A: Back in the day movie studios were rumored to have sent MAD press kits and other promotional stuff to try and get them to do a parody of their films, but no one has ever told me of a specific example. Knowing the people behind the magazine the way I do, any efforts of that kind from the movie studios were wasted. They spoof what they want to spoof.
The choice as to which movies or TV shows get the MAD treatment is made completely by the editorial staff, although I have a feeling some of the regular writers might pitch some possibilities here and there. Actually I don’t really have a clue. I only know for certain one person who doesn’t have a thing to do with what gets parodied… me. Beyond that I’m not 100% sure.
Thanks to Harry Thornton 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!
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