Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Created by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen "EDDIE MANNIX" was a real-life character, a legendary (and allegedly mob-connected) Hollywood bouncer and fixer who rose through the ranks to become a studio executive at MGM in the fifties. You may recall his appearance in the 2006 film Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious … Continue reading Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

My Scrapbook Original Artwork for "Peter Goon" by Jack Davis What? You thought MAD Magazine had a monopoly on snotty, adolescent parodies on television private eyes? Or that the work of the "usual gang of idiots" was exclusive to William M. Gaines' "What, Me Worry?" periodical? Nope. In its day, MAD had a slew of … Continue reading My Scrapbook: Original Artwork for “Peter Goon” by Jack Davis

MAD About You Department: What, me shamus?

Parodies and satires of TV Eyes in MAD Magazine When you think about it, MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman has been dogging the TV dick -- and occasionally his big screen counterpart -- almost since its birth, kicking plenty of dirt on assorted gumshoes in the process. Whether it's "Perry Masonmint" or good ol' "Jam … Continue reading MAD About You Department: What, me shamus?

The National Lampoon

If You Don't Click This Link, We'll Kill the Dick National Lampoon, that cheeky, irreverent kid brother to MAD Magazine that  ran from 1970 to 1998, tried to act like the older brother. They offered "adult humour," theoretically aimed at a more sophisticated, mature crowd. But really, who were they trying to kid? It was … Continue reading The National Lampoon

Christopher Marlowe

Created by Martin Rowson British cartoonist Martin Rowson's The Wasteland, a 1990 graphic novel, is a surrealistic mash-up of -- and cockeyed tribute to -- T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and the work of Raymond Chandler. But don't let that scare you away... T.S. Eliot was, of course, a literary big shot (and a crime fiction … Continue reading Christopher Marlowe

My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

My Scrapbook The National Lampoon ReviewsJohn D. MacDonald's "New" Travis McGee Book In the July 1981 issue of the National Lampoon (the special “Endless, Mindless Summer Sex” issue), they ran “Would You Like Something to Read?,” a spoof of a regular book column,by Sean Kelly and Ted Mann. Yes, it's cheeky, politically incorrect and embarrassingly juvenile. You should probably … Continue reading My Scrapbook: The Winking Brown Eye

Jim Haley

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--) Ron Goulart's fiction transcends genre -- or even easy explanation -- being a general mish-mash of detective, fantasy, satire, straight sci-fi, parody and just plain silliness, reflecting the author's passion for the detective and science fiction pulps and comics of yesteryear. He's a serious scholar, and has published several key … Continue reading Jim Haley

Max Kearney

Created by Ron Goulart (1933--)  "Having trouble with psi powers, spooks or E.T. visitations? Take it up with Max Kearney!" -- the front cover blurb for Ghost Breaker Who ya gonna call? The answer may seem like a slam-dunk now, but before Ghostbusters hit theatres all around the world in 1984, the answer may have been … Continue reading Max Kearney