MAD (1952) Issue# 181, Page: Unpublished Cover

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This excellent Norman Mingo painting was initially meant to be published as the cover to Mad #181, the famous Bicentennial issue. Mingo's painstaking work is evident on this oil on canvas painting as his spoof of the famous Gilbert Stuart unfinished portrait of George Washington is quite accurate, with one exception of course! This one isn't quite as famous but very recognizable in its own right and features Alfred E. Neuman's face over Washington's. As the story goes, Gaines did not like the background cover of the painting and asked Mingo to change it to red. Well luckily for us, Mingo decided to start completely over from scratch. This is the first created, unpublished green background version. Mingo's Mad art has become extremely collectable, especially pieces featuring Mad's favorite spokesman, Alfred E. Neuman. The piece was featured on the PBS show, Antiques Roadshow in the 1990s.





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Unique Page Identifier: 15510

IssueNo: 181
PageNo: Unpublished Cover
Art Type: Cover
Publisher: EC

Credits:
Artist: Dave Berg

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Year: 1976
Comic Era: Copper
Dimensions: 17" x 23"
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Page View Count: 879
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AddedDate: 10/1/2013
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