View Full Version : Should Mad Magazine go bye, bye.
09-07-2007, 08:39 PM
Well there reasoning asking this? is because Mad Magazine
is piece crap, now. Almost all there original artists and writers are dead .
The backbone of magazine is gone.
I was reviewing my cd rom set; and looked at a current mad,
there is no reason it should be in bussiness anymore
the biting humor is gone along with everything I stated.
09-07-2007, 11:30 PM
How about just not buying it anymore? Wouldn't that be a solution?
09-08-2007, 01:05 AM
aside from the obvious things that got switched around when Tme/Warner purchaced MAD Mag a few years back, the color, the ads, the price mark up, is their ability to print ON THE COVER "IN THIS ISSUE WE PARODY [insert movie title X here]" also te cover art features a parody of the movie, and guess what... theres no parody of that movie inside the issue, just some dumb acticle that jabs fun at the movie, they've done this with Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pixar's CARS, The Simpson Movie and others.
Mort Drucker still draws for MAD movie parodies (He and Sergio Aragones are about the only reasons left to buy an issue) and I think Jack Davis is still alive although he hasnt drawn for MAD in a long time.... I enjoyed Don Martin and was inspired by his wacky sound effects... I miss him. Antonio Proyas passes away and MAD has the adacity to keep producing new Spy vs Spy with a new artist... ARGGG!!! sickning.
09-09-2007, 10:43 PM
The Onion has kinda stepped in some of Mad Magazine's previous role. But it's a tradition, like Saturday Night Live. Always the hope it will recapture it's former glory. Or new glory...
09-10-2007, 06:21 AM
You know, it wasn't just the parody's that made MAD great.....it was W.H. Gaines' appreciation for excellent artwork. The list of artists who passed through MAD during the 50's and 60's.......and even I think through most of the 70's reads like a who's who of comic art pop culture. Even Frank Frazetta did a couple pieces for MAD!
It was a phenom that was ahead of its time....and I think was actually forced into existence by the US Govt. .....at least in part. Good ol Wertham had a big part to play in that senario. Just so happens that E.C. was one of his targets......and that meant Gaines. Welcome Comics Code Authority and all that.....and welcome the MAD switch from a comic to a magazine. Gaines was pretty savvy. After his death........it was over. No one could replace what he was to MAD. The writing was certainly great over the years....but the artwork was polished, beautiful even. I think MAD started teetering at the end of the 70's....at least as far as quality content. The newer artists just didn't have the same classy style. They weren't good. Plus the world was changing. That was about when the the New Wave of pop music, punk and all that became forefront.
I think MAD should cash in their chips.....I don't buy it. Havn't in years.....but somebody must be.
I think Mad has always been targeted to a certain age group. When you leave the age group, some new kids take your place.
09-10-2007, 07:13 PM
true, but they are still playing games with their readers, such as sporting a particular movie on hte front cover and NOT featuring its parody inside.
in the past, the cover directly reflected which movie would get lampooned inside the issue, now its not always so clear.
09-14-2007, 03:05 PM
With all we have to pick from, Alfred E. Newman is a viable candidate for 08. :) N
This is from my favourite Mad booklet. I loved it when I was a kid.
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