Stay Tooned Issue #4 is Out!

September 24th, 2009 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Cover art by Yours Truly

I got a pleasant surprise in the mailbox yesterday… issue #4 of John Read‘s excellent Stay Tooned! magazine has arrived.

This issue is the “MAD” issue featuring profiles of eight different members of “The Usual Gang of Idiots”: Don “Duck” Edwing, Scott Nickel, Sergio Aragon?¬©s, myself, John Kovaleski, Paul Coker, Ted Rall and Jack Davis (listed in order of appearance in the issue). These profiles/interviews are extensive and full of fantastic info and great artwork.

It also features an intro article by longtime MAD editor Nick Meglin in which he calls me a bastard… but he means that in the nicest possible way of course. There are also other great articles including one about Don Martin by R.C. Harvey, a story about the road to comic strip syndication by “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” cartoonist John Hambrock, “Reflections of a Gag Writer” by Don Hagist, photos and details from last spring’s cartoonist’s USO trip to Germany and lots of other gems.

The substandard cover art is the only blemish of the issue.

As usual John has outdone himself. I’ve never heard anyone who has ever seen an issue of Stay Tooned! NOT rave about the content, the production, the enormous volume of articles and features and virtually every other aspect of the magazine. The only complaint I’ve ever heard is the $9.00 per issue price tag, but that has only come from people who have NOT seen the magazine. Anyone who has would agree it’s worth much more than the cover price.

Go order a copy today! Better yet, get a subscription. Stay Tooned! really is a worthy successor to Cartoonist Profiles.


  1. Nate says:

    Glad you got yours. I ordered mine a week or so ago. Should be in the mailbox (finger’s crossed) HOPEFULLY today! Can’t wait!

  2. Tom, I can’t help noticing that you made YOURSELF look “Extra Rugged” on the cover! ( with Michael Keaton-Batman Lips). I suppose this is artistic advantage? I would do the same thing!!!!!
    Great Work

  3. K McNutt says:

    It is indeed another awesome issue. The cover art has been great and just keeps getting cooler. I heard a rumor you’d done the cover art for this one, but I haven’t heard any hints on who’s done (doing) the next. At any rate, kudos to Mr. Read.

  4. Tom, I’m amazed at how well you managed to make Alfred so recognizable from the back, and with no clothes! The subtle use of his face placed about confirming his identity is brilliant. You make it look so easy.

  5. Mugshotz says:

    got mine today. Great interview with you. Nice job on the cover. For $9 you do get about three magazines. These issues are pretty thick and not with 60% of it full of advertising like GQ. John does a bang up job.

  6. Nate says:

    Just had to drop by and say awesome interview and cover! Got my issue and love it. I had a great time reading about everyone.

  7. John Read says:

    Thanks to all of the above (except that Hambrock guy, who only commented about Tom’s art) for your compliments on the magazine. While I humbly admit it is a lot of work producing “Stay Tooned!” since I also carry a full-time job, I have to say it’s so worth it! Tom’s (and that Hambrock guy’s) contributions to this issue are immeasurable.


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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