July 11, 2019

Mad Magazine has no place in a world beyond parody

David MenziesMission Specialist

After 67 years, Mad Magazine is folding, and Alfred E. Neuman, Mad’s somewhat disturbing-looking mascot known for but one quotation – “What me worry?” – well, he should be very, very worried right now, because ol’ Alfred and the rest of the staff at Mad are going to be on the unemployment line.

I grew up reading Mad. Every issue was like Christmas Day, it would only have been better if Mad were printed daily rather than monthly, although that would’ve proved challenging to its consistent excellence.

A magazine that was once a licence to print money is now being laid to rest. Yes, the print business in this day and age of the Internet and social media is a sunset industry. The glory days or periodicals are long gone and they’re never coming back.

But I think in the case of Mad Magazine, there was another factor at play in its unfortunate demise: namely, the world in which we live is now beyond parody.

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commented 2019-07-13 02:01:33 -0400
That may be true David but you also have to factor in that Mad has not been funny for a while now, i have read most issues over the last 4 years form my library and the humor was mild at best.
commented 2019-07-12 00:49:12 -0400
commented 2019-07-11 21:38:00 -0400
What will Alfred E Trudeau use for his research in his alternate reality?
commented 2019-07-11 20:03:15 -0400
Trudeau and his UN masters have declared Mad Magazine “hate speach”
commented 2019-07-11 19:42:23 -0400
Peter Netterville commented 34 mins ago
I doubt I could even count the number of SJW wall flower violations Mad magazine would contain.

If one of today’s wall flowers picked up a Mad magazine and read it, he/she/it would go in to an epileptic seizure.

lol.. agree 100%.
commented 2019-07-11 19:07:34 -0400
I doubt I could even count the number of SJW wall flower violations Mad magazine would contain.

If one of today’s wall flowers picked up a Mad magazine and read it, he/she/it would go in to an epileptic seizure.
commented 2019-07-11 18:27:49 -0400
Mad Magazine used to be the thing that was cool to carry around under your arm and it used to be a laugh.
Have to disagree with David though, the World is no longer Mad, more like Sad and full of Marxist hate.
commented 2019-07-11 17:56:11 -0400 · Flag
Ahh, sad news but great memories. Thanks, David, for mentioning my favorite Mad artist: Don Martin. What a lineup…from Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein on down through Mort Drucker, Dave Berg, Frank Jacobs, Al Jaffe, Sergio Aragones and all the rest. Sigh.
commented 2019-07-11 16:53:13 -0400
I remember the smashed fly.

Probably picked MAD up as an adult every few years just to have a look see but, the stuff had become so much p.c. drivel it was like going from Richard Pryor to Obama.