Monday MADness- Big Bang Theory!

May 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Monday MADness


Back in MAD #503 (May 2010) I did the art on a Desmond Devlin authored parody of the TV Show “The Big Bang Theory”… finished splash page above. As you can see, the splash was somewhat atypical of your usual MAD parody opening. Des had the article narrated by Albert Einstein, and the opening spread called for the traditional introductory caricatures of the cast to look like they’d been drawn on a blackboard by Einstein. I was not a fan of that idea because I knew that there was no way I’d be able to do make the caricatures look good by drawing them in white chalk lines. They would look like photo negatives… unless I used the white as the light not the linework and did more of a chalk “painting of them. That is how I pitched it initially:


Here’s a closer look at this style of “chalk” drawing:


Sadly it was decided by the powers that be that Einstein wouldn’t be able to do something like that (nor, I think, did they think it looked like it was done in chalk), and they should be simple chalk line drawings. The fact that Einstein, who had been dead for 55 years, coming back from the afterlife to narrate this story was a far less plausible skill that being able to do a decent chalk caricature was somehow lost on the editors. Thus, we went with this instead:


…with the final results at the top of this post. C’est la vie.

Incidentally, as show creator Chuck Lorre is a huge fan of MAD, he owns the original art of this splash, while I own an oversized print of the art with signatures from the entire cast. It hangs in my studio.


  1. Des Devlin says:

    Sorry, Tom! I thought you might like something a little different. Hey, I’m no Einstein.

    • Tom Richmond says:

      Well my “chalk painting” idea didn’t really work so I don’t blame the editors for not wanting to go there. I got to do plenty of drawings of the cast so no worries there. I’ve always been a sucker for the traditional MAD opening spread. You writers are too damn creative.

      • Des Devlin says:

        “E = MC squared” means that if I Ever ask for More Chalk, you’ll hit me with your T-square.

        • Jack Myhervold says:

          Next up on the Big Bang Nerd Network!, “Chalk Talk”, with Tom ‘n Des!. (second only in ratings to Sheldon’s – “Fun with Flags”).

  2. Jack Myhervold says:

    “Chalk” it all up to experience. You both made it a funny parody.


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