EC comics (1952-56)
Mad began as a comic book published by EC, debuting in August 1952 (cover date October–November). The comic consisted of parodies of popular comics, tv shows, movies, advertising and other aspects of popular culture.
The first issue was written almost entirely by Harvey Kurtzman, and featured illustrations by Kurtzman, along with Wally Wood, Will Elder, Jack Davis, and John Severin. Wood, Elder, and Davis were the three main illustrators throughout the 23-issue run of the comic book.
Precursor to Mad Magazine – Mad Comic Book!