Davis, Lewis Carroll
John Tenniel
18 - Dec 1954
W Howdy Dooit! Will Elder 18 - Dec 1954
W How Our Opinions Sound 18 - Dec 1954
AW Pot-Shot Pete 18 - Dec 1954
W Stalag 18! Wally Wood 18 - Dec 1954
W Cover Writer - - Race sheet 19 - Jan 1955
W Mickey Rodent! Presented by Walt Dizzy Will Elder 19 - Jan 1955
W Supermarkets! Jack Davis 19 - Jan 1955
W Puzzle Pages! Will Elder 19 - Jan 1955
W The Cane Mutiny! Wally Wood 19 - Jan 1955
W Drawrof - (essay from a backward nation) 19 - Jan 1955
W Cover Writer - - Composition notebook 20 - Feb 1955
W Katchandhammer Kids! Will Elder 20 - Feb 1955
W Sound Effects! Wally Wood 20 - Feb 1955
W Bop Dictionary Terms 20 - Feb 1955
W Cowboy! Jack Davis 20 - Feb 1955
W Cover Writer - - Johnson Smith Company parody 21 - Mar 1955
W Poopeye! Will Elder 21 - Mar 1955
W Slow Motion! Jack Davis 21 - Mar 1955
W Comic Book Ads! Will Elder 21 - Mar 1955
W Under the Waterfront! Wally Wood 21 - Mar 1955
AW Cover Artist and Writer - - Special Art Issue 22 - Apr 1955
W Special Art Issue - Featuring Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill (Chicken Fat) Elder - The Child! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill Elder - The Boy! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill Elder - The Young Artist! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill Elder - The Commercial Artist! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill Elder - The Old Pro! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Mole! (reprint from issue #2) Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Bill Elder - Senility! Will Elder 22 - Apr 1955
W Cover Writer - - Think 23 - May 1955
W Gopo Gossum! Wally Wood 23 - May 1955
W Scenes We'd Like to See! Jack Davis 23 - May 1955
W Ripup's Believe it or Don't! Wally Wood 23 - May 1955
W The Barefoot Nocountessa! Jack Davis 23 - May 1955
W Cover Writer - - First magazine issue 24 - Jul 1955
AW Cover Border Artist - - First magazine issue Will Elder 24 - Jul 1955
AW Mad Cover Logo
(Note: This was the first instance of his famous logo -
No more examples to be listed from this point...)
24 - Jul 1955
W Extremely important message from the editors 24 - Jul 1955
W Ironmaidenfit (ad parody) Jack Davis 24 - Jul 1955
W Is a Trip to the Moon Possible? Wally Wood 24 - Jul 1955
W Report from Russia (in Russian) 24 - Jul 1955
W Wrestling Jack Davis 24 - Jul 1955
W Newspaper Comics Will Elder 24 - Jul 1955
W Anyone Can Build This Coffee Table Jack Davis 24 - Jul 1955
W Is This Your Life? Will Elder 24 - Jul 1955
W Vera's Cruz (movie satire) Jack Davis 24 - Jul 1955
W Pictoquiz Jack Davis 24 - Jul 1955
W Bind-Aig Plastic Strips (ad parody) Will Elder 24 - Jul 1955
W Back Cover -- Jell-y (ad parody) Will Elder 24 - Jul 1955
W Cover Writer - - The Tweed Ring Thomas Nast 25 - Sep 1955
AW Cover Border Artist - - The Tweed Ring Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W Radiodetectiveland Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W Leave Me Or Me Leave (Movie Poster parody) Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W the Jack E. Glisten story Wally Wood 25 - Sep 1955
W Confidential Information Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W Mad Awards for Television Commercials Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W They Built Their Dream-House Singlehanded Wally Wood 25 - Sep 1955
W the Stark Club Jack Davis 25 - Sep 1955
W The Blackboard Jumble (movie satire) Wally Wood 25 - Sep 1955
W Kennt Cigarettes (ad parody) Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W Back Cover -- Ol' Craw Whiskey (ad parody) Will Elder 25 - Sep 1955
W Cover Writer - - Basketball Satellite Wally Wood 26 - Nov 1955
AW Cover Border Artist - - Basketball Satellite Will Elder 26 - Nov 1955
W The Dave Garrowunway Show (TV satire) Jack Davis 26 - Nov 1955
W Confidentially - How different magazines treated Mario Labonza Will Elder 26 - Nov 1955
W Let's Go for a Ride! Jack Davis 26 - Nov 1955
W The Prodigious (movie satire) Wally Wood 26 - Nov 1955
W The Seven Itchy Years (movie satire) Will Elder 26 - Nov 1955
W Sanofranized (ad parody) Will Elder 26 - Nov 1955
W Back Cover -- Canadian Clubbed (ad parody) Will Elder 26 - Nov 1955
W Cover Writer - - Baby New Year 1956 Jack Davis 27 - Apr 1956
AW Cover Border Artist - - Baby New Year 1956 Will Elder 27 - Apr 1956
W Cartoon Digest Will Elder 27 - Apr 1956
W Beautydreamy mattress (ad parody) Will Elder 27 - Apr 1956
W How to be Smart Wally Wood 27 - Apr 1956
W The Ed Suvillan Show (TV satire) Will Elder 27 - Apr 1956
W Ulysses (movie satire) Wally Wood 27 - Apr 1956
W Back Cover -- Beer Belongs - Enjoy It Will Elder 27 - Apr 1956
W Cover Writer - - Spring Issue Wally Wood 28 - Jul 1956
AW Cover Border Artist - - Spring Issue Will Elder 28 - Jul 1956
W Billows Cotton-Pick Whiskey (ad parody) Will Elder 28 - Jul 1956
W He Rose Tattooed (movie satire) Wally Wood 28 - Jul 1956
W Super Guided Missle Al Jaffee, Wally Wood
Jack Davis
28 - Jul 1956
W Children's Primer Will Elder 28 - Jul 1956
W Comic Books - Reprint of Black and Blue Hawks! (from #5) Wally Wood 28 - Jul 1956
W Young Men's Spring Fashions for 1956 Jack Davis 28 - Jul 1956
W Talk Wally Wood 28 - Jul 1956
W Medical (TV satire) Will Elder 28 - Jul 1956
W Paper Doll Page Will Elder 28 - Jul 1956
W Back Cover -- The Heathy Girl Russ Heath 28 - Jul 1956
AW Cover Border Artist - - Circus poster Will Elder 29 - Sep 1956
W New Designs in TV Sets Jack Davis 29 - Sep 1956
W The Man in the Soot-Gray Flannel (movie satire) Jack Davis 29 - Sep 1956
W Camp Jack Davis 29 - Sep 1956
W Hot Weather Photos Will Elder 29 - Sep 1956
W Mad Bubble Gum Cards Jack Davis 29 - Sep 1956
W How to Give a Party for 17-year-olds Jack Davis 29 - Sep 1956
W Back Cover -- Padst Red Ribbon (ad parody) Will Elder 29 - Sep 1956
AW Cover Border Artist - - 1st Alfred E. Neuman For President Will Elder 30 - Dec 1956
W Elvis Pelvis Jack Davis 30 - Dec 1956
W Gunsmoked (TV satire) Jack Davis 30 - Dec 1956
W Civilized Mouse Trap Jack Davis 30 - Dec 1956
W Merit Badges Jack Davis 30 - Dec 1956
W Field & Scream (magazine satire) Jack Davis 31 - Feb 1957
W How to Put Out an Imitation of Mad -
(featuring reprint of #27 cover)
Jack Davis, Will Elder 41 - Sep 1958
AW Mad Cover Logo (reappearance after a long absence) 248 - Jul 1984
I Mad's "Goetz Mask" - Special Bonus -
Wear This and No Mugger Will Mess With You!!!
Allan Tannenbaum
Will Elder
256 - Jul 1985
A Back Cover -- What's the Beef? - The Weinburger Al Jaffee, Will Elder 258 - Oct 1985
A Cover Artist - - Rambo 2 / Reagan Central AmericaWill Elder 259 - Dec 1985
A Traveler's Blues (Glenn Frey song parody) Frank Jacobs, Will Elder 260 - Jan 1986
A Cover Artist - - Miami ViceWill Elder 261 - Mar 1986
A Camouflage Tricks of City Animals Rurik Tyler, Will Elder 261 - Mar 1986
A Back Cover -- The Day AT&T Went Too Far John Prete, Will Elder 265 - Sep 1986
A Back Cover -- Garbage Pail Adults Will Elder 265 - Sep 1986
A We'll Make a Fortune (TV satire) Dick DeBartolo
Will Elder
266 - Oct 1986
A Mad's Fearless Forecast for the Upcoming TV Season Barry Liebmann
Will Elder
267 - Dec 1986
A Cover Artist - - Aliens Will Elder 268 - Jan 1987
A Fund Raisers That Never Made It! Dick DeBartolo
Will Elder
269 - Mar 1987
A Back Cover -- Mad Celebrity Madballs John Prete, Will Elder 269 - Mar 1987
A Banana Republic Dictator of the Year Lou Silverstone
Will Elder
270 - Apr 1987
A Mad's Modern-Day Puzzlers David Ames 271 - Jun 1987
A Back Cover -- The American Ex-Pres Card John Prete, Will Elder 271 - Jun 1987
A Mad Visits an Organ Transplant Hospital Lou Silverstone
Will Elder
272 - Jul 1987
A A Mad Look at Some Widely Held Misconceptions Mike Snider 273 - Sep 1987
A Why Owning a VCR is Better Than Going to the Movies Tom Koch 274 - Oct 1987
A All-Purpose Video Game Instructions Kit Frank Jacobs 279 - Jun 1988
A The Mad People Watcher's Guide to a Political Convention Mike Snider 281 - Sep 1988
A Play Pictionary With the Mad Artists see issue 284 - Jan 1989
AW 500 Issues of Mad: A Visual History -
Mad Issues 1-100 "Murmurs and Mumblings"
see issue 500 - Jun 2009
AW 500 Issues of Mad: A Visual History -
Mad Issues 201-300 "Snatched Glory and Bruised Knuckles"
see issue 500 - Jun 2009
AW The Mad Vault - 1973 see issue 501 - Oct 2009