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Spy Vs Spy

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Voorhees, NJ - United States

Powerful design-love it :)!! v/f -Kim

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Kim :)

Rancho Mirage, CA - United States

How cool this is Bob, love it..the black and the vivid red is perfect..nice nice work!!! FV Sherri:):) have a great week!!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks so much Sherri :)

Dortmund, NR - Germany

Like the design and dramatic red Bob - Chris (F/V)

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Thank you Chris :))

San Francisco, CA - United States

Fabulous graphic image! v

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Thanks Kate :))

Greensboro, NC - United States

Perfect dramatic design and color, Bob, vote!!

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Thanks Sandi!

Lovejoy, GA - United States

This is very James Bond Bob!

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Thanks Gin! :)

Fife, Sc - United Kingdom

Fantastic piece Bob. I love it. v/f

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Thanks Andrew!

Mena, AR - United States

Wonderful image that really captures the essense of one of Mad Magazine's greats comic artwork!

Bob Orsillo replied:

This was my favorite part of Mad Magazine. :))

Sandy, UT - United States

Outstanding design and a most brilliant work of art! Wow.... V/F

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Thanks Carolyn :))

Monroe, CT - United States

Wonderful work, Bob Fv

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Thanks Karol :))

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Excellent stuff Bob!1

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Thanks Bill! :))

Toronto, ON - Canada

This is a great design, well done...v :))

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Thanks Marilyn! :)

Santa Rosa, CA - United States

Fascinating Bob!!! v/f

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Thanks Antonia! :)

Sioux City, IA - United States

Fantastic bright colors design Bob, I love the stlye !! f/v

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Thanks Yumi! :))

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Excellent design on this one, Bob !!!!! f,v, SU

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Thanks Ana! :)

Cypress, TX - United States

Intense & dramatic art - love the colors! FV

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Thanks Hazel! :)

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Spy Vs Spy

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Bob Orsillo

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Digital Art - Original Fine Art By Bob Orsillo

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Spy vs Spy - Original fine art illustration by Bob Orsillo.
Copyright (c)Bob Orsillo / http://orsillo.com - All Rights Reserved


Remembering the great cartoonist Antonio Prohias.


Spy vs. Spy is a wordless comic strip that debuted in Mad magazine #60, dated January 1961, and was originally published by EC Comics. It was originally published in black-and-white. The strip was created by Antonio Prohias.

Antonio Prohias (January 17, 1921 - February 24, 1998), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, was a cartoonist most famous for creating the comic strip Spy vs. Spy for MAD Magazine.

In 1946, Prohias was given the Juan Gualberto Gomez award, recognizing him as the foremost cartoonist in Cuba. By the late 1940s, Prohias had begun working at El Mundo, the most important newspaper in Cuba. In January 1959, Prohias was the president of the Cuban Cartoonists Association; after Fidel Castro seized power, he personally honored the cartoonist for his anti-Batista political cartoons.

But Prohias soon soured on Castro's policies. When he drew cartoons to this effect, he was dismissed by his newspapers, which had been taken over by Fidel Castro's government.

With his professional career in limbo, Prohias left Cuba for New York on May 1, 1960. Ten weeks later, he had sold his first work to Mad.

The Mad staff occasionally took group vacations, traveling en masse to other countries. Prohias took part in these vacations when possible, but as a Cuban exile, he had trouble gaining admission into some countries, and at the airport before a vacation to Italy, an airport official said, "You can leave if you want, but you can never come back." After the group returned, he presented a drawing to MAD publisher William M. Gaines, which was of him, with the Spies at his feet, letting his heart fly over the angry airport officials to the rest of the MAD gang, with a note at the bottom which, when translated, reads: "Mr. Gaines, my heart will always travel with you."

Although he is most famous for Spy vs. Spy, the majority of his comic strips, such as El Hombre Siniestro, La Mujer Siniestra, and Tovarich, were published mostly or only in Cuba. Altogether, only about 20 of his roughly 270 contributions to Mad were of anything other than the spy series. As a result, most of the available information on this other work comes from the Spy Vs Spy Complete Casebook (Watson-Guptill, 2001).

He died of cancer at age of 77 and is buried in Woodlawn Park Cemetery and Mausoleum (now Caballero Rivero Woodlawn North Park Cemetery and Mausoleum) in Miami, Florida.

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