Oh, the many wasted hours of my youth enjoying MAD. RIP indeed! Cracked gets an honourable mention.
What me worry?
I used to read it when I was a schoolboy in the mid-1960s. Then, one day, my parents and I were in a convenience store in town one day and my mother saw it on the racks alongside Playboy. My mother then forbade me from reading it as she, by virtue of its placement, believed MAD to be “unsuitable” for my young mind, if you get my meaning.
Its brand of humour fit in well with the irreverence of the 1960s and I found it enormously funny during that time, but, then again, I was in elementary school. However, it didn’t age well and, as an adult, I found its humour to be rather tepid. By then, I had become a fan of Monty Python and MAD simply didn’t come close to that zaniness.
I haven’t read an issue in years and, frankly, I won’t miss it.
I read it whenever it was laying around. Never thought it worth buying.
Did you see Yellow Beard? Funniest movie I ever saw.
Haven’t seen that movie yet. I’ll have to look out for it. One reason I enjoyed Animal House was that I knew people like that while I was an undergrad and at least one floor in the residence complex I lived in during my sophomore year was like it.
At 10yo … I read Mad Mag cover to cover. Sad.
I’ve always liked MAD, but the last several years their humor went from general satire to full ‘woke’ left wing. I didn’t really feel they were much different than regular news papers to be honest
Spent many an hour flipping the pages of that magazine as a kid. I learned to draw by copying some of the drawings from it and another magazine called CARtoons.
I found out that CARtoons has been resurrected digitally and I don’t think that the Mad Magazine brand is going away anytime soon.
I read Mad up until my high school years, then one day I said “This is lame”. 40+ years since then and I have not reconsidered.
In response to the movies made by National Lampoon, such as Animal House, MAD made one in the early 1980s. I finally got to see it a few years ago and I thought it was terrible and not at all funny.
It is indeed sad to hear of the demise of MAD. I outgrew MAD quite a long time ago, graduating to National Lampoon. I suppose it is another indication of how quickly I have gone from a teenager to a sexagenarian. Melancholy in the same way as the passing of friends and musical icons from my youth.
They were an integral part of summers in the sixties for me but I don’t think I looked at one since.
I blame early MAD magazine for my sense of humor. Also the old Sid Caesar shows with their inspired silliness. I just moved on to other things. They made me laugh. So did the Marx Brothers. Bless them all for helping us to poke fun at ourselves.
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Like others here, I read this magazine in my teens sixty years ago. Haven’t looked at it since.
In 1952 Mad was 10 cents. By 1960 it was 25 cents. Today with collectors you’re talking a few bucks, $40 to $200. At Amazon they’re selling the March ’60 (# 53) copy and it is available for $34.50 plus $4.50 shipping.
(In the 60’s 25 cents bought 2 Archie Comics. I went with Old Arch and traded with friends)
Sad to lose what we grew up with, but then it has been on the downslide since Bill Gaines passed away.
It was also of the era, spy vs spy and Don Martin captured the insanity of the world in their sketches.
Lastly I will posit to you that the current political climate we are living in the USA (Canada and the west in general) far outpaces the insanity of Mad Magazine, hence it has become redundant.
Maybe it will revive at some point, so a toast to all those who contributed, go take a well earned rest and turn off the TV, Radio and Social(ist) Media and read a good book (or old copies of Mad).
I enjoyed the hidden cartoons that were often drawn in between the frames in the main features. Many of them were quite clever.
MAD left me when they decided they needed to go to a colour format and add lots of advertising to pay for it. The first episode like this was my last. I carefully went through all of the ads (especially the backgrounds) looking for the hidden jokes. They weren’t there, so neither was I afterwards.
I still have a box of the black and whites, and some of their super specials with the older colour comix, that I break out every few years and still enjoy.
Heavy Metal – the only Feminist magazine I would ever read.
I first encountered Mad in the sixties and even had a subscription for a time.
So much of the material had a predictable liberal slant but that was ok; we were all liberals then.
Mom loved the magazine and would laugh and laugh. Different time.
RIP MAD….I used to love the spy vs spy ones and the crazy and hilarious cartoons. I still recall one called “Crazy replies from inside an elevator”
” Are you going up.??” No..!! we’re standing still, you must be going down.?”
“Are you going up.??” No, were gonna fool everyone and go sideways.”
As an 11 yr old that stuff hit my funny bone big time…and to be honest, i’ve used those lines since.
But, just as no discussion of American culture and letters is complete without mentioning the Great Charles M. Schultz’s contribution to American humor, one must to give a special shout out to Mad’s Don Martin. Consider:
These are comedy gold.
Ah, yes, Don Martin…. I thought his stuff was hilarious. (I remember actually reading the second one in a magazine, though I can’t remember which issue.)
Dave Berg was also good for lampooning modern society and real life with his cartoons.
‘pull down, tear up’
oh gawd I remember seeing that one the first time, thinking as I did, not aware I have a form of autism,
‘well. FINALLY someone ‘gets it’ with the hyper literal interpretation of various ‘rules’ ‘ LOL !!!!
Mad was still pretty good in the 80s but became useless as the 90s rolled into the 2000s. Funny thing; I noticed the same thing happen to Maxin as the oughts rolled into the teens. That was another irreverent and humorous magazine in it’s time.
In the 50’s and 60’s my grandfather was employed in a facility for the insane and retarded. Some of the inmates got Mad magazines. He used to bring them home for enjoyment for us kids. ( The magazines, not the inmates.)
MAD was purchased by DC a while ago, and is being shuttered along with DC Vertigo and a bunch of other imprints that have been shedding readers for 20 years. Because they went Woke(tm) somewhere around the late 1990s early 2000s, and their mag stopped being funny. Get woke, go broke.
I was never a fan of MAD back in the day, except for Spy vs. Spy. I’d skip through the whole thing if I found one to see the Spy vs. Spy parts.
Spy vs. Spy was likely my favourite feature.
No surprise and no loss.
Humour does not seem to work on indoctrinated zombies.
No joy,no self ridicule the poor wee social justice warriors don’t need no mocking.
Sad to see it made official but the magazine died years ago.
MAD and Trump bashing:
following, ummmm, TWO trends there MAD?
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