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Recurring Features


Carved Pumpkins and Costumes


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People sent in pictures of their Mad-related carved pumpkins and their Mad-related costumes.

FEATURE TITLE DESCRIPTION ISSUE / DATE
An Evening with Fred Astaire Fred Astaire wears an Alfred mask 54 - Apr 1960
Alfred E. Neuman Halloween Costumes Two Full Body Alfred E. Neuman Costumes. One is a “conventional” costume and mask. The other one is a “Mardi Gras walk-along” costume. 59 - Dec 1960
Spy Vs. Spy Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes: The “White Spy” and the “Black Spy” 69 - Mar 1962
A Chip Off The Old Bloke? Boy made-up to resemble William M. Gaines by stuffing a Pillow in his Shirt and Wearing a Beard, Wig and Glasses. 173 - Mar 1975
Alfred’s Brother??? Boy Wearing Alfred E. Neuman Ears with his Face made-up to resemble Alfred. 234 - Oct 1982
Yet Another Alfred Look-Alike Boy’s Face made-up to resemble Alfred E. Neuman. 245 - Mar 1984
The Waste Of A Good Pumpkin Alfred E. Neuman’s Face Carved on a Pumpkin 245 - Mar 1984
Moron Mail Alfred E. Neuman Mask and a Full Body Opus the Penguin Costume from the “Bloom County” comic strip 264 - Jul 1986
On The Campaign Trail Alfred E. Neuman Mask 284 - Jan 1989
Trick Vs. Treat Full Body “Black Spy” Spy Vs. Spy Costume 285 - Mar 1989
Pick Or Treat! Alfred E. Neuman Ears 287 - Jun 1989
Attack of The Alfred E. Neuman Lookalikes Thirteen People Wearing Alfred E. Neuman Ears (Four Photos: Includes Mad Writer Dick DeBartolo!) 288 - Jul 1989
Out of Toon Mickey Mouse Face and a pair of his four-fingered gloves 295 - Jun 1990
Disguise In Love Couple Wearing Alfred E. Neuman Ears (NOTE: John Hett) 313 - Sep 1992
Spy ‘Graphs Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes: The “White Spy” and the “Black Spy”. There also is a skeleton in the background. 317 - Mar 1993
Small Boy / Large Pumpkin Boy holding an Alfred E. Neuman Mask over a huge Jack-O-Lantern Carved on a Pumpkin 318 - Apr 1993
It’s Potty Time! Outhouse Halloween Costume 333 - Jan-Feb 1995
The (Bad) Dream Team Soccer Club Wearing Alfred E. Neuman Masks (With One Mask Upside-Down) 337 - Jul 1995
Dad Again Dad Wearing Alfred E. Neuman Ears and Holding a Skeleton Head on a Stick 337 - Jul 1995
Live and Let Spy Three Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes: The “Black Spy”, The “Gray Spy”, The “White Spy” (Without the Spy Vs. Spy Noses) 354 - Feb 1997
Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins Three Pumpkins with Alfred E. Neuman’s Face Printed or Carved on the Pumpkins 356 - Apr 1997
A Smashing Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin turned into a ALFRED-E-LANTERN Pumpkin. (Mad makes a request for readers to buy Mad XL #12, which contains a stencil of Alfred E. Neuman’s face and use it to carve a Halloween Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin. Then to send in a photo of it to Mad to: “Amy, The Big Pumpkin”.) 411 - Nov 2001
Alfred-E-Lantern Eleven Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkins. (Nine Photos: Reply to Mad’s Request in Issue #411 (A Smashing Pumpkin)) 414 - Feb 2002
The Gourd, The Bad and The Ugly Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin. (Mad shows a photo of Gene Philip’s Alfred-E-Lantern from “Alfred-E-Lantern” in Issue #414 a week later.) 416 - Apr 2002
The Big Pumpkin Two Spy Vs. Spy Pumpkins. (Reply to Mad’s Request in Mad XL #18 to use the bonus Spy Vs. Spy Pumpkin Stencil and send in a photo of their efforts.) 427 - Mar 2003
Attention Readers Monroe-O-Lantern Pumpkin. (Mad makes a request for readers to buy Mad XL #24, which contains a stencil of Monroe’s Face and to make a Monroe-O-Lantern Pumpkin from it. Then to send in a photo of it to Mad to: “Amy, The Big Pumpkin”.) 435 - Nov 2003
The Big Pumpkin One Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin, One Pumpkin with William M. Gaines’ Face on it, Two Spy Vs. Spy Pumpkins, Eight Monroe-O-Lantern Pumpkins. (Reply to Mad’s Request in Issue #435 (Attention Readers)). 438 - Feb 2004
Reader Alert! Spy Vs. Spy Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin. (Mad makes a request for readers to buy Mad XL #30, which contains a Stencil for making a Spy Vs. Spy Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin.) 446 - Oct 2004
The Big Pumpkin One Monroe-O-Lantern Pumpkin, Two Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkins, Two Spy Vs. Spy Pumpkins. (Reply to Mad’s Requests to use Mad Jack-O-Lantern stencils and to send in a photo to Mad.) 451 - Mar 2005
Halloween Hall-O-Fame Highly Overpriced Gas Pump Costume, Three Pumpkins with Alfred E. Neuman’s Face Printed on the Pumpkins, Full-Body “Black Spy” Spy Vs. Spy Costume, Two Full-Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes (The “White Spy”, The “Black Spy”), Three Full-Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes (The “Black Spy”, The “Gray Spy”, The “White Spy”), Two Full-Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes (The “White Spy”, The “Black Spy”), Ten Pumpkins (One Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin, One Pumpkin with a Carved Drawing of the “Beautiful Girl of the Month” from the cover of Issue #11, One Pumpkin with “Mad” Carved on it, One Pumpkin with “Spy Vs Spy” Carved on it, Six Pumpkins with Bitterman’s Face Carved or Printed on it (Bitterman is a Comic Strip on The Fundalini Pages.) 462 - Feb 2006
Costume Raider Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes: The “Black Spy” and the “White Spy”. (Two Photos: One Photo has the “Black Spy” Holding a Stick of Dynamite Behind its Back while the “White Spy” Holds a Bomb Behind its Back. The other Photo has the “White Spy” Showing the Bomb it had Behind its Back to the “Black Spy” who now has its Hands in its Ears.) 465 - May 2006
The Big Pumpkin Four Mad Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins: One Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin, One Monroe-O-Lantern Pumpkin, Two Fantabulaman-O-Lantern Pumpkins (Fantabulaman is a Comic Strip in The Strip Club.) 474 - Feb 2007
Sick Or Treat Full Body “Black Spy” Spy Vs. Spy Costume Holding Issue #479 and a Candle, Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes with the “White Spy” Holding a Bomb and the “Black Spy” Holding a Stick of Dynamite, Three Mad Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins with Al Jaffee’s Face Carved or Printed on it. 486 - Feb 2008
Family Spies Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes. (Two photos: The “Black Spy” Holding a Knife Behind its Back and the “White Spy” Holding a Gun Behind its Back, Both Spies Pointing to an Alfred E. Neuman Poster showing Alfred Dressed Up to look like Uncle Sam (Words on Poster: Who Needs You).) 507 - Feb 2011
Halloween-Er’s Circle Alfred-E-Lantern Pumpkin 507 - Feb 2011
The Costumer Is Always Right Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes with the “Black Spy” and the “White Spy” Shaking Hands while the “Black Spy” has a Bomb Behind its Back and the “White Spy” has a couple of Sticks of Dynamite Behind its Back, A Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costume which is Half a “White Spy” Costume and Half a “Black Spy” Costume, Two Full Body Spy Vs. Spy Costumes with the “Black Spy” and the “White Spy” Standing Side-By-Side. 520 - Apr 2013
Peter Kuper Meets The Gray Spy Spy Vs. Spy Writer and Artist Peter Kuper pointing to a woman Holding a Bomb and Dressed as the “Gray Spy” from Spy Vs. Spy. 537 - Feb 2016
Gourd Have Mercy! Mad bumper sticker-adorned jack-o-lantern. 543 - Feb 2017

Compiled with descriptions by John R. Racano
Letters - Carved Pumpkins

Sick Or Treat - from 486 - February 2008