Don Martin

Don Martin
Don Martin

The Paleontologist

The Palaeontologist, by Don Martin (1931 - 2000)
The Palaeontologist, by Don Martin (1931 - 2000)

This gets me every time!

It’s by the late Don Martin, whose obituary is here

Don Martin Dictionary! (it’s worth a click)

Don Martin Dictionary
Don Martin Dictionary

Don Martin, one of the premier cartoonists at Mad Magazine in it’s heyday, had his own style (which every cartoonist must have to be successful anyway, of course), the key points of which were the ‘hinged’ feet and hands, ‘lightbulb’ ideas at every possible opportunity, a whole dictionary of custom sounds expressed as text and a wickedly fabulous, bizarrely creative, sometimes very dark, sense of humour.

The Paleontologist above has all of that…the exclamation marks of surprise, the marvellously drawn caricature so that you can tell it’s an “old style” paleontologist by the drawing alone, the sound effects and sweat of anticipation, the black humour as he’s squashed followed by the realisation of the incongruity that the squasher is a ballet dancing dinosaur.

Updated 5 Jan 2009 (SP)

By Strangely

Founding member of the band Crawling Chaos from the North-East of England

2 comments

  1. I would love to see again the cartoons from Mad that illustrated phrases such as "Throwing Caution to the wind", "On the horns of a Dilemma", etc. Just thinking about them has me giggling again. I haven't had any luck with searching the 'net.

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