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  1. I did an eBay search on completed listings for that issue and it is not worth a lot even in the higher grades. One copy described as high grade sold in auction for $25. There was a CGC-graded 9.6 copy that was alleged to be the highest graded copy (and perhaps was, though it might be tied with other copies) and it sold for $125. My opinion is if you have an issue that stands out as being off-the-newsstand fresh, to the point where it could qualify as 9.6 or 9.8, it would be fun to grade it as an experiment -- if it's something you personally like and want to slab for the long run. If you're looking to make a profit selling all the issues, I don't know that slabbing would make a big difference if they graded 9.4 or lower. You might take a lot of photos of each in raw form, and put them on eBay as BIN's for $25 - $50 or something, because I think they would sell eventually due to the "Star Wars" connection. Not to put down the artist Jack Rickard, who was always a great artist (and did a respectable job of stepping into the cover-art role occupied by Norman Mingo), but this cover doesn't stand out as a Mad classic. I like the later issue with the "Mad musical" (with characters kind of dancing) a little better. Oddly enough, the giant Darth Vader helmet on Alfred E. Neuman makes me think of Rick Moranis doing the "Dark Helmet" character in the Mel Brooks movie "Spaceballs." Kudos on saving and storing all those "Star Wars" Mads, plus the Cracked issue. I also remember that I think the first issue of a magazine called Pizazz had a good "Star Wars" cover, and I know Crazy had some "Star Wars" issues. (And many other mags of course...) It would be cool to see a photo of your mags if you have one.
  2. It's not a bug, it's a feature.
  3. I'm not sure why but this cover reminds me of a famous quote, "only two things come out of Texas".
  4. I mean, where are her legs? I think that thing that looks like a bow on her head if actually her feet. In defense of this creepy guy and gal, it looks like an overzealous touch-up artist added too much extra white to their eyes and teeth.
  5. The preview gives a good idea of what the movie is like:
  6. Streaming? I didn't see that! Must watch it again. (EDIT: Not currently on Netflix streaming. Typed "hardc" and the only match if "Hard Candy"....which isn't a bad movie.)
  7. B.S. Nope. This is a very uncooperative person, so you probably won't get pictures. Feedback extortion. Call eBay. Sorry you got in the crosshairs of a scammer dillweed like this. It happens to all of us eventually. It never ceases to suck.
  8. Yes, it is excessive. $100 on a $375 item is a pathetic lowball offer. The incessant emailing is a form of pressure, even if the words themselves are not pressuring. Just the excess of it alone is pressure. Always step back from a high-pressure person. In my experience, "I need it for my daughter" is code for "I want to make a profit and here's a story to make you feel like you're doing me a favor by becoming my sucker."
  9. Can't rule out Cracked though the likelihood is very low as I was never much of a fan. My memories are very clear on these two parodies but as I said, memory is very fragile and fallible (To digress, I have a frequent argument over the "But there were eye-witnesses to the crime" belief that this is the sine qua non of guilt - sorry for the digression). I agree, memory is an unreliable thing. One of the most unrealistic tropes of movies is when characters slowly regain their memories in vivid detail. The unfortunate truth is that with the right suggestion or imagination, people can "remember" things that never happened. Anyway, I'll keep looking for what you describe. Now it's a vendetta. I will take it slow though. This makes a good excuse to go back and read through Mad issues. One of the things about the older Mads is that I never had the magazines as a kid. Only later did I go back and collect them. Most of their material I only ever read via specials, or via paperbacks. There's quite a bit of great stuff in the earlier magazines that either wasn't reprinted, or that wasn't reprinted in anything I got a chance to read. The early era of the magazine, with Wally Wood and Joe Orlando art, has a different and more anarchistic flavor than the heyday when editor Al Feldstein had a more regular stable of "insufficiently_thoughtful_person" contributors. I often lose my knickers. P.S. Here's a graphic from 1954 where Mad is making fun of all its imitators. I read that William Gaines put each competitor on the wall and would write an "X" on it (or something -- put a dart in in?) whenever each title went bust. This piece cleverly builds a line of text around nearly all of ' alphabetical order!
  10. This artist is not from the era of my most fervent Mad-reading, so I don't know much about him. But RIP nonetheless. Here is what Mad posted on their Facebook page: ------------------- Classic MAD Dept. GERRY GERSTEN, MAD ARTIST, RIP We’re sorry to report that 2017 is picking up where 2016 left off, with the passing of yet another MAD contributor. Gerry Gersten, one of MAD’s most talented caricaturists, passed away over the weekend. With his pencil on vellum technique, Gerry produced many full-page impact pieces of art for MAD, including memorable drawings of Ronald Reagan, Dr. Ruth and Elvis Presley. Our condolences go out to Gerry’s family. We will have more on Gerry’s career in MAD #545. From MAD #285, March 1989 Artist: Gerry Gersten
  11. Nice photos. Is the tiger rug included in the sale? Just an FYI for future posts like this: There is a Magazine selling/trading thread in this area. I wrote a post to "bump" it to Page 1. It's not a big concern in the magazine part of the forum, because there's not much activity here, but in the comics areas they ask you to keep sales-related posts to one thread (best practice is to point people to a larger post in the sales forum). Anyway, looks like a decent set of issues with some potential as upgrades for people who have already completed the run.
  12. Sorry to see you didn't get any responses. I hope all went well.
  13. Just now seeing this. Really cool. Would be cooler if it had Heidi Saha on the cover, and it would also be even creepier.
  14. Delayed reaction here... You didn't post a photo, waaaaa. Would have liked to have seen these.
  15. Is this the article? It's from issue #19 in 1955. This is similar in concept though my recollection clouded by the years is of a B&W illustration in the vein of MomCo above. I am a great skeptic of memory, I know it to be fallible and open to a great many variations depending on circumstances. Dang, I am striking out. I wanted to think I was the master of all things Mad. But I am 0 for 2 here... Can we rule out these satires appearing in other publications, such as Cracked, Humbug, Stan Lee's Snafu, and Hugh Hefner's Trump, for examples? You mostly stuck to Mad, right? I was looking through some Al Jaffee stuff. He was one of the most prolific writer/artists, with the most classic material and also most adventurous in terms of trying different formats. A few of his inventions eventually became real things:
  16. Is this the article? It's from issue #19 in 1955.
  17. Dang, that sounds like something I remember that was drawn by Paul Coker. Might be 1970s. The game is on... Fair chance it's Al Jaffee...
  18. This is a fun exercise in tracking down a specific Mad article. I haven't been able to pin down those two pieces yet, though. I'll keep looking into it, for the challenge. Yesterday I dug out the "Totally MAD" CD-Rom set, a 1999 product from Broderbund software. It has 7 discs full of scans of every Mad issue from #1 through whatever issue in 1999. I'm glad to see it still works on a newer computer. There's a search function for text, and I typed in "pharmacy," "superstore," "drugstore," "brand," "label," "clothes/clothing," and "advertising" (which got too many hits but I skimmed them over). I couldn't find either of the above-referenced predictions, but that doesn't mean they aren't there, of course. They just aren't obvious to find. Maybe for fun I'll start reading through every issue (again -- I've done this a few times over) and see if I can spot those bits. They both do ring a bell, in the deep recesses of my memory. But not enough of one. (I feel like the clothing label bit might have been something drawn by Bob Clarke.) If you have any other details, or can try to estimate the year you would have been most likely to read Mad, then please share what you can. Another option would be for you to go to Doug Gilford's Mad Cover Site and look through the issues yourself, reading the Table of Contents listing for each issue. Maybe you'll spot the article in question. In the meantime, I leave you with two screen shots of articles that were thematically close to what you described, if not the actual articles. One article is from 1968, one from 1975. Let me know if these are in the stylistic realm of what you remember, because even that could be helpful:
  19. Anybody see this movie yet? I saw it last night and it soooooooo lives up to its title. The movie is like a First Person Shooter game come to life. It's entirely shot from a first-person viewpoint, as if filmed using a GoPro camera or whatever. The title character, Henry, wakes up and discovers that some of his body parts are being replaced by a beautiful woman in a lab environment. He looks down and sees his lower leg spinning around, and she pulls it off, reaches over, grabs a replacement leg and it spins on (even though his leg likes like a normal human leg). He has no memory of who he is or what he's doing there, but slowly pieces together key bits of information as the movie unfolds. There are various twists and turns... It reminds me of that scene in "Robocop" where he first wakes up as a cyborg, with people leaning over him and testing his hand strength and such. ("Hardcore Henry" even has a similar hand-crushing-an-object moment.) Except this point-of-view style is the entire movie. There are a lot of action scenes. They have special effects that are blended in to real-world environments in a way where much of the time, you can't tell which is which because you have no point of reference for this style of P.O.V. filmmaking. There's parkour-type scenes of jumping around, climbing the sides of buildings, etc. that appear to be mostly real-life stunts, but who knows? There is a LOT of violence... If you liked "John Wick" then this is up your alley. If you like role-playing games and first-person shooter games like Max Payne, Call of Duty, Counterstrike, Doom/Quake, etc. then this is totally in your zone. There's also a pretty decent science-fiction storyline with some elements I've never seen done before, and not in as entertaining of a way. Highly recommended! Beware of motion sickness though.
  20. This is the blurriest listing I've ever seen... Photo taken on a trampoline?
  21. If you create a brand new listing from scratch, and then after listing it you look at it and click "sell similar," does it let you?
  22. You posted this because...? (If you look at the listing, seller has two comics -- one slabbed, one reader. It seems maybe you didn't notice that.)
  23. Those both sound like they must have been from the 1960s or older. Do you remember the decade or approximate year? I'll see what I can dig up.
  24. I looked at a bunch of that seller's recently closed auctions and didn't find any bidding activity by "v***r(4)." What you described sounds shilly though.