8.08.2018

SPY VS SPY : MAD MAGAZINE OBSESSION OF MY CHILDHOOD


One of my obsessions of childhood was Mad Magazine. We all loved it, boys and girls alike. There was snarky cartoons, political satires, and satires about all the pop culture icons of the times. We gathered together with our Mad magazines and snickered (out of earshot of our parents) about the risque humor and cartoons. It is great to see the magazine is still going strong and my favorite feature SPY vs SPY is still kicking up a storm!

Antonio Prohías

Spy vs. Spy is a wordless comic strip published in Mad magazine. It features two agents involved in stereotypical and comical espionage activities. ... A parody of the political ideologies of the Cold War, the strip was created by Cuban expatriate cartoonist Antonio Prohías, and debuted in Mad #60, dated January 1961.


One is dressed in white, and the other in black, but they are otherwise identical, and are particularly known for their long, beaklike heads and their white pupils and black sclera. The pair are always at war with each other, using a variety of booby-traps to inflict harm on the other.



The Spy vs. Spy characters have been featured in such media as video games and an animated television series, and in such merchandise as action figures and trading cards.

Antonio Prohías

Published in Mad magazine since 1961, Antonio Prohías  began working on Spy vs. Spy in Cuba, but fled to the United States in 1960 just days before Fidel Castro took over the last Cuban free press.  When Prohías came to the United States he knew almost no English, but Mad magazine readers and editors quickly accepted him and loved his work.



2 comments:

John said...

This brings back memories, from my youth and a couple friends, brothers, who were fans of "Mad Magazine", and other comics. Also, there is a video game, "Spy vs. Spy" that a roommate of mine had, in our "computer and music room" in the early 1980s, that ran on a Commodore 64 home computer. We played it a few times, and it, like the comic, was a clever game. I owned an Atari 800XL back then, that was a "newer model", of the Atari 800, which I preferred. I hope to play the game again, if friends visit my home in the future, but I am somewhat occupied with other things currently, and I threw away the 800XLs that I had acquired, and been given, when I thought I was going to lose my home. I did save an old Atari 800, which I purchased in the early 1990s, but it sometimes needs a little TLC, and I only use it on rare occasions. I am hoping that will change soon, after I finish up a few things, and create a "special place" for the computer and a few peripherals, which also may need some TLC. If and when I get the "Spy vs. Spy" game running, I will post a photograph. :) Thank you for bringing back some very fond memories, with your FaceBook page and photographs that you shared. :)

Kim Retrokimmer said...

So glad!!

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