Ronald James Letchford

Editor and Cover Artist


Ronald James Letchford

Country: Great Britain

Born: 1935

Died: 2014

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The late Ron Letchford had a history with British MAD since 1969, working with various concerns who handled MAD in the UK. His capabilities lay in the business, production and distribution areas.

When Warner dropped the books and magazines arm of its business in favour of video in the late 1970s, Ron pitched for the British MAD licence, as one half of the now-defunct Suron International Publications, which also had links with other international MAD publishers.

Ron elected to ‘double up’, taking on the editorial role himself, in addition to publishing. One of Ron’s plus-points was his success in developing Harry North as a British MAD contributor. (North provided original work for both British and American Mad issues, with the result that results on both sides of the Atlantic would be comparable in terms of professionalism.)

Ron also ‘discovered’ Dave Stoten, whose sometimes loosely-drawn (but otherwise on-the-money) caricatures led him to be a senior designer on TV’s ‘Spitting Image’; and, later, Maurice Mechan (see Maurice’s own page).

Suron wound up when British MAD was passed to a non-publishing concern, then to London Editions who merged with Fleetway; Ron remained as editor throughout (although Fleetway surrendered the licence back to the US).

I personally miss working on MAD with Ron, who was more-than-generous with MAD freebies and would often wine and dine his contributors.

(An interesting side-anecdote is that the Italian Panini Brothers knew Ro n and once asked him to oversee their ‘stickers’ operation in Britain. To Ron's eternal regret, he turned this down, before the idea went into orbit.)


written by David Robinson

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MAD Magazine #198 October 1978

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MAD Magazine #199 November 1978

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MAD Magazine #200 December 1978

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MAD Magazine #201 January 1979

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MAD Magazine #202 February 1979

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MAD Magazine #208 August 1979

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MAD Magazine #209 September 1979

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MAD Magazine #210 October 1979

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MAD Magazine #211 November 1979

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MAD Magazine #212 December 1979

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MAD Magazine #213 January 1980

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MAD Magazine #214 February 1980

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MAD Magazine #220 August 1980

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MAD Magazine #221 September 1980

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MAD Magazine #222 October 1980

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MAD Magazine #224 December 1980

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MAD Magazine #225 January 1981

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MAD Magazine #232 August 1981

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MAD Magazine #233 September 1981

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MAD Magazine #234 October 1981

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MAD Magazine #235 November 1981

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MAD Magazine #236 December 1981

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MAD Magazine #237 January 1982

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MAD Magazine #244 August 1982

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MAD Magazine #245 September 1982

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MAD Magazine #246 October 1982

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MAD Magazine #247 November 1982

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MAD Magazine #248 December 1982

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MAD Magazine #249 January 1983

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MAD Magazine #256 August 1983

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MAD Magazine #257 September 1983

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MAD Magazine #258 October 1983

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MAD Magazine #260 December 1983

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MAD Magazine #261 January 1984

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MAD Magazine #268 August 1984

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MAD Magazine #269 September 1984

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MAD Magazine #270 October 1984

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MAD Magazine #271 November 1984

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MAD Magazine #272 December 1984

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MAD Magazine #273 January 1985

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MAD Magazine #280 August 1985

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MAD Magazine #281 September 1985

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MAD Magazine #282 October 1985

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MAD Magazine #283 November 1985

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MAD Magazine #284 December 1985

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MAD Magazine #285 January 1986

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MAD Magazine #292 August 1986

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MAD Magazine #304 August 1987

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MAD Magazine #305 September 1987

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MAD Magazine #306 October 1987

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MAD Magazine #307 November 1987

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MAD Magazine #308 December 1987

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MAD Magazine #309 January 1988

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MAD Magazine #316 August 1988

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MAD Magazine #321 January 1989

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MAD Magazine #328 August 1989

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MAD Magazine #332 December 1989

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MAD Magazine #333 January 1990

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MAD Magazine #334 February 1980

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MAD Magazine #340 August 1990

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MAD Magazine #341 September 1990

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MAD Magazine #342 October 1990

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MAD Magazine #343 November 1990

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MAD Magazine #344 December 1990

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MAD Magazine #345 January 1991

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MAD Magazine #346 February 1991

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MAD Magazine #352 August 1991

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MAD Magazine #353 September 1991

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MAD Magazine #354 October 1991

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MAD Magazine #355 November 1991

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MAD Magazine #356 December 1991

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MAD Magazine #357 January 1992

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MAD Magazine #358 February 1992

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MAD Magazine #364 August 1992

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MAD Magazine #365 September 1992

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MAD Magazine #366 August 1992

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MAD Magazine #367 November 1992

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MAD Magazine #368 December 1992

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MAD Magazine #369 January 1993

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MAD Magazine #370 February 1993

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MAD Magazine #376 August 1993

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MAD Magazine #377 September 1993

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MAD Magazine #378 October 1993

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MAD Magazine #379 November 1993

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MAD Magazine #380 December 1993

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MAD Magazine #381 January 1994

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Collector's MAD #4 October 1993

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Collector's MAD #5 December 1993

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