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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by jake_fink, May 18, 2008.
Will Elder, Cartoonist of Satiric Gifts and Overpopulated Scenes, Dies at 86 - NY Times
I have very few MAD Magazines, but I grab every book I can from their first few decades: 50s, 60s and 70s. The first two decades are the best. Elder was a master. Love his work.
MAD about MAD inc.
I love so much of his stuff, the Mad comic parodies, Little Annie Fanny and Goodman Beaver included, but my favourite, favourites are the movie parodies he did for Help!, especially the Frankenstein parody. Funny, heck yeah, but also a beautiful chaos of cross-hatching arriving, somehow, at a perfect compostion of page aas well as panel. He was a kookily brilliant maverick, and there are very few of his like left in the world.
After many readings I can still become absorbed in his panels. The depth of detail and complexity of ideas and cultural references is amazing. Funny too,of course. R.I.P. to the master...
I read that Starchie comic around 1956, when it was pretty new. It's really SICK! Almost gave me nightmares! He did a SuperDuperMan comic that in the same vein. Really almost scarey weird. He dwelt out there on the edge of the fringe of the outer limits.
I loved his stuff in MAD. He could copy someone elses style but also had his own. His panels tended to have little bits of extra funny going on in the background. I think he did the take-off of "Gasoline Alley" that I loved when I was young.
I have to did some of that stuff out in his honor.
MAD will never live up to those early years. I have the first two MAD Archive volumes...Bill was a master!
I read all of MAD's spoofs in earlier editions of these, which include; Superduperman, Shermlock Shomes and The Hound of the Basketballs, spoofs of Alice in Wonderland and Poe's The Raven; G. I. Shmoe, Smilin' Melvin, Ping Pong (King Kong), Dragged Net, Prince Violent, and much more insanity written by Elder, Wood, et. al. I collected these volumes about four years ago. I still read through them often, along with several other books.
Still MAD (inc) after all these years.
Somewhere in my basement is a box with MAD magazines from the '70's.
I grew up with Alfred E. Nuemans philosophy, "What...Me Worry?".
RIP Will Elder.
I lost all of my Mad magazines with the dumping of my comic books. However there are some bits and pieces of those old ones from the 60's stamped into my memory. It was a special part of my childhood and teen years.
I went to Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in the late 60's early 70's. Mad Magazine portrayed many scenes in that city since one of the artists lived there. All my comics are long gone.
SHODDOP EVERYBODY WHO YELLS SHODDOP!
Classic. It was, like, almost Expressionist it was so grotesque.
Bummin. I was a freak for MAD... still am, I guess. The Batman cover was the issue when I was born. I liked Elder, but Don Martin was my all-time fave.