Pop Culture Roundup: Mad Magazine; Micronauts; Lone Ranger; spinner racks

Seven decades of Mad Magazine will be the focus of an exhibit opening at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.

"Artistically MAD: Seven Decades of Satire!" features presentations by legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragon├ęs, collectors Glenn Bray and Grant Geissman, exhibit curator Brian Walker, and MAD editor Bill Morrison.



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The Tampa Bay Times spotlights comics artist Pat Broderick, famed for his run on Marvel Comics'  toy-based title, the Micronauts, which is set for a big-screen adaptation soon.

"People do always want to talk Micronauts," said Broderick, 64 and a lifelong Tampa resident. "And I still think of it a lot, too. It’s been 40 years and they are still in my head."

... he penciled Micronauts’ writer Bill Mantlo’s existing characters like Bug — a master thief who looks like a grasshopper and has insect abilities — and helped create new members of the cast, like the butterfly-winged singing sprite Fireflyte.

His stint marked the peak of popularity for Micronauts.

"It was Marvel’s second-best selling comic at the time," Broderick said. "It was a unique universe to imagine. Even though the toys were the creative base we derived the characters from, the Microverse came from the imagination."



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Via Plaid Stallions, more great promotional materials for the early 1980s Lone Ranger figure line from Gabriel Toys.


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There's a Kickstarter afoot to manufacture classic-style comic book spinner racks. Man, I remember buying my comics off of these in the 1970s, flipping through the titles to see if there were any stray DC or Marvels hiding behind all those Archie comics.


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