To celebrate April Fool’s, DC Entertainment asked a bunch of MAD artists to illustrate the variant covers of some of their most popular titles (well, they were popular before this little stunt, at least). Fast Company has a gallery of all 13 covers, check them out here! New covers will be on sale each Wednesday in April, so head to your local comic shop and start picking them up today — and watch the value of your collection diminish tomorrow!
(To find your nearest comic shop, call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK or go to comicshoplocator.com)
We selected some of our favorite work by Bob Clarke from over his many years with MAD.
"John Wilkes Booth Liquor Ad"
MAD #78, April 1963
"Canadian Club Liquor Ad"
Photographer: Lester Krauss
MAD #94, April 1965
"MAD'S Modern Believe It or Nuts!"
Writer: Arnie Kogen
MAD #161, September 1973
"Spy Vs. Spy"
Writer: Duck Edwing
MAD #273, September 1987
"When Other Comic Strips Start Using The Far Side Formula"
Writer: Charlie Kadau
MAD #280, July 1988
"A Mad Look at the Joys of Scuba Diving"
Writers: Al Jaffee and Dick DeBartolo
MAD #106, October, 1966
We continue our celebration of Bob Clarke with a gallery of his MAD covers.
We’re sad to announce that on Sunday, legendary MAD artist Bob Clarke passed away at the age of 87. Bob was with MAD nearly from the start — first contributing in 1956 and continuing through 2010.
During his amazing career as one of “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” Bob was one of the magazine’s most versatile artists, illustrating everything from covers, to articles, to Spy vs. Spy, to bonus inserts for MAD Specials (including the MAD Zeppelin paper model and the MAD mobile). Bob’s contribution to MAD’s legacy is massive and he’ll be greatly missed. As a way of honoring him and saying thank you, we’ll be showcasing some of Bob’s best MAD work throughout the day.
You may not know this, but April 1st is Alfred E. Neuman’s birthday. And you probably also didn’t know that to celebrate this stupid occasion, we’re stupidly taking up to 25% off items when you Shop MAD! T-shirts! Action figures! More! So stop reading and click here to get shopping! Remember — an April fool and his money are soon parted!
HOSTS OF PROBLEMS DEPT.
It’s not a great time to be the longtime host of an NBC show! In the last week, it’s come to light that in addition to swapping out Jay Leno for Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, NBC is also possibly looking to replace Matt Lauer with Anderson Cooper on The Today Show. We know that unemployment is a big problem in this country — but in this case, we’re cool with it.
SYMBOL MINDED DEPT.
GLOOM AND ROOM DEPT.
The cost for Joe Biden to stay for just ONE NIGHT in a Paris hotel is $585,000! That’s according to a recent contract signed with the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand — to be fair, though, that figure also includes rooms for the military, communications, secret service staff and other support professionals that are required to travel with the Vice President. But still — something seems fishy! Luckily, we were able to closely examine the bill — and get Joey’s take on the charges!