“Muddled Family” Sneak Peek

April 19th, 2011 | Posted in MAD Magazine

As promised, here’s the splash and some of the art from the parody of “Modern Family” in the latest issue of MAD:

Click for a closer look…

So, like my flashback with Christina Applegate and the parody of “Samantha Who?” a few years ago, I once again am revisiting my “Bundys” roots and drawing another “Married… with Children” alumni. This time it’s Ed O’Neill:


Can Katey Sagal (currently in “Sons of Anarchy”) or David Faustino (currently in… uh….) be far behind?


  1. Mufeed says:

    Tom you are amazing..
    How can you draw the same character again with different angle/rotation and retain likeness?

  2. Love the spread
    I wonder who has been caricatured most in Mad? Ed O’Neill?

    • Tom says:

      Definitely not Ed O’Neill, but that is a good question. Probably a politician. Make Reagan, Clinton or Dubya since they were all in office for 8 years. Otherwise possibly Jack Nicholson, they did a lot of movie parodies with him in it.

  3. JWB says:

    Last ish you do my fave TV drama and this ish it’s my fave TV comedy! Very nice!

  4. RESTREPO says:


  5. Mike says:

    Fantastic! Brilliant talent!

  6. Telesam says:

    I think I remember reading about this somewhere, but can someone explain to me why MAD always seem to focus so much on TV satires nowadays? I think we’ve only had two movie satires in the last two years.

    Also, love your work, Tom! I’m heavily inspired by it with my drawings!

    • Tom says:

      Since MAD only comes out 6 times a year, doing a movie parody is not as timely as it used to be. By the time the writers have seen the movie, write the script, it gets edited, the artist draws it, it is put through production, the magazine is printed and gets into reader’s hands, 3 to 4 months have gone by and the movie is old news. TV shows are relevant for an entire TV season and more if they go for multiple years.

  7. David Lubin says:

    The “Muddled Family” artwork is great Tom! The writing and artwork complement each other to the point of making me feel I’m actually watching the show.

  8. Adam Cooke says:

    Tom, I’m long overdue to post a comment on your site and the MAD “Muddled Family” spoof has finally moved my lazy butt into action! My wife and I are huge fans of Modern Family and we both got a great charge out of your balance of dead-on caricatures and classic MAD insanity (especially on Page 6). Way to go!


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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