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MAD Mail Day

I was very excited to discover a few MAD gems in the mail today: a 1976 copy of the mag (Fonzie!) from Joel Tarling, and a sketch by the one and only Jack Davis from Jason Chatfield! A MAD Mail Day - Sketch and autographed photo by Jack Davis and December 1976 issue of the magazine

I've also included in the photo above the signed MAD Men photo brought back from Vegas by Glen Le Lievre. I'll be framing heading to the framers soon, I think!

Oh, and here's the cover letter from Mr. Chatfield. Luckily, I took his advice.

Cover letter from Jason Chatfield, ACA

Thank you gents! A nice way to end the week.

Cheers, Anton

Spotted: The Jack Davis Knockout

Last year, on my visit to the MAD Magazine headquarters in New York I was shown an amazing Jack Davis original featuring a boxer getting his head knocked off by his opponent. According to Assistant Art Director Ryan Flanders, the illustration - probably drawn in the 50's or even early 60's - was never originally published. The reason? A mystery.

But the other day, my dad delivered a box of old MAD's from his collection, and lo and behold! I spied a familiar sight:

Boxing Illustration by Jack Davis - from MAD Super Special #70, Spring 1989 © MAD Magazine / E.C. Publications

The illustration finally appeared in MAD Super Special #70 "Sports 2" from Spring 1989 - many years later.

Below is me drooling all over the original:

Can I hold it? Please, please, please!?