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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 02:16:21 PM  
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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 02:10:10 PM  
1 vote:
Rest in peace, sir, and thank you.
2014-05-01 10:40:43 AM  
1 vote:
A moment of silence on the 43-Man Squamish field, please.


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/ 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 09:21:44 AM  
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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.
2014-04-30 11:52:48 PM  
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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?

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/still relevant today.


They made it into a book

Mad Fold-ins
2014-04-30 09:48:02 PM  
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2014-04-30 09:24:26 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:30:12 PM  
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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:

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To a whopping 60 cents:

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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 08:21:57 PM  
1 vote:
RIP, funny man

/All of them were funny
//We shall not see their like again
 
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