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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
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2014-05-01 08:21:16 AM  

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

FTFY

/portzebie


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2014-05-01 08:41:21 AM  

frymeupasteak: 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)


Yep. Don't forget National Lampoon's Radio Hour, which spawned SNL. And hours of listening to comedy LPs by Richard Pryor, Stan Freberg, Woody Allen, etc. Not to mention "wake and bake" on Saturday morning to watch cartoons like Rocky and Bullwinkle with their subversive edge.

Anyone who's interested in how Mad fits into the era of "Boomer humor" should read "Going Too Far" by Tony Hendra. He starts off with Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce and ends up with NatLamp, Animal House, and SNL. Good read and well worth a few bucks at the used-book store.

/Vootie
 
2014-05-01 08:46:38 AM  

wiredroach: My Halloween outfit from this last year:

[img.fark.net image 639x960]

Thanks, Al!


The semi-untuck is a nice touch.

/thought this was announcing Al Jaffee's death for a minute.
//that guy has grandkids who were Holocaust survivors.
///MAD would've done jokes that harsh back in the day.
 
2014-05-01 09:00:13 AM  

wiredroach: My Halloween outfit from this last year:

[img.fark.net image 639x960]

Thanks, Al!


Nice! +1 Internets.
 
2014-05-01 09:00:33 AM  

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


I dunno, I'm reading snappy answers to dumb questions.
 
2014-05-01 09:01:52 AM  

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.


My parents bought me yearly subscriptions to Mad back in the 70s. Great comics.
 
2014-05-01 09:11:14 AM  
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2014-05-01 09:21:44 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: 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.


Here's what I'd call the definitive portrait of MAD's decline into irrelevance: The 2011 parody of the Green Lantern movie. Big cover painting of Alfred as the GL, by-the-numbers parody of the movie inside.

Bizarrely, the street date of the issue was also the release date of the movie. Why would the writers, artists and editors pour all that effort into spoofing a movie they could not possibly have seen yet, because it wasn't out?

It's the strangest thing ever until you realize: MAD, the Green Lantern, and the Green Lantern movie are all Warner Brothers holdings.

The magazine that once feared no one, and was proud that for decades it did not accept advertising, BECAME the advertisement while our backs were turned.
 
2014-05-01 09:46:09 AM  
I picked up an issue about a year ago, and they haven't completely lost their touch. This was the back cover:

img.fark.net
OTOH, it was a very different magazine from the one I would read as a kid/teen the 90s/early 2000s. Much less witty and satirical for the most part, and a lot more fast-paced and ADHD-y. A lot like their new cartoon show.

/But I have ADHD, so I enjoyed it. Just in a different way than the old one.
 
2014-05-01 09:58:48 AM  

OldManDownDRoad: 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!


I still have all my old 60's & 70's Mads, plus the old paperback compilations of their comic book stories. Pure genius. The detail in the artwork - you could find something new in the background every time you read it. Plus, nothing pissed off teachers more than singing the Mad lyrics to a song in school. "I'm screaming at a white sheepdog" instead of White Christmas definitely got their attention.
 
2014-05-01 09:59:46 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: 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.


Actually, Cracked went completely out of business around 2001. The company that owns Cracked.com bought it after the fact, which is a lot of the reason why the name and logo are the only thing they have in common.
 
2014-05-01 10:09:14 AM  

happydude45: OldManDownDRoad: 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!

I still have all my old 60's & 70's Mads, plus the old paperback compilations of their comic book stories. Pure genius. The detail in the artwork - you could find something new in the background every time you read it. Plus, nothing pissed off teachers more than singing the Mad lyrics to a song in school. "I'm screaming at a white sheepdog" instead of White Christmas definitely got their attention.


My copies of the mag are long gone, but when I was cleaning out my parents' house I found all my old paperback compilations. They live on a shelf I built next to the bathroom, where they provide entertainment while sitting on the throne to this day. Super Duper Man!

"We three kings of Orient are - trying to smoke a rubber cigar" was always my favorite.
 
2014-05-01 10:40:43 AM  
A moment of silence on the 43-Man Squamish field, please.


img.fark.net


/ my mom had a fit when that issue showed up in our mailbox3
// I'm going to slip a rozzer as a memorial
 
2014-05-01 11:07:31 AM  
I got my first exposure in the late 50's courtesy of my cousins. All I can remember of that family visit was burying myself in a pile of magazines and never wanting to come up.
 
2014-05-01 01:07:24 PM  
My knowledge of american history of the decades directly preceding my birth (1960's and 70's), from Nixon to Vietnam to women's lib to black panthers to hippies was shaped by reading old Mad Magazines.

In fact, my cynical, sarcastic sense of humor probably owes 90% of it to that rag.

Those articles are burned into my memory... i have a huge old stash of them, and even though i haven't read them in probably 25 years, i can pick one up, and remember each particular joke.
 
2014-05-01 01:29:47 PM  
Say all you want about Harvey Kurtzman (RIP). Feldstein made the magazine what it is.

Oh, and idiot writing the caption in the article, the Freelancer is Jack Davis. He was the longest running artist until Al Jaffee passed him recently.  He is still active and producing art for ad agencies.
 
2014-05-01 01:38:51 PM  
Yep. RIP man. MAD Magazine was my first real glimpse of satire and parody as a kid in the 70s and 80s. I wasn't allowed to watch a lot of the shows or movies that did the same thing (SOAP, Police Squad, etc.) but MAD was allowed because it was "a comic book" and my folks never looked too deeply into it.
 
2014-05-01 01:40:35 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: 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. Time Warner

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.

....


FTFY

Time Warner made the combination of DC (who was started by Bill Gaines' Father) and EC when the investment by AOL began to fail. They were overseen by the TW corporate editorial board who wanted to intergrate the brands into the rest of the corporate quagmire by using Focus Group tested material, etc...

It didn't work. Homogenization never does in humor.

The result was a Nickelodeon product that was translated in to Arabic then back again.
 
2014-05-01 01:47:12 PM  

Thelyphthoric: I've got an old MAD board game 'round here somewhere.

/read the mag lots in the '70s and early 80's


I found both the board game (it's sort of Bizarro-world, or Anti- Monopoly, I don't care for actual Monopoly) and the Uno/crazy eights combo that is the card game at a garage sale a couple of years ago.  Great finds!  And I even have their Spy Vs. Spy card game from one of the Super Specials, which is a version of War.  Great way to sabotage those game nights if your friends tend to get way too serious about their board games.
 
2014-05-01 01:56:34 PM  

Thelyphthoric: I've got an old MAD board game 'round here somewhere.

/read the mag lots in the '70s and early 80's


Same here.  I loved that magazine.  I found my board game when I moved last year.

Remember the Disco issue that came with the floppy plastic record?

http://youtu.be/I3REqpMAgGY
 
2014-05-01 02:07:50 PM  
Huh, was pretty sure I had gotten around that filter.  Oh well.
 
2014-05-01 02:10:10 PM  
Rest in peace, sir, and thank you.
 
2014-05-01 02:14:06 PM  
i used to have 'She got a Nose Job' plastic record from some issue way back when
 
2014-05-01 02:16:21 PM  

Another Government Employee: Oh, and idiot writing the caption in the article, the Freelancer is Jack Davis. He was the longest running artist until Al Jaffee passed him recently.  He is still active and producing art for ad agencies.


Good eye. I thought that's who it is, but couldn't quite peg it. Every now and then I will see an ad and the style will be familiar and, sure enough, there's his sig in the corner. I'm glad he's a big enough talent that he still gets a sig.

Dick DeBartolo is still writing gags out in Hollywood and I read recently that he'd finally gotten around to making an honest man out of his partner. So, good for them.
 
2014-05-01 02:30:32 PM  
"They're making fun of that Spiro Agnew guy again!  He must work their or something."

Probably one of my favorite lines form the Simpsons.

MAD was awesome
 
2014-05-01 02:31:33 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: Another Government Employee: Oh, and idiot writing the caption in the article, the Freelancer is Jack Davis. He was the longest running artist until Al Jaffee passed him recently.  He is still active and producing art for ad agencies.

Good eye. I thought that's who it is, but couldn't quite peg it. Every now and then I will see an ad and the style will be familiar and, sure enough, there's his sig in the corner. I'm glad he's a big enough talent that he still gets a sig.

Dick DeBartolo is still writing gags out in Hollywood and I read recently that he'd finally gotten around to making an honest man out of his partner. So, good for them.


You know...

I shouldn't have used the word "passed".

Davis is the same age as Feldstein and Jaffee is 92.
 
2014-05-01 02:32:57 PM  

under a mountain: "They're making fun of that Spiro Agnew guy again!  He must work their there or something."

Probably one of my favorite lines form the Simpsons.

MAD was awesome



/FTFM
 
2014-05-01 02:56:13 PM  

ColSanders: Thelyphthoric: I've got an old MAD board game 'round here somewhere.

/read the mag lots in the '70s and early 80's

Same here.  I loved that magazine.  I found my board game when I moved last year.

Remember the Disco issue that came with the floppy plastic record?

http://youtu.be/I3REqpMAgGY


I missed that one - NICE!
 
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