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Mad about comic strips
Meglin, Nick.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Mad Books, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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PN6728.M33 M24 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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MAD ABOUT COMIC STRIPS collects MAD Magazine's best comic strip satires fora chronological look at the last 50 years, as seen through the eyesof  "The Usual Gang of Idiots"- including: Bob Clarke, Desmond Devlin,Duck Edwing, Frank Jacobs, Stan Hart, Al Jaffee, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Rickard,Angelo Torres, Sam Viviano, and Wally Wood.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

From Andy Capp to Ziggy, no comic strip, classic or new, is safe from the Mad Magazine treatment. Containing 40 years' worth of Mad comic strip sendups, this collection features work by comic book notables, including Wallace Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Sergio Aragones, Russ Cooper, Will Elder and Bernie Krigstein, to name a few. The great artist Wood makes some of the parodies far more vibrant than the originals. Other takeoffs look so accurate that it's hard to believe the original strip artists didn't draw them. The humor, however, is somewhat more variable. There's a particularly funny Poopeye and Mazola Oil story that features spoofs of a few of comics' greatest strongmen, and the story "Final Episodes of Peanuts You Never Saw" finally captures such events as Charlie Brown kicking the f0otball and Marcie and Patty professing their love for Melissa Etheridge. However, spoofing material that's already satirical is a delicate business, and most of these works are mildly amusing rather than downright hilarious. The parody works best when the artists use the bland daily comic strip format to savage another topic, as in "Bush Family Circus," which takes on both Bil Keane's strip and the presidential dynasty. The book features several full-color sections and looks terrific overall, succeeding as much as a tribute to the great comic strips of the past as a lampoon. (Nov. 2003) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A hilarious collection of comic-strip parodies from MAD magazine, ranging from the 1950s to the present and spoofing Peanuts, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, and many others. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Bonus insert
"Li'l Abneh"
"Muck Trail"
"Mary Worthless"
"Miss Peachy"
"Prince Violent"
"Beagle Bagle"
"Smokey Stogie"
"Believe It Or Don't"
"The Do-Little King"
"Flush Gordon"
"The Scramtom"
"The Krautzarscrammin Kids"
Original coloring (the Fourth Annual Edition of the Worst From MAD)Marie Severin
"If Famous Authors Wrote the Comics," (MAD #46)Frank Jacobs
"The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party," (MAD #68)Gary Belkin
"If Five Comic Strip Cartoonists Interpreted the Age-Old Riddle: 'Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?'," (MAD #77)Gary Belkin
"The MAD 'Comic' Opera," (MAD #56)Frank Jacobs
"Little Orphan Melvin!," (MAD #9)Harvey Kurtzman
"Manduck the Magician," (MAD #14)Harvey Kurtzman
"Gasoline Valley!," (MAD #15)Harvey Kurtzman
"Katchandhammer Kids!," (MAD #20)Harvey Kurtzman
"A MAD Guide to the Anatomy of the Human Body Based on the Comics," (MAD #236)Frank Jacobs
"If Comic Strip Characters Were As Old As Their Strips," (MAD #72)Earle Doud
"Don Martin's Guide to Some Very Obscure Comics Sound Effects," (MAD #210)Don Edwing
"If Comic Characters were Psychoanalyzed," (MAD #125)Frank Jacobs
"MAD's All-Inclusive Do-It-Yourself Peanuts Comic Strip," (MAD #242)Frank Jacobs
"If Famous Movies Were Made into Comic Strips," (MAD #295)
"If the Real World of Today Caught Up With the Comics," (MAD #249)Frank Jacobs
"Starchie," (MAD #12)Harvey Kurtzman
"Prince Violent!," (MAD #13)Harvey Kurtzman
"Bringing Back Father!," (MAD #17)Harvey Kurtzman
"Poopeye!," (MAD #21)Harvey Kurtzman
"Final Episodes of Peanuts You Never Saw," (MAD #393)J. Prete
"Comic Strip Classics in their Full Strip Form," (MAD #344)Al Jaffee
"If the World's Great Painters Drew the Comics," (MAD #137)Frank Jacobs
"If Blondie Entered the Real Work Place," (MAD #310)Stan Hart
"The Comics Page of L'Osservatore Romano," (MAD #396)Desmond Devlin
"When Today's Controversial Issues Totally Invade the Comics," (MAD #326)Frank Jacobs
"The Congressional Record Comic Pages," (MAD #378)Duck Edwing
"When Other Comic Strips Start Using the 'Far Side' Formula," (MAD #280)Charlie Kadau
"A MAD Look Back at...The Bush Family Circus," (MAD #404)J. Prete
"Obituaries for Comic Strip Characters," (MAD #353)Frank Jacobs
"MAD Fold-In," (MAD #293)
"Comic Strip Cursing Symbols to Match a Given Situation," (MAD #214)Henry Clark
"Dick Tracy, Bachelor," (MAD #329)Stan Hart
"Commemorative Stamps for More Recent Comic Strips," (MAD #348)
"The Dysfunctional Family Circus," (MAD #333)Desmond Devlin
"One Day in the Comics Suburbs," (MAD #153)Arnoldo Franchioni
"When the 'Dilbert' Cast Invades Other Comic Strips," (MAD #355)Desmond Devlin
"Muttropolitan Life," (MAD #306)Charlie Kadau