Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Son Of Mad!

The seventh MAD magazine paperback, dubbed Son of MAD featured a simply outstanding cover by the great Frank Kelly Freas. This image of a Kong-like figure menaced by the baby Alfred is funny and exceedingly well crafted.

I was able to snag a 2003 reproduction of this classic paperback a few days ago to go along with the IBook reprints I showcased yesterday. It's a gem.

In 1993 Freas recreated the image beautifully as seen above. The original is apparently lost for all time sadly. I still prefer the more rugged original, but this recreation is slick and handsome too.

UPDATE: As pointed out in the comments section this volume of MAD makes a cameo in A Hard Day's Night starring the Beatles.

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  1. Isn't this the MAD book that's read on the train in 'A Hard Days Night'..?

    I believe it is..

    1. You are quite right and I've added that delicious info to the post. Thanks muchly!

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