Bashar Assad sneaks into Walter White's meth lab on this week's New Yorker cover

Even one of television's greatest villains is not as threatening as a real life villain

By Prachi Gupta
September 23, 2013 5:27PM (UTC)
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Cartoonist Barry Blitt, whose 77 New Yorker covers have included the perennially funny baby Rush Limbaugh and brilliant toe-tapping Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has again blended pop culture, absurdism and current events to create piercing social commentary. In this week's cover, Blitt takes one of television's most compelling villains, "Breaking Bad's" meth boss Walter White, rendered helpless as real-life villain Bashar Assad takes over the lab to concoct some lethal chemical weapons.

Blitt titled the cover "Bad Chemistry," telling the New Yorker that it “seems like there’s never a shortage of real life villains to make even the most conscience-free fictional character look comic in comparison—alas.”


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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