Saturday Leftover Day.
In my new book Behaving Madly (about the Mad magazines imitators of the late fifties, click on the Amazon button on the right to preorder your copy) I was not able to use any material from Sick due to copyright reasons. Which I idn't mindm because it gave me lots of room to show other stuff. The only bad thing about it, is robed me of a chance to highlite the later career of Bob Powell, who work for Sick for the last seven years of his life. After his death, Powell was accused of having no sense of humor by isonce pupil.studio mate Howard Nostrand and the huge body of work proves him wrong. Powell had an acute, if very sharp sense of humor. In fact, I was able to show some of it in my book, because he developed his satirical style on magaziens such as Panic, before going to Sick. But does that mean that Powell was a harsh or mean man. I think it proves he was a realist rather than a clown or fantasist. His mean contribution to any of his work from the forties onward is that he aded a level of realism and believabillity to the situation. Never more so than in his last and most important post Sick production, the shortlive newspaper strip Teena-a-go-go. Created together with Teen Life editor Betsy Little, he created a special girls strip for her magazine, which they later soold als a Sunday and daily strip as well. GHaving shown some of the Sundays, I never knew there was a daily version as well, until I ran across these micro-fiche sampels. Is there anyone out there who saved all three months of this strip?