§ The November issue of MAD features a bunch of top comicy types in a “LESSER KNOWN SUPER-VILLAINS” ISSUE

Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Humberto Ramos, Chris Bachalo, John Cassaday, Terry Dodson, Glenn Fabry and Sam Kieth will join the Usual Gang of Idiots next month in the pages of MAD #472 (SEP060266). The artists will illustrate “Lesser Known Super-Villains,” which profiles evildoers including the Yakmaster, Dr. Umbrage, the Clarinetist and Professor Generico.

“We wanted this comic book villains article to be as authentic as possible,” says MAD Editor John Ficarra. “So we went out and found the most sinister and evil comic book artists working today.”

§ NBC’s HEROES looks to be a hit, while the more cerebral STUDIO 60 which references Moliere and Gilbert & Sullivan, founders:

On the flip side, “Heroes” (5.5 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 12.96 million viewers overall) declined just 7% from its strong series premiere to beat its broadcast rivals in most demos, according to Nielsen.

No other first-year drama this fall has rated higher in 18-49 with its second seg than “Heroes.” And of all NBC dramas to bow in the past three seasons, only “Medium” rated higher in week two (6.3/16).

“Heroes” was supposed to be a more difficult sell for NBC, while “Studio 60,” with its Aaron Sorkin/Thomas Schlamme auspices, garnered most of the media attention.

§ Weird Al Yankovic will be the guest on this weeks FANBOY RADIO:

Master Satirist, Weird Al Yankovic joins hosts Scott Hinze and Oliver Tull on a pre-recorded episode of Fanboy Radio tomorrow. His new album Straight Out of Lynwood hit stores on September 26th and 97-98 The Weird Al Show is now on DVD. The single White & Nerdy, a parody of Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone’s Ridin’, rose to #5 on the iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart last week.

“While Al may not be a comic book creator (yet), he sure is a power-player in regards to pop culture as a whole,â€? says show host Scott. “My new favorite song, White & Nerdy features comic reading, Star Wars, Star Trek, D&D and Internet slang – all perfect fodder for the FbR audience. I’m really stoked about this interview.â€?

Tune in for Fanboy Radio #338 Wednesday, October 4th, for Fanboy Radio with Weird Al Yankovic at 1pm Central (2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific)

Actually, Weird Al did star in at least one comic: a short fumetti in DISNEY ADVENTURES written by…The Beat.


  1. “Studio 60” is meant to be a drama, not a comedy. Where, in any of the hype, did you come off thinking that it was a comedy, Franklin? Far from it…

    Sad to see “Studio 60” not doing as well as I had hoped. Love the show, and think it’s a brillant show. Somewhere though, it’s going to have to find it’s audience.

  2. Of the two, I’d say “Studio 60” is far better written…there’s been dialogue in “Heroes” that just made me cringe. I’m still watching, mind you, but yeah, it could be better written.