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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   Mad Magazine celebrates its 60th year of publication, 20th year of irrelevancy since Bill Gaines died and DC Comics took over   (post-gazette.com) divider line 68
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2012-11-04 09:44:29 AM
I was looking at an old issue of Mad from the 60s. They predicted by the turn of the century that Americans would be so fat that we'd drive scooters around grocery stores and that the Chinese would be the ones to take over. Which was really weird because at the time the Russians were our big enemy, grocery stores were maybe a quarter the size of the average store now, and people who needed help getting around were in wheelchairs.
 
2012-11-04 09:49:52 AM
I was digging through some old boxes on Thursday and found a memorial big article on Gaines right after his death.

Co-incidences: how do they work?
 
2012-11-04 10:01:35 AM

EngineerAU: I was looking at an old issue of Mad from the 60s. They predicted by the turn of the century that Americans would be so fat that we'd drive scooters around grocery stores and that the Chinese would be the ones to take over. Which was really weird because at the time the Russians were our big enemy, grocery stores were maybe a quarter the size of the average store now, and people who needed help getting around were in wheelchairs.

Yes, and surprisingly that was written by Dave Berg, who was more noted his his Lighter Side creations.
 
2012-11-04 10:02:28 AM
I was walking by the magazine rack in the grocery store the other day and noticed a copy of Mad. I opened it and glanced through it to see if it was anywhere near as entertaining as I used to think it was when I was a teenager in the 70s. It was not - it was decidedly unfunny and just downright stupid. I decided either Mad wasn't funny anymore or I am old.

//I think both are true.
 
2012-11-04 10:04:05 AM
I grew up reading my uncle's old mad magazines from the 60's-70's, and the old mad novels from the 50's.
Now my parents are moving and I'm getting them all, plus all the mad magazines from the early 90's my brother and I bought back then.

I tried reading a new one about a year ago. It wasn't even close to resembling humour. It was if an alien wrote it thinking 'this is their HUMOUR, right?'. Just so absolutely terrible.
Really sad, cause way back when it was so hilarious. Even the stuff in the 90's which was ok, can't hold a candle to it.

/poiuyt
 
2012-11-04 10:05:52 AM
Obligatory MAD is not funny anymore comment.
 
2012-11-04 10:10:50 AM
I saw a new Mad at the store the other day. It was the first one I'd noticed in ages. I honestly thought they had stopped publishing paper issues the same way Cracked had.
 
2012-11-04 10:15:16 AM
Mad ceased to be Mad when Don Martin walked out.
 
2012-11-04 10:18:39 AM
Yup, subby pretty much covered it.

On predictions: can't remember which artist it was, but the idea of the razor with fifty blades in the head, to where you could shave with just one stroke (this was the late '80's or early '90's)... and I was in Target the other day and I swear I saw a fat razor head with SEVEN blades. Un. Farking. Believable.

On Cracked vs. Mad: I remember when Mad was the funny mag, and Cracked was the shiatty competitor that amounted to a cheap imitation. Then Gaines died. Now "Cracked" online can actually make me cough from laughing so hard, and "Mad" is complete bollocks, not even suitable for wiping my ass with. God help us all!

My favorite parts were the movie parodies and the Fold-ins. I violated the virginity of every back-cover fold in at the local news stand when I was a kid... if it had creases in the cover, IT WAS MEEEE! ;)
 
2012-11-04 10:21:39 AM

TV's Vinnie: Mad ceased to be Mad when Don Martin walked out.


Yes, but were his feet folded at odd angles while he was going out the door?

www.nachshon.org.il
 
2012-11-04 10:24:56 AM
I still use "Don Martin sound effects" a lot.

/Oot greet
 
2012-11-04 10:32:13 AM
MAD was a godsend when I was a kid. Yes I'm old.
 
2012-11-04 10:38:53 AM
What, me worry?
 
2012-11-04 10:50:57 AM

TV's Vinnie: Mad ceased to be Mad when Don Martin walked out.


CoonAce: MAD was a godsend when I was a kid. Yes I'm old.


This ^^ for both of these.
 
2012-11-04 11:00:52 AM

Betep: I still use "Don Martin sound effects" a lot.

/Oot greet


"POIT!"
 
2012-11-04 11:06:26 AM
I remember looking at my cousin's old Mads ... did they ever have any females write for Mad in the 60s?

/his mom tossed'm - what would those 60's Mad magazines be worth now? zero? or $$$?
 
2012-11-04 11:08:20 AM

MurphyMurphy: What, me worry?


After Sandy the "What, Me Worry? is still afloat, I have had that name on that boat for almost 30 years.

I am sure many others do also. It takes some getting used to on the radio.
I have some old 60's mad. As a kid, I spent hours looking for hidden meanings in the border drawings.
As I got older I still hide passwords in old quotes, and then pin the comic up over my pc.
 
2012-11-04 11:13:32 AM
I am old. Now I has a sad.
 
2012-11-04 11:24:25 AM
Mad magazine back in the day was something else. It's musings had a profound impact to this very day on the way I view and respond to the planet I live on. The usual gang of idiots were anything but usual and were definitely not idiots. Happy 60th what's left of a once great and proud institution.

Betep: I still use "Don Martin sound effects" a lot.

/Oot greet


It really *was* onomatopoetry of the highest order.

popfessor.com

/Hot.
 
2012-11-04 11:31:13 AM

TV's Vinnie: Mad ceased to be Mad when Don Martin walked out.


I was free-lancing there when that happened.
Bremman calmly took his departure in stride, thinking duck edwing would replace martin
the mag lost it's flavor after 1996
 
2012-11-04 11:46:15 AM

thespindrifter: On Cracked vs. Mad: I remember when Mad was the funny mag, and Cracked was the shiatty competitor that amounted to a cheap imitation. Then Gaines died. Now "Cracked" online can actually make me cough from laughing so hard, and "Mad" is complete bollocks, not even suitable for wiping my ass with. God help us all!


Yep. Between most of the original "Gang of Idiots" being gone and real ads being in it, it just doesn't interest me anymore.

Fortunately, I have this:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-04 11:50:59 AM
Boy, they're really socking it to that Spiro Agnew guy. He must work there or something.
 
2012-11-04 12:11:36 PM
43 Man Squamish. That is all.
 
2012-11-04 12:26:42 PM

thespindrifter: Yup, subby pretty much covered it.

On predictions: can't remember which artist it was, but the idea of the razor with fifty blades in the head, to where you could shave with just one stroke (this was the late '80's or early '90's)... and I was in Target the other day and I swear I saw a fat razor head with SEVEN blades. Un. Farking. Believable.

On Cracked vs. Mad: I remember when Mad was the funny mag, and Cracked was the shiatty competitor that amounted to a cheap imitation. Then Gaines died. Now "Cracked" online can actually make me cough from laughing so hard, and "Mad" is complete bollocks, not even suitable for wiping my ass with. God help us all!

My favorite parts were the movie parodies and the Fold-ins. I violated the virginity of every back-cover fold in at the local news stand when I was a kid... if it had creases in the cover, IT WAS MEEEE! ;)


Was thinking it was Al Jaffee, as I remember being amazed at the prediction. From the Al Jaffee wiki: "Sergio Aragones says of Jaffee, "He is brilliant at many things, but especially inventions.... Other actual inventions that have since come to pass had appeared earlier in Jaffee articles, such as telephone redial and address books (1961), snowboarding (1965), the computer spell-checker (1967), peelable stamps and multi-blade razors (1979), and graffiti-proof building surfaces (1982). "I could imagine those things," Jaffee told an interviewer."

Wow, just amazed.
 
2012-11-04 12:34:33 PM
Mad, National Lampoon and SNL died the same kind of comedy death. Key people left. But Lorne Michaels came back. BZZZZZZZZT! IT's Alive!
 
2012-11-04 01:05:13 PM

Dear Jerk: Mad, National Lampoon and SNL died the same kind of comedy death. Key people left. But Lorne Michaels came back. BZZZZZZZZT! IT's Alive!


Mad may have been okay, but DC integrated the magazine into their corporate structure after Gaines's death and killed the spark that made Mad what it was.

Another major problem was DC's refusal to establish an internet presence for Mad, which made them pretty much irrelevant, and allowed Cracked to come back and do what Mad should have been doing first and better.
 
2012-11-04 01:07:19 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-11-04 01:10:34 PM

nanim: I remember looking at my cousin's old Mads ... did they ever have any females write for Mad in the 60s?

/his mom tossed'm - what would those 60's Mad magazines be worth now? zero? or $$$?


If check eBay etc you'll find they aren't worth a lot, mainly bc most of the fans couldn't bear to chuck them out

I'm still carting round mags from '60's
 
2012-11-04 01:12:58 PM
laughingsquid.com
 
2012-11-04 01:13:13 PM

sure haven't: I grew up reading my uncle's old mad magazines from the 60's-70's


My dad used to buy Mad Magazine all the time when I was a kid (same era). The special issues often had records, stickers, or reprints of 1950s Mad Magazine issues in them.

I was a little kid when this record appeared in the magazine. Oh gosh, did that get a lot of play in our house...(the brothers and I were easily amused).

My favorite sticker: a picture of Richard Nixon, with the caption, "We DID buy a used Ford. From this man."

drateR: Was thinking it was Al Jaffee, as I remember being amazed at the prediction. From the Al Jaffee wiki: "Sergio Aragones says of Jaffee, "He is brilliant at many things, but especially inventions.... Other actual inventions that have since come to pass had appeared earlier in Jaffee articles, such as telephone redial and address books (1961), snowboarding (1965), the computer spell-checker (1967), peelable stamps and multi-blade razors (1979), and graffiti-proof building surfaces (1982). "I could imagine those things," Jaffee told an interviewer."


Jaffee's "Snappy Answers To Stupid Questions" was one of my favorite features...I still have a few of the paperback books.

BTW, the first "sticker stamp" appeared in 1974 (10-cent Christmas issue).

/Mad fan and amateur philatelist
 
2012-11-04 01:36:08 PM
When I was a kid in Chicago in the '60s and '70s, every year at the end of summer, before school started up again, we would take at least a week's vacation up to the same set of rental cottages in a small town in Wisconsin. We would go to the little grocery store to get all our food and stuff, and I always looked forward to Dad picking up a MAD magazine, which he did every time. It was the only circumstance under which I ever got to read MAD; I don't think Mom entirely approved. Anyway most of the movie parodies and such were beyond me, as I had almost never seen the source material, but the comic artwork was always funny for its own sake - Don Martin ruled supreme for me, and I loved Aragones' little marginal doodles - and I thought the fold-ins were works of genius. Later in life I would see some film that had been parodied in one of the MADs that Dad had bought years before, and I would actually remember, and wish I could go back and read it again. Fond memories.
 
2012-11-04 01:36:45 PM

Britney Spear's Speculum: laughingsquid.com


laughingsquid.com.lh4.googleusercontent.com
BRILLIANT!

/they were ALWAYS off by a little bit...GFDD! fffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuu-------------------
 
2012-11-04 01:37:59 PM
When I was much younger, I found my uncle's box of 50's era Mads in my grandparents' attic. Since I was already ready the magazine I wanted these, but my grandmother called my uncle to see if he wanted them and of course he did and I was not to touch them. Years later he told me he sold them for a couple hundred dollars. Think he sold too soon as they were in perfect shape.

Anyway, I used to have stacks of used copies until, uh hum, they 'found a better home' when I went off to college. Learned to love used book stores, trading posts and junk shops looking for those old copies amongst other things....
 
2012-11-04 01:41:50 PM
I remember many a summer day and numerous weekends year round at my grandparents going through my uncle's old MAD magazines from the late 70s and early 80s. Good stuff, I was always a big fan of "The Lighter Side" and it helped form the sense of snark and sarcasm I have today.
 
2012-11-04 01:42:03 PM
Got most of my politics from MAD.

Read this, too.

bunkybrothers.com
 
2012-11-04 01:45:23 PM
Here's something I saw on reddit from an old Mad magazine having to do with Star Wars. I thought it was amusing

12 star wars movies
 
2012-11-04 01:47:37 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Got most of my politics from MAD.

Read this, too.

[bunkybrothers.com image 850x1117]


Wow, forgot about that one. Couldn't find a GIS of Parody, myself.
 
2012-11-04 01:52:57 PM

rickycal78: I remember many a summer day and numerous weekends year round at my grandparents going through my uncle's old MAD magazines from the late 70s and early 80s. Good stuff, I was always a big fan of "The Lighter Side" and it helped form the sense of snark and sarcasm I have today.


I had a big book from a yard sale containing I think all of Dave Berg's Lighter Side of .... strips from the 50's(i think, the style was very 50's ish), 60's and maybe 70's. I read that thing a good many times growing up. Recently my dad gave me a duffle bag of books that were in my room. I was dismayed to find that one was not present.
 
2012-11-04 02:18:43 PM
In some parts of the world, today is Guy Fawkes Day 

i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-04 02:37:16 PM

Drew P Balls: [lh4.googleusercontent.com image 295x244]


I made this for a PS contest a while back. No one got the reference.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-04 02:48:20 PM

TV's Vinnie: Mad ceased to be Mad when Don Martin walked out.


I pretty much agree with that assessment.
 
2012-11-04 03:25:14 PM
Cracked may have once been a cheap Mad rip-off, but it adapted to the 21st Century just fine. I probably read two or three Cracked articles a week.

When's the last time you read a Mad article? Their inability or unwillingness to embrace the internet is truly the work of a gang of idiots.
 
2012-11-04 03:31:40 PM

Confabulat: Cracked may have once been a cheap Mad rip-off, but it adapted to the 21st Century just fine. I probably read two or three Cracked articles a week.

When's the last time you read a Mad article? Their inability or unwillingness to embrace the internet is truly the work of a gang of idiots.


Well, they are owned by WBDC.

So... yeah. Gang of idiots it is.
 
2012-11-04 03:41:53 PM
Mad depressed me the last time I read it. Lots of swearing, terrible art, not much in the way of humor, and ADS! Who the hell decided Mad Magazine should sell ad space??
 
2012-11-04 03:44:15 PM

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Mad depressed me the last time I read it. Lots of swearing, terrible art, not much in the way of humor, and ADS! Who the hell decided Mad Magazine should sell ad space??


DC.

They decided sometime in the early 2000s that they had to make the magazine color and sell ads to keep it modern, or something like that.
 
2012-11-04 03:48:18 PM

Betep: I still use "Don Martin sound effects" a lot.

/Oot greet


fc06.deviantart.net
 
2012-11-04 05:00:37 PM
My best racket as a kid would be to routinely buy old Mads from the comic store for a buck each, then turn around and sell them to a classmate for $17 each.

I still have a great collection... A mint 100th issue... A mint middle finger issue, the Clockwork Orange issue, Jaws, Temple of Doom,..... and dozens and dozens from the 70's and 60's. Some of them have like a vinyl record inside, still attached to the binding. I doubt they're worth too much....

Its strange how the brain works... I can pick one up and start reading, that i haven't read in probably 25 years, and i still remember every single article and joke.... I guess its like baseball stats... it stays with you.
 
2012-11-04 05:28:24 PM
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2012-11-04 03:48:18 PM

Betep: I still use "Don Martin sound effects" a lot.

/Oot greet


Geen!! - The sound of Plastic Man giving someone the finger, three floors up.


/Some things stay with you forever
 
2012-11-04 06:02:00 PM
I'm 36 and when I moved to Boston, I brought all of my old Mad's with me, just to keep me entertained. When Gaines died, Mad went down the drain. Like a lot of others in here, I flipped through one recently and didn't laugh once. It was sad in a way, the comedy and artwork when Mad was funny enough to make a 12 year old pee his britches, was no longer there.

I've got Aliens, Back to the Future, etc...

Mort Drucker was a friggin genius with his artwork.
 
2012-11-04 06:12:44 PM
Humor in a jugular vein!

/hot
 
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