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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, “Mad Magazine” truly ruled and paved the way for “National Lampoon” and Saturday Night Live.

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Strange Adfellows

I was reading these vintage comic books the other day and realized this cognitive dissonance. The comics, which may be more adult than their targeted market of kids, each have advertisements that don’t seem to conform to the demographic.
Hey, comics lovers out there in Imprint-land, which reader of Fritzy Ritz or Fight comics do you think would order a girdle, test out kitchen knives or sample a anti-bacterial hair-preserver?

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Coming Soon: Movie Posters for Those Films Inside Our Heads

Attention dedicated film buffs: have you seen Saul Bass’s other sci-fi feature, Rendezvous with Rama? How about Luis Bunuel’s supernatural Las Fotografias? Or that low-budget thriller by Alfred Hitchcock’s nephew, Oh Shit, Bees!? Of course you haven’t. They only exist …

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Weekend Heller: Trolling the Info for Bleu Migration

For a wonderful website experience visit Frances Jetter here. And for a moving gallery experience visit Jetter’s New York exhibition at VanDeb Editions here or in person. Her “Works on Paper” opens on October 10 through November 9. Below is Jetter’s Troll (linocut). Now you don’t have to imagine a troll at your table. It’s that time again for those looking into grad schools to attend open houses and info sessions. This is the one that I do with Lita Talarico. Join us in person or online here.

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Cover Your Eyes: the Graphic Horrors of 1950s Comics

Since this is Banned Books Week, I’ve come to bury Dr. Fredric Wertham, not to praise him. Wertham was an anti-comic book crusader who did some serious damage back in the 1950s. As an entertainment medium, comics were the digital …

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The Comics that Corrupted Our Kids!

Kids these days, with their violence and gunplay and perverse sex. We’d all be so much better if only they didn’t have access to those video games and that nasty music and those awful movies and blah blah blah. Thus …

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Chicken Gutz is Not a Meal

Randall Enos, whose comic linoleum cuts graced the pages of magazines and newspapers everywhere, was known for a crazy, gag-riddled comic strip called “Chicken Gutz” that first appeared in the January 1972 issue of the National Lampoon and ran in …

The NY in KUPER

Peter Kuper has produced countless comic panels since he started making them at age 19. This week through October 5 (with a special opening on September 25), he is having an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators MOCCA Gallery of …

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Civil Rights History as Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Artist Nate Powell discusses his work on a new graphic novel that details Congressman John Lewis’ struggle for civil and human rights.