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Madman Volume 1

(Madman Comics)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Mike Allred holds rank in the pantheon of great American cartoonists, and Image Comics is proud to bring the first volume of his seminal work, Madman, back into print. This volume introduces Madman and the rest of eccentric citizens of Snap City: mad genius Dr. Flem, the evil Mr. Mondstadt and Joe, the love of Frank Einstein's life. Allred weaves colorful characters, pop c ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 1995)
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly think MADMAN is what comics should be most of the time: silly, fun, well drawn, an interesting story in an interesting world. Michael Allred manages to do all these things. His own interests and passions show through- 50s and 60s psychedelia, pop culture, pulp sci-fi, rockabilly, cheese cake pinups...

It's a total mash up of weird and wonderful stuff and a good introduction to Madman.

As a note, while I did use the book scanner on the Goodreads iPhone app, the pictured edition is not th
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original and hilarious. Beatific magniloquence!
Vinton Bayne
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Not the best Allred writing or art, it shouldn't be expected to be, it's his beginnings. However this comic really got me. It may be my new favorite. ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read some Madman Atomic comics recently and loved it so much I decided to start with the earlier Madman series. This stuff isn't as out there as Madman Atomic, but it's still great fun. It's a poppy trip through the sorts of stories that would fill some sci-fi and adventure comics of the 1960s revolving around a zany central character, with occasional diversions into what I can only describe as existential anguish. If, like me, the cartoon Freakazoid made a tremendous impression on your adoles ...more
Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks
I really enjoyed this first volume! Madman is a very complex and hilarious character. He reminds me of myself. :-)
Joe Deangelo
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hard to describe what makes this special, but there’s a certain charming quirky magic here that makes this wonderful.
Sep 13, 2020 added it
Since getting into comics, I’ve grown to love Michael Allred’s art. I’m delighted whenever I see one of his covers, and the sequential work I’ve read from him (and Laura!) is absolutely wonderful. Needless to say his signature comic, Madman, has been on my radar for some time. And after reading the first volume I can say it’s everything I hoped it would be.

Madman is very much in the spirit of Jack Kirby: an ode to imagination, heroism, and also weirdness. This is the type of Pop Art comic I’ve c
Meg Scribner
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I thought that Madman was an enticing book with interesting (male) characters. Unfortunate however that it feels very male-gazey- unsure if that was on purpose. I loved the situations that characters found themselves in, and all of the male characters were interesting. This was a bummer because the women were all either objects or seen through the gaze of male fantasy, which just didn’t sit right with me. They had no REAL intelligence. Even when they were “learning something” it was just how to ...more
Jake Nap
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mike Allred’s work has always been something I’ve loved. His Silver Surfer is among one of my all time favorite marvel runs, it’s definitely a favorite of the more modern books. Madman however, is his breakout creator owned series and book 1 definitely kicks off the series strong.

It’s an ode to the silver age style of storytelling while also feeling modern and fresh.
Rachael Marks
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, fun
It's cute and then he's eating eyeballs and ripping people's hearts out so... it's really utter madness I suppose. If you like a cartoonish style that can have both super campy and randomly mature themes, this is exactly what you're looking for.
I can't decide how I feel about it, it surprises me too much from one page to the next, but it's pretty fun in that way.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this weird thing after discovering it's like some rare edition (?) that I believe I got for almost-free when I worked at the Strand. So far I've read the first three issues: Madman has to bring his creator Dr. Boiffard back to life after a hit-and-run perpetrated by Boiffard's nefarious former assistant, Mr. Monstadt. Boiffard's notes on reincarnation can only be interpreted by his friend Dr. Flem, who's currently dying of a mutant virus contracted through bizarre cloning experiments. ...more
Shea Proulx
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly perfect anatomy, absolutely graceful formatting and panel composition, combined with a bizarrely existential superhero. The dialogue is engaging, the stories unpredictable and mad-cap.

I would love a little more insight into the motivations and back-stories behind the flock of mad-scientists that fuel the plot, not to mention a number of all-too-agreeable female characters, who unfortunately are just lovely window dressings in this first volume; typical in hero-comics, but hardly an e
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Fantastic. I wanted to read this once I remembered that the X-Force/X-Statix Michael Allred was famous for doing something else. This is not as engaged with society or anything like that, but boy is it very, very good.

Everyone is so strange and everything works out so well for Madman, but there is a real emotional arc to each long and engaging sotry.

There was a little bit of a weird feeling in that I was reading Madman's dialogue in the voice of Paul Rugg. The blue skin, shock of hair, right c
Danijel Jedriško
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
What a relief. "Madman", such a nice road trip. I don't want to reveal anything from this one, but I will just say that the book is full of cultural references. Main character's name Frank Einstein comes from the mix of Albert Einstein and Frank Sinatra.

Story is somewhere between these two. It's completely nuts. I like nuts. There is so much broody comics out there. It's nice to see groovy instead of broody.

I recommend it to those who will appreciate the change.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a really trip superhero story that is strongly influenced by the sic-fi pulp serials of the 1950s. A lot of really weird things happen that a quite entertaining to read. The first half of the book is in black-and-white and the second half is in color. The black-and-white stories are really out there and a bit bloody at times. This is a good read for those who like quirky stories.
I would give four stars to the the black and white Madman stories, two and a half stars to the color Madman Adventure ones. There's something about the tone of the earlier stories that I really liked that I thought was missing in the zanier, bigger adventures. ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I don't know if I've selected the right book to review from the Goodreads site. I think this is it... The book that I read was Madman, Volume 1 from Image Comics.

The book was good, I'd never read Madman before. It makes me curious for future volumes, but really didn't blow me away...
May 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the art. The story and dialogue was weak. After discussing, I was encouraged to read the additional stories in the book. I doubt I will.
Jun 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Madman's art is great, especially his brilliant facial expressions! the story less so. Still, a lot of men will connect with his hapless hero persona--myself included. ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: madman
I truly love the Madman comics. There's a narrative and stylistic simplicity that makes them easy to enjoy. Allred's art is always fantastic, and the character of Frank Einstein is a joy. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Filling in my comic book history blind spots. So far, Madman's great! Really fun and playful without being dumb or infantile. ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zany fun!

The begining of the saga! Frank Einstein, the wonderful Joe, who loves Frank to the end of the earth and the rest of Mike Allreds zany crew are here! Just read it!
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Michael 'Doc' Allred (Also Credited as M. Dalton Allred) grew up in the 60's and 70's and was surrounded with the best in pop culture and a steady diet of music, movies and comic books including the three B's: Beatles, Bond and Batman to the point of obsession.

So it should come as no surprise that he keeps a hand in film and music (He's the lead singer and guitarist for The Gear), but comic books

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Madman Comics (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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