It looks like axolotls are gone forever.
This may not mean much to you if you aren't into amphibians, but if you read Mad Magazine back in the day the word might conjure up some memories
, or even a poem. [more inside]
My Friend Dave, twentysix mini essays on Dave Berg
, longtime Mad Magazine
cartoonist, by Craig Fischer.
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
In 1959 Fred Astaire hired renowned makeup artist John Chambers
to work on his television special, Another Evening with Fred Astaire
. The assignment? Turn Fred Astaire into Alfred E. Neuman
. The results were predictably strange
. [more inside]
Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!
It's been nearly two decades since that glorious savanna sunrise, and once again The Lion King
is at the top of the box office
. It's a good chance to revisit what made the original the capstone of the Disney Renaissance
, starting with the music. Not the gaudy show tunes or the Elton John ballads, but the soaring, elegiac score by Hans Zimmer which, despite winning an Oscar, never saw a full release outside of an unofficial bootleg
Luckily, it's unabridged and high-quality, allowing one to lay Zimmer's haunting
tracks alongside the original video
), revealing the subtle leitmotifs and careful matching of music and action.
In addition, South African collaborator Lebo M
wove traditional Zulu chorals into the score, providing veiled commentary
on scenes like this
; his work was later expanded
into a full album
, the Broadway stage show
, and projects closer to his heart
. Speaking of expanded works, there were inevitable sequels -- all of which you can experience with The Lion King: Full Circle
), a fan-made, three-hour supercut of the original film and its two follow-ups.
Want more? Look... harder... [more inside]
We wanted to hold onto them for as long as possible. Not as much as a tribute to the early history of MAD... but because these paintings were covering up quite a few holes in the walls.
magazine artist Al Jaffee
(now 87 years old!) created the fold-in
as a unique contribution to the MAD
-style of satirical humor. Now the NYT has the comprehensive history online in interactive form
In all its 55 year history
, MAD magazine
has been known much more for media satire than political satire
... anything political was often camouflaged as a movie
or TV parody
and generally less partisan than most
. (How can you take their politics seriously when they offered Alfred E. Neuman for President?
) Another thing about MAD is how rarely it goes outside its "Usual Cast of Idiots" for content
. Well, things have changed, as the MAD editors used 10 Pulitzer Prize Winning Op/Ed Cartoonists to illustrate the incendiarilly-titled “Why George W. Bush Is in Favor of Global Warming”
. The usually web-shy MAD even allowed the New York Times to put most of the piece online in a slideshow
. [more inside]
No Tourists, No Artists.
Tourists at Atlanta's Underground
didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond
, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999
, recipient of a Reuben Award
, one-time comic book creator
, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine
(movie parodies, mostly
), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta
. Despite many efforts to "save"
continues to fade in popularity
and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
The Apocalypse According to Mad Magazine? Basil Wolverton
, best known for his work on early issues of Mad Magazine
, was also a Minister in the Radio Church of God
. This church, founded by Herbert Armstrong, father of Garner Ted, believed the Apocalypse would happen sometime in 1972, and Wolverton's illustrations were in pamphlets designed to alert the public to this fact. 1972 has passed, the church has splintered, and Herbert is long dead - but nonetheless he has a blog
. As a bonus, you can view Basil's apocalypse in 3-d
. Wolverton links via
Welcome to the world of Frank Kelly Freas
), eleven-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of book and magazine cover
and interior art for science fiction, fantasy, the NASA space program
, record albums
, advertising, and MAD Magazine
It's been a while since the glory days of Raw Magazine
, but when it was still published the cartoonist whose work I found most intriguing was the pointillist-styled
, celebrity obsessed world of Drew Friedman
A Mad Parody Of The Onion
Well, if this isn't Meta, I don't know what is. Certainly, we all know about The Onion
(and, indeed, our consensus is that we don't post Onion links here). The fine fellows at MAD magazine
have hoisted the Area Men by their own petard. I hate to say it, 'cuz I think The Onion is often quite funny, but they've got it nailed. (via Heath Row's Media Diet
The Mad Magazine FBI files
obtained through FOIPA, contains mostly humourous letters to the FBI regarding whether or not Mad magazine
is a communist publication. In other news, you too can become a next Mad magazine artist
. A prerequisite? "No intelligence required."
Mad Magazine cartoonist David Berg dies at 81.
One of the "gang of idiots" that were part of the Mad
'60's: Sergio Aragones
, Don Martin
, Antonio Prohias, Mort Drucker
, et al.
Ah, well. Another piece of my childhood slips away. What stands out in my mind was that many of his characters bore an uncanny resemblance to my neighbors. But now I'm troubled: did I have a post-modern
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