MAD's Greatest Artists: Don Martin: Three Decades of His Greatest Works

MAD's Greatest Artists: Don Martin: Three Decades of His Greatest Works

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by Don Martin
     
 

Don Martin is of MAD Magazine’s most recognized, most irreverent, and most influential artists. During his 32 years at MAD, he influenced a generation of writers and illustrators, and became known as “MAD’s Maddest Artist.”
Don’s ability to translate animated slapstick comedy to the printed page brought readers

Overview

Don Martin is of MAD Magazine’s most recognized, most irreverent, and most influential artists. During his 32 years at MAD, he influenced a generation of writers and illustrators, and became known as “MAD’s Maddest Artist.”
Don’s ability to translate animated slapstick comedy to the printed page brought readers from around the world into his world, a world where hinged feet, enormous noses and low IQs ruled.
Inside are over 200 of Martin’s funniest and zaniest works from his lengthy career, along with every “GOOSH,” “ SPROING” and “POIT” that made his cartoons great.
Also included in this one-of-a-kind collection is a generation of his color work, as well as his best portraits, posters and stickers created as bonuses for MAD Specials, and a foreword by longtime MAD editor Nick Meglin.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A cake is brought to the table at an undertakers’ convention and, to the audience’s delight, out pops a dead stripper. Welcome to the mad world of Martin, in which the extreme becomes comical... Three “skroinch”es out of four."
--Library Journal
Library Journal
01/01/2015
A cake is brought to the table at an undertakers' convention and, to the audience's delight, out pops a dead stripper. Welcome to the mad world of Martin, in which the extreme becomes comical. From 1956 to 1988, Martin was a fixture at MAD, known for his inventive sound effects ("groon groon splazitch splazatch") and characters with long, bendable feet. This hardcover collects a sampling of his work from the magazine (previously compiled in full in the two-book set The Completely MAD Don Martin). Many gags are pure goofiness, in some characters lose eyes or limbs—and the two categories are not mutually exclusive. Some episodes are slightly humorous, a few are uproarious, and no two readers are likely to agree on which is which. For this reader, one inspired strip involves a brain surgeon cutting open a man's head and finding not a brain but a series of ever-smaller nesting dolls (of the man's head), with a message in the smallest. Fun fact: Martin's propensity for naming characters "Fonebone" gave cartoonist Jeff Smith an idea. VERDICT Three "skroinch"es out of four.—S.R.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762455188
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
288,819
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Don Martin: is arguably the most recognized, most irreverent, and most amazing MAD artist. Contributing cartoons from 1956 to 1988, he was so popular that the magazine promoted him as "MAD's Maddest Artist." Born in 1931, he joined MAD in 1956 and went on to contribute and shape MAD's direction for many years. By the time of his death, in 2000, his cultural impact was apparent, with references to his work appearing on everything from The Simpsons to The Colbert Report.

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