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AICN COMICS: Special Preview of MAD MAGAZINE’s 20 Dumbest People, Events, & Things 2011!

Ambush Bug here with a special preview of MAD MAGAZINE #513 which contains its annual end of the year "20 Dumbest People, Events & Things" feature which hits stands on December 20th. The guys at MAD has given me a chance to share the #12 item on that list. Enjoy!

And check out the cover for MAD MAGAZINE #513!

Be sure to look for MAD MAGAZINE #513 on Dec 20th!

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  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by terrence horan


  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    A Goldman Sachs exec is holding the fishing pole.

    by BurnHollywood

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    ...Now, let the "Where's Obama's dick?" conversations begin.

    by BurnHollywood

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I like MAD

    by Killdozers Evil Twin Brother

    says the 12-year-old me. MAD is pretty much useless these days because celebrities and media are quite willing to satirize themselves - sometimes for free.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    99% of every thing and every one from this year was fucking dumb

    by alienindisguise

    Impossible to narrow it down.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Could it be that Mad is even more unfunny than Cracked?

    by Mugato5150

    I mean obviously I stopped reading either magazine when I was 12 but I do haunt and they continually post articles from All of which are embarrassingly unfunny and for some reason are all more than to pages long no matter how short the article is, just to get the page hits. Is Mad in some sort of perverse contest with Cracked in which can be lamer?

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Hastings: The Token Goy Money-Grubbing CEO

    by mdk

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST is actually way funnier

    by hst666

    than the vast majority of stuff in their magazine ever was. Mad can still be amusing as I have seen images and posters from the magazine over the years, which made me laugh (The Gulf Wars II - The Clone of the Attack - was great)

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Ahhh...MAD and Cracked.

    by Blue_Demon

    Two fun magazines I grew up with when I was a little kid in the seventies. MAD's Harry North Esq. was one of the artists who got me into drawing. His STAR WARS illustrations in the MAD take-off are fantastic. The 1976 KING KONG parody was great as well. He had a fantastic ink wash technique (or maybe it was black watercolor?) Cracked had John Severin and he used an incredible duo-tone board technique to achieve grays. The man could draw ANYTHING with that technique. I wonder...I haven't picked up a MAD in ages. Is the artwork still good?

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Despised Cracked back in the day and LOVED Mad...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I think my alliances started to switch a few years after Gaines and Kurtzman died in the early 90's. It was clear they were still the heart and soul of the magazine even after 40 years... @ Blue Demon, have you had the pleasure of looking at Severin's early stuff in the original Mad comics of the 50's? His work was phenomenal even at a young age. Mad screwed up big time losing him. I had always wanted to see him and Mort Drucker (or Angelo Torres for that matter) go head-to-head on a film parody.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I grew up with Mad Magazine & didn't realize they were still being published.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The one I really miss is National Lampoon, and then not quite as much, Spy.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    12 years old?

    by Essemtee

    Seems to be the target age of loyal MAD readers... heh, that's when I was reading issue after issue. Then one year, the paper became glossy, and the publication caved into showing video game advertisements on every second page. I still check it out at the newsstand from time to time. Still as juvenile as ever, and even a bit more, dare I say it, edgy humor, not as corny. I still say The Ecchorcist is the best movie parody they've ever done.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    MAD is pretty much responsible for my twisted sense of humor.

    by Damned if I can login

    Read it constantly as a kid, and I won't deny that it definitely influenced me in various and insidious ways. Although some of the Jewish references eluded me back then, we didn't have a Jewish demographic in the small town I grew up in. Kinda like Cheech & Chong, when I first listened to them I didn't understand all the dope references. For instance, the MAD parody of the series M*A*S*H was M*A*S*H-UGA. I had no clue as to what it meant back then, but now I get a huge laugh just thinking about how smart that joke was! Mashuga.....still cracks me up.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    As long as it contains ads, it isn't Mad Magazine.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I still look forward to it

    by gregmeister

    Call me crazy, but I like to have it on the back of my toilet, you never know when you might run out of paper. That and a lot of it is topical and funny.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Mad isn't what it used to be

    by John

    I have collected Mad since around age 12 (big surprise huh?) so I have 30 years worth sitting on the shelves around my room (I gave up putting them in order long ago). I have to say the magazine isn't what it used to be and it's been that way for about the last 5 years. Used to be there would be 2 movie/tv parodies in every issue, now we're lucky if there is 1 every other issue. I loved the genre parodies but they stopped doing Star Trek films after the TNG films started. They've missed out on a lot of good shows and movies and I don't know why. I do remember Cracked and have 2-3 issues of that somewhere but I just never found it as good as Mad. One thing I did like about Cracked was they'd combine shows they parodied that were pretty good. I liked "the Dukes of Haphazzard with Chips to go" (Dukes of Hazzard and Chips). Seems like Mad had gone to a quartely release but now they are back to what they used to be I believe. I'll still collect though.

  • anyways it's still funny so don't hate on Mad, Mad is your friend. Your parents, teachers and police officers are your enemies.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Down with homework!

    by Royston Lodge

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    NETFLIX can..

    by gregg benac

    Go ti Hell, they are greedy-ass bastards.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Here we go with another ridiculous Mad Fold-in!

    by Blue_Demon

    @Shut the fuck up donny, Thanks! I'll look up the early Severin.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I taught a little martial arts to Kelly Freas

    by Hipshot

    Who'd been mugged, and wanted to learn how to fight back. He was a dear, sweet man and told terrific stories about the old days at Mad, the trips that Bill Gaines would take them on every year. Gaines was definitely their heart. National Lampoon was more intellectual, but it had no heart at all. Mad was humane and deeply anarchic, and had a slyness to its humor that went way beyond the comic book sillyness. And it was rarely ever cruel--something NatLamp, for all its brilliance, specialized in.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    jim shooter rewrites history

    by john for those of you who have been collecting since the 70s....this is one funny blog shooter single handedly saved the comix industry

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    A Streaming Pile of Crap

    by gotilk the name of a blog post I wrote a while back. Great minds, I guess.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Still love Mad though, from time to time.

    by gotilk

    I remember as a little kid going to see "The MAD Magazine Movie" with a friend of mine... and we were the only 2 people in the theater.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Was the Mad magazine movie. "Up The Academy" was just nothing at all.