A Real No Hoper

Alfred E. Neumann, MAD magazine’s jug-eared mascot is the latest in a long line of parodies of Shepard Fairey’s classic Hope poster of Barack Obama. Turns out that the image adorning the latest issue of the mag, #495, is actually Fairey’s favourite…

Alfred E. Neumann, MAD magazine’s jug-eared mascot is the latest in a long line of parodies of Shepard Fairey‘s classic Hope poster of Barack Obama. Turns out that the image adorning the latest issue of the mag, #495, is actually Fairey’s favourite…

“I’m very happy that the Hope poster has become such a point of reference,” Fairey wrote in response to poster blogger Rene Wanner’s online collection of parodies. “One parody that is not included is something I consider a high point in my career for pop culture recognition. MAD Magazine’s new cover is a spoof of my Obama image. I loved MAD as a kid. I think MAD’s satire heightened my understanding of irony and hypocrisy. I’m very excited to be a part of MAD’s history.”

Wanner has now updated his ever-growing list of Hope posters on his fantastic resource, posterpage.ch, so it includes the cover of the new edition of MAD among a host of good and, er, not-so-good efforts.

Fairey’s original Hope posters are still going for large sums on eBay (first pressings cost a mere $45 apparently) but here are two from Wanner’s keen-eyed collection that particularly tickled the CR political funny bone.

A rather sprightly Ms. Winehouse from Flickr’s Poster Design pool…

… And is this Ironic Sans’ take on finally ousting the Dark Side?

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