Sneak peek: The Big Bomb Theory

March 12th, 2010 | Posted in MAD Magazine

MAD #503- May 2010

My usual reply to MAD art director Sam Viviano when he calls and asks me if I’ve ever seen the TV show he is about to assign me the parody art for is “Never seen it”. That’s because I really don’t watch much TV… but this one was different.

The few shows I do watch are usually because my kids or The Lovely Anna watch them, and thus I see them through osmosis. Even so I usually just casually catch some bits and pieces and don’t get very interested. However, “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the family’s favorite shows, and is one that I usually put on the brakes for, sit down and actually watch when I see they have it playing on the old DVR. I think it’s a very funny show, and the comic book/sci fi geek references are not lost on me. Case in point: My kids looked aghast at me the other night when I mentioned before Sheldon did that the writing on the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings was not Elvish but in the language of Mordor, but written in Elvsh script, and then recited what it said as the characters on the show did. That earned me the classic “ohmygoddadisatotalgeek” look.

So, I was thrilled to get to do the art for the parody, written by the inimitable Desmond Devlin. Here are a couple of other sneak peek images… you’ll have to buy a copy of the issue to help keep the Usual Gang of Idiots employed to see the rest:


  1. Is that Steve Fasen in the green shirt?!? Can’t believe you put him in it! LOL

  2. LOOKS Awesome, Tom!
    Dig the way Einstein seems integral to the group-can’t wait to catch it!

  3. tony nieves says:

    looks great,I like the spy on the chalkboard.


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