Monday, April 16, 2012
What Spy vs Spy Taught Me About Writing
Since Dick and Jane weren't getting the job done, Mother taught me to read using Mad Magazine and Peanuts comics. I later learned to love Peanuts, identifying with hard-beset Linus, but my first love was Mad, especially Don Martin, Antonio Prohias, and Sergio Aragones. I was fascinated by the gorgeous drawings of Mort Drucker's movie parodies, but there was too much writing for me to read, and I wasn't familiar with the movies or the actors. The cartoon I especially loved, because it had no words at all, was Spy vs Spy. I didn't know the Cold War from a Cold Cut, but what kid doesn't think violence is a laugh-riot? Spy vs Spy was responsible for filling my visual imagination with handguns, daggers and bowling-ball-shaped bombs with little white fuses.