29. Puzzling Thoughts…

about my first MAD magazine submission, which I made at the age of 14 (see below). It included a cover letter with a snappy “sell” line that my father suggested (top right). As you can see, it inspired an even snappier response from the MAD Editors.

My next submission came 20 years later. Unfortunately I had it delivered by messenger on the same day that someone tried to break into their offices. I got a phone call from the art director the next day (on speaker phone, with others listening) to question me as a suspect in the case!

I managed to elude capture and finally made my first sale six years later — a page of celebrity anagrams. I’ve included six of them below, which you can try your luck at deciphering (keep in mind they’re from the year 2000). Answers in the comments.

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1. TRASH WONDER _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _
2. HAD ANTICS IN BRA _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
3. THE GLORIFIED FAKE _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ _ _
4. ODD IN MANNERS _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ _
5. LO-FAT CHICK/L.A. STAR _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
6. ERROR MADE—PLANS HALT [it’s not a person]
_ _ _ . _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ _ _

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3 Responses to 29. Puzzling Thoughts…

  1. joecab says:

    Gotta love that rejection! It’s almost like a Marvel No-Prize.

  2. Patrick Merrell says:

    Here’s a Marvel No-Prize description from Wikipedia:
    A No-Prize is traditionally a fan’s reward for getting a letter printed in a Marvel comic that points out a mistake and comes up with a clever excuse for the mistake being there. Stan Lee would print the letter and tell the writer they had won a No-Prize – which was nothing.

    Readers wrote in asking where their No-Prize was. Marvel began sending empty envelopes that explained that the No-Prize was inside.

  3. Patrick Merrell says:

    1. TRASH WONDER = HOWARD STERN
    2. HAD ANTICS IN BRA = BRANDI CHASTAIN
    3. THE GLORIFIED FAKE = KATHIE LEE GIFFORD
    4. ODD IN MANNERS = DENNIS RODMAN
    5. LO-FAT CHICK/L.A. STAR = CALISTA FLOCKHART
    6. ERROR MADE—PLANS HALT = THE MARS POLAR LANDER

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