Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Everyone’s a comedian, and now they all have their own comics! TwoMorrows takes Pete Von Sholly’s comic-world parodies to print with Comic Book Nerd, and then, Cracked returns as a brand-new magazine in the vein of National Lampoon.


Comic Book Nerd

After tackling Famous Monsters of Filmland type magazines with his last parody publication Crazy Hip Groovy Go-Go Way Out Monsters, Pete Von Sholly tackles the world of comic book fan publications. Scathing parodies of The Comics Journal, Wizard, Alter Ego, Comic Book Artist, Comic Buyer’s Guide, Previews, and many others appear in short 3-5 page pieces.

Very, very funny if you’re familiar with the source material and remember the sad fate of Charlatan (Charlton) Comics:

“Comics so lousy they were thrown away by the kids themselves!”







Cracked is back! This time the new owners have decided to take things in a different direction. Instead of being a direct rip-off of Mad, they’ve decided to be a direct rip-off of National Lampoon and Maxim. Now it has full color glossy pages with advertising.

Does it work? Yeah. Especially since the now tired old Mad is having an identity crisis on who its target audience is. (Why do you think they created Mad Kids anyway?)





Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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