We're now several weeks in to the new school year, which means disillusioned and exhausted teachers may have started calling in sick to work already, and it's time for the substitutes to step up. Thankfully Mad Magazine's usual gang of idiots --- specifically Kenny Keil and John Kerschbaum --- have provided a helpful illustrated guide to the challenges of substitute teaching in the upcoming issue #536, and we've got an exclusive first look. Of course, it's about as respectful of the profession as you might expect.

The issue also features the magazine's take on the unexpectedly awesome Masterchef Junior TV show, hence the frankly horrifying cover above, featuring Gordon Ramsay and Alfred E. Neuman's very poor knife safety skills.

Check out the preview below:



Founded by Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines, Mad Magazine is now in its 63rd year as America's foremost satirical magazine. Earlier this year the magazine featured Weird Al Yankovic as guest editor; you can check out our interview with Weird Al here.

Here's what else to expect from the upcoming issue:


Guess what we cooked up? A full-length spoof of MasterChef Junior! Plus, “The Hunger Games vs. the NFL,” “The Death Star 3.0 Kickstarter Campaign” and “Sergio Aragonés’ MAD Look at Beer” also made the cut! Throw in Planet Tad, Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Strip Club, Al Jaffee's Fold-In and a portrait of Alfred E. Neuman made entirely out of Emojis and you’ve got a recipe for real stupidity!


Mad Magazine #536 is on sale October 14.