Sunday Mailbag

April 30th, 2011 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Here’s an obscure question about your history with MAD Magazine: What was your longest run of appearing in consecutive issues?

A. I had to look that one up. I am terrible at remembering things like issue numbers or what I did for what issue. To combat this, I keep a list that I simply add to the bottom of with each new MAD job.

Prior to the magazine going quarterly, the longest number of issues I had consecutive appearances in was 11, starting with “MAD‘s Exclusive Backstage Tour of The Family Guy” in MAD # 458 (Oct. 2005), and ending with “Stuporman Reruns!” in MAD #468, (Aug 2006). That was the longest run of consecutive months I ever did. That said, I am currently on a run of 15 consecutive issues, starting with “The Dork Knight” in MAD #495 (Nov. 2008) through “Muddled Family” in the current issue, MAD #509 (June 2011), but with the reduction in number of issues a year that started with issue #500, there were sometimes three months between some of those issues.

I also happen to know I will have a movie parody in MAD #510, due out in June, which will bring me up to 16 issues in a row. How do I know I’m in #510?…because I am busy drawing the ferslugginer thing right now. That means I only have 391 more consecutive issues to go before I tie Dick DeBartolo‘s record 406 issue streak. At the current rate of publication, I’ll do my 407th consecutive issue in April, 2076. I’ll be 109 years old, which is just a little younger than Al Jaffee is now.

Thanks to Grant Jonen for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me your questions and I’ll try and answer them here!


  1. Daniel says:

    So.. did I miss the memo about Sunday getting bumped up in the rotation? 🙂

  2. Tom says:

    Oops. Sunday came a day early this week. $#@#$% pre-publishing feature.

  3. Daniel says:

    Thats ok.. in the office last night.. a woman starts yelling.. EVERYBODY listen! We have a PROBLEM! Someone deleted all the ads in the folder for April 31st!! (I work for a newspaper company in the art/ad department) And its quiet for a second.. as the office looks at her.. then the guy in charge says.. uh.. Lisa.. there are only 30 days in April.. lol She was like.. ok everybody.. disregard that.. and then she left in shame. ha


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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