View Full Version : Trying to identify '60s humor magazine

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
09-02-2005, 07:07 PM
I've been trying for years to track down a specific issue of a Mad-style comic magazine from the mid-to-late '60s. It wasn't Mad or Cracked. It may well have been Sick, but I think I've seen the covers of all the issues from the era and none rang a bell.

Here's what I remember: a full page (probably back cover) saying something like "This magazine is for right-wingers and leftists" (probably not in those words) with a cartoon of two essentially identical figures representing the two sides, the leftist one carrying a copy of "Das Kapital." A racy, Mickey Spillane-type hard-boiled detective comic strip (this was the last article in the magazine) with a little lady standing outside the panels whitewashing out all the four-letter words. A series of cartoons based on southern foods (spoonbread: a loaf with spoons sticking out; hush puppies: dogs with their mouths tied shut; hominy grits: a guy pointing to his plate apparently counting "how many," black-eyed peas with boxing gloves). A story about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Real ads for books called "How to Be a Polack," "How to Be Italian," "How to Be Jewish."

Does any of this ring a bell with anybody?

09-02-2005, 09:55 PM
Well, I waas thinking of Crazy (http://www.flicklives.com/Magazines/Crazy/crazy_cvr.jpg) , but that was the '70s, not the '60s.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
09-02-2005, 10:40 PM
Well, I waas thinking of Crazy (http://www.flicklives.com/Magazines/Crazy/crazy_cvr.jpg) , but that was the '70s, not the '60s.
Right, and the mag I'm thinking of was definitely no later than 1969, and almost certainly earlier.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
09-06-2005, 08:31 AM

So have I stumped the Dopers?

09-06-2005, 08:35 AM
While I don't recall the issue yiou speak of, there were other humor mags pre-1970. Sick was a Mad imitator that tried to get what Mad and Cracked left behind. There was also a short-lived magazine started by the Playboy bunch that siphoned off a lot of the best of Mad from its early days, including Harvey Kurtzman. I can't recall the name. Mad had to be rebuilt, and most of their best-known names came in at that time.

Marvel comics had "Not Brand Ecch!" and "Spoof" before they came out with the magazine-sized "Crazy" . NBE was definitely pre-1970, and Spoof was on the cusp, there.

09-06-2005, 08:53 AM




Harvey Kurtzman and Trump magazine:



Not Brand Ecch:


09-06-2005, 08:55 AM


09-07-2005, 09:08 AM
Bump! because I'm curious to see if [Bsick[/B] is the answer, as I expect.

("Sick" is very often the answer, with me.)

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
09-07-2005, 12:32 PM
Sick is still pretty much the only possibility I've been able to come up with. I've bought several issues (including an annual) via eBay, and not found any clues (like a mention of the articles I remember in the letters column, or those real ads). BTW, the magazine I'm looking for did have a letters column, so it wasn't a one-off.

Oh, and I saw a reference to this in an early issue of Mad, with references to their imitators: what humor magazine had a drunken cat for a mascot?

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