The Pulitzer Prize is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an editorial cartoonist — so, you’d think the winners would be pretty smart. Apparently not. With one shockingly ill-advised career choice, 10 formerly-respected Pulitzer Prize winners have forever destroyed their stellar reputations by contributing to MAD #487.
The concept of assembling such an esteemed group of cartooning all-stars to work on a singular article was hatched by MAD Art Director Sam Viviano. “I frequently suffer delusions of grandeur,” he said, “so the idea came very naturally to me.”
Each of the award-winning cartoonists was invited to illustrate one-panel in “Why George W. Bush Is In Favor of Global Warning,” a sharp-edged political satire focusing on the Bush administration’s environmental policies (or lack thereof).
The article was written by veteran MAD writer Jacob Lambert. The complete list of misguided Pulitzer Prize winners who contributed includes:
• Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Pulitzer Prize 2002
• Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune, Pulitzer Prize 1998
• Matt Davies, Journal News, Pulitzer Prize 2004
• Jack Higgins, Chicago Sun-Times, Pulitzer Prize 1989
• Dick Locher, Chicago Tribune, Pulitzer Prize 1983
• Jim Morin, Miami Herald, Pulitzer Prize 1996
• Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News, Pulitzer Prize 1981
• Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, Pulitzer Prize 2000
• Michael Ramirez, Investor’s Business Daily, Pulitzer Prize 1994
• Ben Sargent, Austin American-Statesman, Pulitzer Prize 1982
This feature was announced in the New York Times on February 4.
MAD #487 is available for advance reorder and is scheduled to arrive in comic-book stores on February 13.