The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest | Basil Wolverton

Illustration for Isaiah 11:8 by Basil Wolverton (1909-1978)

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I might occasionally talk shit about my old man (what boy doesn’t?) but he always picked me up an issue of MAD.

I’m not sure when these wonderfully weird Basil Wolverton drawings were originally done/published, but they come from the Fall 1990 “Super Special” of weirdness. Note that the “Vote for Nixon” button on the cover illustration is likely an update to the “Vote for Landon” button below (Alf Landon lost in a landslide to FDR in 1936). The other internal/meta-textual differences are obvious too.

I love Basil Wolverton.

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How to Kick a Person in the Teeth — Basil Wolverton


I’m dreaming that it did transplant my brain (Basil Wolverton)


A Giant Hand with Eyes — Basil Wolverton


Cylinder Complex — Basil Wolverton


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Basil Wolverton’s Guide to Drinking

“How to Cut Your Own Hair” — Basil Wolverton