Monday, February 27, 2006

EC - Bop Jokes (Severin)

Bop Jokes!
art by John Severin, story by Harvey Kurtzman
Mad #9 (1954)

This is a pretty strange story from Kurtzman's MAD run. I think it might be one of those that made a lot more sense to people living in that era than it does a half-century later. The first page, with sixteen entries in the "Bop Dictionary", explaining, loosely speaking, a lot of the expressions used in the story, is pretty funny. Each of the next five pages presents a "Bop Joke", none of which make much sense, but I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to. It's the way they tells them, you see. Severin's art is mostly what sells it, with this weird world of hep cats, cubes and hollywood-eyes.

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