Art Spiegelman, Malpractice Suite, 1976
American comic artist Art Spiegelman, a child of Auschwitz survivors, from a young age felt a strong allure toward the subversive nature of comics such as MAD magazine. He was also inspired by Ken Jacobs, an experimental filmmaker who created films known as “paracinema” that were stylistically indebted to an eclectic mix of marginal film genres. Spiegelman’s exposure to these films encouraged him to subvert conventional comic books as he has done in this work Malpractice Suite. The work is based on the famous soap opera styled comic strip Rex Morgan MD that had been originally created by Nicholas P. Dalis under the pseudonym Dal Curtis. Spiegelman’s reinterpretation of this comic has a feeling of chaotic disarray, as the original panel has been set inside a larger panel that extends the composition and reinterprets the original into a new satirical context.