Monday, 12 December 2016

Mlle. Marie



Mlle. Marie never really got a fair shake in the Bronze Age, appearing here and there but never really earning a title of her own. Maybe it was the boys own mentality of War books that made her less exciting to readers than Sgt. Rock or The Viking Commando, but that's exactly why I liked her. Sexy french babe fighting Germans for the Resistance? You betcha. Maybe we can get a time machine and get a young Juliette Binoche to play her in the movie.


Plus, Marie was drawn by Mad's very own Mort Drucker, being as great at serious adventure as he was at everything else. Here's The Battle Doll in two adventures from the back pages of Rock's book.



























8 comments:

  1. It would have been cool to see her show up in Marvel's AGENT CARTER, but the fools cancelled the series!

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  2. Has it been cancelled? I lost interest in it if I'm honest, even with the great cast. Good call on Marie tho'!

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  3. A word on Mort Drucker, an artist most people know for his caricatures in MAD, but, man, was he great at drawing faces and hands! Unlike most comic artists who always draw the same faces for every character (Jack Kirby f'rinstance) Drucker drew different faces that looked like real people and not cartoon characters. Even his Marie, is not the usual perky-nosed bimbo most cartoonist draw.

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  4. Absolutely. Drucker is a master, and too little recognised in my opinion.
    If you read a swathe of Mad ( like I have recently ) you see how consistently incredible he was.
    I also noticed, by the way, quite how many members of his own family Dave Berg used. In just about every 'Lighter Side' there's a bearded guy who is clearly Dave's son or son-in-law.

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  5. And obviously Roger Kaputnik was himself (I'm talking about Dave Berg, who incidently also drew war comics in the 50s).

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  6. Never saw this stuff before. Drucker was one of those guys who like Curt Swan, drew real people in his strips. In fact, Mlle. Marie, while visually very pretty, was more approachable like a beautiful Stan Drake female. Thanks, Pete for unearthing this underrated treasure! Regular comic books' loss was MAD's gain.

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  7. Thanks for the spotlight on Mlle.Marie, Pete! Only recently have I started looking at war comics, mainly Kubert's excellent "Enemy Ace". Not familiar with Mlle., also not very familiar with Mort Drucker. Now I've two more things to look for on those back issue hunts...

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  8. There's one of the best Enemy Ace's on this very site, Redartz, if you haven't seen it ( and a fair bit of Mort Drucker too )

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