Monday, March 1, 2010


Here's GRIN. It was too adult to be MAD, not adult enough to be NATIONAL LAMPOON, and not pornographic enough to be GOOSE. There were three issues published by "AGAP" which to my knowledge didn't do anything else. It was more topical and attempted to be more 'socially relevant' as you will later see.

I think this is supposed to be a combination of Nixon and Agnew, but I'm not sure.

Jack Sparling did a lot of work for mainstream comics and humor magazines. In his final years, he was the editor of SICK, which by that time was owned by Charlton and apparently paying contributors with copies. The most cash-strapped alternative publishers I've worked for don't even do that.

This was the inside front and back cover.

When THE GODFATHER came out the makers took great pains to let the audience know wasn't meant to represent all Italian-Americans. This parody reducing them to the pizza-box stereotype and the humor coming from that would probably be more offensive to them.


  1. Thanks again Sam! I always wondered what the contents of Grin looked like.

    Which decade inspired more fly by night humor magazines? The 50s? Or the 70s?

  2. It's hard to say. The 50s ones came out all at once, and the 70s ones were more spread out. CRACKED is the only one that lasted.