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#1228675 - Sun Apr 21 2019 06:04 PM A world gone PLOP
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On Easter, I was thinking of Cain, Abel and Eve meeting the Easter Bunny in PLOP 5, the June 1974 issue.

PLOP was a very popular title from 1973-1976, and one of DC's bestselling titles. Mostly showcasing Sergio Aragones' talents, and an attempt to re-invent the success of MAD magazine for DC. (DC later forewent any further attempts and just bought and published MAD themselves.)

Plop has its origins in the "Cain's Game Room" and "Abel's Fables" pages in HOUSE OF MYSTERY and HOUSE OF SECRETS. And a longer "The Poster Plague" story in HOUSE OF MYSTERY 202, that got a very enthusiastic reader reaction, that pushed Orlando and others to come up with a PLOP humor series.

PLOP 5 is one of the few comics I can think of that has a story dealing with Easter.



So here's a sampling of the magic that is PLOP. With samplings from several issues by Aragones, Robbins, Wood, and gloriously, Wrightson.




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#1228676 - Sun Apr 21 2019 06:13 PM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Not the entire issue, but here's Aragones' offering, "The Ultimate Freedom" from PLOP issue 5.

http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2010/05/sunday-funnies-ultimate-freedom-by.html

The Wrightson story linked in my first post, "Molded In Evil" is also from issue 5.

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#1228677 - Sun Apr 21 2019 06:32 PM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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You can see Cain, Abel and Eve meeting the Easter Bunny on this page:







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#1228681 - Mon Apr 22 2019 02:28 AM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Another wonderfully odd Easter story I can think of is by Mike Carlin,
"Slay Bells" in BIZARRE ADVENTURES 34, Dec 1982.




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#1228682 - Mon Apr 22 2019 02:36 AM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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#1228683 - Mon Apr 22 2019 02:38 AM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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#1228684 - Mon Apr 22 2019 02:46 AM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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#1228685 - Mon Apr 22 2019 03:12 AM Re: A world gone PLOP [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Here's the complete issue of PLOP 1, Oct 1973.
https://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/search?q=famous+first+fridays+plop

One of the great things about the first 10 issues was they had no ads. I guess at some point they had to run ads to lower production costs (and I don't think comics ever rose faster in price than in the 1970's, 15 cents in 1970, and 50 cents by 1980! And in 1981 jumping to 60!)

I love the "Table of PLOP-tents"!

And Cain, Abel and Eve getting plopped every issue on the inside back cover. They always get anxious and know they're about to get their comeuppance when the comic page shifts to black and white.

Also the great Basil Wolverton covers, and reproduced captionless on the back covers.
The Wolverton content also makes another connection to the early issues of MAD magazine, where Wolverton was a contributor.


PLOP 1 was also reprinted with offset printing as a MILLENNIUM EDITION in 2000.


And here are the 24 issues of the original PLOP series.




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