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  1. The Comic Strip Christmas Party

    January 4, 2012 by The Belated Nerd

    Another fantastic Wally Wood parody of the funny pages appeared in MAD #68 (January, 1962).  Click the image for a readable view.


  2. The Super-Luck of Badge 77

    September 17, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    The Superman comic strip ran in as many as 300 papers daily from 1939 to 1966. Readership at the peak of the strip’s popularity was over 20 million. In the early Sixties, storylines ran to about forty 3-panel daily strips. Although some famous comic book characters like Lex Luthor and Mister Mxyzptlk debuted in the strip, by 1961 the strip’s  stories were being lifted from 3-year-old Superman comic books. The artwork was new and the scripts were tweaked to fit the storytelling conventions of a daily strip, but the plots were lifted wholesale from the comic book.

    The story arc that ran from August 14, 1961 – September 16, 1961, was adapted from a story (“The Super-Luck of Badge 77″) in Superman #133 (Nov. 1959). In that story, Clark Kent’s boss, Perry White sends Clark undercover as a police officer.  Otto Binder wrote the original story for the comic book but I don’t know if it was he who adapted it to the strip. I believe the artist is Wayne Boring. If not, I’m sure someone with a better eye will clue me in soon. Here are a few strips from that arc. If you want to know why badge 77 was so lucky, just turn the numbers upside-down to see whose initials are displayed.

    The whole story arc can be read here

     


  3. “Don’t take your Frustrated Masculinity out on ME!”

    September 10, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    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.