Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Update: A cover image of FOO has been unearthed by Canadian comic detective Jim Strange and follows the original posting below:
FOO Magazine was published at the end of 1951 by the Monarch Publishing Company of Canada. This information comes from an interesting work titled Culture & the Comic Strips by Sol M. Davidson published in December 1958. EC comics Tales Calculated to Drive You MAD No. 1 came out in October of 1952 as a comic book followed by a pocket-book edition of The Mad Reader (advertised in issue 23), before changing to magazine format with issue no. 24.
Davidson says of FOO that it was “pretty obviously written and drawn by Americans, but it was printed in Canada and exported to the U.S. FOO spoofed the movies, the ads, the pin-up magazines, themselves. There were no comic strips in this humor magazine” Sounds intriguing ?
Since I was unable to track down any images on the internet I have posted the ‘blank’ cover above in hopes that someone, somewhere, has a copy and can supply a decent image. It may have been a co-incidence, and it takes nothing away from the brilliance of Mad magazine, Gaines, Kurtzman and Feldstein, but it would be interesting to see how close in conception the two titles were.
* Many thanks to Jim and the owner of the following copy who supplied the startling image.