Mad #421 (Nick Meglin and John Ficarra) - Star Wars Jokes Not Ready For Jedi Bunch Issue - September 2002

Although Mad #419 promised "spectacular 14-page Star Wars section ...", the best stuff was not ready for two months (probably because nobody had actually seen the movie in time for the July 2002 publication date.)  Mad artistic superstars Mort Drucker ("Star Bores Epic Load II: Attack of the Clowns") and Sergio Aragones ("A Mad Look at Star Wars Attack of the Clones") could not finish their parody drawings in time for the Jedi Bunch Issue.  The Drucker effort seems to be unfinished.  Where are the Mad jokes?  Where are Charlie Brown's friends?  Where are the cute birds?  The Aragones article is also missing the usual Mad jokes.  The small Alfred E. Neuman is missing from his normal location by the title.  In fact, the face of the idiot kid appears on only three pages of the issue.  [JAM 3/31/2014]

Color Pages: 30 of 56 pages (54%)
Humorous Content: 48 of 56 pages (86%)

A Poke in the Spy Part I - 8 Top Secret Facts About Austin Powers in Goldmember That Mike Myers Doesn't Want You to Know
Rhythm And Boo-Hoos - Drastic Cutbacks in the Music Industry
Jedi Knightmare - Star Bores Epic Load 2: Attack of the Clowns
Cookies Monstered - Mad's Modern Animal Crackers
Angster's Paradise - Monroe and ... The Big House
The Chat 'n the Stat - Mad Deconstructs TV Talk Shows ... This Month: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Altared Snakes - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Official Edict on Pedophile Priests
Artificial Hip-Hop - Eminem: The Senior Citizen Years
Berg's-Eye View - The Lighter Side
The Gift of Scab - Sure Fire Signs Your Boil Isn't Healing Properly  [fake department]
Joke And Dagger - Spy vs. Spy
Serge-In General - A Mad Look at Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Pros And Contrasts - Conclusive Evidence of the Ever-Widening Gap Between Baseball's Small & Large Market Teams
A Data Which Will Live in Infamy - Confidential Documents You Won't Find on
Funeral Director's Cut - How to Spice up Your Video Will
A Poke in the Spy Part II - Mad's Thumbs Up/Down Review Why You Should or Shouldn't See ... Austin Powers in Goldmember

Fold-In - Wrestlers