Someone Bought This: Mad Magazine’s WWF Magazine cover parody from 1987 manages to predict the WWF future correctly!

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Mad Magazine WWF Magazine cover parody issue 272

Straight from Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site here is the back cover to Mad Magazine Issue #272 from July of 1987 featuring Harold “The Killer Accountant”.

That’s a full four years before Mike Rotunda came into the WWF with the very similar I.R.S “evil Taxman” gimmick!

WWF I.R.S IRS Mike Rotunda Rotundo promotional photo pointing

Do you suppose someone in WWF Creative was a Mad Magazine fan in the late 80’s and remembered this parody a few years later?


They did a really great job capturing the layout, fonts, and color scheme of a typical WWF Magazine cover, didn’t they?

All credit goes to Doug’s Mad Magazine Covers Site for the image above.

Please check out his site– it’s an excellent resource and trip back through time if you grew up reading Mad Magazine like I did!

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21 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Mad Magazine’s WWF Magazine cover parody from 1987 manages to predict the WWF future correctly!"
  1. Down With OPC says:

    So wait, Troy Lowe used to work for Mad?

  2. Scrooge McSuck says:

    I wish I still had my copy of Mad from I want to say the Spring or Summer of ’86. It had Hulk Hogan on the cover and parodied the WWF quite nicely.

    That reminds me of an issue from the mid 90’s, with an aged Beavis and Butt-Head going to WrestleMania 54 to see Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, in diapers, beating each other with walkers, and the Undertaker collects one of their dead carcasses.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Here’s Hulk

      and here’s the Beavis and Butthead one

  3. Peter says:

    Damn Paul, you always find the best stuff, nice work.

  4. Batman666 says:

    Exclusive interview with Jake the snake’s python? You could claim that’s a heroes of wrestling prediction right there.

  5. Mike Hunt says:

    He kinda looks like Jameson.

  6. The Doctor of Style says:

    And “Witless Windbag Wrestler’s Federation” was prescient, too: it predicted 2000-era WWF, with all those never-ending HHH and Stephanie McMahaon promos!

  7. Andy PG says:

    It gets better — in one WWF parody, they have people present their gimmicks. Each one is more outlandish than the next… until someone presents the idea of just being an amateur wrestling champion who won in the NCAAs. Vince tells him to leave immediately. Fast forward to Kurt Angle…

    • The Angry Jobber says:

      I remember that one, if I remember it right, it had Vince saying “Somebody get that guy outta here before I vomit”. And I could imagine Vince saying it exactly that way.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome.

  9. The Scanian Maniac says:

    Aren’t taxman and accountant two different things?

    Wasn’t Irwin R. Schyster just a tweak of the York Foundation character he portrayed in WCW before, but the change from exchange dealer to taxman gave much stronger reation from the audience?

    “Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss.” – Robert A. Heinlein ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think an issue of Mad called Sting “Stink” and the Undertaker was “Undiestaker”. Lol. I just never forgot that.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Long live Mad Magazine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sir Cheese says:

      I had this one when I was really young, but, if I remember correctly, that was a Cracked magazine, not a Mad magazine. In that same magazine, they also called Hulk Hogan “Bulk Hoagie” and portrayed him as a really fat guy that ate hero sandwiches during his matches, while the Undiestaker was more interested in stealing him opponents undergarments than winning his matches. It was pretty funny stuff.

  11. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I remember an episode of King of the Hill where Hank’s neighbour Kahn became an Asian Redneck and a few years later we got Jimmy Wang Yang…

  12. Doc 902714 says:

    Harvey Wippleman…..Is That You?

  13. Dave says:

    I remember someone actually writing to Mad some years later and pointing out the similarities between IRS and Harold.

    I remember one issue I loved had an article recasting famous movies with wrestlers. “Trading Places” had Vince bet Jesse Ventura a dollar that he could get the fans to hate Junkyard Dog and cheer Ted DiBiase, the reason being because wrestling fans have short memories and will swallow anything you shove down their throats. Insulting, but still pretty funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ Another scene had the famous scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Pacino brains a guy with a bat re-created so that it’s the Honky Tonk Man, killing Bret Hart with his guitar. Another had Hogan, Savage and Elizabeth in the last scene of “Casablanca,” though whether this was before or after the Mega-Power Meltdown I don’t remember.

  14. Mister Forth says:

    Soon they’ll threaten a lawsuit, only to hear “Courtroom. We’re here”.

  15. Paul says:

    MAD did bring up the connection in the reader mail section of their January ’93 issue:

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