The first Wally Wood-illustrated comic book story I remember seeing is "Batboy & Rubin", in a MAD paperback that my older cousin Louis had a copy of.
I'd never seen anything like it before... they were makin' fun of Batman!
After reading that paperback from cover to cover a few times I never looked at current events or pop culture in the same way again. I'm sure your introduction to MAD ran along similar lines.
In honor of what would have been Wallace Wood's 81st Birthday on June 17th, I present some of his best storytelling, scanned from a 1958 third printing of the Crown edition of "MAD FOR KEEPS".
Happy Birthday, Sailor.
script & layouts by Harvey Kurtzman
Story & Art TM & (C) EC Comics