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The MAD Archives Vol. 3 Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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Speaking of HK, whatever happened to the book of Trump Magazine reissues?
Had collected the EC comic Books when in school! A lot of Innuendos and parody! And a lot of 1950's humor
I bought the first MAD comic and sat on a
case of Coca Cola bottles, laughing my ass
off. I was sad to see the comic replaced
by the magazine.
Russ Cochran reprinted this series (of MAD
comics). He did it a a lot better than DC
This is for all of you comic explorers/
historians out there. It's nice we still have this stuff
to drool over, and see how "funny" satire can be.
DC presents us with issues 13 through 18,
containing such classic parodies as Wood's
"Prince Violent", Heath's "Plastic Sam!", and
Elder's "The Hound of the Basketballs."
(And if you're at all curious how MAD
tried to survive the Comics Code - it didn't! -
check out Cochran's PANIC reprint set.
Worth your while.)
Growing up I assumed that each story was written and drawn by the name attached to the story, little did I know that nearly everything was written by one writer, Harvey Kurtzman. The one exception is “Restaurant!” written by H. Antoine D’Arcy and it’s a pretty good story that does an amazing job of aping Kurztman’s style. But let’s be honest, the stars of the show are Wally Wood and Will Elder. Howdy Dooit, by Bill Elder, is absolutely brilliant and I’ll always remember the image of Howdy getting right up close to the camera and threatening the children with fist clenched. The script for Wild ½ is great but it’s Wally Wood’s art that upgrades it to brilliant. The one exception is Plastic Sam which really made an impact on me when I was younger despite being drawn by neither Elder nor Wood.
I confess to being a sucker for comic strip parodies and the one I wanted to revisit the most was Gasoline Valley which I haven’t read in years. Another I was looking forward to was “Manduck the Magician” and neither comic has diminished with time. Not everything is universally awesome. As far as I’m concerned “Wreck of the Hesperus” was a fail but “Bringing Up Father!” was one of the best despite not being funny. The comic switches between the cartoon violence Maggie inflicts on her husband Jiggs (Father) and the reality of domestic violence. Maggie hits Jiggs with a rolling pin and then the artistic style switches from the style of George McManus to a much more realistic style showing Jiggs battered and bleeding. If nothing else Kurtzman was doing a lot of experimentation and some experiments have positive results and some negative but when he scored magic happened which is why Mad Magazine has survived more than 60 years.