Ray Alma is an award-winning cartoonist and a huge Planet of the Apes
fan. He has graciously contributed some of his Apes work for display
here. And I'm breaking my strict "No Burton" rule for the site
because his parody for Mad magazine included several nods to the
I asked Ray for a biography:
"I am a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, where I majored in
caricaturist and humorous illustrator, my work has appeared in magazines,
newspapers, books and on TV. I am a contributor to Mad magazine, earning me the
status of one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots".
I won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben award for Best Magazine
Illustration – 2009 and have had some of my original artwork hung in
numerous art galleries including the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MOCCA).
Over the last few years I has been involved in volunteering my talent to help
brighten the lives of those that are recuperating from life threatening medical
procedures. I am a director in The Ink Well Foundation, a group of cartoonists
and artists that travel to pediatric wards to draw for sick children.
In 2010 I became active volunteering for the USO. I have made numerous trips to
various Veterans Hospitals across the country and have traveled abroad to draw
for our troops. In this capacity as an entertainer for the USO, I have gone to
Germany, Kuwait, Turkey, Kosovo, and Iraq."
You can find Ray and more of his work online:
You can read an interview with Ray about this his MAD magazine piece
over on MADmumblings.com.
Click on each image to view a larger version, or click on the download link to
download a high-res image.
These are all excerpts from the Mad magazine parody of the
Tim Burton POTA movie. Not too proud cuz I ultimately hated the movie,
but it was awesome to be drawing POTA for Mad.
This was issue #411, November 2001.