Every now and then, while hunting down fifty-year-old ephemera, the zeitgeist of the era jumps right out of the pages of an old book or comic and just smacks me upside the head. That’s the case with this Wally Wood parody of Chic Young’s Blondie. This and fifteen more original comic strip parodies were part of a Sunday funnies pullout included with a MAD magazine collection in 1961 (The Worst from MAD #4). Most people today find nothing funny about domestic violence (even as parody), but its depiction here (and its victim’s reaction to it) is instructive about an all together different attitude prevalent in the early Sixties. Of even greater interest is the perceived decline of the great American white male and the adjustments needed to save the species. Click the image for a larger view.