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The Folding Man

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Paste Magazine has a terrific article on the incomparable Al Jaffee and the MAD feature he created and made famous… the “Fold-In”. Al talks about the thinking behind his favorite Fold-Ins from the last five decades. Go check it out.

Incidentally, Al still does the Fold-In every issue. He still hand delivers the art to the MAD offices. He’s 93.

Monday MADness- Al Feldstein

Monday, July 14th, 2014

I’m going to do something different today for Monday MADness and send you all via this magic link to the blog of Mark Evanier, to read a terrific piece about the late MAD editor Al Feldstein he wrote this past weekend. Feldstein was the editor of MAD for about 29 years, and Mark’s post really lends some insights into Al’s career and why it was very unique. He talks a lot about some of the things that made Al Feldstein a polarizing figure in MAD history. Some people will tell you Al had nothing to do with the things that made MAD great, that we was nothing but a manager and organizer and did almost nothing creative, that he made a disproportionate amount of money compared to the writers and artists that were the heart of the publication. Others might say he didn’t get enough credit for the magazine’s success.

I never met Al Feldstein, and I certainly never worked with him. He left MAD in 1984 or 1985 (depending on who you talk to) and I was busy graduation high school about then. I have gotten to know many of the people who did work with Feldstein, and the feeling I get is that Al was a hard-nosed editor that demanded respect of deadlines, didn’t tolerate sloppy work, was not very friendly, and ran an ultra-tight ship. One can argue that the creative people that made the funny content of the magazine needed someone like that or the magazine would never have gotten published some months, and I cannot disagree. As a creative type, deadlines are the only thing that keep me on task.  Some of the animosity Mark mentions over the money I have seen some hints of from long-time MAD guys, and I would be hard pressed to blame anyone for that. Let’s face it, getting a magazine out like clockwork every issue doesn’t meant a thing if what’s inside that magazine is not something anyone wants to read, and MAD hasn’t been around for 60 years because it came out on time and with all the pages nicely keylined. Some of the other long-time editors, particularly Nick Meglin, had a lot more to do with the content that ultimately made MAD MAD than Feldstein, and Mark seems to agree in his article.

I do think Feldstein deserves a lot of credit for the success of MAD for several reasons. First, he did corral a whole cast of creative geniuses who probably desperately needed corralling, and got a magazine full of brilliant cartooning and writing out regularly… no mean feat. Anyone who thinks brilliant content is all that’s required for success need only look at what happened to Harvey Kurtzman after he left MAD. Second, as I understand it Al was instrumental in finding and contracting most of those creative geniuses who made that great content. Kurtzman took most of the contributors to his MAD with him to Hugh Hefner‘s camp and Trump, and when Bill Gaines hired Al to take over as editor he advertised and found the creative people who became the Usual Gang of Idiots like Mort Drucker, Frank Jacobs, Bob Clarke, Dave Berg, Don Martin and many others. Maybe finding one or two of those would be dumb luck, but the all-star cast he assembled speaks of shrewd judgement of talent and a vision of what he wanted for the magazine. That alone is reason for major credit for the success of MAD, even if Al didn’t provide any of the humor himself.

Anyway go read Mark’s post if you are interested. It’s well worth the time.

Sneak Peek: Two Defectives- MAD #528

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

As promised, here is a sneak peek of my art from MAD #528′s parody of “Two Detectives”, written by Arnie Kogen:

The splash page (Clicky to Embiggen…)

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What do you mean you “want to read the entire parody?” What does this look like, a furshlugginer library?!? Go out and buy the issue, putz!

On the Stands: MAD #528

Monday, June 16th, 2014

In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere Tuesday:

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MAD # 528 (August 2014)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Matt Lassen, Ward Sutton, Tim Hamilton, Jeff Kruse, Rick Tulka, P.C. Vey, Dick DeBartolo, John Caldwell, Kenny Keil, Anton Emdin, David DeGrand, Tom Bunk, Rich Powell, Kevin Pope, Mark Fredrickson, Bob Eckstein, Stan Sinberg, John Kerschbaum)
  • Two Defectives (A MAD TV Satire) (Arnie Kogen, Tom Richmond)
  • How Kimye Stacks Up Against Other Famous Married Couples (Uncredited)
  • Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell)
  • Appy (Mike Morse, Sam Sisco)
  • MOtowNOPOLY (Stan Sinberg, Mike Loew)
  • Monster Marriage Poster (Mark Fredrickson)
  • A MAD Look at Captain America (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell)
  • MAD’s Celebrity Acronyms (Matt Lassen, Rick Tulka)
  • The MAD Vault- (From MAD #409, Sept. 2001: John Caldwell)
  • The Strip Club (Eugen Erhan & Tudor Muscalu, Dakota McFadzean, Phil McAndrew, Josh Mecouch, Jason Yungbluth, Nathan Cooper, Christopher Baldwin)
  • A Minor League Baseball Flyer That Tells it Like it Is (Jeff Kruse)
  • Reality Show Rejection Letters (Kenny Keil)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • The Puffington Host (Matt Lassen & Scott Maiko)
  • The Best of The Idiotical (various)
  • 7 Easy Ways to Defeat Godzilla (Mike Morse, Hermann Mejia)
  • Another Ridiculous MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés, appear throughout the issue)

I did the art on the parody of the HBO TV series “True Detective” (incorrectly listed as “A Mad Movie Satire” in the issue’s table of contents), a six pager written by Arnie Kogen. Look for a sneak peek of my art from that in tomorrow’s post.

Well . . . What are you waiting for, clod?!? Go out and buy a fershlugginer copy already!

 

Interweb MADness

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

If you don’t frequent MAD‘s website often, you are missing out on some original and funny stuff. They post daily content that is often all new and very timely stuff that is more than a few notches above your typical meme. They also sprinkle in classic features like Don Martin, Dave Berg, Spy vs. Spy and more.

Lately they have really been on a roll with political satire ala these two recent posts:

 

Back in the early 2000s when I started for MAD, I heard a lot of right-wingers accusing MAD of being a  “liberal rag” because all they did was bash Bush and his cronies. I would defend MAD in saying they go after the people in charge, left or right. That, of course, held no water for the Limbaugh crowd… if you aren’t with them you are against them.

Now, the lefties are all crying about MAD being an extension of Fox News and accusing them of having been bought out by Rupert Murdoch. See my same argument from 2001-2009. You go after the people in power, and regardless of your personal political views if someone does something stupid, you point it out with gusto. The only difference is that a good political satirist tries to separate the spin from the real stupidity.

The Schill List

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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The annual “MAD 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things” lists have been a popular feature since it’s debut in 1998, so naturally MAD decided to try and cash in by collecting the 100 dumbest ones of the century (so far) into one special collector’s edition! I haven’t seen a copy yet but I assume a few of the ones I’ve done over the last 14 years are included… since all mine were the very definition of “dumb”.

On the Stands: MAD #527

Friday, April 18th, 2014

In comic book shops, on the iPad and in subscribers mailboxes now, on news stands everywhere Tuesday:

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MAD # 527 (June 2014)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Rick Tulka, Evan Waite, John Martz, Tom Bunk, P.C. Vey, Matt Lassen, Kenny Keil, Garth Gerhart, Mike Morse, Mike Loew, Rich Powell, Dick DeBartolo, Bob Staake, Glen Le Lievre, Desmond Devlin, Justin Peterson, Sarah Chalek, Mike Lynch,
  • The Slobbit: The Adaptation’s a Slog (A MAD Movie Satire) (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
  • Sport’s Atrocity- (Jeff Kruse, Scott Bicher)
  • When Delivery Drones Go Bad (John Caldwell)
  • The Darker Side of The Lighter Side (Dave Berg… sort of)
  • Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell)
  • MAD’s Common Sense Tips for First Aid (Teresa Burns Parkhurst)
  • Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • College Courses for the Lousy New Economy (Neil Berliner, Chris Houghton)
  • A MAD Look at Legalized Marijuana (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell)
  • New Rules for Bill Maher (Butch D’Ambrosio, Paul Coker)
  • The MAD Vault- (From MAD #182, April 1976: Jack Rickard, Lou Silverstone)
  • The Strip Club (Dakota McFadzean, Jason Yungbluth, Kenny Keil, Christopher Baldwin, Phil McAndrew, Kit Lively & David DeGrand, Keith Knight)
  • Forgotten Moments from 30 Years of Wrestlemainia (Desmond Devlin, Anton Emdin)
  • The Best of The Idiotical (various)
  • Another Ridiculous MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragonés, appear throughout the issue)

Lot’s of fun art in this issue, including the first full interior feature for Chris Houghton and an awesome multipager by Anton Emdin. I did the art on the parody of the second “Hobbit” movie, a seven page extravaganza written by Desmond Devlin. Look for a sneak peek of my art from that next week in “Monday MADness!”

Well . . . What are you waiting for, clod?!? Go out and buy a fershlugginer copy already!

 

MAD #527: The Slobbit 2

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Slobbit 2 pg 1-2Clicky to embiggen…

Yesterday Moviepilot.com posted a sneak peek at the splash page of MAD‘s parody of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” written by Desmond Devlin with art by yours truly. You can check out the full splash page with text here (although it’s kind of small to read). Above is the final art for said splash. I will post a few more panels of art from the parody once the issue hits news stands on April 22nd.

What would the Real Alfred E. Neuman Look Like?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

What, Me Worry?

Like this. Sculpture by Jordu Schell, via this website. Hat tip to Dalton Vaughn and Doug Gilford‘s MAD Cover Site, Facebook edition.

This is really well done, because it isn’t easy to make Alfred look convincing in three dimensions. Not only are his eyes uneven, but the center axis of his face is slightly tilted, and one side has considerably more space between the eye and hairline than the other. His ears are also lower than natural, and asymmetrical. There is a lot about his face that is ‘off” in a way that only stands out when you see a mirror image of it. Drawing him isn’t that easy, either.

MAD App Update and Sale!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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April 1st is officially Alfred E, Neuman’s birthday, so what better day to issue an update to the MAD iPad app?

The app sports an all new design… for those using iOs 7 or higher, anyway. I had a chance to play around with it today and I like the new layout and especially the organization of the “Issues” menu page. You now have three different sections:

All- This was previously all you had in the old design under “Issues”. It lists every issue, book or special available for download or purchase. The ones you have bought or are available to you via your subscription have a “Read” or “Download” option under it. The ones that you would need to buy to read have a price there instead.

My Issues- Under the old design, you had to scroll about in “My Library” to find the issues that you had already downloaded amid all the ones you could download via your subscription or previous purchases. “My Issues”, you see only the ones you have bought or are subscribed to. You see these whether you have already downloaded them or not. If you have downloaded them, there is a “Read” or “Continue Reading” option. If the issue isn’t locally stored, you have a “Download” option instead. This is very convenient for you to see your purchased collection at a glance.

On Device- This gets even more specific and shows you only the issues or books you have downloaded and locally stored on your iPad. Great for if you are looking to get a few quick laughs without wanting to wait for a long download first, or if you are without internet access. This wasn’t an option in the previous design, and I like being able to see what I’ve got instant access to at a glance.

I’m not sure if the design of the issues interiors are much different, but I see that in the latest issue each page is a single page, and you swipe to go to the next back or back to the previous one. I like that a lot better than the odd “scrolling down” method where each feature was like a long web page with each page stacked vertically.

Even better news, the guys at MAD are having a sale on stupidity! Now until April 8th, you can get digital versions of MAD #1-23 for just 99 cents each on the iPad, the Kindle, the Nook and Apple iBooks! For the iPad, the sale also includes MAD #92-#131, MAD #503-526, MAD About Obama, Bo Confidential, MAD Magazine Presents… Batman and MAD Super Spectacular – Superman: Man of Steel! It’s never been easier to waste your money!

So, Happy Alfred’s birthday, Internets!

 

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