Friday, June 15, 2012

The Bedside MAD

1956, 1964 Signet edition
The Bedside MAD
Original price 50 cents, purchase price 25 cents
Worn and waterlogged paperback

A disappointing successor to The MAD Reader, this contains mostly unfunny and/or forgettable stories.  Only "Restaurant!", with the detailed Bill Elder art and a description of a family dining at a "chow-mein restaurant (popular in big cities)," and "Robinson Crusoe," again with Bill Elder craziness and better than average writing from Kurtzman (including a surprisingly enviromentalist message), feel fresh and original.  There's nothing terrible, except for some of the Jack Davis illustrations, but it's hard to believe that this is a "Best of."

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