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2006-11-09 12:33:17 PM  
I'll never forgive my mother for naming me after a Don Martin sound-effect.
 
2006-11-09 12:37:34 PM  
Bush comment in 3..2..1
 
2006-11-09 12:37:45 PM  
I thought that was how you become head of FEMA.
 
2006-11-09 12:40:47 PM  
I thought that was how you become president of the United States.

/wingnutx beat me to it.
 
2006-11-09 12:41:38 PM  
caiteach

youve got it all wrong, you fail at everything after becoming head of FEMA
 
2006-11-09 12:43:23 PM  
MindAD Magazine died with William F. Gaines; it has not been funny since, and the rabidly Left-leaning politization of the mag ruins the original spirit of lampooning everyone equally. In short, MAD sucketh.
 
2006-11-09 12:43:49 PM  
MAD died when they started doing cheap political humor, switched to color glossy paper, and began running ads.

RIP, William Gaines.

/yes, I know MAD ran ads back when it first started
//yes, I know the MAD artists prefer the new color printing
///yes, I know Sergio Aragones alone still makes MAD worth buying
////I still say it's dead, Jim.
 
2006-11-09 12:44:39 PM  
MindAD Magazine died with William F. Gaines;

repeated for the truth.
 
2006-11-09 12:44:54 PM  
Alfred and Bush GIS:

i130.photobucket.com
 
2006-11-09 12:45:35 PM  
Super dead. I was a huge fan of that magazine when I was a kid. I remember getting the trade paperbacks from the library and reading them all summer long - imagine that in today's world.
/GOMFL!
 
2006-11-09 12:46:00 PM  
People still read MAD? And by people I mean people over the age of 8.
 
2006-11-09 12:46:55 PM  
Who are the 205,000 to 233,000 people that still read this magazine?
 
2006-11-09 12:47:46 PM  
Yeah, I haven't liked it much since Trogdor.

Oh, wait, this is the thread where we are way too cool for Mad Magazine because it used to be cooler? I thought it was a HomestarRunner isn't cool like it used to be thread.

I'll take my glib "holier than thou" attitude to another thread because surely no one will act like a "super-cool used to read" asshole in this thread.
 
2006-11-09 12:48:03 PM  
MAD magazine has jumped the shark. It started running ads and it now has a spinoff magazine, MAD Kids. Among that publications features: "Spy vs. Spy Jr.," which features the two going after each other with cream pies.
 
2006-11-09 12:48:38 PM  
"The All Ighty Ollar?"

"Hahaha....I get it."

/got nuthin...
 
2006-11-09 12:48:47 PM  
I gave my wife this:

www.whereworldscollide.com

For her birthday.

She was puzzled.

I was bummed, I thought she was a fan.

/wanders back to the cunniligus thread
//*That*, she's definitely a fan of
 
2006-11-09 12:49:37 PM  
brap: I'll never forgive my mother for naming me after a Don Martin sound-effect.

I'm grateful to your mother. Your name came in handy as a mnemonic for an essay test I recently took.
 
2006-11-09 12:50:12 PM  
In the spirit of the new MAD, I think Al Jaffe should do a rear-cover fold-in that starts as a picture of the new Democrat controlled House & Senate, and folds in to become a picture of the average middle-class American citizen taking it up the ass, because despite the fact that we needed the takeover to stop Bush, the average citizen will still get screwed in the end.
 
2006-11-09 12:51:11 PM  
I really dont read Mad anymore, for a couple of reasons...

(1) Inclusion of Adverts.
(2) Colour.

I suppose they had to survive one way or the other (RE: Advertising) but It just does not do it for me anymore.

To come to think of it, I decided to hit the comic book area in Borders while I was there and flip through a few Marvel and DC rags. ...The drawings look a little too harsh to me...

Another thing I realised is that there is barely half a story in a "Thin" (As we used to call em) comic nowadays.

How does one Pick up on an ongoing storyline without having read at least 5-6 previous issues ?
 
2006-11-09 12:51:13 PM  
You fail at everything else before *and after* becoming editor of "Mad", given the crap I've seen there lately.

/just beating the dead horse.
//is "failing at everything else" also a prereq for becoming an SNL writer?
 
2006-11-09 12:53:14 PM  
It warms my heart that so many farkers know that MAD sucks now.

/Sergio Argonis(spelling?) was my fave
 
2006-11-09 12:53:48 PM  
I have experience as a music citic for a paper with circulation of about 60,000 people, an English degree, one year of post-graduation work in sales, and I can't get a job writing or editing a God damn thing. At the rate my job hunt is going, I'd settle for writing the farking ingredients on the side of a can of pepsi, let alone editor of a magazine. Smug asshole.
 
2006-11-09 12:54:08 PM  
Geez, here you are talking about one of our nation's most time-honored institutions of humor and turning it into an excuse to piss and moan about the recent elections because they didn't go your way?

And you went on and on about what sore losers WE were?

Anyhoo, it's true. Bill Gaines WAS MAD Magazine.
It was never the same after her died.
 
2006-11-09 12:56:44 PM  
i stopped reading MAD and began watching it, only to stop watching it because it wasn't like reading it... so i could make more money, so i could do more coke...
 
2006-11-09 12:56:50 PM  
MADtv sucks balls, and the magazine isn't doing much better. Worse is the fact that SNL now tries to be exactly like MADtv. The plots are horrible, acting is worse and you can never tell who the hell they are doing a parody of because their make-up people suck.
 
2006-11-09 12:57:31 PM  
Burrrrrrn!
 
2006-11-09 12:59:25 PM  
Bart: My God! The Mad Magazine Special Edition. They only put out seventeen of these a year.

Milhouse: Boy! They're really sockin' it to that Spiro Agnew guy again, he must work there or something.

Bart: Let's do the fold-in.

Milhouse: Okay. What higher power do TV evangelists worship?

Bart: I'll say God.

Milhouse: I'll say Jesus.

(They fold the magazine to reveal...)

Bart & Milhouse: The Almighty Dollar!
 
2006-11-09 12:59:42 PM  
/Loved that magazine as a kid (started by reading some of my father's)
//Was anti-Cracked Magazine and pro National Lampoon
///Really don't get the TV show, just not teh funnay
 
2006-11-09 12:59:46 PM  
Today's MAD TV sucks. I can't muster a laugh for anything. I know they're barely comparable, but SNL trumps hard.
 
2006-11-09 12:59:59 PM  
I read Mad in the 80's, and got all the super-special bonus stuff that covered a lot of the 60s and 70s as well. This was Mad in its prime, and I took to like a fish to water when I was about 10 years old.

Its current incarnation is really mediocre in comparison--I can't imagine it inspiring anyone into a life of satire and ironic humor (and it has ads--ADS--for god sakes!). Of course, we're inundated with that kind of humor now (largely thanks to Mad's influence on damn near everybody with a sense of humor today). But since I doubt that today's 10-year-olds are going to be a generation that likes or even understands ironic humor (since it's their parents' generation's thing), I wonder what passes for subversive fun these days. Just video games, cartoons, and other corporate dreck I guess. I don't think they even 'get' The Onion or The Simpsons.


/lighten up, Francis
 
2006-11-09 01:00:06 PM  
There's a great website out there for those of you who might want to rise above all the biatching and sniping about the current state of MAD magazine and reacquaint yourselves with all of your long lost MAD crap. It sells FARKloads of other humor magazines as well. It's called "The MAD Store.Com" and can be accessed at (you guessed it):

http://www.themadstore.com

/What...me worry?
 
2006-11-09 01:00:41 PM  
Hideously Gigantic Smurf: Geez, here you are talking about one of our nation's most time-honored institutions of humor and turning it into an excuse to piss and moan about the recent elections because they didn't go your way?

Well, no. I'll admit that I used to be a Repub, but I voted the other way this year. My comment was meant to say that no matter who is in charge now, we, the average citizen, will always get screwed by politics. Call me cynical, but MAD used to be about lampooning that very sort of thing: human nature.
 
2006-11-09 01:02:23 PM  
www.modern-graphics.de

/couldn't find one of those pageborder graphics i always loved
 
2006-11-09 01:05:58 PM  
My late, weird uncle got me into Mad Magazine (and the Uncle Floyd Show, for that matter) when I was a kid, and I own every issue since #200.
1) It was never the same after Gaines died.
2) The late nineties were abysmally bad, but it has made a respectable turn-around.
3) I can't believe there are actually righties complaining that Mad is too "anti-Republican." It's just like the Daily Show, folks. They mock the people in power. There wasn't an issue without a cigar joke back when Clinton was in power, and the magazine since its very beginnings has been anti-consumerist. Suck it up.
 
2006-11-09 01:08:07 PM  
How do you become editor of MAD magazine? "You fail at everything else"

Sounds like the porn industry.
 
2006-11-09 01:08:25 PM  
i recetnly started to work in a library that's been open since the 60s. Sure enough, one day I found, hidden away in dozen of boxes, the entire collection of Mad magazine from the 60s through 90s... dear diary, jackpot!

The last Mad i bought was when they had the Simpsons/Family Guy on the cover. I farted more than laughted reading that waste of paper and ink.
 
2006-11-09 01:11:44 PM  
So, he's like the original version of a political web site blogger. Except MAD was entertaining.
 
2006-11-09 01:13:34 PM  
Wow, look at all the haters. Mad is still good, maybe not great, but it is still quite enjoyable.
 
2006-11-09 01:16:07 PM  
I just subscribed a week ago. Probably been 17 years since I last read it.

We will see how it going
 
2006-11-09 01:17:33 PM  
Wow, look at all the haters. Mad is still good, maybe not great, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Dear portnoyd,

People don't care about Mad Magazine. They just think it is cool to say something USED TO BE GOOD BUT ISN'T ANYMORE. It is like a power thing. They probably haven't read an issue in years.

Just go to any HSR thread. It is like the T-shirt hell shirt that said, "I LIKED N'SYNC WHEN THEY WERE UNDERGROUND."

The "haters" are just reliving their teens when hating popular stuff was in.
 
2006-11-09 01:23:21 PM  
www.collectmad.com

/Best. MAD. Cover. Evar!
 
2006-11-09 01:27:05 PM  
I loved Mad when I was a kid. I bought one a couple of years ago expecting an awesome trip down memory lane.

Nope. It was horrifically stupid. And I don't think that I've changed that much because I still get a chuckle out of old magazines that I had packed away.

It was just painfully unfunny. Kind of like trying to sit through Saturday Night Live.
 
2006-11-09 01:30:17 PM  
I'm one of those who used to read MAD when I was a kid. I picked one up a couple of years ago, still the same humor, which worked great in the 70's but today, not so much.
 
2006-11-09 01:30:56 PM  
superoogie

My late, weird uncle got me into Mad Magazine (and the Uncle Floyd Show, for that matter)


I stopped reading right there and checked your profile... yep, from the ol' NJ.
Uncle Floyd Rocked.



MAD was the shizzle in the 80's. I really loved it.
 
2006-11-09 01:34:18 PM  
I always liked MAD because it never let anyone get away with anything--plot and logic holes in movies, TV shows, politicians, corporations, society, etc. Some of the MADs from the 60's beat up hippies for their less than enlightened activities. At its peak, the National Lampoon took that idea further for a few years.
 
2006-11-09 01:36:19 PM  
tonesskin: The "haters" are just reliving their teens when hating popular stuff was in.

Nice; try again. Some of us remember what "Quality" was, but I guess you are still too busy wiping your momma's milk off your smug little brat face to remember such a time. I did care about MAD; hell, I used to subscribe. I know thbat it sucks now because about once a year I will pick up a copy at the news stand, and flip though it, hoping they might one day redem themselves, but avast! to no avail. I stick by my original comment. Of course, you likely have no idea who the genius that William F. Gaines was, so I suppose I'm wastimg my time explaining it to you (N'Suck? Who? Get off my lawn!)

Do yourself a favor--- go to your junior high library and look for scanned back-issues from the 80's, and see what real humor was. When you turn 18, go looking for old National Lampoon's from the 70's (your Grandfather might have some under his matress.) Then you will understand the hating. My generation loathes the mediocrity that passes for the real thing nowadays. We hate crap, and rightfully so.
 
2006-11-09 01:37:22 PM  
Thread about how much cooler Nintendo Power was in the 80's in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
 
2006-11-09 01:38:49 PM  
Agreed, ever since William Gaines died, and even moreso when it was purchased by Time Warner it has become unreadable. Sure Sergio Aragones and some of the rest are still there, but did you ever notice all the tv/movie spoof covers for Mad nowadays are of WB/Time Warner shows? It's as if they are using Mad to promote their lame movies, and even worse the movie parodies aren't really that funny (though they never were more than filler)

I figure I should also purchase the CD Rom collection of all the old classics and just imagine that it's dead (which it essentially is, I haven't purchased a Mad Magazine in more than a decade)
 
2006-11-09 01:39:34 PM  
thespindrifter

Yes, you have me all figured out! I have never seen an old issue of Mad ever. In fact, when I subscribed in the 80s, I would just throw it away.

My point isn't that the quality changed (which is subjective). It is that little biatches like you have to make a big deal out of it to make yourself look like you were "cool" because you were into "back then." So was I. I'm not now. That doesn't mean it sucks these days or that I'm worth a shiat...but it does mean that whe someone has to point out to others how something was good "back in the day" (e.g., saying "go to your junior high library") means they are bitter about being old and not setting the trends anymore
 
2006-11-09 01:41:35 PM  
MisterRPG

To quote a smart man,

Do yourself a favor--- go to your junior high library and look for scanned back-issues from the 80's, and see what real humor video game analysis was. When you turn 18, go looking for old National Lampoon's Atari instruction books from the 70's (your Grandfather might have some under his matress.) Then you will understand the hating. My generation loathes the mediocrity that passes for the real thing nowadays. We hate crap, and rightfully so. See, anyone who doesn't agree with "my generation" must be a kid who just doesn't understand.

Love when asshats speak for THEIR GENERATION when it is my generation, too.
 
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