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
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
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
Impossible to narrow it down.
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST
I mean obviously I stopped reading either magazine when I was 12 but I do haunt fark.com and they continually post articles from cracked.com. 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
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST
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, 9:38 a.m. CST
alienindisguise = I have to grudgingly agree with you. Tough year all around. I haven't looked at MAD in years but I assume this issue is the size of the New York Yellow Pages. Is MAD really not funny anymore like some here are suggesting? Bummer if true
Dec. 13, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST
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
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
The one I really miss is National Lampoon, and then not quite as much, Spy.
Dec. 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST
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
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
by Royston Lodge
So say we all.
Dec. 13, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST
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
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.
Dec. 13, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST
Bulklshit to all the naysayers, Mad Magazine is still really funny, it does have ads, but It's till just as good. Thedy do this celebrity rock, scissor paper thing, with all celebs pics that have them actually making the hand gestures for other reasons..
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
by Royston Lodge
Dec. 13, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST
by gregg benac
Go ti Hell, they are greedy-ass bastards.
Dec. 13, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST
@Shut the fuck up donny, Thanks! I'll look up the early Severin.
Dec. 13, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST
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
http://www.jimshooter.com/ 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
...is the name of a blog post I wrote a while back. Great minds, I guess.
Dec. 14, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST
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
Was the Mad magazine movie. "Up The Academy" was just nothing at all.
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