This week MAD magazine publishes its 500th edition after 57 years. MAD magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond tells us what to expect this week:
The editors and staff wanted to have issue 500 contain as many of the artists and writers who helped MAD get to issue 500 as possible, so MAD took a sort of “kitchen sink” approach to the issue. They added 6 pages for a total of 58, with only 6 pages of ads (and that includes two pages for MAD subscriptions and MAD books/stuff). In fact, all four of the interior “paid” ads appear in the front of the issue, in the letters section and only one in the Fundalini Pages. After that it’s nothing but MADness.
Artists Tom mentions that will be in this edition include:
Don “Duck” Edwing, Paul Peter Porges, Bob Clarke, Rick Tulka, Paul Coker, Al Jaffee, Sam Sisco, Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker, James Warhola, Gerry Gersten, Tom Richmond, Angelo Torres, Harry North Esq., Richard Williams and Hermann Mejia. Work from artists who have passed away will also be included: Dave Berg, Bill Elder, Kelly Freas, Harvey Kurtzman, Don Martin, Norman Mingo, Jack Rickard, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood and George Woodbridge.