Mad #501
(October 2009)

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Price
5.99 USD
Pages
60
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
E.C. Publications, Inc.
ISBN
?
Barcode
?
Editing
John Ficarra; Dave Croatto (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

Will Worry For Food (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Mark Fredrickson
Inks
Mark Fredrickson
Colors
Mark Fredrickson
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Alfred is out of work and forced to worry.

The Battle Begins! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Smallville / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
John Ficarra
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
various
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Black Spy; White Spy; Hugh Hefner; Harry Plodder; Bo; Mr. Spock; Vince

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

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

Script
John Ficarra; Terry England; Bonnie Thoma; David Cline; Eric McArthur; Dylan Dennis; Dave Geels; Kaylor Nevin
Pencils
David Folkman (photo); N! Satterfield; Brian Gray; Big Toe; Oscar Medina; John Caldwell; Angelo Torres ?; ? (photo)
Inks
David Folkman (photo); N! Satterfield; Brian Gray; Big Toe; Oscar Medina; John Caldwell; Angelo Torres ?; ? (photo)
Colors
David Folkman (photo); N! Satterfield; Brian Gray; Big Toe; Oscar Medina; John Caldwell; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Characters
Sam Viviano; Alfred E. Neuman; Black Spy; White Spy; Gray Spy; Otto; John Caldwell; Jeremy Fisher; Quip; Zero
Synopsis
Letters, photos and fan art.

Indexer Notes

Includes reprints of single panels from "The Mary Tailor-Made Show" (MAD #127) and Cosby Show spoof (MAD, 1985), and scenes from an episode of The Simpsons.

Welcome To Heck Population: You (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Heck / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Get 10% Off (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Batman Arkham Asylum / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

credits, title page / 0.25 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

at bottom of page 3 of letters pages

The Money You Could Be Saving (Table of Contents: 7)

A MAD Ad Parody; Dollars Incensed Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
GEICO money stack
Synopsis
The stack of money is much taller than normal and represents what the government is spending to bail out companies.

An Important Message From MAD's Director of Business & Development (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

The MAD Quarterly Report May-July 2009 (Table of Contents: 9)

Eventing Our Spleen Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Sam Viviano
Inks
Sam Viviano
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Jimmy Fallon; Adam Lambert; Kim Jong Il; Brett Michaels; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Dick Cheney; Sarah Palin; Keyboard Cat
Synopsis
Notes about goofy news of the past quarter.

The Fundalini Pages (Table of Contents: 10)

The Fundalini Pages; Vey To Go; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; Plugged Nickel; The Expedious Eight; Duck Droppings; LeLievre and Let LeLievre; Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions; Pull My Cheney; Calvin And Jobs; Sutton For Punishment; NETF%#X / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse; Paul Gilligan; Kiernan P. Schmitt; P. C. Vey; Scott Nickel; Duck Edwing; Jacob Lambert; Glen LeLievre; Al Jaffee; John Caldwell; Tom Cheney; Jim Hunt; Ward Sutton
Pencils
Rick Tulka; Paul Gilligan; ? (photo); Bob Staake; P. C. Vey; Dave Berg; Evan Dorkin; Sarah Dyer; Scott Nickel; Duck Edwing; Drew Friedman; Glen LeLievre; Al Jaffee; Hermann Mejia; Paul Coker; Tom Cheney; Jim Hunt; Gary Hallgren; Ward Sutton
Inks
Rick Tulka; Paul Gilligan; ? (photo); Bob Staake; P. C. Vey; Dave Berg; Evan Dorkin; Sarah Dyer; Scott Nickel; Duck Edwing; Drew Friedman; Glen LeLievre; Al Jaffee; Hermann Mejia; Paul Coker; Tom Cheney; Jim Hunt; Gary Hallgren; Ward Sutton
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset; Paul Gilligan; P. C. Vey; Scott Nickel; Tom Cheney; Gary Hallgren; Ward Sutton

Genre
humor
Characters
Maximo Goosecap IV; Michelle Obama; Queen Elizabeth II; Angela Merkel; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; The Terminators; Roger Kaputnick; Kim Kardashian; Sarah Palin; Todd Palin; Hugh Hefner; Suze Orman; GEICO money stack; Paul McCartney; Steve Jobs; Calvin; Calvin's mother; Andrew Zimmern
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Additional features: Here On Gilligan's Bile; Should We Be Happy If Texas Secedes?; Least Understood Medical Conditions; The Fast Five; A Guide To Little League Coaching Signs; Financial Advice You Don't Want To Hear From Suze Orman; Relatives of The Geico "Money You Could Be Saving".

The Spys Who Came In From The Old! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Spy Vs. Spy books / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

A Brutally Honest Michael Jackson Obit (Table of Contents: 12)

After The Glove Is Gone Dept. / text story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Michael Jackson
Synopsis
Fake obituary.

Harry Plodder Is A Hot-Blooded Putz (Table of Contents: 13)

Going Over A Radcliffe Dept. / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Desmond Devlin
Pencils
Herman Mejia
Inks
Herman Mejia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Amy Winehouse; Death Eater; Alpo Hussein Doubldork; Lord Druckermort; Horace Rugburn; Severly Snapped; Malformed Sr.; Mrs. Malformed; Drano Malformed; Runt Queasy; Herwhiny Grungy; Harry Plodder; Tom Riddler
Synopsis
Satire on the movie Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 14)

Joke And Dagger Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Peter Kuper
Pencils
Peter Kuper
Inks
Peter Kuper
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Black Spy; White Spy
Synopsis
The Black Spy tricks the White Spy into overloading an elevator so that the cable snaps.

Bo Confidential (Table of Contents: 15)

Chasing Its Own Tale Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Tom Richmond
Inks
Tom Richmond
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Bo; Barack Obama; Michelle Obama; Joe Biden
Synopsis
Fake diary of President Obama's dog, Bo.

The New iPhone Apps Are Here! (Table of Contents: 16)

A Mad Ad Parody; The Apple Of Our Ire Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Bobby Jindle; Verizon "Can You Hear Me" guy
Synopsis
Parody of apps for the iPhone.

William Shatner Twitters While Watching Star Trek (Table of Contents: 17)

The Agony Of De-Tweet Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Santopadre
Pencils
? (photo); AP/Wide World (photo); istockphoto.com/Piovesempre (photo)
Inks
? (photo); AP/Wide World (photo); istockphoto.com/Piovesempre (photo)
Colors
? (photo); AP/Wide World (photo); istockphoto.com/Piovesempre (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
William Shatner; Captain James Kirk; Mr. Spock; Lt. Ohura; Mr. Spock's father
Synopsis
Fake Tweets about new Star Trek movie.

MAD's Guide To Making A Recently-Released Gitmo Detainee Feel Welcome In Your Town (Table of Contents: 18)

There's No Displaced Like Home Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
John Caldwell
Pencils
John Caldwell
Inks
John Caldwell
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; John Caldwell

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Phony ways to acclimate Gitmo detainees into American culture.

MisMatch.com (Table of Contents: 19)

Meet Market Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Scott Maiko
Pencils
istockphoto.com (photos, see note)
Inks
istockphoto.com (photos, see note)
Colors
istockphoto.com (photos, see note)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of things found on Match.com.

Indexer Notes

Photos from istockphoto.com credited to the following people: azndc; birkholz; jwebb; maica' mrohner; rollover; sdomicik; theprint; tracks; vuk891.

The MAD 2009-2010 Calendar (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

A MAD Look At Star Trek (Table of Contents: 21)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones
Colors
Tom Luth

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Capt. James Kirk; Homer Simpson; The Hulk; Superman; Lt. Ohura; Dr. McCoy; Mr. Spock; Mr. Spock's father
Synopsis
Scenes that might have been from the Star Trek movie.
Reprints

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 22)

Joke And Dagger Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Peter Kuper
Pencils
Peter Kuper
Inks
Peter Kuper
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Black Spy; White Spy
Synopsis
The Black Spy tricks the White Spy into launching himself into a target with a giant slingshot.

A TV Commercial We'd Like To See (Table of Contents: 23)

There's A Soaker Born Every Minute Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils
Tom Bunk (signed)
Inks
Tom Bunk (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Vince
Synopsis
This is a parody of ShamWow commercials, with ScamWow as the product.

The Hardships Faced By The Super Obese of America's Wild West (Table of Contents: 24)

All Fat And No Cowboy Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Pencils
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Inks
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Colors
?
Letters
typeset; Teresa Burns Parkhurst

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Problems of very fat people during the old days out west.

Sanford And Sin (Table of Contents: 25)

A Mad Ad Parody; Republican Partying Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Mark Sanford
Synopsis
Fake ad for DVD of Governor Mark Sanford's sex scandal.

The Strip Club (Table of Contents: 26)

Pen And Stink Dept.; Jimmy The Geek; Rex In The City; The Machine That Travels Through Time; Little Nazi Nutkicker; 360 Degrees Of Separation; Me, Myself And My Puppet; The Long And Short of It; The Insanitarium / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Jason Yungbluth; Todd Clark; Dustin Glick; Keith Knight; John Kovaleski; Dan Long; Johnny Ringo; Joey Alison Sayers
Pencils
Jason Yungbluth; Todd Clark; Dustin Glick; Keith Knight; John Kovaleski; Dan Long; Johnny Ringo; Joey Alison Sayers
Inks
Jason Yungbluth; Todd Clark; Dustin Glick; Keith Knight; John Kovaleski; Dan Long; Johnny Ringo; Joey Alison Sayers
Colors
?
Letters
Jason Yungbluth; Todd Clark; Dustin Glick; Keith Knight; John Kovaleski; Dan Long; Johnny Ringo; Joey Alison Sayers

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A collection of comic strips.

The MAD Vault 1973 (Table of Contents: 27)

The Articles Formerly Known As Reprints Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Frank Jacobs; Don Martin; Dick DeBartolo; Donald K. Epstein; Al Jaffee; Dave Gantz; Tom Koch; Arnie Kogen; Paul Peter Porges
Pencils
Norman Mingo; Paul Coker; Don Martin; Bob Clarke; Al Jaffee; Jack Rickard; Mort Drucker
Inks
Norman Mingo; Paul Coker; Don Martin; Bob Clarke; Al Jaffee; Jack Rickard; Mort Drucker
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Single panels and covers from previous issues.

What The Heck Is The Difference? (Table of Contents: 28)

Observation Dreck Dept. / activity / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
The Jonas Brothers [Kevin Jonas; Joe Jonas; Nick Jonas]
Synopsis
CD album cover with a Photoshopped variation to find the differences on.

What Potential Health Threat Has Been Linked To The Nation's Pig Population? (Table of Contents: 29)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Answer is Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

Drawn-Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 30)

Marginal Thinking Dept. / filler / pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Gags appear on 12 different pages.

No Safe Haven Only Asylum (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

Batman Arkham Asylum / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Will Worry For Food
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. The Battle Begins!
    Smallville
  3. 2. Departments
  4. 3. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters And Tomatoes Department
  5. 4. Welcome To Heck Population: You
    Heck
  6. 5. Get 10% Off
    Batman Arkham Asylum
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
  8. 7. The Money You Could Be Saving
    A MAD Ad Parody; Dollars Incensed Dept.
  9. 8. An Important Message From MAD's Director of Business & Development
    Mad Magazine
  10. 9. The MAD Quarterly Report May-July 2009
    Eventing Our Spleen Dept.
  11. 10. The Fundalini Pages
    The Fundalini Pages; Vey To Go; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; Plugged Nickel; The Expedious Eight; Duck Droppings; LeLievre and Let LeLievre; Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions; Pull My Cheney; Calvin And Jobs; Sutton For Punishment; NETF%#X
  12. 11. The Spys Who Came In From The Old!
    Spy Vs. Spy books
  13. 12. A Brutally Honest Michael Jackson Obit
    After The Glove Is Gone Dept.
  14. 13. Harry Plodder Is A Hot-Blooded Putz
    Going Over A Radcliffe Dept.
  15. 14. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke And Dagger Dept.
  16. 15. Bo Confidential
    Chasing Its Own Tale Dept.
  17. 16. The New iPhone Apps Are Here!
    A Mad Ad Parody; The Apple Of Our Ire Dept.
  18. 17. William Shatner Twitters While Watching Star Trek
    The Agony Of De-Tweet Dept.
  19. 18. MAD's Guide To Making A Recently-Released Gitmo Detainee Feel Welcome In Your Town
    There's No Displaced Like Home Dept.
  20. 19. MisMatch.com
    Meet Market Dept.
  21. 20. The MAD 2009-2010 Calendar
    MAD Calendar
  22. 21. A MAD Look At Star Trek
    Serge-In General Dept.
  23. 22. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke And Dagger Dept.
  24. 23. A TV Commercial We'd Like To See
    There's A Soaker Born Every Minute Dept.
  25. 24. The Hardships Faced By The Super Obese of America's Wild West
    All Fat And No Cowboy Dept.
  26. 25. Sanford And Sin
    A Mad Ad Parody; Republican Partying Dept.
  27. 26. The Strip Club
    Pen And Stink Dept.; Jimmy The Geek; Rex In The City; The Machine That Travels Through Time; Little Nazi Nutkicker; 360 Degrees Of Separation; Me, Myself And My Puppet; The Long And Short of It; The Insanitarium
  28. 27. The MAD Vault 1973
    The Articles Formerly Known As Reprints Dept.
  29. 28. What The Heck Is The Difference?
    Observation Dreck Dept.
  30. 29. What Potential Health Threat Has Been Linked To The Nation's Pig Population?
    Mad Fold-In
  31. 30. Drawn-Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  32. 31. No Safe Haven Only Asylum
    Batman Arkham Asylum
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