Two Mad Men

April 29th, 2011 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Oops…might have drawn Rich’s nose too big . . .

Last month I got an email from actor Rich Sommer, who plays the character “Harry Crane” on Mad Men. Turns out Rich is a fan of MAD Magazine, and also originally from Minnesota. He wrote to tell me he and the rest of the cast loved the show’s parody in MAD, and he invited me to attend a fundraiser for a Minneapolis improv theater he’s associated with. I was able to attend, and got to meet Rich and enjoy the show. I donated a signed copy of the magazine for the fundraiser, which may have fetched as much as $4.00…seeing as how the cover price is $4.95 you can see how much my signature is worth.

The picture above appeared in the letter pages of MAD #509, and the photo below is the one where we aren’t acting silly. Rich is a great guy and a talented actor, appearing in many shows besides Mad Men, most recently a CSI episode. I was glad to hear the contract issues with AMC and the Mad Men creators was settled and there will be a new season. Great show.

Me and Rich Sommer


  1. Awesome.

  2. Trevour says:

    That’s great! Of all your parodies, Tom, SAD MEN is one of my favorites! I remember Rich at Concordia – although I didn’t know him personally and he was a few years ahead of me. He was part of an improv group there (the “Slush Puppies”), while I worked as a sound tech running live sound for various events, including the Slush Puppies! It was pretty cool when I first saw Mad Men and went, “Hey, that’s him!!”

    Love that first picture. Can’t wait to see it in the new issue!

  3. Doug Gilford says:

    It’s actually (gack!) $5.99.
    Your signature’s worth even less!

  4. jailerjoe says:

    Holy Mad men!!!! Nice shot, Tom. I sold one of your signed originals and retired off of it. The last panel of “muddled family” kills me…good job!

  5. Paul Fricke says:

    How cool. Funny photo, that first. Indeed, it is a great show, one of the best dramas ever. Sommer has been really good in that role.


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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