DON MARTIN

25 September 2004

Don_Martin-woman_hit_by_bottle_daduntMAD Magazine was amazing; it really inspired us to draw. Most of the actual jokes and satire went way over our heads because we did not have those cultural references, we didn’t know the celebrities.

However, that did not matter one jot when it came to the great Don Martin… what can I say?  He was just out-and-out amazingly funny.

He had his own style of drawing, and of describing the action.

I loved it.

It was always the first thing I thought of when someone referred to MAD, and the first thing I turned to when I bought a copy was the “Don Martin Dept”.

I cannot help it; I simply admire the work. Hinged feet? Genius.

Don_Martin-Cooks_Up_More_Tales Don_Martin-running_like_mad

I was really saddened to hear of his death in 2000.  He had been with MAD from his early twenties through the peak years for comics, the 60s and 70s.

Martin was such a massive influence on everything and everyone!  The way he exaggerated movement, the ridiculous sounds (and the way the got the idea across), and the complete departure from reality in terms of proportion, and the way joints and limbs work. [There’s even an on-line Don Martin Sounds Dictionary]

Martin could squeeze a laugh from the smallest detail –and as kids we all poured over his stuff, paying tremendous attention before copying into our school jotters.

Enjoy — donmartinweb/

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