Monday, July 16, 2012

"Bringing Back Father!" - Will Elder - Mad Monday!

Mad THE COMIC BOOK #17 from November 1954.

The cover looked like this...kind of...

...but, actually more like this.  

The entire issue was printed upside down.  Even the experience of holding their comic book was meant to feel funny.

I love Kurtzman HARD!

Here's Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder's take on that comic strip classic by George McManus "Bringing Up Father", "Bringing Back Father".  Even in the few short decades since the original had premiered, the notions of a drunken Irishmen and his abusive, harpy of a wife just weren't socially acceptable anymore.

c'est la vie.

Ah, the good ol' days.

Talk to you soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The artwork is only half Bill Elder -- the "real" pages are by Bernie Krigstein (check out the signature on the last panel). Using these two artists in opposition like this was brilliant on the part of Kurtzman.

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