Desmond Devlin

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Desmond Devlin
Devlin at a November 18, 2013 signing for Inside Mad at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan.
Occupation Comedy writer, satirist
Genre Comedy, satire
Notable works Mad
Notable awards 2001 Harvey Award nomination

Desmond Devlin is an American comedy writer. His work has appeared in the pages of Mad magazine since 1984, and with more than 400 bylined articles, he ranks as one of the magazine's four most frequent non-illustrating writers.[1]

Devlin's recurring features have included "Melvin and Jenkins' Guide to ____," "Badly-Needed Warning Labels for Rock Albums," "Chilling Thoughts," "Pop-Off Videos," "MadDeconstructs Talk Shows" and "Graphic Novel Review." He has also written over fifty TV and movie parodies for the magazine, including all eight of the Harry Potter films[2][3][4][5][6][7] and all six installments of the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit film series.[3][4][8]

He was nominated for a 2001 Harvey Award for Best Writer for his work at Mad.[9]


  1. ^ Slaubaugh, Mike. "MAD MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTOR APPEARANCES: Issues No. 1 to No. 522". Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  2. ^ MAD (391), March 2000 
  3. ^ a b MAD (412), December 2001 
  4. ^ a b MAD (424), December 2002 
  5. ^ Mad (433), September 2003 
  6. ^ MAD (443), July 2004 
  7. ^ MAD (460), December 2005 
  8. ^ MAD (436), December 2003 
  9. ^ "2001 Harvey Awards". The Harvey Awards. Retrieved August 15, 2013.

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