Monday, January 18, 2021

Adele Kurtzman, R.I.P.

 


This is the front cover of BIJOU Comicbook #8, drawn by Harvey Kurtzman (1924-1993).  BIJOU was an “Underground” comic with contributors like Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Skip Williamson,  more.

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD Comicbook and MAD Magazine.  He also created EC War comics, three other satirical magazines, and PLAYBOY’s ANNIE FANNY cartoon.

The underground comix artists held Harvey Kurtzman is high regards.  They said Harvey Kurtzman was the father of underground comix.

Kurtzman demanded a blood test.

 

Harvey Kurtzman’s wife, Adele recently died, within the past few days.  I don’t have the exact date.

 


Sunday, January 17, 2021

GAAKAK!

 Who doesn't have shots on their minds these days?  You either just had one or you have one schedule or you live deeply in the forest.

Cartoon by Bud Grace

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Pull My Finger


 

A Hypothetical Question

 



Hypothetically, can a sitting president pardon his son,  who  has not yet been charged with messing with campaign funds but is being investigated which the conclusion will be after the said president leaves office?

 Just asking, hypothetically, of course.


Friday, January 15, 2021

The Brits Look at Trump

 


Someone asked "Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?"
Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England, wrote this magnificent response:
"A few things spring to mind.
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace - all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.
Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing - not once, ever.
I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility - for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.
But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is - his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.
Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.
And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults - he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.
Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.
And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.
He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.
And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.
That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.
There are unspoken rules to this stuff - the Queensberry rules of basic decency - and he breaks them all. He punches downwards - which a gentleman should, would, could never do - and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless - and he kicks them when they are down.
So the fact that a significant minority - perhaps a third - of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think 'Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
* Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
* You don't need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.
This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.
After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.
He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws - he would make a Trump.
And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
'My God… what… have… I… created?
If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set."
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

4-Lane & Roswell St,

 





Big Chicken's Front Yard Years Ago
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

BBQ or Fried Chicken?

 



I heard this story twice.  Both stories take place in the 1930s or 1940s.  One the star is Gene Talmage in Georgia and the other is Lyndon B. Johnson in Texas.   In this story they will be The Politician.

Once Upon a time in (Texas or Georgia) The Politician ran for public office.  He had a rally with free (barbecue or fried chicken).  Thousands of people came to rally.

The Politician felt sure he would win because of he thousands of people who showed up at his rally.

He lost the election.

He said a lot of people had his barbecue or fried chicken free .

 

I heard Trump and his son were  shocked they lost because , considering all the people that showed up for Trump’s rallies.  

What were they serving BBQ or Fried Chicken?


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Me and Al Feldstien

 



Me and Al Feldstein, deceased, editor of MAD Magazine for over 30 years.


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