Here's the strip that led directly to the creation of one of my all-time favourite Bronze Age books, DC's humour / horror hybrid Plop!
Steve Skeates had tried to sell The Poster Plague to Warren with no success, while over at DC Sergio Aragones was trying to convince Joe Orlando to put more humour strips in House Of Mystery.
Joe liked Steve's script, and so Sergio finally got a chance to show what he could do, and the piece slipped in, unannounced, into HOM #202.
Readers went nuts ( or Mad or Crazy if you prefer ) and The Poster Plague won the Shazam! award for best short story of 1972.
No fools they, Orlando and Carmine Infantino started thinking about a whole book of this sort of thing, as explained by Sergio in an interview with Dewey Hassell in Back Issue: ' Joe Orlando and I were sitting in a restaurant talking with Carmine Infantino. They wanted a magazine that was different, something about black humour. Carmine came up with the name. We were talking about it and he said, 'What will we call it?' And I said, 'We can call it anything, because if the magazine is good, it will stay.' And he said, 'No, we can't call it, for instance ... PLOP!' ( possibly recalling the sound effect of 'KLOP!' from 'The Poster Plague' ) And I said 'Yes, we can.'
So here's how Klop! got it's start.
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