Monday, April 23, 2012

"Plastic Sam!" - Russ Heath - Mad Monday!

Now HERE's a REAL comic book treat, kiddoes.  Harvey Kurtzman and Russ Heath's "Plastic Sam!" from "Mad" (THE COMIC BOOK) #14 from August 1954.

A take on Jack Cole's wonderful "Plastic Man" comic book feature over at Quality Comics, which was a sometimes fall down funny comic on it's own, and certainly Cole was one of the true geniuses of the medium.  I'm not the guy to look to for all things Cole though.  In case you're out of the loop, check out Paul Tumey's incredible blog on the subject.  And while you're at it, check out his other blogs on "Screwball Comics" and "The Comic Book Attic"...the guy knows his stuff!

Heath may have been a late addition to Kurtzman's bullpen...but he sure earns his place in the rosters with this'n!

Dig in, kiddoes!

Talk to ya soon.


BrittReid said...

Hi, Jeff:

Jack Cole did Plastic MAN.

Kurtzman and Heath did Plastic SAM.

It's an easy mistake when you're keyboarding fast.

BTW, how do you like the new Blogger interface?

Jeff Overturf said...

Thanks fer catching that, Britt! The post has been corrected and I feel like Woozy winks at the QWERTY.

As for the interface...well, I'm getting used to it. I'm sure by the time I am, they'll cahnge it again.

Anonymous said...

I have a copy of this in 'Son of MAD', and is it just me or does the parody fall a little flat? Aside from the name changes and the fact Plastic Man, erm, Sam, kills his partner, it reads rather like an actual Plastic Man comic?

Jeff Overturf said...

It's tough to do a parody of something that's already a parody.

The art always hit me with this one more than the story though.

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