Mad #534
(August 2015)

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Price
5.99 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
6 times a year
On-sale Date
2015-06-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
Barcode
074470332305 08
Editing
Dave Croatto (editor); Charlie Kadau (senior editor); Jo Raiola (senior editor); Jacob Lambert (associate 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

We Mock Minions (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Minions
Synopsis
Alfred as a Minion, surrounded by other Minions.
Reprints

Now Get the Best of Live TV Featuring ESPN and More (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Sling TV / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Mad Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

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, "Cheating on your diet is a piece of cake - and vice versa!"

Indexer Notes

The feature "Orange is the New Quack Department" does not appear in this issue.
Art is excerpts from the articles in the magazine.

Random Samplings of Reader Mail (Table of Contents: 3)

Letters And Tomatoes Department / letters page / 2.75 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés; Wiley Miller
Inks
Sergio Aragonés; Wiley Miller
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; David Hester; Tom Koch; Lou Silverstone; Fred Willard; Sara Haskell (fingernails only)
Synopsis
Includes short memorials to longtime contributors Tom Koch and Lou Silverstone. Also includes a carton by Wiley Miller with a sign for the "law firm" of Richmond, Meglin & Viviano, a reference to MAD contributors.

Indexer Notes

Letters from Ken W. Reed, Jim Lanctot, Megan Polkus, Mark Lambert, Addison Stansfield, Chris Donovan, Simon Leek, Conrad Leichty, and Annais Weiss.
Fan photos from Ken W. Reed and Addison Stansfield.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

credits, title page / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Publishing info, credits, and note that Mad #535 is on sale August 11.
At bottom of page 3 of Letters pages.

We Want You!...to Subscribe to Mad! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

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

The Fundalini Pages (Table of Contents: 6)

Random Acts of Mindless Department.; The Stupid 7; The Godfrey Report; A Walk in the Parkhurst; Gimme a Flake; Bitterman; This Issue's Unfunded Kickstarter Campaign; Pull My Cheney / text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Matt Lassen (credited); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited); Kenny Keil (credited); Emily Flake (credited); Jeff Kruse (credited); Samuel Ferri (credited); Scott Maiko (credited); Tom Cheney (credited); Garth Gerhart (credited)
Pencils
Ward Sutton (credited); Tim Hamilton (credited, signed); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited, signed); Dreamstime (photo, credited); Jose Garibaldi (credited); Emily Flake (credited, signed); Rick Tulka (credited, signed); Samuel Ferri (credited, signed); John Kerschbaum (credited); Justin Peterson (credited); Tom Cheney (credited, signed); Garth Gerhart (credited); ? (photo)
Inks
Ward Sutton (credited); Tim Hamilton (credited, signed); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (credited, signed); Dreamstime (photo, credited); Jose Garibaldi (credited); Emily Flake (credited, signed); Rick Tulka (credited, signed); Samuel Ferri (credited, signed); John Kerschbaum (credited); Justin Peterson (credited); Tom Cheney (credited, signed); Garth Gerhart (credited); ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo); Dreamstime (photo)
Letters
typeset; Tim Hamilton (signed); Teresa Burns Parkhurst (signed); Emily Flake (signed); Samuel Ferri (signed); Tom Cheney (signed)

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Mitch McConnell; Michele Bachmann; Chris Christie; Sarah Palin; Ted Cruz; Rand Paul; Hannibal Lecther; Power Rangers; Donald Trump; Joe Bitterman; Nick
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Other items are "How the GOP Plans to Get the Latino Vote", "Most Popular Mall Fountain Wishes", "Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Rap Battle", "A Yeezy Boost Ad that Tells it Like it Is", "Samuel Ferri's Misconnected Moments", "Parents' Text Abbreviations Every Child Should Know", "Phrases You'll Never See in a Car & Driver Review", "Worst Selling Power Rangers DVDs", and "More "Up for Whatever" Labels That Bud Light Should Get Rid of".

Chris Christie's World (Table of Contents: 7)

Paint Misbehavin' Department / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
J. C. Duffy (credited)
Pencils
Richard Williams (credited)
Inks
Richard Williams (credited)
Colors
Richard Williams (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Chris Christie
Synopsis
A parody of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World".

Ray Drearyman (Table of Contents: 8)

To Liev and Die in L.A. Department / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Arnie Kogen (credited)
Pencils
Tom Richmond (credited)
Inks
Tom Richmond (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Ray Drearyman; Crabby Drearyman; Muckey Drearyman; Dreary Drearyman; Punchy Drearyman; Cruller Drearyman; Bimbette Drearyman; Tezra Glopman; Leech; Avi; Loner; Ted Cruz; Mitch McConnell; John Boehner; Harry Reid; Nancy Pelosi
Synopsis
Parody of "Ray Donovan" TV series. A Hollywood "fixer" gets into so much trouble in Los Angeles that he leaves town to try to fix Washington, DC.

Indexer Notes

Background characters in one scene drawn in Jack Davis' style and the fight referee is named Jack.
Other unnamed characters appear to be patterned after Potato Pie and Daryll from the TV show.

Amazing #Lifehacks That Will Totally Change Your #Life! (Table of Contents: 9)

Faking Shortcuts Department / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited)
Pencils
Kevin Pope (credited)
Inks
Kevin Pope (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; non-fiction
Synopsis
Entirely unnecessary (and dubious quality) tips and tricks to improve your life.

Spy Vs Spy (Table of Contents: 10)

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
?

Genre
humor; spy
Characters
White Spy; Black Spy
Synopsis
The Black Spy fools the White Spy into standing on a manhole concealing a dynamite charge.
The White Spy substitutes a blade for a flag, which slices the Black Spy when he lowers it.

Indexer Notes

Two cartoons.

Planning for Your Summer Music Festival (Table of Contents: 11)

Pros and Concerts Department / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited)
Pencils
John Martz (credited)
Inks
John Martz (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Kanye West; Skrillex; Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
A panoramic look at all the problems of attending an outdoor music festival.

Things Have Gone from Bad to Verse! (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

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

When Minions Go Really, Really Bad (Table of Contents: 13)

Henchmen at Work Department / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Minions; Buzz Lightyear; Lightning McQueen; Dexter; Snow White; Queen Elsa of Arendelle; Papa Smurf; Mario; Gumby; Pokey; Olive Oyl; Elmer Fudd; Fred Flintstone; Waldo
Synopsis
Situations where Minions show just how evil they can be.

[June 1, 2015] (Table of Contents: 14)

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; Mickey Mouse; Tad's mother; Sophie; Chuck; Elliot; Elliot's mother
Synopsis
Tad's bike is stollen and he mistakes another identical bike for his, bringing it home. He returns that bike to its owner, but doesn't stick around to see what happens.

Indexer Notes

Includes a couple of illustrations and some photos.

Complete Your Mad Library (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

A Mad Look at Cosplay (Table of Contents: 16)

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
Jim Campbell (credited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Superman
Synopsis
A look at things that go wrong with people dressed in comic book character costumes. Superman comes in second place in the Superman lookalike contest.

New Ideas to Speed Up Baseball (Table of Contents: 17)

First Pace Department / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mike Morse (credited)
Pencils
Bob Staake (credited)
Inks
Bob Staake (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Bad ideas to speed up baseball games.

New Ideas to Slow Down Baseball (Table of Contents: 18)

Second Pace Department / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse (credited)
Pencils
Bob Staake (credited)
Inks
Bob Staake (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Stupid ideas to slow down baseball games.

The Haunting Legend of Echo Point (Table of Contents: 19)

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
Synopsis
Two hikers get an unexpected echo of a material substance.

Why 999 Shoppers Out Of 1,000 Never Collect Those Manufacturers' Rebates (Table of Contents: 20)

The Mad Vault; Goof of Purchase Department / text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Koch (credited)
Pencils
Paul Coker (credited)
Inks
Paul Coker (credited)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Tracing what happens to the 999 shoppers who fail to successfully receive a product rebate.
Reprints

Despicable People Live-Tweet "Minions" (Table of Contents: 21)

Characters Flawed Department / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Anton Emdin (credited); ? photos
Inks
Anton Emdin (credited); ? photos
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Minions; Kim Jong-Un; Chris Brown; Dr. Oz; Donald Trump; Bill Cosby; Kris Jenner; Jenny McCarthy; Brian Williams; Robert Durst; Bill Belichick; Roger Ailes; Justin Bieber
Synopsis
Fake celebrities' tweets about the Minions.

Catch Up on the Stupidity You Were Lucky Enough to Miss! (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

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

The Strip Club (Table of Contents: 23)

Pen and Stink Department.; The Strip Club; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; Nitemare Zone; What if Dog Was One of Us?; Hat's Off; The Bearded Kid; This Week on...Deadly Survival / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (credited); Liniers (signed, credited); Kevin Werth (credited); Christopher Baldwin (signed, credited); Nathan Cooper (signed, credited)
Pencils
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (credited); Liniers (signed, credited); Kevin Werth (credited); Christopher Baldwin (signed, credited); Nathan Cooper (signed, credited)
Inks
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (credited); Liniers (signed, credited); Kevin Werth (credited); Christopher Baldwin (signed, credited); Nathan Cooper (signed, credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Kenny Keil (credited); KC Green (credited); Liniers (signed, credited); Kevin Werth (credited); Christopher Baldwin (signed, credited); Nathan Cooper (signed, credited)

Genre
humor
Characters
Plastic Man

Indexer Notes

A collection of six comic strips.

The Mad App for Your iPad Is Here! (Table of Contents: 24) (Expand) /

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

Fashion Police Takes on Avengers Age of Ultron (Table of Contents: 25)

Summer Frockbuster Department / text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Mike Morse (credited)
Pencils
Hermann Mejia (credited)
Inks
Hermann Mejia (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
The Ghost of Joan Rivers; Brad Goreski; Giuliana Rancic; Tim Gunn; Iron Man; Thor; The Hulk; Hawkeye; Black Widow; The Vision; Captain America; Nick Fury; Scarlet Witch; Quicksilver; Ultron
Synopsis
The Fashion Police TV show hosts knock the outfits of the Marvel superheroes and villain.

America's #1 Returned-for-Refund Pocket Hose! (Table of Contents: 26)

A Mad Ad Parody; An Embarrassment of Richard's Department / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo (credited)
Pencils
Scott Bricher (credited); ? (photo)
Inks
Scott Bricher (credited); ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
Richard Karn
Synopsis
Parody of infomercial for Pocket Hose.

The Best of the Idiotical (Table of Contents: 27)

Our Daily Dread Dept. / cartoon / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Maya Angelou; Ted Cruz; Hillary Clinton; Ronald Reagan; Ron Burgundy (photo of Will Ferrell); Ron Jeremy; Ronald McDonald; Ron Howard; Ronda Rousey; Ron Paul; Ron Weasley (photo of Rupert Grint); Ron Perlman
Synopsis
Eight short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Items are: USPS Issues Corrected Maya Angelou Stamp, Mad Explains the Indiana State Seal, How to Tell if Your Kraft Mac & Cheese Contains Metal Filings, The Startling Similarities and Differences Between March Madness and Utah Reinstating the Firing Squad, Hillary's Mrs. Clean Magic Hard Drive Eraser, Ted Cruz-Lines, movie poster for Avengers Age of All Ron, and 7 Effects of California's Water-use Restrictions.

Things You Don't Want to Hear from Your Uber Driver (Table of Contents: 28)

Death and Taxis Department / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
As an Uber driver crashes into everything in sight, he tells his passenger how great the service is.

What Powerful Figure Will Conservatives Be Most Thrilled to See Leave the Public Stage? (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
John Stewart; Joe Biden; Harry Reid; Barack Obama; Barbara Boxer

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

Indexer Notes

Gags appear on 11 different pages.

Mars Attacks Ten-Minute Takedown (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

Mars Attacks Ten-Minute Takedown / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. We Mock Minions
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Now Get the Best of Live TV Featuring ESPN and More
    Sling TV
  3. 2. Mad Departments
    It's the List We Can Do Department
  4. 3. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters And Tomatoes Department
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. We Want You!...to Subscribe to Mad!
    Mad Magazine
  7. 6. The Fundalini Pages
    Random Acts of Mindless Department.; The Stupid 7; The Godfrey Report; A Walk in the Parkhurst; Gimme a Flake; Bitterman; This Issue's Unfunded Kickstarter Campaign; Pull My Cheney
  8. 7. Chris Christie's World
    Paint Misbehavin' Department
  9. 8. Ray Drearyman
    To Liev and Die in L.A. Department
  10. 9. Amazing #Lifehacks That Will Totally Change Your #Life!
    Faking Shortcuts Department
  11. 10. Spy Vs Spy
    Spy vs Spy; Joke and Dagger Department
  12. 11. Planning for Your Summer Music Festival
    Pros and Concerts Department
  13. 12. Things Have Gone from Bad to Verse!
  14. 13. When Minions Go Really, Really Bad
    Henchmen at Work Department
  15. 14. [June 1, 2015]
    Planet Tad; In Blog We Trust Department
  16. 15. Complete Your Mad Library
  17. 16. A Mad Look at Cosplay
    Serge-In General Department
  18. 17. New Ideas to Speed Up Baseball
    First Pace Department
  19. 18. New Ideas to Slow Down Baseball
    Second Pace Department
  20. 19. The Haunting Legend of Echo Point
    It's a Wonderful Strife Department
  21. 20. Why 999 Shoppers Out Of 1,000 Never Collect Those Manufacturers' Rebates
    The Mad Vault; Goof of Purchase Department
  22. 21. Despicable People Live-Tweet "Minions"
    Characters Flawed Department
  23. 22. Catch Up on the Stupidity You Were Lucky Enough to Miss!
    Mad Magazine
  24. 23. The Strip Club
    Pen and Stink Department.; The Strip Club; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; Nitemare Zone; What if Dog Was One of Us?; Hat's Off; The Bearded Kid; This Week on...Deadly Survival
  25. 24. The Mad App for Your iPad Is Here!
  26. 25. Fashion Police Takes on Avengers Age of Ultron
    Summer Frockbuster Department
  27. 26. America's #1 Returned-for-Refund Pocket Hose!
    A Mad Ad Parody; An Embarrassment of Richard's Department
  28. 27. The Best of the Idiotical
    Our Daily Dread Dept.
  29. 28. Things You Don't Want to Hear from Your Uber Driver
    Death and Taxis Department
  30. 29. What Powerful Figure Will Conservatives Be Most Thrilled to See Leave the Public Stage?
    Mad Fold-In
  31. 30. Drawn Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  32. 31. Mars Attacks Ten-Minute Takedown
    Mars Attacks Ten-Minute Takedown
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