I was thinking about “M*A*S*H.” Remember “M*A*S*H”? The TV sitcom that was on in the 1970s and 1980s? It starred Alan Alda and Loretta Swit the entire run. It also starred at various times McLean Stevenson, Harry Morgan, Wayne Rogers, Mike Ferrell, Gary Burghoff and Jamie Farr. It was about a mobile Army surgical hospital, or something, in the Korea War. Despite the specific time in which it is set, the show is timelessly funny. I never watched it or knew how funny it was until I married Debbie, a huge M*A*S*H fan.
Well, when I think of M*A*S*H, I think of Mad Magazine. Do you know why? I’ll tell you why. The only time I had a letter printed in Mad was when M*A*S*H was being cancelled and Mad did a special issue with a cover drawn by my favorite artist, Jack Davis. My letter had nothing to do with M*A*S*H, but that is the issue in which my letter appeared. Some time I’ll scan it and plop in here. (Hmmm, Plop. Does anyone remember Plop comics? Another time.)
So in looking for M*A*S*H art by Jack Davis I found this video of the great Southern cartoonist. The video concentrates on his work for the Georgia Bulldogs, but also reveals a couple things I didn’t know about the man. I didn’t know his drawing style was inspired by Walt Disney or that he is a Sunday school teacher. It’s very cool to see him and hear his voice in the video (it’s not the greatest quality, but still fun to watch).