APE FEAR DEPT.
North Korea’s supreme leader, the pudgy, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, keeps issuing nuclear threats from his crumbling peninsula (when he’s not entertaining semi-forgotten NBA rebounders, of course) — threatening to attack South Korea, the United States, and possibly parts of Guam. While nobody’s quite sure how seriously to take this guy, one thing is for certain: the whole ridiculous episode is starting to feel like a bad movie.
The current issue of Film Comment magazine features an extensive look at the history of MAD's movie parodies. As part of their research, they interviewed MAD Editor John Ficarra about the process of building each spoof and how the feature has evolved over the years.
Click through to read John's thoughts on how Mort Drucker, "horrible puns" and Louis Farrakhan have helped the parodies become an iconic part of MAD.
For the second time in a month, a Carnival Cruise ship — this one called “The Dream” and henceforth known as “The Nightmare” — is suffering power outages and pesky plumbing problems. Note: by “pesky plumbing problems,” we mean what passengers call “large amount of human waste all over the floor in bathrooms and staterooms.” On the positive side, we hear the view from the stench-ridden cabins is lovely this time of year.
VIEW TO A SHILL DEPT.
Next to going to the parade and making fun of grown men wearing kilts, what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by ordering a new commemorative shirt featuring MAD’s own Alfred E. O’Neuman? And right now it’s on sale for a whopping 17% off! (Big deal!) Click here to order this and all the other MAD shirts before you’re too tanked up to accurately type in your credit card information.
MAD Fold-In creator and Retching Jackal artist Al Jaffee celebrates a milestone today (having already celebrated gall stones and kidney stones)! In MAD tradition, we decided to mark the occasion in a way befitting the man — with complete and utter disrespect! Happy Birthday, Al!
WE THE PAPAL DEPT.
CHANCE OF WAYNE DEPT.
DC Entertainment announced that they will be updating Batman’s origin story, revisiting how Bruce Wayne became the Caped Crusader and examining his early days as a crime fighter. To be honest, it was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do — finding a way to make fun of such an exciting, innovative and excellent idea (oh, on an unrelated note, MAD is part of DC Entertainment), but we somehow managed to come up with these…
BLASTER OF CEREMONIES DEPT.
LeBron James recently sent out a “save the date” for his upcoming wedding. Weirdly, this coincides with another happy occasion — Hugo Chavez’s funeral! So even though the events are worlds apart, we couldn’t help but notice…