On The Stands: MAD #505

August 2nd, 2010 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Well, not technically on the news stands until Aug 17th, but some subscribers are already receiving copies in their mailboxes so I figured the cat’s out of the bag anyway. BTW, this cover was shown to the crowd at the Comic-Con MAD panel and got a roaring laugh and applause…

MAD # 505 (October 2010)

  • Cover (Mark Fredrickson)
  • The Fundalini Pages (Sam Viviano, Jeff Kruse, Arie Kaplan, Paul Coker Jr., Emily Flake, Sam Sisco, Gary Hallgren, John Caldwell, Charles Atkins, Dave Crosland, Tom Bunk, Des Devlin, Kevin Pope)
  • Glee Blows (A MAD Public Service Announcement)
  • Tea Bagger Proof That Obama Is A Terrorist/Socialist (Stan Sinberg, Hermann Mejia)
  • A MAD Look At Racial Profiling (Sergio Aragon?¬©s, Tom Luth)
  • Worst Selling Children’s Books (Jeff Kruse, Scott Bricher)
  • Spy vs Spy (Peter Kuper)
  • Inspirational Wall Plaques That Never Caught On (Jeff Kruse)
  • Planet TAD!!!!! (Tim Carvell, Brian Durniak)
  • 9 Ways To Pass The Time In Your Doctor’s Waiting Room (Teresa Burns Parkhurst)
  • MAD’s Oh-So Negative True Blood Outtakes (Uncredited)
  • BP’s Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Response (Dick DeBartolo)
  • The Strip Club (Joey Alison Sayers, Dustin Glick, Todd Clark, Kit Lively & Scott Nickel, Vic Black, Douglas Paszkiewicz
  • If Jesus Walked Among The Gulf Coast (Richard Williams)
  • TMZzz (Jacob Lambert)
  • Rejected Stamp Collections (Jeff Kruse, Bob Staake, Drew Friedman)
  • The Darker Side Of The Lighter Side (Dave Berg, Uncredited)
  • The Wizard Of O (Des Devlin, Tom Richmond)
  • The MAD Vault -2001 (Various)
  • It Happened One Morning (Michael Gallagher, Tom Bunk)
  • MAD Fold-In (Al Jaffee)
  • Drawn Out Dramas (Sergio Aragon?¬©s)

My contribution this issue is one of my favorite jobs ever for MAD. It’s a very cleverly written political satire by Desmond Devlin set within a faux movie parody of “The Wizard of Oz”. I will post a sneak peek tomorrow.

In other news this issue is the first on the new bi-monthly schedule, so expect #506 out in October. I also officially became an old guy with my first ever appearance in “The MAD Vault” aka two pages of reprinted stuff from old MAD issues, as two panels from my parody of “Malcolm in the Middle” appears on page 53. This issue is also my 80th appearance in MAD… as October will mark my 10 year anniversary of my first appearance that’s not too bad. I hope to make it to 100 before I die.


  1. Anton Emdin says:

    Killer cover! Look forward to reading it, and well done on ten years. Seems like longer… you’re an institution now.

  2. Mark Hill says:

    Tremendous cover illustration — and very funny, too.

    Look forward to seeing the ‘Wizard of O’…along with the rest of the issue!

  3. Anthony says:

    That cover is brilliant. As usual its worth more than the $5.99 price alone. Looking forward to reading the rest of the mag. Congrats on ten years! 🙂

  4. Nate says:

    Got mine today. Great job on the Wizard of O! Hilarious drawings, and you pulled off all the caricatures perfect-o as usual 🙂

  5. gustavo says:

    Awesome cover, also, it´s strange that there is no tv or movie-spoofs in this issue. Isn´t it?

  6. Hi Tom– I’ve been following your work for some time now and I just wanted to say thanks for your blog and sharing your process’ (and humor)! I attended the MAD panel at Comic Con- very funny and I can’t wait to see the show on CN.

    Warm regards,

    Bob L.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks, Bob. And thanks for getting up early and attending the MAD panel at Comic-Con. That was a lot of fun and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Laf says:

    As usual covers by Frederickson are incredible, but this one is even more incredible in its quality.
    It looks so easy from an outside point of view but when
    you are an illustrator you realize how amazing this piece of art is. Fantastic!


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