Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "Small Is Beautiful" and "Cracked Looks At the T-Shirt Craze"

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Today Ol' Groove's gonna crack open a copy of Cracked (see why I liked Cracked better than Mad? You can't mad open a copy of Mad!)--issue 143 (cover dated August 1977) to be exact! The writers and artists (not sure about the writers, but John Langton and Howard Nostrand art the artists) had their crystal balls polished up big-time, baby! The first article, "Small Is Beautiful" takes miniaturizing everyday things to an extreme--but it kinda/sorta predicted where we'd go with things like computers, airline seats, and even houses (the Tiny House Movement)...

The second article, "Cracked Looks At the T-Shirt Craze" takes a twisted look at the very thing I'm wearing right now (and on every summer day, and a lot of fall, winter, and spring days)! Too bad they didn't predict the "tagless" part!


  1. That was awesome, I loved Cracked back in the groovy age. Nice to see it get some recognition.

  2. I was always into Cracked more than later Mad too, back in the day Groove. These two features are like little cultural time capsules. Great to see Howard Nostrand's later work too, after he stopped doing the horror or the brief superhero stuff. He was always a talented guy.

    1. I seek out back issues of Cracked wherever I can find them for the always great John Severin artwork.



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