Watch Mad Magazine’s Edgy, Never-Aired TV Special (1974)

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1974 was a cynical time. That was the year that Nixon resigned after the grueling Watergate scandal, Vietnam War was finally grinding to a halt and, thanks to the Oil Shock of ’73, the economy was in the toilet. It was also a time when TV execs were scrambling to keep up with America’s rapidly changing cultural tastes.

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Greek Myth Comix Presents Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey Using Stick-Man Drawings

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The next time some know-it-all moralist blames any number of social ills on violent video games or action films, ask them if they’d rather kids stick to the classics.

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Read 15,000 Marvel Comics Online for 99 Cents (for a Limited Time)

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Right now, Marvel is running a promotion where if you join Marvel Unlimited, using the promo code SDCC14, you can pay 99 cents for your first month, during which time you can access “over 15,000 Digital Comics, featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the galaxy’s vilest villains – all spanning Marvel’s 75 year history!&

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Flannery O’Connor’s Satirical Cartoons: 1942-1945

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Sci-fi author B.C. Kowalski recently posted a short essay on why the advice to write every day is, for lack of a suitable euphemism, “bullshit.” Not that there’s anything wrong with it, Kowalski maintains. Only that it’s not the only way. It’s said Thackeray wrote every morning at dawn. Jack Kerouac wrote (and drank) in binges.

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry Reveals the Best Way to Memorize Poetry

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Cartoonist and Patron Saint of Honoring the Creative Impulse, Lynda Barry, believes that the secret to understanding poetry is to commit it to memory. Effortless recall is key. Get that poem lodged inside your brain as if it were a Top 40 hit of your youth.

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Before The Simpsons, Matt Groening Illustrated a “Student’s Guide” for Apple Computers (1989)

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A friend once told me of his older cousin who, for the freakish act of installing a computer in his college dorm room, found himself immediately and irrevocably dubbed “computer Jon.” This happened in the early 1980s, and boy, have times changed.

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Batman Stars in an Unusual Cartoon Adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

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On Friday, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment topped our crowdsourced list of Books Intelligent People Should Read.  If you haven’t read Dostoyevsky’s classic novel of murder and guilt, you should give it a go.

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Great Shakespeare Plays Retold with Stick Figures in Three Simple Drawings

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Other than Romeo and Juliet and possibly Hamlet,  Shakespeare doesn’t exactly lend himself to the elevator pitch. The same creaky plot devices and unfathomable jokes that confound modern audiences make for long winded summaries.
Not to say it can’t be done.

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Watch Seth Meyers’ Late Night Players Act Out the New Yorker’s Famous Cartoons

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Along with its whimsical, hand-drawn covers and its surprisingly readable articles on unlikely subjects, like nickel-mining, The New Yorker magazine is known for its cartoons – single panel doodles that can be either wry commentaries on our culture or, as a famous Seinfeld episode pointed out, utterly inscrutable.

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Download Over 22,000 Golden & Silver Age Comic Books from the Comic Book Plus Archive

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The decade beginning with the late 1930s is known as the Golden Age of comic books. Many of the superheroes from today’s blockbuster franchises, including Batman, Superman, and Captain America, emerged during this period, and the industry grew into a commercial powerhouse.

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