Thursday, April 1, 2010

Viva Monsters! / New Movie Monsters...

Let's celebrate April Fool's Day today with some spoofy creature feature fun and two of MAD Magazine's very finest artists, shall we? First up, classic monster gags by the amazing Sergio Aragones, followed by Wally Wood's "New Movie Monsters from Madison Ave." (PS: I'm not sure where any of these originated, all are taken from paperback reprints from the 60's and 70's.)


















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And congratulations to Jeff Overturf, he's the big winner of THOIA's "6 of Me on the Prowl" contest. And since the 6 Karswells couldn't agree between all the great entries in this contest, I left the decision up to my son Zander, who at the moment is probably the biggest Three Stooges fan on the planet, annnnd his choice was a no-brainer. Jeff wins himself a copy of Peter H. Brothers new book "Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda", published by Authorhouse. Nice work Jeff, please send me your mailing address! And thanks to everyone that joined in the fun, there's lots more horrific contests coming in 2010!

13 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

Holy crap, you let your kid judge that. Now I feel, if possible, even dirtier than before. Excellent prize, by the way--good job Mr. Overturf!

This is an awesome post, Karswell. I totally love this stuff. If I were to rank every comics-related thing I've really loved since I was very young, second place has gotta be Sergio Aragones. I didn't even have to be able to read to love his stuff in my parents' MADs when I was a little kid. Here's the one man who most successfully brought silent-era slapstick to comics. As a teen I bought, like, every single GROO there is.

Mykal said...

Karswell: Your son displays excellent judgment and good taste. Nice to see some traditions are carried on. Congratulations, Jeff!

I loved the monster spoofs! -- Mykal

Anonymous said...

HELL YEAH, THIS OLD MAD STUFF RULES! I HAD A BUNCH OF THE SERGIO PAPERBACKS WHEN I WAS A KID, WISH I STILL HAD THEM THIS STUFF IS STILL AS FUNNY AS EVER.

prof. grewbeard said...

fun, but i didn't get the "Terror From The Earth's Core" one...

congrabulations Jeff, can i borrow it when you're done?...

Jeff Overturf said...

I KNEW my life long appreciation for The Stooges would pay off someday! Congratulations on raising your son right and teaching him the finer things in life!

I've emailed you my address and am anxiously waiting by the mailbox.

Being a big Aragones and Wood fan mde me enjoy this post even more. Keep up the great blog and thanks to everyone for the congrats...I see some of my favorite bloggers in that crew as well.

Best to all!

Karswell said...

>Holy crap, you let your kid judge that.

He's 5 Mr C, and knows very little concerning the naughty things you speak of. And yes, All Hail Groo!

>Your son displays excellent judgment and good taste.

It's all quite hopeless, Monster Kid genes run DEEP in my loins.

>HAD A BUNCH OF THE SERGIO PAPERBACKS WHEN I WAS A KID

Me too, the Aragones scans come from a book I've had ever since I was 5 or 6... never letting that one go.

> i didn't get the "Terror From The Earth's Core" one...

Hillbillies and a moonshine still, I guess some "mountain dew" is more deadly and potent than others.

And congrats again to Jeff Overturf on the win! Your book is going in the mail tomorrow.

We have lots of good stuff lined up for April, including the long awaited return to Christopher Lee's Treasury of Terror, violent nazi and crime horrors, a long distance birthday dedication, and possibly another look at a Dell Classic... don't miss a single post!

The Old Warrior said...

"Attack of the Mushroom People" is one of two horror movies that actually caused me to recoil in horror as a small child thanks to "that scene" near the ending. I would love to see it again all these decades later.

Thanks for the warm memories!

Mike H said...

Excellent post! Congrats, Jeff!

The Aragones Kong gag is priceless! He's going to be in Boston next week and I'm really excited to meet him!!

Anonymous said...

Fun post, it's always nice to see classic Mad artists like Aragones and Wood get some respect.
I had not heard about the Honda book and will have to look into it more. Thanks!

Karswell said...

If anyone's interested in seeing more MAD horror spoof stuff just let me know and I'll occasionally mix it in with the decapitated heads and shotgun blasts to the face. Hey, I'm easy...

NEXT UP: One Naughty Nazi!

Anonymous said...

All of the MAD items by Wood are parodies of well-known advertisements that appeared in national magazines (Time, etc.) circa 1960.

The gloved hand in "The Terror from the Earth's Core" is holding a jigger of liquor. (I don't remember the brand being advertised.)

Drew said...

"Anonymous" above should read "Drew" (not that anyone cares)...I hit the wrong key and published the comment prematurely.

Jeff Overturf said...

I revieved my fabulous THOIA prize in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to dig into it!

Thanks again!