Marvel's Not Brand Echh was a satirical magazine poking fun at the "Distinguished Competition", published in the 1960s. Since I wasn't around then, some of the jokes and references require a quick Google (for example AuH2O referring to Senator Barry Goldwater.)

In this panel there are many characters, some Marvel related mixed with (what I assume are) public figures and celebrities of the time. While I recognise some of them, it would be helpful if someone could identify the other ones

Not Brand Echh panel

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    i see Thor, Nixon, the Beatles, MLK, Muhammad Ali, and I think that's Colin Baker on the left? – KutuluMike Nov 23 '15 at 16:34
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    Alfred E. Neumann on the right. Martin Luthor King Jr. on the left. – FuzzyBoots Nov 23 '15 at 16:38
  • @MikeEdenfield Hey hey, it’s the Monkees! – Paul D. Waite Nov 24 '15 at 10:58
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So far, I have identified (top-to-bottom, left-to-right):

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  1. King Konk, parody of King Kong
  2. Kid Cold, parody of Kid Colt
  3. (generic knight -- no ID)
  4. (generic outline -- no ID)
  5. Baron von Strucker
  6. (generic outline -- no ID)
  7. Jackie Gleason
  8. Dr. Bloom, parody of Dr. Doom
  9. J. Jawbone Junkton, parody of J. Jonah Jameson, with a Conan-style arm rising beside him.
  10. Charles de Gaulle
  11. Grandpa Munster, from the Munsters
  12. Herman Munster, from the Munsters
  13. Peter Sellers
  14. Elizabeth Taylor
  15. Richard Burton
  16. Alfred E. Neuman, mascot for from Mad Magazine
  17. Bob Dylan, drawn badly enough to also look like Art Garfunkel
  18. Muhammed Ali
  19. Mitch Miller
  20. Frank Sinatra
  21. Mia Farrow
  22. Bobby Kennedy
  23. Martin Luther King Jr.
  24. Mao Zedong
  25. Lyndon B. Johnson
  26. Auntie Mayhem, parody of Spiderman's Aunt May
  27. (generic orc)
  28. Davy Jones, of The Monkees
  29. Mickey Dolenz, of The Monkees
  30. Michael Nesmith, of The Monkees
  31. Peter Tork, of The Monkees
  32. Don Knotts
  33. The Mighty Sore, parody of Marvel's Thor

edit: Incorporated the Not Brand Echh identities from the answers below.

  • i.stack.imgur.com/YF3gd.jpg – Wad Cheber Nov 23 '15 at 17:27
  • Colin Baker wouldn't fit; his earliest IMDB credit is in 1970, his reign as The Doctor is 1983-86. – Politank-Z Nov 23 '15 at 17:33
  • Harpo Marx, maybe? – Politank-Z Nov 23 '15 at 17:33
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    17 would be Bob Dylan (note the harmonica holder and the wild curly hair), 26 is Aunt May. I suspect that the arm with the sword is actually separate from 9/J Jonah Jameson. Prince Valiant or Conan maybe? – Irishpanda Nov 23 '15 at 17:37
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    @Wad Cheber Actually, after rereading the issue he appeared in, I got my western heroes mixed up: #2 is Kid Cold / Kid Colt. Two-Gun Kid wears a similar vest, but has a black hat and mask. – cpj Nov 24 '15 at 20:43

The ones I recognized:

  • Alfred E. Neuman

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  • Thor

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  • Herman Munster

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  • Grandpa Munster

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  • Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Dr. Doom

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  • Mao Tse-Tung

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  • Muhammad Ali

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  • The Monkees

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  • John Wayne (?)

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  • Bob Dylan

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  • Don Knotts

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  • Charles de Gaulle

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  • Robert F. Kennedy

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  • Jackie Gleason

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  • Mitch Miller

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  • Lyndon B. Johnson

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  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

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  • Frank sinatra and his wife, Mia Farrow

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  • King Kong

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    Not Paul McCartney. The band in the lower left is the Monkees. The one you think is Paul is actually Davy Jones. – Wad Cheber Nov 23 '15 at 16:48
  • Which one's Mickey Dolenz? – KutuluMike Nov 23 '15 at 16:49
  • @MikeEdenfield - the top – Wad Cheber Nov 23 '15 at 16:49
  • Not Frankenstein's monster - Herman and Grandpa from The Munsters. – Wad Cheber Nov 23 '15 at 16:51
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    @MikeEdenfield In isolation, I would tend to agree with you, but when paired with the rather iconic Grandpa Munster, not so much. – tjd Nov 23 '15 at 17:58

Adding to Mike Edenfields answer, the Marvel characters in the picture are actually the Not Brand Ecch-verse parody versions of those characters. To elaborate:

2: Kid Cold (parody of Kid Colt)

8: Dr. Bloom

9: J. Jawbone Junkton

26: Aunt May. No parody name for her.

33: The Mighty Sore (Yes, that is a pigeon on his helmet.)

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    Number 1, King Kong, was also parodied by Not Brand Echh in issue 11, with name King Konk. – Jack Graveney Nov 24 '15 at 16:35
  • @Jack Graveney True, but the image is from Not Brand Ecch #3, published over a year earlier. Also, King Konk has a way larger forehead and never eats a lollipop in his story (see here: imgur.com/iPiSFPq) - pretty sure that is just a generic gorilla. – cpj Nov 24 '15 at 20:49

The website Kirby Museum offers this identification of the real people in the picture:

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The others, with the exception of the one I believe to be Peter Sellers (marked with a "?"), are Not Brand Echh characters.

The Mighty Sore
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J. Jawbone Junkton
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Dr. Bloom
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Auntie Mayhem
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Kid Cold/Too Gone Kid (parody of Kid Colt/Two Gun Kid)
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King Konk?
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As Wikipedia says, gorillas were a marketing gimmick in Silver Age Comics, so the gorilla could be any number of characters.

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