Pauline Mc Peril, by Jack Rickard
'Pauline McPeril'

Jack Rickard studied at the Mechanics Institute of Rochester in New York, and started doing commercial art for the Chaite Studios in the 1950s. He has made the illustrations for a great many advertising campaigns, and in 1961, he began a long collaboration with MAD magazine. Rickard stood out for his movie parodies for the monthly covers, and also contributed artwork to the Mad paperbacks. He has also made several actual movie posters, like for the 1963 'Pink Panther' film. He additionally assisted on Al Capp's 'Li'l Abner' and drew a newspaper strip called 'Pauline Mc Peril' (1966-1969) with Mell Lazarus for Publishers-Hall Syndicate in 1966-67. In 1978 punk musician Sid Vicious was photographed reading a copy of Mad issue #197 (March 1978), of which the cover was illustrated by Rickard. The cover of Mad issue #240 (July 1983) featured Dustin Hoffman transforming into Mad's mascot Alfred E Neuman, in a parody of the movie 'Tootsie'. A newspaper cartoonist in the San Diego Tribune made the same joke on 15 June 1983, only with U.S. President Ronald Reagan morphing into U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, dressed as Tootsie. 

cover by Jack Rickard
Cover illustration for Mad Magazine issue #228 (January 1982).

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