|PLOP! # 1 (click to enlarge)|
PLOP! "The New Magazine of Weird Humor" was a 20 cent comic book published by DC comics starting in 1973 (original intended title: ZANY). I remember being totally thrilled to see the strange cover of issue #1 on the newsstand because it featured one of my all time favorite artists, Basil Wolverton, who created the cover art and title lettering. It would turn out to be one of his last steady, high profile assignments.
At first glance to a casual reader, It looked to be a throwback to the original Harvey Kurtzman edited EC/MAD comics, as well as having an underground comix feel to it. It didn't take me long to realize that the covers were basically the only thing worthwhile or actually funny about this comic book, which was neither Weird nor had much Humor.
Edited by Joe Orlando of EC comics fame, it was clearly aimed at (sub-mental) children, and the "humor", mainly lame, obvious DC superhero parodies (Batman/Superman/Wonderwoman...) and reprints of 1960's/70's unfunny humor/cartoon magazine gag cartoons, featuring an abundance of "prisoners hanging on ancient castle prison walls making droll comments" cartoons. The only other saving graces were the inclusion of artwork by the great Sergio Aragones of MAD fame who contributed the cover borders as well as some interior art and stories, and, some comics by the great Bernie Wrightson. Still, I continued buying it, mainly for the covers, most rendered by Wolverton, with some later issues featuring covers by Wally Wood. PLOP! Plopped along for 24 issues until it was finally put to rest in 1976. Here are the covers by Basil Wolverton, with three by Wally Wood: