Plop!

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Plop!

Plop! #1 with cover art by Basil Wolverton
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleBi-monthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateSeptember/October 1973 – November/December 1976
Number of issues24
Creative team
Artist(s)Sergio Aragones, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood
Editor(s)Joe Orlando
 
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Plop!

Plop! #1 with cover art by Basil Wolverton
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleBi-monthly
FormatOngoing series
Genre
Publication dateSeptember/October 1973 – November/December 1976
Number of issues24
Creative team
Artist(s)Sergio Aragones, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood
Editor(s)Joe Orlando

Plop!, "The New Magazine of Weird Humor!", was a comic book anthology published by DC Comics in the mid-1970s. It falls into the horror / humor genre.[1] There were 24 issues in all and the series ran from Sept./Oct. 1973 to Nov./Dec. 1976.

Contents

Contents

Issues were hosted by three ghoulish characters with biblical names: Cain, Abel, and Eve. An issue would typically contain a story told by each of the characters, each bidding to outdo the others in fiendishness.

An illustrative tale involved a gourmet diner whose love for frog legs leads to a predictable amphibian revenge: he is left without lower limbs and is doomed to negotiate the world on a trolley.[2]

Basil Wolverton and Wallace Wood provided distinctive covers for the first 19 issues, each depicting a freakish character of some kind. Both artists worked on MAD, and the logo of Plop! is clearly reminiscent of the classic early logo of that magazine. Sergio Aragones, perhaps better known for his work in MAD, drew many of the more cartoonish tales and most of the surrounding banter between the three hosts. Later MAD contributor Dave Manak also did art.[3] The title initially was intended to be called Zany. A number of the one-panel cartoons published in the comic included the visible prefix ZA, in reference to the originally intended title.

Awards

The series received a number of awards including the Shazam Award for Best Humor Story in 1973 for "The Gourmet" in issue #1, and another nomination for the same award for "The Escape" in the same issue. Steve Skeates also won the Shazam Award for Best Writer (Humor Division) in 1973 for his work on the series. The comic won the Eagle Award for Favourite Comic (Humour) in 1977.

Collected editions

Notes

  1. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Edited by Joe Orlando with contributions from comics' finest creators, Plop! was truly 'The Magazine of Weird Humor!'"
  2. ^ Skeates, Steve (w), Wrightson, Bernie (p), Wrightson, Bernie (i). "The Gourmet" Plop! 1 (September–October 1973)
  3. ^ Klein, Todd (March 15, 2010). "Logo Study: PLOP!". http://kleinletters.com/Blog/?p=8276. Retrieved March 23, 2010.

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