MAD About Star Wars Paperback – October 16, 2007
by Jonathan Bresman (Author), George Lucas (Foreword)
A long time ago (thirty years) in a galaxy far, far away (California) . . .
It is a period steeped in cinematic lore. Rebel filmmaker George Lucas, striking from a base in Northern California, won a tremendous box office victory against all odds with Star Wars, his sci-fi spectacular.
During the ensuing craze, MAD’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” managed to steal a few laughs at the movie’s expense, soon discovering that Star Wars was the ultimate pop culture punching bag.
Pursuing each Star Wars film’s release with more mockery, the MAD men spent the next three decades making a farce of the Force and spreading mirth across the galaxy.
Now, in this special edition volume, you’ll chuckle as the Star Wars saga’s greatest moments are mocked by such MAD greats as Dick DeBartolo, Mort Drucker, Don Martin, and Sergio Aragonés; smirk as the striking similarities between the space battles created by Industrial Light & Magic and by the “Usual Gang of Idiots” are revealed; hum along to the unforgettable Star Wars musical, as penned by MAD’s master lyricist, Frank Jacobs; gasp at the startling insights into R2-D2’s love life; and marvel at the real reason why Lucas’s lawyers never sued MAD.
And that’s just the beginning. . . .
So, pick up this book and see why, when Star Wars gets the MAD treatment . . . Sith happens! It is your destiny.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (October 16, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
A pleasant surprise of a book. But what happened to the color?
By Alejanrro Elpajaro on November 29, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a present for a friend, and I was very tempted to keep it for myself. MAD humor might not be for everyone, and the jokes worked most of the time, except when they didn’t (as was to be expected). What I hadn’t expected at all was to find the book full of historical information, anecdotes, and other real-world stuff that helped place all the original jokes within the larger context of the Star Wars sub-culture and pop culture in general. Trying not to give anything away from the book, let’s just say that at times reality surpassed fiction, and even MAD humor!
I do remember reading some of the original jokes more than 20 years ago, and I distinctly recall some of them being in color. I was disappointed to see many of them reproduced in black and white in this book -and in a somewhat smaller format. It’s a minor fault, and I would have given this book five stars had I not seen the original material already. Overall, this is a good book, and it’s definitely great for Star Wars fans of any level.