• 04.02.13

“Mad” Artists Take On DC Superheroes

DC Comics’ brass let Mad Magazine artists take an interpretive stab at their venerable superheroes. Somewhere the Joker is muttering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Politics and celebrities are one thing, but everyone knows the best fodder for satire is right in your own family.


In that time-honored tradition, Mad Magazine tapped sister company DC Comics for inspiration–dispatching its artists to redesign DC superheroes. The 13 variant covers will roll out through April. No cape is left unturned. 

“It’s shocking to me that DC would entrust their beloved superheroes to the Usual Gang of Idiots at Mad,” says Mad editor John Ficarra. “Then again, this is the same company that hired me and my staff, so they do have a history of making bad decisions.”

What, DC worry?

(Click on the above slideshow of the covers, but not while you’re eating.)

About the author

Susan Karlin is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles, covering the nexus of science, technology, and arts, with a fondness for sci-fi and comics. She's a regular contributor to Fast Company, NPR, and IEEE Spectrum, and has written for Newsweek, Forbes, Wired, Scientific American, Discover, NY and London Times, and BBC Radio.