Friday, April 30, 2010

Cleopatra's hair

Here's a sequence from the great comic strip, ALLEY OOP by V. T. Hamlin.

The time traveling Oop is sent back to Egypt in Cleopatra's time to solve a mystery for Doc Wonmug and Oscar Boom...what exactly was the color of Cleopatra's hair?

Daily strips are from July 20 to August 31, 1964.

Copyright ©1964 NEA, Inc.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MAD'S maddest...

After working for MAD magazine for three decades, Don Martin left in a dispute over royalties. He went to CRACKED magazine, then had his own short-lived DON MARTIN MAGAZINE in 1993. These are color pages from the first issue of that magazine.

The slipcased, two-volume set, THE COMPLETELY MAD DON MARTIN, which reprints every page Martin did for MAD, and which was originally priced at $150.00, is now being sold for the amazing price of $25.00. You can find it from various booksellers that handle remaindered books. This gets my highest recommendation. Its large-size pages show off Martin's crazy artwork to its best advantage.

Martin died of cancer in 2000, age 68.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

"He's with me." More Water On The Brain by Vip

Vip, Virgil Partch, had a way of looking at things in quite a twisted way. That's why we love him.

These are cartoons from his 1945 book, WATER ON THE BRAIN. If you want more, go to earlier postings, here, and here.

As a special treat, at the bottom is a scan of an original Sunday page of BIG GEORGE, Vip's successful syndicated newspaper comic.

WATER ON THE BRAIN Copyright © 1945 Robert M. McBride & Co