Mad #533
(June 2015)

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Price
5.99 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
6 times a year
On-sale Date
2015-04-22
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Barcode
074470332305 06
Editing
Dave Croatto (editor); Charlie Kadau (senior editor); Jo Raiola (senior editor); Jacob Lambert (associate editor); "Weird Al" Yankovic (guest editor)
Color
color (#1-23, 400-550); color cover with black & white interior (#24-399)
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US (#1-23); magazine size (#24 onward)
Paper Stock
glossy cover
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

First ever issue with a guest editor.


Guest Editor Weird Al Takes Over! (Table of Contents)

Alfred E. Neuman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mark Fredrickson (credited)
Inks
Mark Fredrickson (credited)
Colors
Mark Fredrickson (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; "Weird Al" Yankovic
Synopsis
Weird Al does his best Alfred E. Neuman impression, complete with missing tooth.

Indexer Notes

When offered as a premium later in the issue, the cover art is titled "Weird Als".

Epic Geek + Gamer Gear Delivered Monthly! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Loot Crate / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Yankovic (credited)
Pencils
Hermann Mejia (credited)
Inks
Hermann Mejia (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hi. "Weird Al" Yankovic here.
Genre
humor
Characters
"Weird Al" Yankovic; Bill Gaines (cameo); Alfred E. Neuman (cameo)
Synopsis
Al discusses how honored he is to be the first ever guest editor of Mad, until he discovers that no one else would accept the job when offered.

A Special Offer for the Dentally Disturbed! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Mad Departments (Table of Contents: 4)

It's the List We Can Do Department / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
various (see Notes)
Inks
various (see Notes)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Alfred's quote this issue is, "Lawyers spend three years trying to pass the bar - and the rest of their careers lowering it!"

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from the articles in the magazine.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 5)

Letters And Tomatoes Department / letters page / 2.42 pages (report information)

Script
Al Yankovic (credited)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés; Mark Fredrickson
Inks
Sergio Aragonés; Mark Fredrickson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; "Weird Al" Yankovic
Synopsis
Letters, photos and fan art.

Indexer Notes

Letters from Rachel "Rocky" Powell, Raul Cantu, Brian Di Cesare, Anthoney E. Compton, Brian Sleeth, Alex Rodriguez, Gabriel McCann, Michal Jacot, Allie Vedirow, Drew Barber, Mark Theroux, Jack Vander Wees, Don Greenwood, Iggy Feldman, and Ryan McFarland. Fan art from Ed Melsinger.

Low IQ? Even Lower Standards? (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

This is Your Brain on Mad / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

credits, title page / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publishing info, credits, and note that Mad #534 is on sale June 16.
At bottom of page 3 of Letters pages.

Need Help in the Dungeon? (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Munchkin / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fundalini Pages (Table of Contents: 9)

Random Acts of Mindless Department.; The Fast 5; The Faster 5; The Godfrey Report; Save the Dator; A Walk in the Parkhurst / text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited); Joe Dator (credited); Dick DeBartolo (credited); Desmond Devlin (credited); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited)
Pencils
Chris Houghton (credited); John Kerschbaum (credited); Joe Dator (credited, signed); Ward Sutton (credited); Kevin Pope (credited); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited; signed)
Inks
Chris Houghton (credited); John Kerschbaum (credited); Joe Dator (credited, signed); Ward Sutton (credited); Kevin Pope (credited); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited; signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Joe Dator (signed); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (signed)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Iron Man; Thor; The Hulk; Chris Brown
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Other items are "Most Common Ways to Die in 2015", "How Chris Brown Spent His Community Service Hours", and "The Biggest Challenges Facing the New Baseball Commissioner."

The Weird Al-ini Pages (Table of Contents: 10)

The Friends Justify the Means Department / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Patton Oswalt (credited); Seth Green (credited); Chris Hardwick (credited); Kristen Schaal (credited); Rich Blomquist (credited); Emo Philips (credited); Thomas Lennon (credited); John Hodgman (credited)
Pencils
Scott Bricher (credited); Bob Staake (credited); ? (photo); Dreamstime (photo); James Warhola (credited); Rick Rulka (signed, credited); Anton Emdin (credited)
Inks
Scott Bricher (credited); Bob Staake (credited); ? (photo); Dreamstime (photo); James Warhola (credited); Rick Rulka (signed, credited); Anton Emdin (credited)
Colors
?; ? (photo); Dreamstime (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
"Weird Al" Yankovic; Richard Nixon; Abraham Lincoln; Julius Caesar; Patton Oswalt; Seth Green; Chris Hardwick; Kristen Schaal; Rich Blomquist; Emo Philips; Thomas Lennon; John Hodgman; U2
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Things Have Gone from Bad to Verse! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pages from Weird Al's Notebook (Table of Contents: 12)

Time to Face the Musings Department / text article / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Al Yankovic (credited)
Pencils
Sam Sisco (credited)
Inks
Sam Sisco (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
"Weird Al" Yankovic; James Taylor; John Belushi; Neil Diamond; Ziggy; William Shatner; Mel Brooks; Gomez Addams
Synopsis
Supposed pages from Al's notebook of song parody ideas that were not good enough to actually record.

Things You Never Want to Learn from Ancestry.com. (Table of Contents: 13)

It's All Relatives Department / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Caldwell (credited)
Pencils
John Caldwell (credited)
Inks
John Caldwell (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Black sheep of the family and other ancestors you don't want to know about.

Spy Vs Spy (Table of Contents: 14)

Spy vs Spy; Joke and Dagger Department / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Kuper (signed, credited)
Pencils
Peter Kuper (signed, credited)
Inks
Peter Kuper (signed, credited)
Colors
Peter Kuper (signed, credited)

Genre
humor; spy
Characters
White Spy; Black Spy
Synopsis
The White Spy creates a staff that parts waters to get through the moat on the Black Spy's fortress, but the piranha that remain behind the water prove a problem.

The Black Spy falls for the "old digging a hole through a cliff overhang" bit.

Indexer Notes

Two stories.

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Special "Weird Al" Edition (Table of Contents: 15)

Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions; The Retort of Appeals Department / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Pencils
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Inks
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Synopsis
Al provides the typical snappy answers to morons' questions.

Complete Your Mad Library (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Mad's Tom Bunk Visits a Weird Al Concert (Table of Contents: 17)

Betting on a Show Thing Department / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Bunk
Pencils
Tom Bunk (signed, credited)
Inks
Tom Bunk (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Weird Al Yankovic; Weird Al's band
Synopsis
A scene of the ridiculous crowd at a Weird Al concert.

The Baleful Yarn of the Mourning McGees (Table of Contents: 18)

It's a Wonderful Strife Department / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
John Caldwell (credited)
Pencils
Phil McAndrew [as PhilM] (signed, credited)
Inks
Phil McAndrew [as PhilM] (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Wanda McGee; Wanda's mother; Wanda's father
Synopsis
The family gives Mr. McGee his last wish after death, without proper planning.

"Weird Al" Yankovic The Mandatory World Tour (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

"Weird Al" Yankovic / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[April 6, 2015] (Table of Contents: 20)

Planet Tad; In Blog We Trust Department / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Tim Carvell (credited)
Pencils
?; Dreamstime (photo)
Inks
?; Dreamstime (photo)
Colors
?; Dreamstime (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Tad; Vice Principal Brady; Liz McCarthy; Zack Chambers; Chuck
Synopsis
Zack writes a parody song about Vice Principal Brady, but Zack gets credit for it among the school students...and with Vice Principal Brady.

Indexer Notes

Includes a couple of illustrations and some photos.

A Mad Look at California (Table of Contents: 21)

Serge-In General Department / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (signed, credited)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (signed, credited)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (signed, credited)
Colors
Tom Luth (credited)

Genre
humor
Synopsis
The problems of living in California, mostly the Los Angeles area.

Things to Ask Your Sex Ed Teacher (Just to Mess with Him) (Table of Contents: 22)

The Copulate Show Department / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited)
Pencils
Jose Garibaldi (credited)
Inks
Jose Garibaldi (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Questions meant to embarrass a sex education teacher.

The Captivating Tale of Pedro's Execution (Table of Contents: 23)

It's a Wonderful Strife Department Part II / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
John Caldwell (credited)
Pencils
Phil McAndrew [as PhilM] (signed, credited)
Inks
Phil McAndrew [as PhilM] (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Pedro
Synopsis
Condemned man Pedro asks for lethal injection instead of a firing squad, but doesn't quite get what he expected.

Mad Looks at a Typical Kiddie TV Show (Table of Contents: 24)

Moppet Up Deparment.; The Mad Vault; Rotten to the Encore Department. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Larry Siegel (credited)
Pencils
Mort Drucker (credited); Rick Tulka (credited, "Weird Al" head)
Inks
Mort Drucker (credited)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Al Feldstein (original editor)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Uncle Nutzy; Stevie; Freddie; Brucie; Tommy; Sally; Lisa; Herbie; Nancy; two Miss Peach characters (cameo); Linus Van Pelt (cameo); Barry Goldwater (cameo)
Synopsis
A kid's show host tries to cope with an audience of cynical children while advertising expensive toys, violent toys, and cookies.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes a typical violent cat and mouse cartoon.

The Strip Club (Table of Contents: 25)

Pen and Stink Department.; The Strip Club; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; WTF, Jeff? or My Roomate Might Be a Serial Killer; Nitemare Zone; What if Dog Was One of Us?; How's My Driving? / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (signed, credited); Christopher Baldwin (credited); Kit Lively (credited); Scott Nickel (credited); Nathan Cooper [as Cooper] (signed, credited); Box Brown (signed, credited)
Pencils
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (signed, credited); Christopher Baldwin (credited); Kit Lively (credited); Scott Nickel (credited); Nathan Cooper [as Cooper] (signed, credited); Box Brown (signed, credited)
Inks
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (signed, credited); Christopher Baldwin (credited); Kit Lively (credited); Scott Nickel (credited); Nathan Cooper [as Cooper] (signed, credited); Box Brown (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (signed, credited); Christopher Baldwin (credited); Kit Lively (credited); Scott Nickel (credited); Nathan Cooper [as Cooper] (signed, credited); Box Brown (signed, credited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Ace Grapefruits

Indexer Notes

A collection of six comic strips.

Catch Up on the Stupidity You Were Lucky Enough to Miss! (Table of Contents: 26) (Expand) /

Mad Magazine / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

American Sniping (Table of Contents: 27)

Some Like it Shot Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
David Shayne (credited)
Pencils
Tom Richmond (credited)
Inks
Tom Richmond (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
empty chair; Michael Moore; Sarah Palin; Bradley Cooper [as Chris]; Seth Rogen; Boris Badenov (cameo); Taya; George W. Bush; Dick Cheney; Brian Williams; "Weird Al" Yankovic
Synopsis
Parody clips from the movie American Sniper with commentary by celebrities.

The Best of the Idiotical (Table of Contents: 28)

Our Daily Dread Dept. / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?; ? (photo)
Inks
?; ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Minions; Gumby; Lea Michele; Angelina Jolie; Vanilla Ice; Velma Dinkley
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Items are: movie poster for Despicable Measles, new logo for University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, A Super Bowl Game Ball We'd Like to See, Obama's alternative to the Keystone FX Pipeline, movie poster for Fifty Shades of Clay, First Draft of A-Rod's Apology Letter, improvements to celebrity tattoos (Vol. 3), and internet news site AccurateBuzzFeed (News, Buzz, Crap).

What Demeaning, Low-paying Job Do Experts Agree is a Career Dead End? (Table of Contents: 29)

Mad Fold-In / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Pencils
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Inks
Al Jaffee (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Synopsis
Answer is guest editor of Mad.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

Drawn Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 30)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / cartoon / 0 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (credited)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (credited)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (credited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Black Spy; White Spy; "Weird Al" Yankovic

Indexer Notes

Gags appear on 11 different pages.

Pre-Order Now! (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

The Witcher Wild Hunt / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Guest Editor Weird Al Takes Over!
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Epic Geek + Gamer Gear Delivered Monthly!
    Loot Crate
  3. 2. ["Hi. "Weird Al" Yankovic here."]
  4. 3. A Special Offer for the Dentally Disturbed!
  5. 4. Mad Departments
    It's the List We Can Do Department
  6. 5. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters And Tomatoes Department
  7. 6. Low IQ? Even Lower Standards?
    This is Your Brain on Mad
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
  9. 8. Need Help in the Dungeon?
    Munchkin
  10. 9. The Fundalini Pages
    Random Acts of Mindless Department.; The Fast 5; The Faster 5; The Godfrey Report; Save the Dator; A Walk in the Parkhurst
  11. 10. The Weird Al-ini Pages
    The Friends Justify the Means Department
  12. 11. Things Have Gone from Bad to Verse!
  13. 12. Pages from Weird Al's Notebook
    Time to Face the Musings Department
  14. 13. Things You Never Want to Learn from Ancestry.com.
    It's All Relatives Department
  15. 14. Spy Vs Spy
    Spy vs Spy; Joke and Dagger Department
  16. 15. Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Special "Weird Al" Edition
    Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions; The Retort of Appeals Department
  17. 16. Complete Your Mad Library
  18. 17. Mad's Tom Bunk Visits a Weird Al Concert
    Betting on a Show Thing Department
  19. 18. The Baleful Yarn of the Mourning McGees
    It's a Wonderful Strife Department
  20. 19. "Weird Al" Yankovic The Mandatory World Tour
    "Weird Al" Yankovic
  21. 20. [April 6, 2015]
    Planet Tad; In Blog We Trust Department
  22. 21. A Mad Look at California
    Serge-In General Department
  23. 22. Things to Ask Your Sex Ed Teacher (Just to Mess with Him)
    The Copulate Show Department
  24. 23. The Captivating Tale of Pedro's Execution
    It's a Wonderful Strife Department Part II
  25. 24. Mad Looks at a Typical Kiddie TV Show
    Moppet Up Deparment.; The Mad Vault; Rotten to the Encore Department.
  26. 25. The Strip Club
    Pen and Stink Department.; The Strip Club; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; WTF, Jeff? or My Roomate Might Be a Serial Killer; Nitemare Zone; What if Dog Was One of Us?; How's My Driving?
  27. 26. Catch Up on the Stupidity You Were Lucky Enough to Miss!
    Mad Magazine
  28. 27. American Sniping
    Some Like it Shot Dept.
  29. 28. The Best of the Idiotical
    Our Daily Dread Dept.
  30. 29. What Demeaning, Low-paying Job Do Experts Agree is a Career Dead End?
    Mad Fold-In
  31. 30. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  32. 31. Pre-Order Now!
    The Witcher Wild Hunt
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Juan Gonzalez
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne