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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From Andy Capp to Ziggy, no comic strip, classic or new, is safe from the Mad Magazine treatment. Containing 40 years' worth of Mad comic strip sendups, this collection features work by comic book notables, including Wallace Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Sergio Aragones, Russ Cooper, Will Elder and Bernie Krigstein, to name a few. The great artist Wood makes some of the parodies far more vibrant than the originals. Other takeoffs look so accurate that it's hard to believe the original strip artists didn't draw them. The humor, however, is somewhat more variable. There's a particularly funny Poopeye and Mazola Oil story that features spoofs of a few of comics' greatest strongmen, and the story "Final Episodes of Peanuts You Never Saw" finally captures such events as Charlie Brown kicking the f0otball and Marcie and Patty professing their love for Melissa Etheridge. However, spoofing material that's already satirical is a delicate business, and most of these works are mildly amusing rather than downright hilarious. The parody works best when the artists use the bland daily comic strip format to savage another topic, as in "Bush Family Circus," which takes on both Bil Keane's strip and the presidential dynasty. The book features several full-color sections and looks terrific overall, succeeding as much as a tribute to the great comic strips of the past as a lampoon. (Nov. 2003) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A hilarious collection of comic-strip parodies from MAD magazine, ranging from the 1950s to the present and spoofing Peanuts, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, and many others. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401200954
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 11/5/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.43 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Bonus insert
"Li'l Abneh"
"Muck Trail"
"Mary Worthless"
"Miss Peachy"
"Prince Violent"
"Beagle Bagle"
"Smokey Stogie"
"Believe It Or Don't"
"The Do-Little King"
"Flush Gordon"
"The Scramtom"
"The Krautzarscrammin Kids"
Original coloring (the Fourth Annual Edition of the Worst From MAD)
"If Famous Authors Wrote the Comics," (MAD #46)
"The Comic Strip Characters' Christmas Party," (MAD #68)
"If Five Comic Strip Cartoonists Interpreted the Age-Old Riddle: 'Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?'," (MAD #77)
"The MAD 'Comic' Opera," (MAD #56)
"Little Orphan Melvin!," (MAD #9)
"Manduck the Magician," (MAD #14)
"Gasoline Valley!," (MAD #15)
"Katchandhammer Kids!," (MAD #20)
"A MAD Guide to the Anatomy of the Human Body Based on the Comics," (MAD #236)
"If Comic Strip Characters Were As Old As Their Strips," (MAD #72)
"Don Martin's Guide to Some Very Obscure Comics Sound Effects," (MAD #210)
"If Comic Characters were Psychoanalyzed," (MAD #125)
"MAD's All-Inclusive Do-It-Yourself Peanuts Comic Strip," (MAD #242)
"If Famous Movies Were Made into Comic Strips," (MAD #295)
"If the Real World of Today Caught Up With the Comics," (MAD #249)
"Starchie," (MAD #12)
"Prince Violent!," (MAD #13)
"Bringing Back Father!," (MAD #17)
"Poopeye!," (MAD #21)
"Final Episodes of Peanuts You Never Saw," (MAD #393)
"Comic Strip Classics in their Full Strip Form," (MAD #344)
"If the World's Great Painters Drew the Comics," (MAD #137)
"If Blondie Entered the Real Work Place," (MAD #310)
"The Comics Page of L'Osservatore Romano," (MAD #396)
"When Today's Controversial Issues Totally Invade the Comics," (MAD #326)
"The Congressional Record Comic Pages," (MAD #378)
"When Other Comic Strips Start Using the 'Far Side' Formula," (MAD #280)
"A MAD Look Back at...The Bush Family Circus," (MAD #404)
"Obituaries for Comic Strip Characters," (MAD #353)
"MAD Fold-In," (MAD #293)
"Comic Strip Cursing Symbols to Match a Given Situation," (MAD #214)
"Dick Tracy, Bachelor," (MAD #329)
"Commemorative Stamps for More Recent Comic Strips," (MAD #348)
"The Dysfunctional Family Circus," (MAD #333)
"One Day in the Comics Suburbs," (MAD #153)
"When the 'Dilbert' Cast Invades Other Comic Strips," (MAD #355)
"Muttropolitan Life," (MAD #306)
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