Monday 9 May 2022

The Cracked Art of Diving

Cracked was a humour magazine that ran from 1958 - 2007. Of all the Mad imitators it was undoubtedly the most successful. These two items date from 1979 and 1988 respectively.

Howard Nostrand was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1929. In 1948, after spending a single semester at Art Career School, Nostrand got a job as an assistant to comic book artist Bob Powell who worked for Harvey Comics and Fiction House. He left Powell in 1952 and began drawing for various Harvey horror titles. When work dried up following the formation of the Comics Code he moved into advertising. In the 1960s he won an award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts for his subway poster showing a cigar-smoking gangster.

In 1959-60 he drew the newspaper strip Bat Masterson, based on the TV series starring Gene Barry. He was assisted by future comics legend Neal Adams. In 1975 he returned to comics and worked for Atlas/Seaboard and Marvel before moving on to Cracked and National Lampoon. He died in 1984 aged just 55.


Bo Badman is a pseudonym for Rurik Tyler who also uses the name Madman. He's worked for various publishers including Marvel. He's also worked for DC as a writer on Scooby-Doo.

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