Mad #273 (Nick Meglin and John Ficarra) - Pee-Wee Herman Issue - September 1987

Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) was the wildest kid-show television host and his studio set was the best ever.  He was a strange combination of Soupy Sales (1926-2009) and Pinky Lee (1907-1993).  The Mad editors gave this assignment to Al Jaffee and he did a great job of recreating Pee-Wee's set in the two-page splash.  Al added some Mad touches including Arthur, the zeppelin, Flip, Alfred E. Neuman and Jaffee's signature self-portrait.  All seem to fit right in with the craziness.  Pee-Wee got in trouble in 1991 at a movie theater in Sarasota, Florida.  We may never know exactly what happened on that day but the event certainly brought an end to the kiddie show.  Reubens returned as a character actor in 1992 but his career had been severely damaged.  The Pee-Wee character returned briefly in 2007 and a few times since then.  Plans for a movie were announced in January 2011.  [JAM 8/8/2011]

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