Spice up your Mad covers the Bradford way!


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 424 signatures on 195 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 Apple's iPod.
So I hope you enjoy Bradford's interesting take on Mad Magazine collecting.
--Doug

In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller: "Life moves pretty fast." Although I graduated college with honors (big deal) and am getting married in a few months, nothing has been able to hinder my quest to continually enlarge my signed MAD collection. Heck, my parents even commissioned me my own cover by the incredibly talented Tom Richmond as a graduation gift which, after discovering the bank doesn't cash artwork, is now proudly displayed on my wall.
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)

Now... Onto the covers!


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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UPDATE:
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.





THE LIST
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Click the to get more info on the signer (new window opens).
(424 signatures on 195 Mads and counting)

Introductions from Bradford and Doug

Al Alcorn
Maud Adams (1)
Maud Adams (2)
Lori Alan
Captain Lou Albano
Sherry Alberoni
Joe Alves
Harry Anderson
Richard Anderson
Sergio AragonÚs
Lee Arenberg
Ed Asner
Sean Astin
X Atencio
Christopher Atkins
"Stone Cold"
Steve Austin

Frankie Avalon
John F. Babcock
Lauren Bacall
Susan Backlinie
Sharon Baird
George Barris
Dee Bradley Baker
Kenny Baker
Carl Ballantine
Tony Baxter
Orson Bean
Warren Beatty
Don Beebe
Ed Begley Jr.
Sandahl Bergman
Corbin Bernsen
Martine Beswicke
Justin Bieber
Brad Bird
Karen Black
Linda Blair
Steven Bochco
James Borglum
Ernest Borgnine (1)
Ernest Borgnine (2)
Ernest Borgnine (3)
Alex Borstein
Tom Bosley
Dave Bossert
Benjamin Bradlee
Creed Bratton
Beau Bridges
Morgan Brittany
Charles Bronson
James L. Brooks
Mel Brooks
Dan Brown
Olivia Brown
Ricou Browning
Doyle Brunson
Pat Buchanan
Susan Buckner
Jeremy Bulloch
Tony Burton
Edd Byrnes
Annette Charles Cardona
Carmine Caridi
John Carpenter
David Caruso
Joanna Cassidy
Gilbert Cates
Richard Chamberlain
Carol Channing
Cheeta
Dominic Chianese
William Christopher
Gordon Clapp
Ed Clark
Phyllis Coates
Julie Dawn Cole
Michael Cole
Booth Colman
Paul Comi
Jeff Conaway
Victor Conte
Tim Conway
Carol Coombs
Joan Ganz Cooney
Jackie Cooper
Dave Croatto
Yvonne Craig
Rolly Crump
Robert Culp
Tony Curtis
Carlton Cuse
Olivia d'Abo
E.G. Daily
Anthony Daniels
Ted Danson
Tony Danza
Jennifer Darling
Ben Davidson
Jim Davis
Virginia Davis
Bruce Davison
Dick DeBartolo (1)
Dick DeBartolo (2)
Kristine DeBell
Eddie Deezen
David Dellucci
John Diehl
Roy E. Disney
Roy P. Disney
Kevin Dobson
Bob Dole
Jamie Donnelly
James Doohan
Paul Dooley
Sarah Douglas
Mort Drucker
Patrick Duffy
Mike Dukakis
Keir Dullea
Faye Dunaway
Jimmy Dunham
Shirley Eaton
Elwood Edwards
Greg Ehrbar
Britt Ekland
Erika Eleniak
Shannon Elizabeth
Greg Ellis
Elvira
(Cassandra Peterson)

Bill Fagerbakke
Morgan Fairchild
Shepard Fairey
Antonio Fargas
Jamie Farr
Dane Farwell
Geral W. Fauss
Tom Felton
Pamelyn Ferdin
Lou Ferrigno
Mike Fetters
John Ficarra
Ryan Flanders
Charles Fleischer
Louise Fletcher
June Foray (1)
June Foray (2)
Bernard Fox
Dennis Franz
Frank Kelly Freas
Stan Freberg
Jim Fregosi
David Friedman
Stephen Furst
Janet Ann Gallow
Hank Garrett
Steve Garvey
Lorraine Gary
Eunice Gayson
Audrey Geisel
David Gerrold
Doug Gilford
Paul Michael Glaser
Milton Glaser
Bruce Glover
Danny Glover
Rusty Goffe
Karen Lynn Gorney
Carl Gottlieb
Elliott Gould
Gogi Grant
Linda Gray
Seth Green
Karolyn Grimes
Bob Gurr
Vinny Gustifino
Dean Haglund
Larry Hagman
Don Hahn
George Hamilton
Tom Hanks
Valerie Harper
Linda Harrison
Ray Harryhausen
Dennis Haskins
David Hasselhoff
David Hedison
Bob Heft
Robert Hegyes
Lance Henriksen
Mike Henry
Richard Herd
Clint Hill
John Hillerman
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Hulk Hogan
Celeste Holm
Clint Howard
Miss Elizabeth
(Ann Hulette)

Jaako Iisalo
Mike Ilitch
Lance Ito
Bret Iwan
Jesse Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Frank Jacobs
Jenna Jameson
Ron Jeremy
Don Johnson
Dean Jones
Jackie Joseph
Charlie Kadau
George Kennedy
Jonathan Ke Quan
Brad Kesten
Margot Kidder
Richard Kiel (1)
Richard Kiel (2)
Everett Raymond Kinstler
Tommy Kirk
Joseph Kittinger
Martin Klebba
Randal Kleiser
Christopher Knight
Christopher C. Kraft
Eugene Kranz
Mila Kunis
Carla Laemmle
Maurice LaMarche
Phil LaMarr
Lorenzo Lamas
Martin Landau
David Lander
George J. Laurer
Sharon Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
George Lazenby
Angela Lee
Stan Lee
John Lehr
Richard LeParmentier (1)
Richard LeParmentier (2)
Monica Lewis
Vicki Lewis
Jack Lindquist
Peggy Lipton
Christopher Lloyd
June Lockhart
Gary Lockwood
Ricky Dean Logan
Robert Loggia
Mike Lookinland
Lisa Loring
Bud Luckey
Pasha Lychnikoff
Carol Lynley
Yo-Yo Ma
Seth MacFarlane
Michael Madsen
Larry Manetti
Jerry Manock
Jerry Maren
Burny Mattinson
Pamela Sue Martin
Peter Mayhew
Francis Lee McCain
Kevin McCarthy
Marc McClure (1)
Marc McClure (2)
Edie McClurg
James McDaniel
Malcolm McDowell
Rod McKuen
Ed McMahon
Lee Meriwether
'Michu' Meszaros
Kenneth Miller
Mary Ann Moorman
Erin Moran
Lloyd Morrisett
Tommy Morrison
Roger E. Mosley
Donny Most
J. Fred Muggs
Don Murray
Noel Neill
Julie Newmar
Nichelle Nichols
Denise Nickerson
Brigitte Nielsen
Leonard Nimoy
Chuck Norris
Jay North
BJ Novak
Oscar Nunez
Carl O'Brien
Gail O'Grady
Jack O'Halloran
Paige O'Hara
John O'Hurley
Susan Olsen
Ryan O'Neal
Ernie Orsatti
Frank Oz
Al Pacino
Ron Palillo
Ray Park
Amanda Pays
Barry Pearl
Karen Pendleton
Wally Pfister
Kevin Pike
David Prowse
Joe Raiola
John Ratzenberger
Elsa Raven
Della Reese
Paul Reubens
Scott Richmond
Dan Richter
Righetti High
Class of 2009

Robbie Rist
Dan Robbins
Eric Roberts
Craig Robinson
Jerry Robinson
Bill Rogers
Marion Ross
Pete Rouse
Jon Rubinstein
Donald Rumsfeld
Pat Sajak
Ilya Salkind
Saundra Santiago
John Saxon
Lalo Schifrin
Irving Schild
James R. Schlesinger
John Schneider
George Scribner
GEN Norman Schwarzkopf
Tom Selleck
William Shatner
Eric Shea
Jules Shear
William Morgan Sheppard
Felix Silla
Marty Sklar
Helen Slater
Bryn Smith
Dave Smith
Martha Smith
Phyllis Smith
William Smith
Aaron Smolinski
David Soul
Tori Spelling
Steven Spielberg
Caroll Spinney
Frank Stallone
Harry Dean Stanton
Ringo Starr
John Stephenson
Mindy Sterling
Stella Stevens
Lynne Marie Stewart
Austin Stoker
Alyson Stoner
Tim Story
Sherry Stringfield
Gloria Stuart
Loretta Swit
James Tague
Michael Talbott
Paris Themmen
Alan Thicke
Wayne Thiebaud
Lea Thompson
Doug Thomson
Malachi Throne
Stephen Tobolowsky
James Tolkan
Stacy Tolkin
John Travolta
Alex Trebek
Verne Troyer
Natalie Trundy
Uggie
Conrad Vernon
Sam Viviano
Darlene Vogel
Lindsay Wagner
Pauline Wagner
Garry Walberg
Garry Walberg's Salad
Janet Waldo
Mort Walker
Dee Wallace
Joseph Wambaugh
Burt Ward
Fredd Wayne
Ronald Wayne
Dennis Weaver
Jeffrey Weissman
Claudia Wells
Adam West (1)
Adam West (2)
Harry Whittington
Ian Whyte
Donna Wilkes
Anson Williams
Barry Williams
Matt Williams
Van Williams
Maury Wills
Debra Wilson
Rainn Wilson
Henry Winkler
Jonathan Winters
Morgan Woodward
Chuck Woolery
Celeste Yarnall
Francine York
Michael York
Billy Zane





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

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Mad #228: Signed by Steven Spielberg / Mad #236: Signed by Dee Wallace and Erika Eleniak

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Eric Roberts and I with Mad #497 / MAD #497: Signed by Eric Roberts and Jerry Robinson



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Mad #159: Signed by Malcolm McDowell / Mad #291: Signed by Robbie Rist

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Mad #393: Signed by Brad Kesten, Stacy Tolkin, Angela Lee, Rod McKuen and Pamelyn Ferdin /
Pamelyn Ferden and I with Mad #393

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MAD #186: Signed by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Nichelle Nichols /
MAD #201: Signed by Karen Lynn Gorney

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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)

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Back of Mad #296 showing MLB (Major League Baseball) authentication seal and Steve Garvey with Mad #296

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