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Posted on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Dave!This past week the Mad Magazine blog has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of their most enduring and beloved features... Spy vs. Spy! Sadly, the strip's original creator, Antonio ProhΓ­as, died in 1998, but his brilliant creations have lived on. When I was a kid, I loved Spy vs. Spy. It was clever and, even more important to me at that point, extremely well-drawn. It was also one of my favorite parts of Mad and I collected every Spy vs. Spy book, sticker, toy, and game I could find.

And last night, in celebration of the anniversary, I read through my copy of Spy Vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook. The cartoons never get old, and hold up very well from even their earliest days.

DAVETOON: Spy vs. Spy

Apparently, Ron Howard is developing a Spy vs. Spy movie! I have no idea how that would work, but I admit to being intrigued. Animated? Live-Action? COMBINATION?!? Only Opie knows for sure.

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  1. Chris G UK says:

    Did you ever play the computer games? I remember playing Spy Vs. Spy on the ZX Spectrum and despite knowing nothing about the comic strips, I loved the zany humour in the game. If you’ve not played them, it might be worth looking them up (you know, in all that free time you’ve got! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› :P).

    • Dave2 says:

      I only played the Atari 8-Bit game. I don’t know how that differs from the ZX Spectrum, but I’d imagine that all the versions were probably ports from the same game.

  2. Karl says:

    I loved Spy vs. Spy. Had a Spy vs. Spy game for my Apple IIc. Yeah, waaaaaaaaaaay back.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    Z watches it on MAD tv, now and loooves it. πŸ™‚

  4. Rick says:

    I always turned to Spy vs Spy first, regardless of what else might be in the magazine. A movie? If they weren’t black and white, I’d love to see a Dick Tracy-primary colors version. Hm-m-m. Maybe Pleasantville?

  5. RW says:

    Nice, you even included the Morse code. Depth of admiration hereby noted! πŸ™‚

  6. Nancycle says:

    I always thought it was “Spy vs (literally the letter V, the letter S) Spy”…years later I learned it meant versus…The extent of my brilliance even surprises me sometimes.

  7. muskrat says:

    Loved this part of Mad Magazine as a kid!

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