On the Stands: MAD #476

March 15th, 2007 | Posted in MAD Magazine

The latest issue of MAD is in comic shops this week, and on newsstands on Tuesday. It contains my parody of “Entourage”. I’ll post some sneak peeks of that parody, along with some of the pencils and such tomorrow.

One noteworthy tidbit about this issue of MAD. According to Mike Slaubaugh and his MAD Lists website, this issue represents Sergio Aragones’ 400th appearance in the magazine. He has only missed one issue since his first appearance in MAD #76, over 40 years ago! Congratulations or sympathies to Sergio, depending on your point of view. According to Mike’s list, I’ve got only 342 more appearances to go to catch up to him. Don’t hold your breath…


MAD # 476 (April 2007)

  • Cover (Mark Frederickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (John Caldwell, Tom Cheney, Paul Coker, Desmond Devlin, Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer, Todd Eisner & Benjamin Schultz, Rob Harrell, Jeff Kruse, Jack Syracuse)
  • Entergarbage (Arnie Kogen, Tom Richmond)
  • Tips for a Successful Hanging (Joe Raiola and Dave Croatto, Tim Hamilton)
  • A MAD Look at Easter (Sergio Aragones)
  • A MAD Masterpiece: Hillary’s World Redux (Richard Williams)
  • MAD’s Less Than Action-Packed Outtakes from “24” (Uncredited)
  • Similarities (and Differences) Between Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell (Sam Sisco)
  • You’ve Definitely Bought the Wrong Robot if… (Sergio Aragones)
  • Monroe and… The Big Freeze (Anthony Barbieri, Tom Fowler)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • The MAD World of… Shopping (Stan Sinberg, Mark Hempel)
  • 13 Fascinating Music Factoids (Desmond Devlin, Drew Friedman)
  • 7 Periods Closer to Death (Ted Rall)
  • Boratz (Jason Yungbluth, John Sazaklis, Steve Smallwood)
  • The Amazing Runt! (Dick DeBartolo, Hermann Mejia)
  • MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • Rejected Army Recruitment Posters (Jacob Lambert)
  • Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragones)
  • Next Month in MAD #477: MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, and The Biggest Loser!
  • Next Month in MAD Kids #7: Spider-Man!

What are you waiting for? Go buy a copy, Clod!


  1. Tom I’m looking forward to the new Mad. I use it as practice to refine my drawing skills by studying your work. My only problem is the looks I get standing in line at the checkout, being 57 and getting funny looks that a guy this old still reads this stuff

  2. mengblom says:

    God, that cover is an absolute RIOT! First laugh-out-loud MAD cover I’ve seen in some time. I know Alfred E. Newman is a “mainstay” of MAD covers, but it’s interesting to see what happens when he’s de-empahsized to the point of being a tiny head shot. I wonder if the art directors are experimenting with some different approaches. I, for one, notice and appreciate the alternate approach. Not to say Alfred should be squeezed out (that’s CRAZY talk), but maybe he doesn’t have to be front and center on every cover. Whattaya think, Tom?

  3. Tom says:

    I also loved this cover. One of the best in recent memory.

    My favorite types of covers are ones with very clever gags like this one. They may or may not feature Alfred prominently, but having a good gag is what makes it for me. If that means Alfred is regulated to a small element like he was here, then I’m all for it if it makes me laugh. A few issues ago they had a Tom Cruise/ Katie Holmes cover with Alfred as the baby and the caption, “What, Me Surry?” I thought that was a very funny cover as well. MAD usually does covers related to interior content, but I’d like to see more covers skewering some hot topic not necessarily part of the issue. The stupid “Rosie vs. Trump” feud is a prime target. WHO CARES???? Sadly a lot of Americans who apparently have little else to occupy their minds.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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