EC Comics and MAD Magazine cartoonist/editor died on tuesday at age 88.
Al Feldstein's covers
and artwork for EC Comics
great Sci-Fi/Horror books are legendary
. Sadly, his singular
style was phased out after a few years of classic work at EC in favor of the more modern, detailed artists in the stable as he took on more editorial and writing duties. He went on to turn a post Kurtzman MAD Magazine
into a phenomenon as its editor.
ripped it up, madly channeling the sordid specters of rock 'n roll's past while staying true to its psychedelic future, even when voxman Lux Interior was a lean 59 years old. The first show from their last-ever tour does nothing but prove it
. [more inside]
In 1959 Fred Astaire hired renowned makeup artist John Chambers
to work on his television special, Another Evening with Fred Astaire
. The assignment? Turn Fred Astaire into Alfred E. Neuman
. The results were predictably strange
. [more inside]
Mad Men is back.
And so is Vulture with another of their always-enjoyable recaps.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of Don Martin, "MAD Magazine's Maddest Artist." Don's visual style was arguably exceeded by his "endless capacity for newly coined, onomatopoetic sound effects,"
leading to the inevitable question: Web 2.0 Site or Don Martin Sound Effect? [more inside]
The nuclear weapons simulator
at CarlosLabs (previously)
has been updated to include fallout wind drift, pressure and thermal events to evaluate the impact of everything from a suitcase nuke to the Tsar Bomba
on your city. The Missile Range Tool
can show if you are in the vicinity of any delivery systems currently in service, or compare your location to the range of those used historically, such as the V2. For the effects of the cosmic collisions of asteroids and comets (and featuring rather more science) there's the Earth Impact Effects Program
The first episode of season four of Mad Men
(so much previously
]) aired tonight. Shortly after, the first "Mad Men"': A Conversation
blog entry was posted on the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy
blog. There will be a post for every episode. [more inside]
In 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with Europe still in ruins, three young Belgian comic strip artists, Joseph Gillain (aka Jijé
), Maurice de Bevere (aka Morris
) and André Franquin
, crossed the Atlantic with the intention of settling in the US.
All three would eventually return to Belgium, their hopes of working for Disney ultimately dashed by the turmoil of the McCarthy years. However, in the meantime they made the acquaintance of their colleagues of the Charles William Harvey Studio
in New York, including a cosmopolitan young wit named René Goscinny
. [more inside]
The Lobotomist (PBS American Experience)
- During his illustrious career as a self-styled neurosurgeon, Walter Freeman
performed nearly 3500 lobotomies
. [Inspired by this thread] [more inside]
1983: The Brink of Apocalypse
-- In 1983 the NATO war exercise Able Archer
almost started a nuclear war. Unknown to NATO, just a few months earlier a false alarm
had already put the Soviet leadership on edge, and the exercise triggered preparations for a counter attack in the Soviet military. Only a few double agents
on each side may have saved the world from nuclear armageddon. [more inside]
"I understand you want to make finance entertaining, but it's not a f*ckin game."
(parts 1 2 3
) After trading
, CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer appeared opposite Jon Stewart as a guest on The Daily Show. While Cramer worked to keep his poise during the awkward exchange, the evisceration may call to mind Jon's appearance on Crossfire
The Letter of Last Resort. At this very moment, miles beneath the surface of the ocean, there is a British nuclear submarine carrying powerful ICBMs ... there is a safe attached to a control room floor. Inside that, there is an inner safe. And inside that sits a letter. It is addressed to the submarine commander and it is from the Prime Minister. In that letter, Gordon Brown conveys the most awesome decision of his political career ... and none of us is ever likely to know what he decided.
We wanted to hold onto them for as long as possible. Not as much as a tribute to the early history of MAD... but because these paintings were covering up quite a few holes in the walls.
Wolf William Eisenberg died this past Thursday, May 14
. Comics fans may know him better as Will Elder
, one of the original MAD artists who, along with Wally Wood and Jack Davis, et al, worked with Harvey Kurtzman to make "furshlugginer" and "potrezebie" household words in the 1950s. No one could pack a cartoon panel with more gags than Elder, the exemplar of the "chicken fat" school of art. [more inside]
magazine artist Al Jaffee
(now 87 years old!) created the fold-in
as a unique contribution to the MAD
-style of satirical humor. Now the NYT has the comprehensive history online in interactive form
In all its 55 year history
, MAD magazine
has been known much more for media satire than political satire
... anything political was often camouflaged as a movie
or TV parody
and generally less partisan than most
. (How can you take their politics seriously when they offered Alfred E. Neuman for President?
) Another thing about MAD is how rarely it goes outside its "Usual Cast of Idiots" for content
. Well, things have changed, as the MAD editors used 10 Pulitzer Prize Winning Op/Ed Cartoonists to illustrate the incendiarilly-titled “Why George W. Bush Is in Favor of Global Warming”
. The usually web-shy MAD even allowed the New York Times to put most of the piece online in a slideshow
. [more inside]
No Tourists, No Artists.
Tourists at Atlanta's Underground
didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond
, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999
, recipient of a Reuben Award
, one-time comic book creator
, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine
(movie parodies, mostly
), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta
. Despite many efforts to "save"
continues to fade in popularity
and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
Ever since the Million Dollar Homepage
, the web world's advertisers and quick buckateers have gone PixelAdvertising mad. Buy building bricks and fill a room
, buy desktop icons
and buy even more pixels
. Now roofs are the next target
(literally) - where will it end?
I would offer adspace on my head
, but that's already been done to death. Whatever's next? I can turn the internet off, but its starting to look like I'll have to pull the blind down next time I fly.
Upon the death of a possible BSE cow, "the unidentified doctor preserved the brain stem sample in formalin... but then 'simply forgot' about it until mid-July." That's the reason why we're only hearing about it now. Any questions?
Second US case of Mad Cow confirmed.
The initial rapid screening test in November was positive, but a more stringent test was negative, and the USDA told America that the cow was BSE-free. The agency did not mention that it had skipped the Western Blot test,
used in 2003 to confirm the first U.S. mad cow.
The delusional world of Robert Hendy-Freegard, assasin/spy/carsalesman
The tale of a power-mad car salesman. The guy managed to get so many people to do so many crazy things that I suggest you read the link for yourself. Unbelievable.
The search for Alfred E. Neuman
Carl Djerassi emigrated to the US after Hitler's annexation of Austria, and in his essay traces the gap-toothed Mad Magazine spokesman from his original sighting on a German anti-semitic propaganda poster (PDF).
Spy vs. Spy
sell out! Mountain Dew has roped in the infamous black & white spies to shill their beverage. Quicktime needed to view the commercials. [via waxy.org]
, & Weirdo
magazine cover archives.
A Mad Parody Of The Onion
Well, if this isn't Meta, I don't know what is. Certainly, we all know about The Onion
(and, indeed, our consensus is that we don't post Onion links here). The fine fellows at MAD magazine
have hoisted the Area Men by their own petard. I hate to say it, 'cuz I think The Onion is often quite funny, but they've got it nailed. (via Heath Row's Media Diet
Mad Magazine cartoonist David Berg dies at 81.
One of the "gang of idiots" that were part of the Mad
'60's: Sergio Aragones
, Don Martin
, Antonio Prohias, Mort Drucker
, et al.
Ah, well. Another piece of my childhood slips away. What stands out in my mind was that many of his characters bore an uncanny resemblance to my neighbors. But now I'm troubled: did I have a post-modern
BSE Inquiry report
Took me the better part of two weeks of fishing around to find the online version
of the £300 million U.K. report on BSE
didn't work. Got this one from the redoubtable Mad-Cow.org