An appealing area of the comics for many has been the satirizing of the comics,often by other comics. “Fearless Fosdick” was probably one of the first, a comic within a comic,
appearing in Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” as Abner’s favorite story and his personal “ideel.”
Fosdick was a square-jawed parody of Dick Tracy, supposedly drawn by Lester Gooch.
In 1957 Capp also introduced “Mary Worm,” America’s favorite busybody, and Milton Goniff’s Air Force pilot “Steve Cantor.” (Abner becomes a character in Goniff’s strip
as Steve’s bodyguard. He later reveals the formula for a secret chemical to a mysterious woman spy in exchange for pork chops.)

MAD was a color comic book before it became a magazine, and its early issues were full of comic strip satires, mostly by Will Elder and Wally Wood -  

MAD comics-

Teddy and the Pirates!
Melvin of the Apes!  
Smilin’ Melvin
Little Orphan Melvin
Flesh Garden
Starchie, Mark Trade
Prince Violent
Manduck the Magician
Gasoline Valley
Bringing Back Father
Mickey Rodent
Katchandhammer Kids
Gopo Gossum

MAD Magazine (with isue #24)
Mostly drawn by Wally Wood, later drawn by Bob Clarke

Newspaper Comics

Old Comic Strip Characters’ Home

#32      1957
How other artists would interpret Nancy, including Dick Nansy, Li’l Nansy, and Nansy Canyon

#35     1957
If Comic Strip Characters Answered Those Little Ads
Dick tracy reshaping his nose, Sluggo growing hair, Alley Oop removing hair

#43     1958
The End of Comics
(What the final installments would look like
Mary Worth –“You mean YOU were ‘Apple Mary’?...I’m from the Bureau of Internal Revenue- We’ve been after ‘Apple Mary’ for years –for non –payment of income taxes! You’re under arrest!”  “I wonder if the prison chaplain will need an assistant?”)

#45    1959
If Comic Strip Artists Drew Editorial Cartoons
#46       1959
If Famous Authors Wrote the Comics
(If Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote Rex Morgan, If Tennessee Williams wrote Little Orphan Annie)

#48      1959
Comic Strip Heroes Taken From Real Life
(Bringing up Bonnie Prince Charlie, Hoffa the Menace,..)

#56     1960
The MAD “Comic” Opera
(a musical comedy featuring Dick Tracy, Tarzan, and Dagwood)

#57    1960
If Magazines Carried Comic Strips
(If Peanuts appeared in Scientific American – include equations for flying a kite)

#61   1961
Guest Shots
(If Mary Worth appeared in Li’l Abner, If Donald Duck appeared in Blondie)

#68    1962
The Comic Strip Characters’ Christmas Party
(“Here’s a party where the characters become people-”
Dick Tracy –“I’d like to talk to you about getting a nose job done.”
Rex Morgan-“Sorry, Tracy-I gave up plastic surgery after I destroyed the whole Gump family trying to give them chins!”)

#70     1962
Route 67
(Guest starring Mary Worth)

#72     1962
If Comic Strip Characters Were As Old As Their Strips

#80      1963
Misery Is a Cold Hot Dog
(A parody of Charles Schulz’s “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”)

#81    1963
If Comic Strip Characters Behaved Like Ordinary People”
(Mandrake-“I can hypnotize YOU into thinking the tire is fixed, and I can hypnotize Narda into thinking the tire is fixed-but how in heck can I hypnotize a TIRE into thinking it’s fixed?”)

#82    1963
Comicland Magazine
(Personal lives of comic strip characters)

#85     1964
Future Educational Comic Pamphlets

#86    1964
Insecurity is a pair of Loose Swim Trunks

#88    1964
Comics for Publications That Don’t Have Comics
(Wall Street Journal, Congressional Record)

#89     1964
Cartoonists Show Comic Strips They’d Really Like to Do
(Ernst and Saunders of “Mary Worth” doing a “Peanuts”-type kid strip)

#93      1965
I Got All The finks I Need
(A parody of Charles Schulz’s “Friends” book)

#106    1966
Obituaries for Comic Strip Characters

#107    1966
The MAD Comic Strip Characters’ Forum

#111   1967
Comic Strip Characters Taken From Real Life
(Big Lyndon, Hefner and His Pals)

#117     1968
Will Success Spoil Charlie Brown?

#120    1968
Some MAD Articles You Never Got To See
(Comics as an Aid to education-Dick Tracy for English courses)

#122     1968
MAD’s Updated Comic Heroes

#123     1968
Adventures of the Red Baron
(The Red Baron’s version of his encounters with Snoopy)

#125     1969
If Comic Characters Were Psychoanalyzed
(“Beetle Bailey – You have an inferiority complex- You’ve got to tell yourself you’re going to succeed!”)

#126         1969
If Comic Strips Covered The Burning Issues of The Day
(Superman and air pollution, Dick Tracy and police brutality)

#127      1969
Further Adventures of the Red Baron

#128      1969
Appropriate comic Strip Sound Effects

#130     1969
If This “Nudity” Trend Ever Spreads to the Comics

#137      1970
If The World’s Great Painters Drew The Comics”

#138      1970
Cover:  Alfred E. Neuman as Charlie Brown lying on Snoopy’s doghouse
If Peanuts Were a Weekly TV Series

#148      1972
If the Characters In Peanuts Aged”

#153     1972
Inside cover-One day in the Comics Suburbs

#160      1973
Tell-Tale Comic Strip Balloons

#175      1975
Has Anybody Ever Really Seen...?

#200     1978
When Those “Old Line” Comic Strips Follow The New Wave, Cerebral “Doonesbury” Trend

#210      1979
Don Martin’s Guide to Some Obscure Comics Sound Effects

#214      1980
Comic Strip Cursing Symbols to Match a Given Situation

#236       1983
The Anatomy of the Human Body Based on the Comics
(Little Orphan Annie –“Contrary to accepted medical opinions, some humans do not need pupils in order to see. However this rare condition, (known as annieus orphanius) occurs only in certain types of people who never age.”)

PANIC    (also published by EC and edited by Kurtzman)-
Li’l Melvin (Bill Elder)
Smiddy (Bill Elder)
Tick Dracy (Bill Elder)
The Phansom (Bill Elder)
Mel Padooka (Bill Elder)
Irving Oops (Bill Elder)
RX Migraine M.D. (Bill Elder)
Mary Worthless (Bill Elder)
The Heartaches of Joliet’s Groans (Bill Elder)

Whack Comics  (1953) included various comic parodies, including “Flush Jordan” by William Overgard.

Trump magazine (produced by Harvey Kurtzman after he left Mad in 1956) included such satires as  “Li’l Ab’r” by Will Elder. (Ab’r advertises for Creamy Wheat commercials and finds a Bald Schmeagle, which scientifically destroys his enemies.)  

Also in the way of satire - National Lampoon Presents the Very Large Book of Comical Funnies – 1975- including “The Katzperjammers Kids.”

Prepared by Paul Leiffer and Hames Ware