66 BesterTesterConnector - DISCONTINUED

66 BesterTesterConnector - DISCONTINUED
Item# SU-284-1

Product Description

66 BesterTesterConnector - DISCONTINUED
Sadly, this wonderful gadget was discontinued by the manufacturer. We hope to find a new source.

Provides a fast, safe access to any pair of clips in a 66-type block. Makes it easy to connect tone generators, meters, buttsets or other testing equipment.
  • Buy a few, because they're easy to lose, and jealous geeks mught steal yours.
  • When ordered alone, the shipping/handling charge is $9 for up to 20 Connectors to any destination in the United States. This item may qualify for FREE shipping when ordered with other items and the total price is $125 or more.


    We named this gadget in honor of Fester Bestertester, a creation of Mad magazine super-cartoonist Don Martin. Fester first appeared in Don Martin Steps Out!, a paperback published by Signet Books under the Mad trademark in 1962. Fester, accompanied by his lumpish sidekick Karbunkle, appeared in several other Signet paperbacks over the next decade.

    Fester is probably best remembered as the founder of National Gorilla Suit Day, celebrated each year on January 31. The holiday was first introduced in Don Martin Bounces Back! (1964, Signet). In the story, Fester learns of the holiday and complains that it is just another way for gorilla suit manufacturers to make money. He soon changes his mind after gorilla suit enthusiasts beat him to a pulp.

    Fester has appeared on one of the Mad stamps that were included with special issues of the magazine. The stamp featured Fester's face, along with the announcement "Fester Bestertester is Alive and Well and Living in Peru."

    Don Martin (1931 2000) received the National Cartoonist Society Special Features Award for 1981 and 1982, and was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.

    Don often was billed as "Mad's Maddest Artist." Whereas other features in Mad, recurring or otherwise, typically were headed with pun-filled "department" titles, Don's work always was headed with only his name "Don Martin Dept." further fanfare presumably being unnecessary. At his peak, each issue of Mad typically carried three Martin strips of one or two pages each.

    Although Don's contributions invariably featured outrageous events and sometimes outright violations of the laws of space-time, his strips typically had unassuming generic titles such as "A Quiet Day in the Park" or "One Afternoon at the Beach".

    Don was regarded as a quiet man who enjoyed relaxing on the beach near his home in Miami (he would send in his work to the Mad offices in New York City). Reportedly, he liked slipping into the backgrounds of photographs tourists would take of each other, so when their films were developed they would wonder who the strange man was.

    Don's immediately recognizable drawing style (which featured bulbous noses, and the famous "hinged foot") was loose, rounded, and filled with broad slapstick. His inspirations, plots and themes were often bizarre and at times bordered on the berserk.

    In his earliest years with Mad, Don used a more jagged, scratchy line. But his style evolved, settling into its familiar form by 1964. It was typified by a sameness in the appearance of the characters (the punchline to a strip often was emphasized by a deadpan take with eyes half open and the mouth absent) and by an endless capacity for newly coined, onomatopoetic sound effects, such as "BREEDEET BREEDEET" for a croaking frog or "FAGROON klubble klubble" for a collapsing building.

    Don once had a vanity plate that read "SHTOINK", one of his many sound effects.

    In episode #307 of Futurama, entitled "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", Hermes mentions a planet called "Don Martin 3" that went "kerflooey", a reference to one of Don's frequently used sound effects.

    His characters often had ridiculous, rhyming names such as Fester Bestertester and Freenbean von Fonebone.

    In his last years of working with MAD, Don had a falling out with publisher William Gaines over royalties for the "Mad Books": paperback compilations of older MAD articles and cartoons released under new titles. Gaines insisted that he had paid the cartoonists for both their publication in Mad and all future reprints in any format.

    Don did not agree, claiming at one point that he likely lost over a million dollars in royalties because of this perceived "flat rate" for this work.

    With bad blood flowing in both directions, Don left Mad in 1987. His last contribution appeared in March 1988.

    Thus did MAD lose its signature cartoonist, while Don's work would never be prominent in the public eye again.

    Not long afterwards, he began cartooning for the rival humor publication Cracked, which tweaked its larger competitor by billing Don as "Cracked's Crackedest Artist." After six years with Cracked, Don parted company with the magazine in 1993. A year later, he launched his own short-lived publication, Don Martin Magazine. This included reprints from some of his Mad paperbacks to which he still retained copyrights.

    Despite a degenerative eye condition, Don continued to draw into the 1990s using special magnifying equipment. He died of cancer in Miami in 2000, aged 68.

    (info from Wikipedia)