Mad THE COMIC BOOK #16 continues to poke holes in the convention of using text pages as content filler, but taking it up a notch from issues 13 and 14, where at least they stuck to the Greco-Roman alphabet, here they continue their socio-political bent with ancient Egyptian!
Back to the norm with issue 18 and "The Rookie Gladiator"...
...but then again, maybe not. Here's about as surreal a comic note as ever was hit in Mad.
"Hevo the Great" is the first of 4 text pages in issue #19. I like how even Kurtzman's spot cartoons can dress even a bunch of boring old words up.
Then back to the series of the un-readable...here's a little backwards talk...you know, like this!
And then, a couple of real treats...at least as presented in my collection of re-prints...these were originally printed elsewhere...here's "The EC Artist of the Issue - Wallace Wood" originally printed in "Weird Science" in 1952.
"The EC Artist of the Issue - Jack Davis!" from "Two-Fisted Tales" in 1952. Oh the talent that passed through EC's doors.
And then by issue #20, maybe the Mad knucklehead's are starting to notice how truly hip they are. A slight call back to this story in #9. More Bop dictionary.
Talk to you soon.