Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Ultimate Horror Movie: Arbor Day

I had a request for something by Jack Davis, and though the request from "Spizz?" wasn't specific about any certain story title or publisher, I'm pretty certain that everyone stopping by this blog has probably already seen their fair share of Jack's amazing 1950's EC horror hits. So, instead here's something that maybe hopefully you haven't seen, (or haven't seen in awhile) from the December 1981 issue of Mad #227, --Davis and Silverstone team-up to spoof on the growing phenomenon of the 80's holiday-themed slasher film-- it's funny stuff, and of course the artwork is superb.


Brian Barnes said...

I had this when I was a kid! How amazingly versatile was Davis? Not only was he known for being fast, but his style translated -- with honestly some alterations mostly in the cartoon-y nature of the faces -- into just about anything well.

In this one he draws women that are very cartoonish, over-proportioned, but still very attractive, which is a pretty hard thing to pull off.

The script is very ... mad. A lot of "so X happens ... but really Y" type of comedy. Still reflecting Kurtzmen's type of humor, even after all those years!

Mestiere said...

I remember this one! It's really more about slasher flicks than about horror movies, but close enough.

It's alarming how little things have changed. The bad writing, the cheap production values, the only surviving girl, the dumb cops, etc. All the cliches were already in place. Some things don't seem to change as rapidly as they used to. If you compared the early 70s with the early 90s—movies for example—the difference would be overwhelming and obvious. Same with fashion, music, cars. I don't think the difference has been that great the last 20 years. It's as if the internet had absorved a lot of our creative energy. Or maybe we are less willing to try new things. After all, the average income—adjusted to inflation—of the bottom 90 percent of the population hasn't change in almost 50 years. People go back to what is familiar to them if they feel limited in resources.

Keir said...

I too had this issue- remember buying it as a kid! Thanks for the flash-back.

Grant said...

I thought it was very funny, but even if I HADN'T, Jack Davis can always make me laugh whether I enjoy the verbal jokes or not.

Karswell said...

Has anyone ever seen anything by Jack Davis that they didn't like? I'm pretty sure it's an impossibility!

Mr. Cavin said...

Total impossibility. Jack Davis is the best. Also, honestly, he's probably also the absolute nicest. And he's got a cool accent. All in all, a class act.

I also owned this issue. It's amazing how prevalent Mad Magazine must have been. Everybody read it. After TV Guide it must have been the US's most popular magazine.