It's MAD TALES FROM THE SCHOOL OF HARD YOCKS!
Written by Dick DeBartolo, Illustrated by Harry North.
They've been sitting in a sealed carton since 1991! And if you don't believe me, just see the 'warehouse yellow' that has gracefully settled on most of the page edges!
These are first edition, uncirculated copies. They're also unsold copies, which is why they're in the warehouse!
The title of this book has very little to do with the contents. As William M. Gaines, MAD founder & publisher told me when I started writing original MAD paperback books: "You have to come up with a attention-getting presentation to get your advance. "So give them a catchy title. Then write a page of contents that sounds excting! Then once the publisher signs off on it, go and write the book you want to write! The contents can change from what you presented, but you have to keep the same title!"
So Tales from The School of Hard Yocks is nothing about School - but it does come with a Diploma! It contains a mystery story solved by Lance Boil - more than a Notary Public, less than a Notary Private. There's a Show Biz Saga - "Give These Retards to Broadway" And a several part western: How the West Was One, How the West Was Two, How the West was Three & How the West was Four! There's even an opera: "If She Wants To Wriggle, Let 'er".
I wasn't sure how to price this paperback book, so once again I turned to EBay. There's a book seller offering a copy of MAD Tales from The School of Hard Yocks in "good condition" for $6.27. I figured mine are brand new, so that's worth $2 more. And their copy isn't personally autographed, so that must be worth at least a $1.50 more! So I priced the book at $9.77. We both are charging $3.99 for First Class postage.
If you want the "good condition" book for $6.27, here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/kosn8d
If you want the brand new, first edition, uncirculated, personally autographed copy for just $3.50 more, click the BUY link below!If I sell 38 copies it will be enough to pay one month's rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse. (Yes, true.)
Your book comes with it's own OFFICIAL Diploma from THE SCHOOL OF HARD YOCKS! It's suitable from framing assuming you have a real cheap frame and don't care what kind of garbage you hang on your walls! Also cutting out the diploma ruins the book, because it's the back cover! Hopefully you'll buy a another copy if you do cut it out!