Nick Meglin was best known as the former editor of MAD Magazine, a position that he held for most of his professional career. He was a proud member of the Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, Writers Guild of America, and the National Cartoonist Society.
His musical TIM & SCROOGE (book and lyrics), written with composer Neil Berg, had had critically acclaimed productions at Queens Theater in the Park as well as Westchester Broadway Theatre where it won the Best New Musical Award in 2016. Nick is currently working on the musical, THE MICE WILL PLAY, also with composer Neil Berg.
He is the author of 15 books including: MAD About the 50’s, MAD About the 60’s, Rotten Rhymes and Other Crimes, MAD Stew, Honor Thy Godfather, Superfan, Superfan Again! as well as articles in over 300 national publications including Tennis Magazine, Opera News, Pro Quarterback, The NY Sunday Times, American Artist Magazine, Ideas, etc.
He was particularly proud of his book, Drawing From Within, written with his daughter Diane, a psychological social worker at Duke University Medical Center. An earlier work, The Art of Humorous Illustration, is considered the definitive work on the subject.
Nick wrote comedy albums (several in association with Earle Doud, creator of the First Family recordings) and the popular Everything You Wanted to Know About the Godfather – But Don’t Ask! Various other projects include audio dramas recorded for American Cancer Society, and special material for performers, industrial shows and celebrity award dinners.
In addition, Nick wrote for syndicated comic strips and TV animation, his favorite being episodes for The Pink Panther written with his son Chris, an English teacher at Riverside HS in Durham, NC who serves as “translator of my Brooklynese into proper English.”
A frequent guest on radio and TV, Nick made over fifty appearances including: The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Larry King, Howard Stern, Robert Klein, several National Public Radio special programs, and the popular Frank Stasio program, The State of Things.