Monday MADness: Harry Plodder 7!

January 22nd, 2018 | Posted in Monday MADness

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the pencils for the parody of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” from MAD # 507 , written by Desmond Devlin. Click images to Embiggen…

Here’s what the final pages looked like:


  1. cankuhn says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask this every since I saw the originals for this movie parody at the Cartoon Art Museum, “Sixty Years of MAD”. The pencil sketch, at the top, was in the exhibit and J. Prete is listed at the write and the artist as Jack Syracuse. Why is this?

  2. Sue Donihm says:

    Those are the generic placefiller names for when they lay out any article’s first page. Afterwards the real writer and artist are inserted.

    As for the deep, abiding mystery behind the true identities of Prete and Syracuse… who knows?

    • Tom Richmond says:

      Those are placeholders of a sort, but J. Prete and Jack Syracuse are MAD contributors, but aliases.

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