Mad #510 (John Ficarra) - Green Lantern Issue - August 2011

The Guardians of the Universe have created hundreds of magic rings so that their chosen beings can fight evil in the cosmos.  In the Mad parody of the movie not yet released in my neighborhood, writer Desmond Devlin and artist Tom Richmond envision hundreds of green-clad aliens at superhero college.  Green Lantern Sillyfrog (Kilowog) has a Balco syringe stuck in his shoulder.  Green Lantern Abin Sur drives a Toyota spaceship with a wind-up key.  Other Green Lanterns in this Mad version bear striking resemblances to the Lucky Charms elf, Shrek, Sprout, Slimer, Kermit, Jiminy Cricket, Tick-tock the Crocodile, Philly Phanatic, Boba Fett, Oscar the Grouch, Frankenstein's Monster, Teletubby Dipsy, a green M&M, The Grinch, Gumby, Broom Hilda, an angry bird, Yoda, the Geico gecko and some others that I do not recognize.  Editor Ficarra can count on the Devlin/Richmond team but this bi-monthly issue seems to go downhill from the movie parody.  The Captain America bit drawn by Hermann Mejia was clever but we will not see this movie until the end of July.  I enjoyed the "New Monopoly Cards" written by former Mad editor Nick Meglin.  However, I could have done without "Yawn Stars" drawn over-the-top (as always) by Tom Bunk.  Why would I care about the parody of a reality show that is not allowed in my living room?  Finally, I would to thank the reliable, 90-year-old Al Jaffee for another clever fold-in to end the issue. [JAM 6/15/2011]

The fake department is "The Boxers Rebellion."

Random Acts of Mindless - The Fundalini Pages
In the Line of Fired (part 1) - The Terminated
Sewing His Wild Oath - Green Lunkhead
Throwing Their Vice - When Ventriloquists Go Bad
Serge-In-General - A Mad Look at Celebrity Life
In the Line of Fired (part 2) - Terminated Too, Misjudgment Day
Rotten to the Store - Bored Bath & Be Gone
Military Zeroes - How Does Captain America Stack Up Against Other Legendary Captains?
Joke And Dagger - Spy vs. Spy
The Cost of Loving Index - Romance: Before & After the Economic Slump
Pen And Stink - The Mad Strip Club
It Was App to Happen - Angry Birds -- Special Navy Seals Edition
In Blog We Trust - Planet Tad!!!!!
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Lame - A Mad Look at Burial at Sea
Community Jest - New Monopoly Cards That Reflect the Sleazy Way Business Is Really Done
Bored of the Ring - Mad Pins Down Some Truly Shocking "WWE: Did You Knows?"
Hock Around the Clock - Yawn Stars
In the Line of Fired (part 3) - Terminated -- The Katie Couric Chronicles
Light Makes Right - The Shadow Knows
We Have Nothing to Fear But Beer Itself - The Least Interesting Man in the World

Fold-In - Miami Heat