Beloved 'Mad' Artists Sergio Aragones, Mort Drucker and More to Be Featured on Cartoon Network Series
Read more about the series in "'Mad' Magazine Gets Animated for Cartoon Network."
Monday night at 8:30 p.m. Mad, an animated TV show based on the humor magazine, will debut on Cartoon Network. One of the interesting aspects of the eleven-minute program is that it will include classic Mad material and, accordingly, some of the magazine's beloved artists will be contributing to the show. We've compiled a list here.
Sadly, the beloved cartoonist passed away in 2000, but his artwork will appear in the animated show.
We know people have been asking about this and, yes, Sergio Aragones will be involved with Mad. The longtime contributor, and creator of the series Groo the Wanderer, is perhaps best known for "marginals," those small comics that appear in the margins of the magazine.
"We're trying to represent that," said producer Kevin Shinick of the marginals.
We're looking forward to seeing how this might translate on television.
Gustavo Morales (Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons) Mort Drucker at Mad's 400th Issue party, 2000
Movie parodies play a big part in the animated series Mad, just as they do in the magazine, so it's good to hear that Mort Drucker will be involved. The famed caricature artist is well-known for his take on popular films.
Back in 2007, StarWars.com posted a story on Drucker's parodies of Star Wars with artwork included. It's a must-read.
When we interviewed the team behind Cartoon Network's new Mad series, they told us about the difficulties of incorporating the "fold-in," where pages fold together to create a new image, into the show. Al Jaffee is the artist responsible for devising the fold-in. He's also responsible for "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions," which the Mad team mentioned in our interview as a feature to be included on the show.
Two years ago, New York Times did an interactive feature on Jaffee's fold-in work. Check it out if you have a chance.
Tom Richmond is a caricature artist who has been working with Mad since 2000. Like Drucker, he does some great movie and TV parodies, including "The Dork Knight" and "The Big Bomb Theory." Also, he has a pretty nifty website and blogs frequently.