MAD #503
(May 2010)

EC, 1952 Series
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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

Issue Notes

Last quarterly issue.


I ♥'ed Obama (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Mark Fredrickson
Inks
Mark Fredrickson
Colors
Mark Fredrickson

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman
Synopsis
Alfred has taken a marker to his I ♥ Obama tee shirt, to indicate a change of heart.

Now Available (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Everquest II Sentinel's Fate / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Departments (Table of Contents: 2)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
various
Inks
various
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Sarah Palin; Tiger Woods; Black Spy; White Spy; Twitter trademark bird; Shellshock

Indexer Notes

Art is excerpts from various articles in this issue.
The feature "Spanx-Giving Department" is phony and does not actually appear in the issue.

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

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

Script
John Ficarra; Hannah Cook; Mark Guzman; Kirsten Angel; Jim Mazur
Pencils
? (photo); Kirsten Angel (photo); Jim Hutchings (photo); Sergio Aragones
Inks
? (photo); Kirsten Angel (photo); Jim Hutchings (photo); Sergio Aragones
Colors
? (photo); Kirsten Angel (photo); Jim Hutchings (photo); ?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Hannah Cook; Dick DeBartolo; Conor Angel; Jim Mazur; 'Pits' DeArmond; Alfred E. Neuman; The Situation; Snooki; Lady Gaga; Zach Galifianakis; Kim Kardashian; Frank Jacobs
Synopsis
Letters, photos and fan art.

Indexer Notes

Includes art by Sergio Aragones for the Free Comic Book Day 2010 tee shirt.

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

credits, title page / 0.25 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction

Celebrating Over 30 Years! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Joe Kubert School Of Cartoon And Graphic Art, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fundalini Pages (Table of Contents: 6)

Random Acts of Mindless Dept.; The Silly Six; The Kitchen Sink; Twisted Toaster Tales; Rundalini Rates; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; Spotted At The Multiplex; 6 Degrees of Separation Between Anyone And Anything; When The Going Gets Duff / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Jeff Kruse; Nate Fakes; J. C. Duffy; Desmond Devlin; Darren Johnson; ?
Pencils
Sam Sisco; Nate Fakes; Evan Dorkin; Sarah Dyer; ? (photo); Sam Viviano; Tom Richmond; J. C. Duffy; Rick Tulka; Richard Williams; Tom Bunk
Inks
Sam Sisco; Nate Fakes; Evan Dorkin; Sarah Dyer; ? (photo); Sam Viviano; Tom Richmond; J. C. Duffy; Rick Tulka; Richard Williams; Tom Bunk
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset; Nate Fakes

Genre
humor
Characters
Barack Obama; Lady Gaga; Twisted Toaster; Sarah Palin; Geico Gecko; Flo; Dennis Haysbert; Jake Sully; Mark McGwire; Billy Mays; Glenn Beck; Garfield; Conan O'Brien; Jay Leno
Synopsis
Various short satires of pop culture.

Indexer Notes

Additional features are: Graphic Novel Review; Signs of A Growing Gun Problem In The NBA; Reasons Cited By Sportswriters...; Pros And Cons of The Kindle; Product Acronyms You Never Knew Existed.

Relive The Stupidity! (Table of Contents: 7)

A Mad Ad Parody / illustration / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Barack Obama; Tareq Salahi; Michaele Salahi; Falcon Heene; Richard Heene
Synopsis
Advertisement for videos of phony movies "30,000"; White House Crashers; and "Made Up."

Indexer Notes

between pages 3-4 of The Fundalini Pages

Tiger Cheat (Table of Contents: 8)

A MAD Parody / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Tiger Woods; Jon Gosselin
Synopsis
Parody of cover of magazine "Tiger Beat" featuring women Tiger Woods has supposedly had affairs with.

Indexer Notes

between pages 4-5 of The Fundalini Pages

We're Temporarily Stopping Production (Table of Contents: 9)

A Mad Ad Parody / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
A parody of a Toyota apologetic ad.

On Sale Now! (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

MAD About Super Heroes / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The MAD Quarterly Report December 2009 - March 2010 (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Paul Coker
Inks
Paul Coker
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Lou Dobbs; Donald Trump; Rod Blagojevich; Kate Hudson; Alex Rodriguez; Rush Limbaugh; Sarah Palin; Brian Williams; Tareq Salahi; Michaele Salahi; Charlie Sheen; Sheikh Khalifa; John Edwards
Synopsis
Notes about goofy news of the past quarter.

The Big Bomb Theory (Table of Contents: 12)

The Geekest Link Dept. / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Albert Einstein; Leper Halfstudler; Panty; Shellshock; Razzberry; Howsad
Synopsis
Parody of tv show "The Big Bang Theory", where we are introduced to the cast and Shellshock takes over the show with a diabolical experiment.
Reprints

Fight Unemployment! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

The Tiger Woods Mistress Mini-Golf Fun Center (Table of Contents: 14)

Just Screw It Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Scott Maiko
Pencils
Ty Templeton
Inks
Ty Templeton
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Tiger Woods; Elin Woods; Gloria Allred
Synopsis
Ideas for a new golf business for Tiger Woods, to cash in on his marital troubles.

The Darker Side of The Lighter Side (Table of Contents: 15)

Berg's Eye Askew Dept. / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Dave Berg (original); ? (revised)
Pencils
Dave Berg
Inks
Dave Berg
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Dave Berg
Synopsis
New gags written for Dave Berg's drawings
Reprints
  • From Mad (EC, 1952 Series) #?

Indexer Notes

The new gag writer is not credited.

An Important Message From MAD's Director of Business & Development (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Amish Mantle And Miracle Invention help Your Bank Balance Hit Rock Bottom (Table of Contents: 17)

The Pennsylvania Dutch Oven Dept. / text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Scott Maiko
Pencils
Irving Schild (ohoto)
Inks
Irving Schild (ohoto)
Colors
Irving Schild (ohoto)
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Synopsis
Parody of Amish fireplace ads, showing how they are a scam.

Spy Vs. Spy (Table of Contents: 18)

Joke And Dagger Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Peter Kuper
Pencils
Peter Kuper
Inks
Peter Kuper
Colors
?

Genre
humor
Characters
Black Spy; White Spy
Synopsis
Two strips. In the first, the Black Spy is shot by a piece of White modern art. In the second, the White Spy is propelled into the path of a bus by a motorized umbrella.

The Rich Rewards of A Full-Time Career As A Convenience Store Clerk (Table of Contents: 19)

Giving Change You Can Believe In Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Absurd ideas on benefits of being a convenience store clerk.

A MAD Look At Avatar (Table of Contents: 20)

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
Jake Sully; Colonel Miles Quaritch; Neytiri
Synopsis
Things that could have gone wrong with various scenes from the movie Avatar.

The 9 Reasons You Can't Get A Job (Table of Contents: 21)

Hire Education Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Teresa Burns Parkhurst
Pencils
Kevin Pope
Inks
Kevin Pope
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Nine stupid or annoying things to do that would stop anyone from hiring you.
Reprints

7 Periods Closer To Death (Table of Contents: 22)

The Rall of Duty Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ted Rall
Pencils
Ted Rall
Inks
Ted Rall
Letters
Ted Rall

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A boy writes an absurd science fiction story and is sent to the school psychologist because of the violence in the story...which he plagiarized anyway.

The 38 Worst Things About Late Night TV! (Table of Contents: 23)

All Hams On Desk Dept. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Desmond Devlin; Scott Maiko; Jeff Kruse
Pencils
Hermann Mejia; Ward Sutton
Inks
Hermann Mejia; Ward Sutton
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Jon Stewart; Conan O'Brien; Ross The Intern; David Letterman; John J. Doherty; George Lopez; Andy Richter; Jimmy Kimmel; Uncle Frank Potenza; Jay Leno; Jimmy Fallon; Johnny Carson; Ed McMahon; Stephen Colbert; Bill O'Reilly; Barack Obama; Craig Ferguson
Synopsis
A look at the bad jokes, bad bits, bad decisions and repetitiveness of late night tv comedy shows.

MAD's Iron Man 2 Outtakes (Table of Contents: 24)

The Young And The Rustless Dept. / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre
humor
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Pepper Potts; Whiplash [Ivan Vanko]; Nick Fury
Synopsis
Stills from the movie "Iron Man 2" with fake dialog.
Reprints

Stop The Spread Of Germs! (Table of Contents: 25)

An Embarrassment of Richards Dept. / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick DeBartolo
Pencils
Gary Hallgren
Inks
Gary Hallgren
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Synopsis
Stupid ideas to stay germ free.

Indexer Notes

A MAD Healthy Living Poster.

The Strip Club (Table of Contents: 26)

Pen And Stink Dept.; Just Below The Surface; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; The Machine That Travels Through Time; Bloggers Through Time; The Dork Side / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Christopher Baldwin; Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Scott Nickel; Felipe Galindo [as Feggo]; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Pencils
Christopher Baldwin; Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Scott Nickel; Felipe Galindo [as Feggo]; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Inks
Christopher Baldwin; Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Scott Nickel; Felipe Galindo [as Feggo]; Douglas Paszkiewicz
Colors
?
Letters
Christopher Baldwin; Joey Alison Sayers; Dustin Glick; Scott Nickel; Felipe Galindo [as Feggo]; Douglas Paszkiewicz

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A collection of comic strips.

The MAD Vault 1969 (Table of Contents: 27)

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

Script
Frank Ridgeway; Al Jaffee; Larry Siegel; Stan Hart; Chris Hart; Frank Jacobs; Duck Edwing;Don Martin; Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Al Jaffee; Mort Drucker; Norman Mingo; Bob Clarke; Jack Davis; George Woodbridge; Jack Rickard; Paul Coker Jr.; Don Martin; Sergio Aragones; Irving Schild ? (photo)
Inks
Al Jaffee; Mort Drucker; Norman Mingo; Bob Clarke; Jack Davis; George Woodbridge; Jack Rickard; Paul Coker Jr.; Don Martin; Sergio Aragones; Irving Schild ? (photo)
Colors
?; ? (photo)
Letters
typeset

Genre
humor
Characters
Alfred E. Neuman; Beetle Bailey; Sargeant Orville P. Snorkle; Captain Sam Scabbard
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Single panels, pages and covers from previous issues.

Steal These Tweets! (Table of Contents: 28)

Pinch-Twitter Dept. / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dave Croatto
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
satire-parody
Characters
Twitter trademark bird
Synopsis
A collection of snappy Tweets for unimaginative people to use.

What Condition Definitely Won't Be Covered By The New Obama Health Plan? (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
Characters
Tiger Woods
Synopsis
Answer is A Bruised Reputation.

Indexer Notes

inside back cover

Drawn-Out Dramas (Table of Contents: 30)

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

Script
Sergio Aragones
Pencils
Sergio Aragones
Inks
Sergio Aragones

Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Gags appear on 8 different pages.

Ever Tried Sliding Down A Bobsled Run Naked? (Table of Contents: 31) (Expand) /

5 Gum / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. I ♥'ed Obama
    Alfred E. Neuman
  2. 1. Now Available
    Everquest II Sentinel's Fate
  3. 2. Departments
  4. 3. Random Samplings of Reader Mail
    Letters And Tomatoes Department
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
  6. 5. Celebrating Over 30 Years!
    Joe Kubert School Of Cartoon And Graphic Art, Inc.
  7. 6. The Fundalini Pages
    Random Acts of Mindless Dept.; The Silly Six; The Kitchen Sink; Twisted Toaster Tales; Rundalini Rates; Celebrity Cause of Death Betting Odds; Spotted At The Multiplex; 6 Degrees of Separation Between Anyone And Anything; When The Going Gets Duff
  8. 7. Relive The Stupidity!
    A Mad Ad Parody
  9. 8. Tiger Cheat
    A MAD Parody
  10. 9. We're Temporarily Stopping Production
    A Mad Ad Parody
  11. 10. On Sale Now!
    MAD About Super Heroes
  12. 11. The MAD Quarterly Report December 2009 - March 2010
    Eventing Our Spleen Dept.
  13. 12. The Big Bomb Theory
    The Geekest Link Dept.
  14. 13. Fight Unemployment!
    MAD Books
  15. 14. The Tiger Woods Mistress Mini-Golf Fun Center
    Just Screw It Dept.
  16. 15. The Darker Side of The Lighter Side
    Berg's Eye Askew Dept.
  17. 16. An Important Message From MAD's Director of Business & Development
    Mad Magazine
  18. 17. Amish Mantle And Miracle Invention help Your Bank Balance Hit Rock Bottom
    The Pennsylvania Dutch Oven Dept.
  19. 18. Spy Vs. Spy
    Joke And Dagger Dept.
  20. 19. The Rich Rewards of A Full-Time Career As A Convenience Store Clerk
    Giving Change You Can Believe In Dept.
  21. 20. A MAD Look At Avatar
    Serge-In General Dept.
  22. 21. The 9 Reasons You Can't Get A Job
    Hire Education Dept.
  23. 22. 7 Periods Closer To Death
    The Rall of Duty Dept.
  24. 23. The 38 Worst Things About Late Night TV!
    All Hams On Desk Dept.
  25. 24. MAD's Iron Man 2 Outtakes
    The Young And The Rustless Dept.
  26. 25. Stop The Spread Of Germs!
    An Embarrassment of Richards Dept.
  27. 26. The Strip Club
    Pen And Stink Dept.; Just Below The Surface; It Only Hurts When I Laugh; The Machine That Travels Through Time; Bloggers Through Time; The Dork Side
  28. 27. The MAD Vault 1969
    The Articles Formerly Known As Reprints Dept.
  29. 28. Steal These Tweets!
    Pinch-Twitter Dept.
  30. 29. What Condition Definitely Won't Be Covered By The New Obama Health Plan?
    Mad Fold-In
  31. 30. Drawn-Out Dramas
    Marginal Thinking Dept.
  32. 31. Ever Tried Sliding Down A Bobsled Run Naked?
    5 Gum
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Donald Dale Milne
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Terry Watkins
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Karl Wilcox
  • Donald Dale Milne