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(Great Falls Tribune)   Mad Magazine editorial great Al Feldstein joins the usual gang of idiots in the sky. Potrzebie   (greatfallstribune.com) divider line 78
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2014-04-30 08:06:42 PM
Man, I grew up reading MAD Magazine, every month was worth reading cover to cover, and this was still way past their heyday, like the late 80's and early 90's. I still used to buy it monthly until the early 2000's, but it seemed to lose something about 10 years ago, I don't know if it was a change in management, or if the last of the old guard finally retired, but the humor suddenly changed from being clever and edgy to childish and dumb. I think the magazine is only published quarterly or bi monthly now, right? Last time I saw one in the Airport Newsstand the cover price was something like $7 or $8, which I couldn't justify. Oh well, good times.
 
2014-04-30 08:14:51 PM
mans-womans.com
 
2014-04-30 08:21:57 PM
RIP, funny man

/All of them were funny
//We shall not see their like again
 
2014-04-30 08:30:12 PM

spman: Man, I grew up reading MAD Magazine, every month was worth reading cover to cover, and this was still way past their heyday, like the late 80's and early 90's. I still used to buy it monthly until the early 2000's, but it seemed to lose something about 10 years ago, I don't know if it was a change in management, or if the last of the old guard finally retired, but the humor suddenly changed from being clever and edgy to childish and dumb. I think the magazine is only published quarterly or bi monthly now, right? Last time I saw one in the Airport Newsstand the cover price was something like $7 or $8, which I couldn't justify. Oh well, good times.


Jesus. $7 or $8 FFS? I remember when I was upset that they went from 50 cents:

www.comicbook-collecting.com

To a whopping 60 cents:

images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Meaning a dollar would no longer buy me a Mad Magazine, a coke and a candy bar.

/Oh, crap.
//I've become my Dad.
 
2014-04-30 09:04:40 PM
My god, I remember those covers...

My dad gave me his when he was done reading them...

Mom didn't like this much.
 
2014-04-30 09:06:47 PM

spman: Man, I grew up reading MAD Magazine, every month was worth reading cover to cover, and this was still way past their heyday, like the late 80's and early 90's. I still used to buy it monthly until the early 2000's, but it seemed to lose something about 10 years ago, I don't know if it was a change in management, or if the last of the old guard finally retired, but the humor suddenly changed from being clever and edgy to childish and dumb. I think the magazine is only published quarterly or bi monthly now, right? Last time I saw one in the Airport Newsstand the cover price was something like $7 or $8, which I couldn't justify. Oh well, good times.


As usual, blame DC.

The early 2000s was when Joe Orlando had died and DC finally got their hooks into the book all the way, changing the magazine to color and adding in real advertisement. It just killed the book. But, DC never has known what to do with books and characters they didn't originally create.

Another DC mistake was never giving MAD a web presence at all. What Cracked is now is what MAD should have been.... a heavy web presence, stupid articles trying to be funny (or maybe actually funny), lists... only Mad could have had an archive of their old material, too. But, no, no web presence for MAD, so Cracked wins the war.

Anyway, enough lamenting MAD, Al Feldstein is dead. When Harvey Kurtzman got too big and highfalutin for his britches and tried to hold Bill Gaines up for 51% of the company if Gaines waned to retain Kurtzman's services, who was called in to run MAD when Gaines told Kurtzman to fark off? Al Feldstein, that's who. And he helped take the magazine to the heights everyone remembers MAD for in the 60s and 70s.
 
2014-04-30 09:14:22 PM
Danger Avoid Death:
Jesus. $7 or $8 FFS? I remember when I was upset that they went from 50 cents:

[www.comicbook-collecting.com image 350x458]

To a whopping 60 cents:

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 600x788]

Meaning a dollar would no longer buy me a Mad Magazine, a coke and a candy bar.

/Oh, crap.
//I've become my Dad.


Hell, I remember when they went from 25 cents cheap to 35 cents highway robbery.  I still bought them until I went off to college, though.
 
2014-04-30 09:21:38 PM

baka-san: My god, I remember those covers...

My dad gave me his when he was done reading them...

Mom didn't like this much.


Mad Magazine was pure genius in those days.

Remember the fold-ins?

3.bp.blogspot.com

/still relevant today.
 
2014-04-30 09:24:26 PM
Long before I discovered the joys of National Lampoon, I grew up reading Mad in the early 60s. Mort Drucker, Sergio Aragones, Dave Berg, et al, pretty much shaped my sense of humor.

So I'm saddened to hear this. Thanks for the laughs, and the knowledge that the people running the world are the real gang of idiots.

/Poit!
 
2014-04-30 09:26:13 PM
When they close the coffin, it will go GING-FWAP!
/rip funny MAD guy
 
2014-04-30 09:27:29 PM
I has a foinsapp.

Er, foinsadd.


SAD. I has a sad.
 
2014-04-30 09:31:10 PM

Danger Avoid Death: baka-san: My god, I remember those covers...

My dad gave me his when he was done reading them...

Mom didn't like this much.

Mad Magazine was pure genius in those days.

Remember the fold-ins?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x324]

/still relevant today.


Still being done, by hand, by the same guy.
 
2014-04-30 09:32:30 PM
www.sleeveface.com
 
2014-04-30 09:44:15 PM
Arthur?

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2014-04-30 09:46:00 PM
My Halloween outfit from this last year:

img.fark.net

Thanks, Al!
 
2014-04-30 09:48:02 PM
stevestiles.com
 
2014-04-30 09:51:10 PM
MAD magazine warped my mind!
 
2014-04-30 10:04:50 PM
How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?
 
2014-04-30 10:08:28 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-30 10:09:48 PM

MFAWG: How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?


Ask your mom.
 
2014-04-30 10:11:47 PM

MFAWG: How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?


It definitely was a major influence on my sense of humor

/started reading it about age 8
//could never take anything or anyone seriously from then on
 
2014-04-30 10:16:52 PM

zvoidx: MFAWG: How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?

Ask your mom.


I would, but there's a 'Splorklsplorkl' noise coming from in there.
 
2014-04-30 10:18:19 PM
lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-04-30 10:20:38 PM

Danger Avoid Death: baka-san: My god, I remember those covers...

My dad gave me his when he was done reading them...

Mom didn't like this much.

Mad Magazine was pure genius in those days.

Remember the fold-ins?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x324]

/still relevant today.


Your face when your 8 years old and you line up the fold

thumbs.newschoolers.com
 
2014-04-30 10:33:26 PM
found a mad magazine somewhere along the Alaskan hiway when I was 8. 1964. I did'nt believe they made such things. It was great!
Also,my sister puked on my new white Keds. Never got the stain out.

/yin-yang is real
 
2014-04-30 10:35:02 PM
Eecch, feccch, and fehhh
 
2014-04-30 10:46:31 PM
I still have an Alfred E. Newman for President poster, circa 1968, but that's all that's left of my Mad archives. A couple years-worth of magazines from that era were lost in a crushed/flooded house. Maybe I still have a not-quite-so-old Don Martin collection paperback. Dang.

RIP and thanks for all the snark training
 
2014-04-30 11:07:53 PM
It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide.
 
2014-04-30 11:11:38 PM
Mad in the mid sixties, then National Lampoon, then finally Creem.
throw in millions of hours of listening to rock n roll, doing drugs and chasing poon,
and you have the best era to come of age in all of man's history (and yes, i missed the draft by one year)
 
2014-04-30 11:13:16 PM
 
2014-04-30 11:31:12 PM

Lorelle: :(

This always cheers me up.


Someone should synch that with the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles
 
2014-04-30 11:35:15 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: MFAWG: How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?

It definitely was a major influence on my sense of humor

/started reading it about age 8
//could never take anything or anyone seriously from then on


Came here to say something similar. Used to read MAD and cracked from around 1995 to 2000 (9 to 14 yrs old). I definitely can't deny the impact it had on my sense of humor as well. Good times, I regret not still having them stored away somewhere :(
 
2014-04-30 11:37:03 PM
:(

See ya on the other side.
 
2014-04-30 11:38:31 PM
Oh, man.  I couldn't believe the subversive humor when I discovered MAD in the early 70's.  Loved-loved-loved it!  One of the huge influences of my humor.  The classic tragedy occurred when my mother decided one day to throw them out after finding my stash of these.  Fortunately, I had pulled the '76 Star Trek Musical edition out and it was elsewhere when she did this dastardly deed.  Still have it today in near-perfect condition.  The movers and shapers of our generation are starting to die off, and it is a bit sobering.

/RIP very funny man.
//What, me sad?  Yes.
///Poit, fwee, and dit-dit-dit.
 
2014-04-30 11:49:28 PM

MFAWG: How influential was MAD in creating the 'Snark Generation'?


Just because Alfred E. Newman is a dick doesn't mean he went around knocking broads up
 
2014-04-30 11:52:48 PM

Danger Avoid Death: baka-san: My god, I remember those covers...

My dad gave me his when he was done reading them...

Mom didn't like this much.

Mad Magazine was pure genius in those days.

Remember the fold-ins?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x324]

/still relevant today.


They made it into a book

Mad Fold-ins
 
2014-05-01 12:54:46 AM
I just got this yesterday...

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-01 12:59:58 AM
MAD was flat out awesome.  "Starchie," their slant on "Archie," was one of my favorites.  Hypodermic syringes galore.
 
2014-05-01 01:11:15 AM

soseussme: I just got this yesterday...

[img.fark.net image 850x719]


Holy shiat, they must have been giving out the same hats for at least 15 years, b/c I got one of those in junior high.
 
2014-05-01 01:22:16 AM
Mid-60s. Read the magazine and the paperbacks starting as a kid.

I really didn't know what "segregation" really was, but Mad's joke about kids caring about segregation NOT because no teen wanted to go to a same sex only class. So when a 5th grade teacher said to another "should we segregate them?" before going on the bus for a field trip, I knew what he meant.
 
2014-05-01 01:24:26 AM

Kevin72: Mid-60s. Read the magazine and the paperbacks starting as a kid.

I really didn't know what "segregation" really was, but Mad's joke about kids caring about segregation NOT because no teen wanted to go to a same sex only class. So when a 5th grade teacher said to another "should we segregate them?" before going on the bus for a field trip, I knew what he meant.


/yes I sound like a "Northerner".
 
2014-05-01 01:32:18 AM
I've got an old MAD board game 'round here somewhere.

/read the mag lots in the '70s and early 80's
 
2014-05-01 02:30:26 AM
I've got a box of older (not even the first few years, MAYBE late 70's) ones in the garage. I keep meaning to go through them.
 
2014-05-01 02:48:14 AM
I inherited the late 60s issues in the mid-70s. I keep a copy of Snappy Comebacks @ work.
 
2014-05-01 05:29:44 AM
We should host a game of Three-Cornered Pitney in his honour.
 
2014-05-01 06:41:36 AM
Farewell Funny Man, thanks for all of the laughs
 
2014-05-01 06:51:44 AM

Danger Avoid Death: spman: Man, I grew up reading MAD Magazine, every month was worth reading cover to cover, and this was still way past their heyday, like the late 80's and early 90's. I still used to buy it monthly until the early 2000's, but it seemed to lose something about 10 years ago, I don't know if it was a change in management, or if the last of the old guard finally retired, but the humor suddenly changed from being clever and edgy to childish and dumb. I think the magazine is only published quarterly or bi monthly now, right? Last time I saw one in the Airport Newsstand the cover price was something like $7 or $8, which I couldn't justify. Oh well, good times.

Jesus. $7 or $8 FFS? I remember when I was upset that they went from 50 cents:

[www.comicbook-collecting.com image 350x458]

To a whopping 60 cents:

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 600x788]

Meaning a dollar would no longer buy me a Mad Magazine, a coke and a candy bar.

/Oh, crap.
//I've become my Dad.


It happens to the best of us.

/RIP funny dude
 
2014-05-01 07:31:09 AM
Potrzebie
 
2014-05-01 07:59:21 AM

Betep: I inherited the late 60s issues in the mid-70s. I keep a copy of Snappy Comebacks @ work.


I got ones from the 50s in the 60s, and that got me hooked.
 
2014-05-01 08:16:58 AM

docmattic: We should host a game of Three-Cornered Pitney  42-Man Squamish in his honour.


FTFY

/portzebie
 
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