Nice trip off the season three path, guys!
I guess it goes without saying, that in the 1960s, MAD
was the Gold Standard of parody comics, while Cracked
and Not Brand Ecch
's take on Batman
was memorable not so much from the main story, but from the endless background images/messages that really built the weird world the parody characters inhabited.
Of course, Mort Drucker was THE MAD
artist all others had to live up to (even Jack Davis and Al Jaffee).
About Doc Ock: he met Aunt May early in the series, but had his first meaningful connection to her during the 4-issue arc running from Amazing Spider-Man
#53 (October, 1967) through #56 (January, 1968). So, by the time of the Not Brand Ecch
parody, in-house, Lee (the then-writer of both titles) knew where the Doc Ock / Aunt May plot was going, hence its appearance in NBE one month before the "real" character's plot unfolded in ASM.
Oh, while on the subject of parodies, let us not forget Cracked'
s "Batzman Meets the Green Horned Bee",
which I assume was published in early 1967 (since parody magazines were usually trailing pop culture events by a few months). While MAD
's version only gave a one-panel nod to the explosion of Bat-tie-ins, Cracked'
s really played up the flood of merchandise of both Dozier series, and used that as the basis of the crimefighters' competition. Of note are guest appearances from Nancy, Charlie Brown and Dick Tracy.
As in the NBE parody, Batman (and the Green Hornet) are not taking visual cues from their TV counterparts (with the exception of the Green Hornet's billboard secret exit), but the plot is obviously inspired by them...
By the way, the piece is credited to "M & O.O. Severin,"
which I take it to mean Marie Severin, but the "O.O."--is referring to?