When it comes to sequential art (comic books, comic strips, spot cartoons, etc.) attention is given primarily to the artist.
without a good story and/or joke or text of any kind the art can fall flat on
the writer. Writers, especially great
writers, imbue illustrated stories and gags with life. A visual joke falls flat if it is not
art is just so many panels without a proper script to provide cohesion and
Al" Yankovic provides the foreword for Running Press's new book: MAD's Greatest
Writers: Frank Jacobs: Five Decades of His Greatest Works.
up in the 1950s and 1960s and somehow surviving the decades since I've always
appreciated the off-kilter humor provided by MAD Magazine from its "Usual
band of idiots."
enjoy art by such cartoonists as Mort Drucker, Jack Davis and other classic
artists, along with new talent, many of the stories and gags stuck with me, not
because of the art, but because of their hilarious text.
Jacobs was, and is, the genius writer behind many of MAD's greatest stories and
culled from five decades of MAD magazine's stories the book spotlights Frank
Jacobs' prolific output ripe with his sardonic wit.
TV and movie lampoons, poetry, strip
scripts, lampoons and humorous observations, Frank has done them all and done
them very well.
some time, flip through the book's page, immerse yourself in the art and let
Frank's words knock around your brain until all that accumulated humor makes
its way to your funny bone, travels up your spine and before you know it,
you're laughing out loud!