It hasn’t been a good year for the former cast members of the classic TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. In January, actor Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein) died. And today we’ve learned of the passing of Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack). Once again we present the front cover of MAD #189 which featured Welcome Back, Klodder (that’s Palillo in the lower left hand corner) and our entire satire of the show as well.
If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con next week, there will be plenty of MAD events to partake in once you get squeezed out of the Firefly reunion panel! Here's what you can do to get the most of your MAD experience this year:
• Stop by the DC Entertainment booth to see the MADropolitan Museum of Art! We'll be displaying framed prints of classic MAD superhero illustrations from over the years, featuring art by Mark Fredrickson, Mort Drucker, Dave Gibbons, Frank Miller and more! Many of these are being shown without logos and text for the first time!
• Come to the "Mad about MAD" panel on Saturday from 2:00-3:00pm in Room 9! Find out everything we've got planned for MAD's 60th Anniversary and for the next 60 years to come, with editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano, assistant art director Ryan Flanders and artists Angelo Torres, Sergio Aragonés, Tom Richmond, and Peter Kuper! Be sure to have good questions ready — prizes will be awarded!
• Aspiring MAD illustrators and cartoonists: we'll be doing portfolio reviews, so keep your eyes and ears open for more details!
April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. And while we’re celebrating one horrific disaster, let’s celebrate some others — namely our coverage of the 1997 movie!
Here’s the cover of MAD #189 and the opening splash of the Welcome Back, Kotter spoof in the same issue, both featuring Robert Hegyes as Juan Epstein.