MAD

A Wild Madhouse Riot of 1950s Comic Book Satire

Okay, here’s the setup. Marilyn Monroe knocks Joe DiMaggio’s head off with a baseball bat. So they go to a Chinese laundry to get it put back on. But the proprietor can’t help them because—get ready—it’s a hand laundry! Okay, see, this place has human hands hanging off clotheslines, and, and… Hmmm. Maybe you...

A Fanzine Editor's 60-Year Love Affair with 1950s Comics

There’s this comic-book story about space aliens who try to save our planet from self-annihilation. But they arrive too late: We’d already destroyed ourselves in an atomic war. They land their rocket ship on a chunk of a devastated earth and discover a science-fiction comic book amid the rubble. It contains a story about...

Take That Don Draper!

Can we all agree that Mad Men is not as good as previous seasons? Don Draper is barely even showing up for work (he’s too busy being John Hamm elsewhere on the screens). In fact, the great advertising world, inner sanctum stuff has been considerably reduced (so far). In double fact, maybe that is...

Amazing X-Ray Glasses And 9000 Other Novelties – Johnson Smith & Co.

With Chicago’s “C2E2″ 2012 ComicCon (http://www.c2e2.com/) approaching this week from April 13-15 at McCormick Place, it seems fitting that I do a piece on an aspect of comic books that everyone even remotely acquainted with the realm knows well – the Johnson Smith & Company of Detroit, Michigan. You may not recognize the firm’s...

Mandela Mandalas (and Other Garth Walker Artifacts from South Africa)

“What makes me African, and what does that look like?” That is a question that Garth Walker, a third-generation white South African of British heritage, tries to answer in his graphic design work for clients, in his personal work, and his photography. Walker—Mister Walker, as his Durban studio is named—was in New York last...