Monday MADness

Monday MADness- “Rough One” Roughs!

April 24th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at the rough pencil sketches I sent in for approval on MAD‘s parody of “Rogue One” that is in the current issue… you know… the one on the stands and in comic book shops RIGHT NOW waiting for you to go out and buy it! READ MORE

Monday MADness- Goodnight Batcave Roughs!

April 17th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a peek at some of the preliminary sketches I did to work out how we were going to handle the look of Batman for Goodnight Batcave. Originally he started out more comic-bookish, and then we started working him toward a more cartoony and exaggerated form, loosely based on the “Batman- The Animated Series” look. His chin got even bigger and his upper body more exaggerated in the final roughs:   READ MORE

On the Stands: MAD #545!

April 10th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In subscribers mailboxes, comic books shops and via digital now, on news stands next Tuesday!!: Cover (Mark Fredrickson) Letters and Tomatoes (Ed.) Remembering Gerry Gersten (John Ficarra, MAD Executive Editor) The Fundalini Pages (Kenny Keil, Ward Sutton, Jonathan Edwards, Bob Eckstein, Bob Staake, John Kerschbaum, Sam Sisco, Aabye-Gayle D. Francis-Favilla, Rich Powell, Christian Alsis, Alejandro Rivas, Jeff Kruse, Steve Silver, Jose Garibaldi, Kevin Pope) World Flags (Writer: Desmond Devlin) Rough One: A Star Bores Snorer (David Richards, Tom Richmond) A MAD Look at YouTube (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Tom Luth) No Donald! (Kenny Keil, Sam Viviano and Jim Campbell) The MAD Vault- Duck Edwing D.O.A. (Duck… READ MORE

Monday MADness- The Sheen Lantern!

April 3rd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Back in MAD #513 (Feb 2012) I did the art for a “MAD 20” piece written by Kit Lively & Scott Nickel making fun of the big bag of crazy that was Charlie Sheen. I have this caricature of him on my comic-con table banner and it often stops people in their tracks because of the funny mash-up concept. The art called for both a main image and spots of mock comic book covers for “The Sheen Lantern”. Pencil rough and close ups of the comic covers below: READ MORE

Monday MADness: More Superman Bad Day Peeks.

March 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a couple more sneak peeks (courtesy of Mashable) at some pages from MAD‘s Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day, coming out this fall. Words by Dave Croatto, art by me.   On sale everywhere in October!… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Happy Birthday Al and Sam!

March 13th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Image courtesy madmagazine.com It’s a MAD dual birthday today… in fact it happens on this day every year! Yes, today is the birthday of both legendary “MAD fold-In” creator Al Jaffee and longtime MAD artist and current MAD art director Sam Viviano. You see above Al accepting Sam’s award for picking such an excellent date for his birthday, and Al thinking how nice it is to know he could still crush Sam’s hand like a rotten egg despite having been born 32 years earlier. Al is 96 today, and still delivers his completed MAD assignments to the offices by hand, and they are still as… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Trading Spaces!

March 6th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at my art from MAD‘s parody of the TV show “Trading Spaces”, written by Dick DeBartolo in MAD #435, November 2003. Just for fun I did caricatures of some of our neighbors as the “contestants” throughout. That’s the Gerkins in the yellow shorts and the McNeils in the red shirts. They still haven’t spoken to me since. READ MORE

Monday MADness- Terri Schiavo Media Circus!

February 27th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

As promised in yesterday’s mailbag, here’s a look at the MAD 20 piece I did the art for back in MAD #461, Jan 2006, dealing with the Terri Schiavo story. A quick search showed that I shared this a few years back already, but it deserves a second look. The art I did has a kind of haunted feel to me because of the juxtaposition of the circus images and the tragic depiction of Schiavo in her hospital bed. It’s a rare instance where humor is used in a depiction of something that is anything but funny.  Here’s the original concept sketch where the layout… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Corporate Colleges!

February 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Back in issue 491 (July 2008), MAD decided to poke a little fun at the idea of “corporate colleges” like McDonald’s “Hamburger University”, and what other corporations might teach at such a school. Writers John Samony and Scott Maiko came up with this. Pencil roughs followed by final art (notice we changed the “Best Buy College” image in the final):   READ MORE

Monday MADness- Lewd and Disorder Inks!

January 30th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the finished inks for MAD #449’s parody of of the TV show “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” entitled “Lewd & Disorder: Criminal Malcontent” written by Dick DeBartolo, dated Jan 2005. At the time this was one of my favorite pieces I had done for MAD because it was a lot of fun exaggerating the difference in size of the hulking Vincent D’Onofrio and the diminutive Kathryn Erbe. D’Onofrio was also always doing these weird and uncomfortable things when talking with people where he would lean in and around their personal space, peeking around them with his head… READ MORE

Monday MADness: Mike and Molly!

January 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the pencil roughs of the Arnie Kogen penned parody of the TV show “Mike and Molly” from MAD #514, April 2012 (clicky any to embiggen): READ MORE

Monday MADness- Royal Tenenbaums!

January 16th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the splash page for one of my earliest movie parodies, writer Arnie Kogen‘s send up of Wes Anderson‘s “The Royal Tenenbaums” which appeared in MAD #417, May 2002. It’s has a sentimental place for me because MAD doesn’t parody these kinds of films very often anymore. In fact, after this one the only films I’ve drawn the parody for that did not feature wizards, British spys, robots, tributes, or super-heroes, have been “School of Rock”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “American Sniper” and the recent “Sully”. Sadly the original scans and color art, including the scans of the roughs, have… READ MORE

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