It's A Mad, Crazy, Wild, Riot World
Friday Comic Book Day.
Two stories from Stan Lee's Mad imitation comics, to celebrate the fact that the first half of my article on Mad Imitations was published in Alter Ego #86. These stories are mentioned in that article but not shown fully, as Ican do here (and in color too, even though the still available digital version of the magazine does have all of my illustrations in color).
The first one is a three page gem by Bill Everett from Riot #6. Usually Everett goed comletely over the top when he is doing satire, but here he stays very close to the original, Werner Roth's Lorna of the Jungle.
This story is one I originally took for one being done by Ros andru. It certainly does look a lot like the stuff he was producing for his own title Get Lost! But why would he contribute a story to Stan Lee's imitation if he was already busy doing his own books? At a second (or third, or fourth) look I realized it is probably the work of Mike Sekowsky, who had learned to imitate Ross (and Toth) at Standard not long before that. hat would make this Sekowsky's only contribution to the satire genre, somthing he was obviously very good at. The girl in the splash and the Tarzan figure later on in the story are much more in his own syle than in Ross's. Sekowsky is also know for not inking his own stories, so who did this job for him?
In my article I make a whole show about the question if Stan Lee wrote for these books himself and if so, how much. This seems like a story Lee did not write, as it has none of his ticks and preoccupations and the job number doesn't line up with other Stan Lee stories.