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MAD (1952-2018) #4
CGC NM/M: 9.8
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Thursday, 12/17/2020 12:13 AM
$4,600
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PUBLISHER: EC
COMMENTS: ow/white pgs, QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + sharp right edge with no chipping + deep color strike (red, yellow & blue); only 1 higher
Kurtzman cover; Superduperman by Wally Wood (4-5/53)
Gaines File Copy
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ow/white pgs, QES Certified: Criteria met: impressive prime focal area + sharp right edge with no chipping + deep color strike (red, yellow & blue); only 1 higher
Kurtzman cover; Superduperman by Wally Wood (4-5/53)
Gaines File Copy
MAD has been parodying pop cultural icons for decades, from their humble beginnings poking fun at comics, movies, and TV, to the more recent trends in social media and video games. Up until the invention of one Alfred E. Neuman in issue #21, the periodical was lacking an iconic figurehead, so each issue was an entity unto itself, like MAD #4, whose targets include Superman, Robin Hood, and romance comics. While MAD would go on to spawn dozens of copycat magazines, none would ever rise to the level of quality or prominence of the original. There is one point of note concerning this somewhat bawdy cover by Kurtzman, the little fellow on the left bears a striking resemblance to the Nebbish, who would become the cover star of Marvel’s MAD rip-off, Crazy, which would have it’s day in the sun in the 70s and 80s alongside the other also-ran, Cracked, creating the trifecta of comedy mags from which Gen Xers would learn so much of their studied detachment and sarcasm.

There is an abundance of stunning Gaines File Copies available in this Event Auction, not only in the run of MADs but also a collection of other EC titles, and each one is in superb condition, all bear the hallmarks of incredibly high grades, brilliant color strikes, rock-solid construction, and undeniable provenance. This particular issue was also given the seal of approval by QES, anointing the comic one of the best copies available, while there is one 9.9 known to CGC, this book is guaranteed to get MAD fan’s mouths a-watering in anticipation of the start of bidding.


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