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Dick DeBartolo

Born: Oct 19, 1945

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Dick DeBartolo

Date of Birth : Oct 19, 1945

Dick DeBartolo is an American writer and model railway enthusiast, most famous for writing for Mad. He is occasionally referred to as "Mad's Maddest Writer," this being a twist on Don Martin's former status as "Mad's Maddest Artist." DeBartolo served as the magazine's "Creative Consultant" from 1984 to 2009. Mad has long spaced out DeBartolo's articles to ensure that at least one appears in every issue. As of his byline in issue #502 in 2009, new DeBartolo material has appeared in 400 consecutive issues, dating back to 1966. This is the longest such streak, surpassing runner-up Sergio Aragones by nine issues. DeBartolo has written well over 250 television or film parodies for the magazine, easily the most by any Mad writer. DeBartolo recounted his first-ever experience submitting material to Mad in 1961: I wrote a sample script and sent it on to them. I had read in an article that writers should always send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a script they were submitting. That way, if the script was rejected you would get it back. Otherwise, it is just tossed out. Weeks later, I got back my own envelope. I was so disappointed.


  • Writer
  • Screenwriter

Also known as

  • Richard DeBartolo


  • Dennis Wunderlin
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