Sunday, May 25, 2008

Will Elder 's Background Stuff

The late Will Elder, in his art for MAD and other humor publications or stories was known for the many humorous background details that had hardly anything to do with the story. A good example is this, which were these panels which were originally in HELP! Magazine as the story GOODMAN MEETS T*RZ*N and reprinted in a book named GOODMAN BEAVER.

The GOODMAN BEAVER book is over sized, there fore a whole page is bigger than the scanner’s plate, so I had to focus on the one little background action I thought was funny.

The illustrations are lined up in order. First zoom in on the little monkey looking up the guy’s cone.

And, as most of the time, you will need to click on the picture to enlarge it, to get the most of it.

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Blogger kenju said...

He's a pretty darn good artist! and definitely a comic. I like his stuff, Eddie. The signs are good and add a lot to the strip.

7:57 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I think he was good too. But in an interview I saw with him he said he thought he was a bad artist, and made it up by clowning all over each page.

8:36 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

In the 2nd (?) panel, dude is sprinkling Adolph's Meat Tenderizer on the kid. I love it! But what gives with all the horse shoes lyin' around? Eh.. Atmosphere I guess. Funny stuff!

4:12 PM  
Blogger ET said...

You would have to seen some whole pictures and the beginning of the story to get the horseshoes.
There were playing horseshoes, ringing Goodman Beavers leg... another set of sequence that had nothing to do with the story.

4:19 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

niiiice! lol!

5:22 AM  
Blogger ET said...


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