Bradford Smith is not your average Mad Magazine collector. For quite a few years now, he's been collecting autographs of people connected to the covers of Mad Magazine. He emailed me for the first time back in August 2006 to tell me he had three or four celebrity-signed Mads he wanted me to feature on my site. I ignored him. In April 2007 he pestered me again, but he had accumulated around twenty signatures. So my wheels turned and I saw that the 15-year-old was onto something, so I gave him his own page.
So far, he has collected 382 signatures on 177 issues. They cover a wide range of humans and a couple apes (J. Fred Muggs, Cheeta). The people are mostly big-name and not-so-big-name actors, with a few inventors, Mad-related folks, and even a four-star general thrown in.
If you're not familiar with a name, a little research will be needed to make the connection, which is part of the fun. For instance, I'd never heard of Jon Rubinstein, but now see why he needed to sign Mad #463, as one of the co-inventors of the Apple Ipod.
So I hope you enjoy Bradford's interesting take on Mad Magazine collecting.
Despite failing in my President/VP/First Lady goal of last year, I am hopeful that it will one day be a reality. Pete Rouse was pretty close though.
Currently jobless, I’m desperately seeking writing positions in film, television and even at MAD. When all things look bleak however, it’s always MAD that cheers me up. Whether it’s a new issue, the story shared by a celebrity fan (who knew Crispin Glover had boxes of MAD paperbacks stored at his dad’s house?!) or the upcoming When We Went Mad documentary, the usual gang of idiots who inspired a young, unlicensed high schooler to start getting his MAD magazines signed continue to inspire the completely legal, but only slightly adult, 21 year old of today.
Heaps of thanks go to Doug, who still insanely takes time from his busy schedule to update my pages with new material every time I shoot him way too many emails full of photos.
~Bradford (February 2013)
Here are some old pics I thought would be good. One is of me with some of my collecton
(the Family Guy and Batman ones especially as they are my two favorites, The Office one would be third favorite).
One is me with Joanna Cassidy (of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?). One is me with Ray Harryhausen (producer and special effects model genius, mostly mythical beasts in sci-fi movies, which explains the cyclops cover I had him sign). One is me with Noel Neill (Lois Lane in the Superman TV shows with Kirk Alyn and later with George Reeves, and also had a cameo in the 2006 Superman Returns, which would explain the cover she signed).
I met each of them at one of those shows and had my dad take my picture with them and the MAD magazine they signed.
In honor of his 100th issue getting signed, Bradford can thank the staff of Mad for marking the occasion all over issue #100 from January 1966. Signatories for the issue: Sam Viviano - Art Director, Charlie Kadau - Senior Editor, John Ficarra - Editor, Joe Raiola - Senior Editor,
Dave Croatto - Associate Editor, Ryan Flanders - Assistant Art Director, Doug Thomson - production assistant,
Dick DeBartolo - Mad's Maddest Writer, and Doug Gilford - some schmuck with a website who snuck a signature in there somewhere when the rest of the guys weren't looking.
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Bradford's #100 is becoming quite the special issue, having most recently been signed by Orson Bean (who surprisingly wrote "Hi Doug" over his signature because he knew it was going on Bradford's section of my site) and by writer Frank Jacobs, featured in the very short video to the left. Bradford visited Frank and showed him a few of his signed covers on this site so he'd know what he was getting into. Frank commented that he has a better signature than Al Pacino, at least.
Because of the clip going public on YouTube, Frank is a little afraid Mr. Pacino will be putting a hit out on him.
Maud Adams (1)
Maud Adams (2)
Captain Lou Albano
John F. Babcock
Dee Bradley Baker
Ed Begley Jr.
Ernest Borgnine (1)
Ernest Borgnine (2)
Ernest Borgnine (3)
James L. Brooks
Annette Charles Cardona
Julie Dawn Cole
Dick DeBartolo (1)
Dick DeBartolo (2)
Roy E. Disney
Geral W. Fauss
June Foray (1)
June Foray (2)
Frank Kelly Freas
Janet Ann Gallow
Paul Michael Glaser
Karen Lynn Gorney
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Christopher C. Kraft
George J. Laurer
Richard LeParmentier (1)
Richard LeParmentier (2)
Ricky Dean Logan
Pamela Sue Martin
Francis Lee McCain
Marc McClure (1)
Marc McClure (2)
Mary Ann Moorman
Roger E. Mosley
J. Fred Muggs
Class of 2009
GEN Norman Schwarzkopf
William Morgan Sheppard
Harry Dean Stanton
Lynne Marie Stewart
Garry Walberg's Salad
Adam West (1)
Adam West (2)
Mad #260: Signed by Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, Marc McClure, Elsa Raven,
Francis Lee McCain, Jeffrey Weissman, Kevin Pike, Darlene Vogel, and Ricky Dean Logan /
/ Christopher Lloyd signs #260 / Me with Darlene Vogel, Ricky Dean Logan and Marc McClure
Mad #228: Signed by Steven Spielberg / Mad #236: Signed by Dee Wallace and Erika Eleniak
Eric Roberts and I with Mad #497 / MAD #497: Signed by Eric Roberts and Jerry Robinson
Mad #159: Signed by Malcolm McDowell / Mad #291: Signed by Robbie Rist
Mad #393: Signed by Brad Kesten, Stacy Tolkin, Angela Lee and Pamelyn Ferdin /
Pamelyn Ferden and I with Mad #393
MAD #186: Signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy / MAD #201: Signed by Karen Lynn Gorney
Mad #296: Signed by Blue Jays starting pitcher Scott Richmond, Bryn Smith, Maury Wills,
Steve Garvey, Jim Fregosi, David Dellucci, Mike Fetters, and Matt Williams /
Matt, Mike, David, Scott, and a happy security guy (click image to toggle closeup of Scott)
Back of Mad #296 showing MLB (Major League Baseball) authentication seal and Steve Garvey with Mad #296
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