Spy Vs Spy

Spy Vs Spy

An Explosive Celebration

Book - 2015
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"MAD Magazine's iconic Spy vs Spy comic strip--now in full color! One of the most celebrated comic strips in MAD's history has a deceptively simple concept: twin spies, one clad in black and the other in white, outdoing each other in elaborately stupid plots to achieve the other's demise. Now, for the first time, MAD presents a new Spy vs Spy anthology celebrating 150 classic adventures in blazing full color. Bonus material created exclusively for this collection includes a foreword by superfan Lewis Black, new interpretations of the Spy characters by 15 acclaimed graphic artists--including Frank Miller, comic writer-artist and blockbuster filmmaker, and Nathan Sawaya, internationally recognized Lego artist--and a heartfelt memoir in comic-strip form of Spy vs Spy creator, Antonio Prohías, by award-wining MAD artist Sergio Aragonés. Additional special features include dynamic charts and graphs to deconstruct and quantify which spy has "won" the most through the comic strip's volatile history, the most popular weapons and ploys used in the strip, means of death, and more, plus a beautifully printed endpaper featuring David Anson Russo's interactive maze, where readers can play as either white or black spy."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Liberty Street, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781618931597
Characteristics: 224 pages :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Ficarra, John - Editor
Prohias, Antonio


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May 01, 2018

If you are at all familiar with the American humour magazine called "MAD" - Then - I'm sure you are also well-acquainted with the "joke & dagger" comic strip known as "Spy Vs. Spy".

Spanning from its inception in 1961 to this book's publication in 2015 - This glossy volume, compiled (with informative text) by John Ficarra, presents over 150 of the best of "Spy Vs. Spy" for your reading entertainment and enjoyment.

Originally created by Cuban graphic artist and humorist, Antonio Prohias - "Spy Vs. Spy" is a wordless comic strip featuring 2 pointy-nosed double-agents (one clad in black, the other in white) who are endlessly out to double-cross one another using the most diabolically volatile booby-traps, and such, imaginable.

May 01, 2018

Brings back fond memories of a segment of the MAD magazine publications! Take it for what is, a satirical look on life and you may be able to see the humour, as I did in my youth.
This does resemble a repeated theme used by many characters in varying degrees, such as: The Itchy and Scratchy Show (from the Simpsons), and to a lesser extent, The Road Runner and Wily E Coyote; Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; and Tweety and Sylvester of where the two foes are constantly thinking of ways to out smart the other and usually one or both survive violent deaths to continue the chase.
The early films and skits of The Three Stooges and other physical comedies has been around for some time now, and has continued in popular culture with overly graphic and senseless violence.
We need to balance this violence with showing love, kindness, and respect of each other. Be aware of what your children are reading and watching and be willing to talk to your children about the meaning of death and this kind of physical "entertainment."
I never thought much of it then as a child, while reading or watching the earlier cartoons and comics, but now as an adult, I do look at them differently and see the senselessness of the graphic and demeaning attempts to kill each other and the message that death is never final.
The consideration that should be aware of is that it becomes a negative influence while people are sanitized by seeing death and destruction, without any consequences.

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