Friday Comic Book Day.
Last month, Roy Thomas published the first half of my definitive article on the Mad comic book imitations of 1954 in Alter Ego #86. It was our intention to d the whole article in one issue, but after seeing all the illustrations we wanted to add, he decided to cut it in two. The second half will be published in the januari 2010 issue. Roy did his usual splendid job in selecting the illustrations and adding his comments. I recommend this issue to everyone. If don't mind reading stuff on the computer, you really should get the digital version, which as most of the illustrations in color, too. But even Roy has his limitations. Even though the first half of the article is 50 pages long, he still didn't use all of the stuff I send him. For instance, he only used two of the four pages of a sketched Russ Heath satire, which may or may not have been intended for one of the later Timely Mad imitations. As satires go, it is not one of the best. But still, it's four pages of unused Russ Heath work and I would love to share it with you. On the back is the title of a possible Lassie parody, which makes it likely that this is indeed a creation from the mid to late fifties. There is also a signature for Russ Heath Jr. I don't think Heath ever used this signatre on his work, but it may also be a way to identif and date this piece.