|PLOP! # 1 (click to enlarge)|
PLOP! "The New Magazine of Weird Humor" was a comic book published by DC comics beginning in 1973 (original intended title: ZANY). I remember being totally thrilled to see the cover of issue #1 on the newsstand, because it featured one of my all time favorite artists, Basil Wolverton, creating the 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 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 "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 unfunny magazine "gag cartoons" (for some reason, an abundance of "prisoners hanging on prison walls making droll comments"?) was all but nonexistent. The only other saving grace was the inclusion of artwork by the great Sergio Aragones of MAD fame, who contributed the cover border as well as some interior art and stories. Still, I continued buying it, mainly for the covers, most rendered by Wolverton, with some later issues featuring covers by Wally Wood, aping Wolverton's style a bit. PLOP! Plodded along for 24 issues till it was finally put to rest in 1976. These are the covers by the one and only Basil Wolverton, with three by Wally Wood: