Monday, October 22, 2012

Comic Book #17 -- October 22, 2012

The October-November 1952 issue of Mad, published in August, was the beginning of a great American tradition.  EC, famous up to that time for horror comics, moved in a new direction.  Published by Bill Gaines and edited by Harvey Kurtzman, Mad introduced sharp satire (Humor in a Jugular Vein) to comic books.  Mad became a magazine in 1955.  Legend said it was because of the growing controversy about comic books, but it was done to satisfy Kurtzman's ambition.  I read Mad for many years and it certainly influenced my sense of humor.  I know some movies better through reading the Mad parodies rather than seeing the movies themselves.

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To quote Russ Hodges:  "The Giants win the pennant.  The Giants win the pennant.  The Giants win the pennant."  The Giants beat the Cardinals 9-0 in game 7.  It was raining hard at the end.  They will face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.  

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