Appearances of Bill Murray in MAD
MAD Magazine #253 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
In his first MAD interior feature, Sam Viviano caricatured Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Annie Potts (among others, of course) for the mini-spoof "Ghost-Dusters," written by Arnie Kogen as one of three 1984 hits "reviewed" by Siskel and Ebert for MAD #253 (March '85).
MAD Magazine #270 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
This one gets funnier when you remember that Bill Murray and John Candy starred together in the 1981 army comedy Stripes. Bill Murray aka. "Pill Wurry" starred as the celebrity interviewer for "MAD's Banana Republic Dictator of the Year." Written by Lou Silverstone and co-illustrated by the legendary Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman, it originally ran in MAD #270 (April '87).
MAD Magazine #290 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
Having already caricatured Bill Murray in MAD's Tootsie spoof ("Tootsie Role," MAD #240, July '83) and dropped him in the splash panel for "Moon-Fighting" (MAD #264, July '86), artist Mort Drucker was more than ready to capture his likeness in the magazine's Ghostbusters II parody. Written by Stan Hart, "Grossbusters II" originally ran in MAD #290 (October '89).
MAD Magazine #321 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
Writer Stan Hart traced several years' worth of less-than-successful Bill Murray ventures for the conclusion to MAD's Groundhog Day satire. Illustrated by Angelo Torres, "Groundhog Deja Vu" originally ran in MAD #321 (September '93).
MAD Magazine #403 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
So why did Bill Murray agree to take on the Bosley second-banana role in the first big-screen adaptation of Charlie's Angels? Apparently, co-star and co-producer Drew Barrymore convinced him to join the whole she-bang, spoofed as "Cheesy Angles" by artist Hermann Mejia and writer Dick DeBartolo for MAD #403 (March '01).
MAD Magazine #417 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
And then there was that time Bill Murray played a pseudo-intellectual husband to a profoundly depressed and disturbed Gwyneth Paltrow. Artist Tom Richmond and writer Arnie Kogen (of "Ghost-Dusters" fame) teamed up for MAD's parody of The Royal Tenenbaums, one of Murray's many collaborations with director Wes Anderson. "The Royal Paininthebums" originally ran in MAD #417 (May '02).
MAD Magazine #530 • USA • 1st Edition - New York
Weirdly, there may be a whole generation of kids who only know Bill Murray as the voice of Baloo in the new Jungle Book movie, or the voice of Garfield, or "that guy who just randomly shows up and does bizarre things at public events where he wasn't even booked." Artist Scott Bricher caught that vibe in his artwork for the Fundalini Pages feature "Least Popular Kids' Hallowe'en Costumes Of 2014." It originally ran in MAD #530 (December '14).