Newsarama posted a sneak peek of the cover feature and cover art from MAD #539 recently. As you can see, MAD spoofs the “adult coloring book” craze with a 4 pager with art by Timothy Shamey and cover by… me!
Yes, my first official issue cover. I did two covers for the now defunct MAD Kids, one for a “Superman” special issue and two of the most recent “Bookazines”, but this is first time I got to do the cover of the actual magazine.
Covers are rare birds for several reasons. First, there are only six a year. Second, they are usually of the hyper-realistic style of art and as Mark Fredrickson is a master of the type of look MAD wants he (rightfully) gets 99% of the cover assignments. But, every once and awhile some unique cover concept is in need of a different style of art, so in those rare instances other artists get the nod.
I have been gently reminding the MAD guys for about 15 years now that I’d really love to do a cover someday, so I was really pumped about getting the call. MAD Senior VP and Executive Editor John Ficarra told me that they had a cover concept that “was a perfect fit for my coloring skills”… I’m pretty sure that was an insult but I was so excited to get a cover I didn’t mind. Besides, I’d know something was really wrong if John didn’t insult me at every opportunity.
Anyway the above is the result. The coloring took forever, but I met the deadline!
Oh, and I also did the art on “The Force Awakens” spoof, a nine page behemoth penned by David Richards. I’ll post sneak peeks of that when the issue is officially released.
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