MAD funnyman gets new funnybookWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems funny, maybe even a bit MAD, that a legendary cartoonist like MAD Magazine funnyman Sergio Aragonés is only now getting his own comic. Oh, sure, he’s toiled in the gutters at Mad since the 1960s, created the silliest barbarian ever in “Groo,” massacred and destroyed Marvel and DC Comics, and even killed comedian Marty Feldman (look it up), but this is the first time Aragonés has had his name on a monthly funnybook. About time, we’d say. So does Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Stop.
“Sergio Aragonés Funnies No 1” from Bongo Comics is my pick this week,” he said. “Why? Geez! It’s Sergio Aragonés, one of the funniest men on the planet. His work for MAD Magazine was always worth the price of the mag itself. His ‘Groo’ work is priceless. This first issue of ‘Funnies’ has everything you’ve come to expect from Sergio: One-page gags, thoughtful, funny short stories and very detailed art. Sergio has a knack for telling a story without word balloons. You know what’s happening because this man is a master storyteller.
“If you are in desperate need of a belly laugh and if you do buy this and don’t find it funny, well, you might want to go to the doctor and check yourself out, because you might be a brain-dead zombie. Pick this comic up; in fact, buy two because you’ll need a back-up once you’ve read this one to death!”
Collins’ other pick for the week swings in with a particularly devilish number on its cover. That’s right; “Amazing Spider-Man No. 666” kicks off a little story line called “Spider-Island.” What’s that all about? Oh, just a tiny little pandemic …
“Hey it’s No. 666,” Collins said. “If that’s not reason enough to buy it, well, True Believers … longtime Spidey foe the Jackal has decided the best way to deal with his adversary is to infect the citizens on the island of Manhattan with the wall-crawler’s powers and turn it into ‘Spider-Island.’ Can the combined might of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Mayor J. Jonah Jameson control this situation? You’ve got to buy it to find out.”