Featuring this edition of the popular satirical Mad Magazine was a no brainer here at Mike’s Take being a life long fan of the cinema’s number 1 vigilante, Charles Bronson. Truthfully I never really bothered with Mad and it’s numerous editions aside from having this one edition tucked away alongside the October edition of 1982 when they picked up the sequel to poke fun at it under the title Death Which – Is – Which II.
Still it was a magazine commonly found at friends houses so most of us all knew the grinning face of Alfred E. Neuman which graced the covers of many editions and pocket novel versions.
So before getting into the comical satire of Death Wish let’s look at a few other movie references I found in this edition.
In the Good News – Bad News section we have a reference to Ingmar Bergman.
Under a collection of extremely THIN books we find cheap shots at both Ali MacGraw and Stephen Boyd while kind of paying tribute to Neil Simon.
Coinciding with the resignation of Richard Nixon there’s a layout devoted to a White House Garage sale. Among the throwaways you’ll find are personally signed items from both Sammy Davis Jr. and John Wayne. If I get to the sale early enough I’m buying both and I’ll even grab them sneakers that Wilt the Stilt wore. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Not confining itself to a lampoon of Death Wish, this edition also gives the reader a goofy rendition of the Omar Sharif/Julie Andrews spy thriller, The Tamarind Seed rechristened The Tommy-Red Seed.
Time to wrap it up with a Coles Notes gallery of images featuring Bronson, Hope Lange, Steven Keats, Stuart Margolin and Vincent Gardenia that fans of the original Death Wish are sure to get a kick out of.
Am I seeing things or is Kojak, aka Telly Savalas, taking over the case of Hope Lange’s murder? I don’t remember him the movie.
Like the film, this ends with that iconic image of Bronson pointing his finger like a gun at his next prey. Only difference here is that it could be you he’s gonna come gunning for.
Thanks for dropping in to have a look at this month’s selection for a retro movie mag from the past. See you in May with another selection from the vault here at Mike’s Take.
Love this, how you’ve taken the time to put up all the individual comic frames.
Thanks, won’t take credit for the toons but they are funny
I enjoyed the mag. The cartooning artwork was the best out there as were the pokes at everyone.
A lot of laughs to be had.
This is some really cool stuff here Mike, I’m enjoying these retro mags a lot. Wasn’t sure if MAD parodying Charles Bronson would work, but after seeing the pages here, they did a really, really fantastic job.
Yeah they do hit the funny bone if you know him and his acting style and films. You can just hear his voice saying these lines as well. I do wish he had parodied himself in later years in a movie or two like maybe Palance or Eastwood did.
Love the drawings, they got them all right, esp. the beach scene with Charlies muscles bulging. 🙂
LOL. He was a well built dude before all the action stars of the next generation had the bulging biceps.
He was THE strongman of US cinema of the 60ies and 70ies, there was no one even remotedly as muscular as him. Being a staight hetero male (and proud of that, yeah!), I nevertheless ADMIRE his biceps, etc, esp. in masterpieces (IMHO) as CHATOS LAND and STREETFIGHTER/HARD TIMES.
Whats´ so astonishing is that he earned those muscles in the mine and in military service, did a lot of odd jobs needing strength afterwards and kept them in shape all his life! Those are NOT fake gym-muscles like those todays “stars” have, those are hard earned ones coming from real hard work and a life of labour (not gym-trained). I admire that. BRONSON was a man from the streets, a believeable hard working next door guy. And audiences back then cheerished that. He was one of them/us and that is why he was believeable in his actions and re-actions.
Bruce Willis was nice, Jason Stratham is nice, but none of them comes close, they´re all “copies” of the real deal. No harm meant, just saying the truth and nothing but the truth.
And yeah, I am an admirer as you are.
(and sorry for any typos)
That pretty much sums it up. Not muscle bound from the gym but rather hard work. He also looked imposing way back in the 1950’s in various roles as boxers, Indians and stood out in 55’s Big House U.S.A. for both his physique and threatening presence.
Your Price 25 Cents…Really Cheap! Thanks for the trip down memory lane…I haven’t read a Mad magazine in decades, though I did all the time when I was a kid. I always liked the movie and TV parodies the most, and these ‘Death Wish’ panels remind me why. Now I need to track down the ‘Jaws’ issue!
Yes, grab that Jaws issue. I have to assume there is one.
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Love it. I do remember that cover now that I’m seeing it once again. Thanks for the link.