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MadHouse Comics #108
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August 12th, 2013 by Rusty

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MadHouse Comics #108

MadHouse Comics #108

Date: August 1977
Publisher: Archie Enterprises, Inc.
Cover Price: 35¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads
Writer: ?
Artists: ?
Notable Notes: A smorgasbord of gags!

More Mad?

After reading this issue I looked up the series on Wikipedia and was surprised to find that it had a long and varied history! Yes, it seems like it was trying to capitalize on Mad Magazine’s success, but it also produced some famous characters and searched relentlessly for its own unique personality. I’m not so sure this issue succeeded, but maybe the series as a whole did. Here’s what I thought of it…

Synopsis:

This issue had loads of short stories, jokes and gags in general! It starts with the story of a boy and his uncle who travel 100 years into the future to find a society suffering from over-population and negative ecological impact. That’s more than enough to scare them back into the present!

The next story finds Kanga, a giant ape who likes to terrorize humans, being berated by his giant ape wife! She shows him how being nice and helping the humans is better than being mean to them.

The final story is about how women’s liberation has changed Fairytale Land – in which Georgie Porgie gets a guided tour of all the changes that have taken place in the fairy tales since he ran away.

There are also some fake travel stickers, a “Dear Aunt Gabby” column, Misleading Names of TV Programs, Good News and Bad News, Skateboarding Around the World and You Know You’re a Witch… All of which include a couple of pages of fun and jokes!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – Meh – average stories for a “funny” book. And a few of them had some over-bearing themes which weren’t all that funny.
  • Art: 4 stars – Classic Archie-style art from the 1970s! Lots of sexy and/or funny teenagers and the crazy things they do!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – Not as fun as it should have been for a comedy book. The heavy handed themes drug down part of the book, but the funny shorts brought a smile to my face!

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