Can You “CD” Alfred Face?

May 14th, 2009 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Alfred Head CDS

Neil Cuadra is getting more press for his latest CD effort than Axl Rose got for “Chinese Democracy”… but then again that’s not saying much.

Cuadra is a huge MAD fan from Los Angelses, CA who fulfilled “a dream” by getting a letter published in MAD‘s “Letters and Tomatoes Dept.” by sending in his portrait of Alfred E. Neuman created by nothing but AOL junk mail CDs. Inspired by a MAD parody chastising AOL for all the junk diskettes they used to send out (since changed to CDs), Cuadra collected the shiny junk disks from AOL and other companies for over ten years until he had enough to create his portrait, which is 400 square feet. You can read about Neil’s MAD artistic endeavor on the Associated Press website. The AP story has been picked up on a number of websites and print media.

MAD published Cuadra’s letter and picture of his creation in issue #500, followed by a typical snarky remark by “Ed”:

“You just blew our mind. You used junk mail from AOL to create a piece of art that became junk mail to US! The circle is now complete! We look forward to your rendition of Spy Vs. Spy made entirely of Valpack coupons!”


  1. Nate says:

    That’s great! I hate to say it (sigh) but I’ve YET to get my issue 500! No free copies around here this time around, and my subscription ran dry – and to top it off – it seems as though ALL St Pete Florida is sold out! So, I WILL be getting it. I really thought I’d have one by now. This weekend I’m planning on going on a mission across Tampa to find that sneaky issue.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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