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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 06:26:52 PM  
Still got all my old MAD's from the early-mi 80's and all my Groo the wanderer.

got away from MAD when I found my brothers stash of National Lampoon and started to collect those.

thats when they still had titty in the magazines! Whee!

National Lampoon was something amazing to me at the time, and the comics were amazing to me. Evil klown comix, naked girls telling bad jokes. the one with the dad who looked like the guy from the church of the sub genius. great stuff, and to some one who was being primed for decandant comics by the likes of Bloom county, I got and fell in love.
 
2012-11-04 06:43:17 PM  

Cerebral Knievel: Groo the wanderer


I still like Groo. Sergio Aragonés was always my favorite MAD cartoonist(followed closely by Dave Berg).

Cerebral Knievel: Bloom county


That comic perfectly captured the '80s. I don't think anything else came close. Right now, GoComics is rerunning Bloom County starting with the stuff from 1982.
 
2012-11-04 06:43:33 PM  

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.



Comedy is always where to look for accurate futurism. If it sounds ridiculous and makes you laugh, it's probably going to come true.
 
2012-11-04 06:47:36 PM  
I gave away a full box of my Mad magazines from the '70s and '80s recently, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/huge part of my childhood
//Sorry, No Words
 
2012-11-04 07:09:31 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



Skeebie deebie dap! - The sound of cockroaches being crushed. I remember this from like 40 years ago.
 
2012-11-04 07:18:54 PM  
very interesting. i also grew up on mad. my aunt gave me stacks and stacks...none in good condition...but i read them voraciously when i was a wee lad. come to think of it, that's probably why i'm so farked up.
 
2012-11-04 07:46:30 PM  
I always felt like I was getting a peek at the adult world when reading MAD. I remember reading parodies of Carnal Knowledge and The Graduate as a kid years before we got cable or vhs.

And Mort Drucker was fncking amazing.
 
2012-11-04 07:51:01 PM  

expobill: 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


Edwing is funny, but he always struck me as a guy who thought he was 20% funnier than he was. Sergio and Martin always seemed to set the standard to me.
 
2012-11-04 08:08:18 PM  
Every year at election time I am reminded of these absolutely true quotes from Mad Magazine.

"Don't vote for Alfred E Neuman there are bigger idiots running."

"Vote for Alfred E Neuman you could do worse and you always have."
 
2012-11-04 08:50:28 PM  
I was a regular reader of Mad from '73 until '78. What I lkied most about it was that no one was safe from being lampooned by Gaines and company.

There was a guy where I worked by the name of Bill Sturgis that was the walking, spitting image of Alfred E. Newman. It took all I had to not call him Alfred every time I saw him.
 
2012-11-05 12:01:56 AM  
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Getting to meet Sergio was one of my very favorite moments. Very nice guy, and has been a favorite of mine for a good 30 years now. 

/also, holy crap, even with the graininess of the picture, I look like such a schmuck
 
2012-11-05 12:03:33 AM  
A Venn diagram of Farkers over 50, and Mad Comic readers as teens, night have only one circle

Fark motto of "We don't make the news, we mock it" might have have come straight off Gaines' desk
 
2012-11-05 12:09:17 PM  

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

/Oot greet


chuga-chuga-chuga-chuga-SKLORK!
 
2012-11-05 12:23:23 PM  

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."


I remember a feature that had a bunch of quit-smoking gizmos including "Lung Liner Tips" and explosive devices with randomly-placed fuses (once you smoked beyond the safety zone, you never knew when it was going to go BOOM).
 
2012-11-05 03:34:56 PM  

titwrench: 43 Man Squamish. That is all.


Nah... Three-cornered Pitney is where it's at, baby.
 
2012-11-05 04:35:47 PM  

Fubegra: I remember a feature that had a bunch of quit-smoking gizmos including "Lung Liner Tips" and explosive devices with randomly-placed fuses (once you smoked beyond the safety zone, you never knew when it was going to go BOOM).


And don't forget the Hot Lips Discourager...a metal filter insert that heated up as you smoked. The more you smoked, the more unbearable the pain became.
 
2012-11-05 05:18:41 PM  
the almighty ollar?
 
2012-11-05 09:33:26 PM  

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

/Oot greet

chuga-chuga-chuga-chuga-SKLORK!


fa-GROOOO-la-na (from memory, coroner pulling a morgue drawer open)

thespindrifter: 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 image 825x600]


If you can look at this and not laugh, you are dead inside.
 
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