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    Bill Gaines 1985 MAD Trip Book - Italy - With Art and Letters from the Usual Gang of Idiots Group of 17 Drawings and Letters (Bill Gaines Private Collection, 1985). The Bill Gaines "Trip Books" are legendary among MAD artist and writers, as well as hard-core MAD fans. These personal collections of tributes to specific trips have remained in the possession of family members, and the two offered in this sale are the very first two offered on the Market that we know of!
    In 1985, Gaines took a group of 25 of his closest staff and friends on a tour of Italy. There were adventures, misadventures, and memories were made and lost. As was the custom for these trips, the survivors produced a piece of art or a letter to commemorate the experience (and for possible legal action if need be). These were collected into a photo album ring binder.
    It is almost like voyeurism -- peering into this unique ring-binder, crammed with personalized artwork in a backhanded loving homage to MAD honcho William M. "Bill" Gaines. The works were not intended for publication, and thus unthreatened by censorship or considerations of dainty tastes, can get pretty raunchy. Jack Davis' contribution is a savage exaggeration of Gaines' monumentally overweight condition. Other contributing artists include: John Ficarra, Lou Silverstone, Duck Edwing, Tom Nozkowski, Paul Coker Jr., David Berg, Angelo Torres, Al Jaffee, Bob Clarke, Harry North, George Woodbridge, and more! Varied media on bond and art-stock pages. Image areas, 8.5" x 11" (approx.). Excellent condition. From the MAD Collection of Annie Gaines Ashton.

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    October, 2019
    17th Thursday
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