Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Nut Gallery

If you've already had your skeletal ribs tickled by the Tales from the Crypt 70's film spoof over at THOIA (HERE), then welcome now to AEET for yet another amusing anthology horror satire, this time poking a little fun at the Rod Serling television series classic, Night Gallery. One of my all time favorite shows ever, this Mad-esque Marvel moment from the May 1973 issue of Spoof #5 is full of corny jokes and sight gags galore, so sit back and let Herb Trimpe, Marie Severin, and Stu Schwartzberg lullaby you into their laugh-filled land of nut ball nightmares...

And if you haven't already, don't forget to head over to THOIA (HERE) for a silly spoof of an EC / Amicus film too!


Brian Barnes said...

I never run into a lot of art by Marie Severin (obviously tons of her coloring) but she's was an obviously talented gag artist.

I love the look of the rich guy on the titanic, and the "killing his wife" canoe joke is great. It's not something I'd say PISHTOSH and TWADDLE too, no sir!

Page 6, panel 5 is as good as Davis could do.

Mr. Cavin said...

Anything by Marie is such a treat. Every panel is great. Sometimes I think spoof is the best Mad imitator. Almost everything I've seen has been really high quality.

Brian, the problem with Marie Severin is that she was good at everything. So, instead of settling comfortably into a single role in which she could flourish, she was tasked with nearly every possible job at one point or another. Since she was known for her humor around the office, she was a shoo-in for books like this, Not Brand Echh, and others--elevating them from callous knock-offs into quality mags almost single-handedly. But she did hundreds of other kinds of comics too, including a really groovy run on Dr. Strange after Everett left. Check those out.

Someone at Marvel needs to cobble together a collectible retrospective of her stuff. Or one of those huge, hardback Artifact Editions with high-quality scans of her original art boards. Just as someone at each and every company who has churned out fancy E.C. Comics reprints should have been doing all along (instead of, you know, literally erasing her). There is no reason why her many industry-wide contributions to three Ages of comics should be allowed to languish half-remembered.