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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:

MAD 547

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


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!

Behind the Scenes- My MAD DC Cover

Friday, March 21st, 2014

I’ve been blogging about the upcoming run of MAD variant covers of DC Comics titles all week as they were released on various websites (see the complete run here). I thought I’d show a little of the process involved in the creation of my variant cover for Batman/Superman #30.

The concept: The guys at MAD had some pretty specific things they wanted with this cover… in fact they wanted me to do a sort of take-off of a previous cover of an issue of Batman:

Joker cover

The basic gag was that, rather than holding a set of chattering joke-dentures, “Alfred/Joker” would be holding his actual teeth (with one missing of course) and thus have a toothless grin. They also wanted to replace the “HA HA” laughter with “YUKs” and have the old “toy flag gun” instead of a real gun.

My initial pencil sketch:

BatmanSuperman-Joker rough

I kept Batman in the background and added Superman as well, and also tossed in the MAD Zeppelin just for fun. I also added the rubber chicken. I wanted to capture the feel of the original cover without directly copying it, so I stuck with the over-wrinkled and heavily shadowed look to the Joker but did my own version of all elements. I had to shorten the barrel of the gun in order to get the flag gag in there, so I changed that to a snub nosed revolver. The guys at MAD thought (rightly) that the zeppelin would fight with the comic’s title logo, so I ditched that in the final:


Covers are a tricky thing. they really get put under a microscope as they are the thing that gets a browser to pick up the book and open it. So, this one needed some tweaks. It was decided that the heavy shadows on Alfred’s face were too strong and distracting, and his mouth needed to be more “toothless” looking. So I had to do some fixing here and there. Here’s the final final inks:

BatmanSuperman_cover revised inks

Yes, I did hand ink the “YUKs”… what can I say, I’m a masochist. There were a few color tweaks as well. Here again is the final result:


Great fun to do, even with the last minute fixes. Here’s hoping this is an annual thing for DC!

More DC Comics MAD Variant Covers!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Harley Quinn #5
by Sergio Aragonés (colors by Tom Luth)

Craveonline has a sneak peek at four of the 21 upcoming MAD variant DC comics cover: Harley Quinn #5 by Sergio Aragonés (colored by Tom Luth), Green Lantern #30 by Richard Williams, Flash #30 by Anton Emdin and Justice League #30 by Peter Kuper.

Green Lantern #30
by Richard Williams

#30 by Anton Emdin

Justice League #30
by Peter Kuper

These join the earlier sneak peeks from Hermann Mejia, Al Jaffee and John Kercshbaum and and Rick Tulka and Tom Bunk from a few days ago, bringing the total early looks to nine! Mine is conspicuously absent, but then again they only chose the good ones for exclusive advance peeks. Fa fa fa!

As I did last year, I will create a gallery of all the covers where you can enjoy the artwork without the predictable “They still print this magazine?” and “MAD hasn’t been funny since Bill Gaines died” comments posted by people who haven’t actually read a copy since the 1980s.

Sam Viviano on DC ALL Access

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


MAD art director Sam Viviano is featured on DC All Access showing off tiny versions of the 21 upcoming MAD variant DC Comics covers, and giving a little tour of his office. His segment begins at 6:11 of the video below, the variant cover images are too small to get a good look at, but he does show off some other artwork hanging in his office including his cameo in Hermann Mejia‘s amazing “Road to Perdition” parody splash, some hack’s lame Harry Potter art and Sam’s first artwork for MAD, the cover of MAD #223!

By the way, today is Sam’s birthday! He’s 61!

Today is also Al Jaffee‘s birthday! He’s 842!

Happy birthday, gentlemen!

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More DC MAD Variant Covers!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

USA Today has an exclusive look at two more of the upcoming 21 MAD variant covers for the April run of DC Comics. The two released as a sneak peek today are the covers of Superman/Wonder Woman #7 by Tom Bunk (pictured) and Batgirl #30 by Rick Tulka with (colors by Carl Peterson). Click the link to see Rick’s Batgirl cover featuring Poison Ivy.

By the way, in case you haven’t noticed all these MAD variant covers feature villains rather than heroes.

New Round of DC Comics MAD Covers

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

detective30Art by Hermann Mejia courtesy of CBR.com

In April of last year DC Comics did a series of “MAD” variant covers for thirteen of their “New 52″ titles done by the Usual Gang of Idiots. They are doing a follow up series this year, but this time on 21 different titles! CBR has an exclusive first look at a couple of the covers, including the one above for Detective Comics #30 by Hermann Mejia. Check out a bigger version of the Mejia cover and cover art by Al Jaffee and John Kerschbaum on CBR.com.

Here are the titles getting the MAD treatment this year:

  • AQUAMAN #30
  • THE FLASH #30
  • EARTH 2 #22
  • SUPERMAN #30
  • BATMAN #30
  • BATWOMAN #30
  • BATGIRL #30

I did the cover of Batman/Superman #30, but can’t share that until I get the go ahead. I’m sure we’ll see them pop up over the next few weeks in “exclusive first looks” posts on the interwebby.

Monday MADness- On the Stands: MAD #526

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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


MAD # 526 (April 2014)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Anton Emdin, Barry Liebmann, Stan Sinberg, P.C. Vey, Kenny Keil, Justin Peterson, Will Presti, Jeff Kruse, Jack Pittman, Jay Rath, Chris Houghton, Rick Tulka, Todd Clark, Garth Gerhart, John Martz, Ward Sutton, Tom Cheney, John Kerschbaum, Jonathan Edwards)
  • The Hunder Pains: Getting Tired (A MAD Movie Satire) (Desmond Devlin, Tom Richmond)
  • The MAD Vault- (From MAD #297, Sept 1990: Jack Davis, Mike Snider)
  • Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • Why the Lego Man was Made for Hollywood (Mike Morse, Scott Bricher)
  • Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell,)
  • A MAD Look at Gravity (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell)
  • MAD’s Guide to Proper All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Etiquette (Dick DeBartolo, Tom Bunk)
  • Warning Signs of a Crappy Tanning Salon  (John Caldwell)
  • Books for the Growing U.S. Obese Community (Matt Lassen, Scott Bricher & Richard Williams)
  • Tips and Cheats for Obscure Lego Video Games (Scott Maiko, Hermann Mejia)
  • The Strip Club (Nathan Cooper, Keith Knight, Scott Nickel, Rob Harrell, Christopher Baldwin, Phil McAndrew, Peet Tamburino)
  • American Girls (Scott Maiko, Kira Shaimanova, Manolo & Jacob, Mako Studios, Sarah Chalek)
  • The Best of The Idiotical (various)
  • 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 second “Hunger Games” movie, a seven page extravaganza written by Desmond Devlin, entitled “The Hunger Pains: Getting Tired”. Look for a sneak peek of my art from that tomorrow.

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


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