Carl Rustung

Chicken fat

...Drucker’s art partakes in the most venerable MAD tradition of all: the “chicken fat” aesthetic, the stuffing of panels with sight gags and visual digressions pioneered by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder (and defined by Elder as the inessential “parts of the strip that gave it more flavor,” as chicken fat gave more flavor to his mother’s soup, “but did very little to advance the storyline”).

Half the fun of reading MAD was looking for background details, never knew there was a name for it. Tried to pack my drawings full of this “chicken fat” when I was a kid, inspired by the venerable Don Rosa.