MAD in Trouble
In the past few years, I bought MAD subscriptions for my nephews and this year I thumbed through the Yearly Issue at a Barnes and Noble. The first thing I noticed was no subscription card. Then I found a feature called “Celebrity Piss.” Now, I thought, this wasn’t the MAD I once knew.
I wrote them asking if they were planning on publishing more features with foul language in the headlines but I never got an answer.
Today I was browsing The Daily Cartoonist, an industry website for and about cartoonists, and I read a story that said that starting with Issue #500 in April 2010, MAD was going from a monthly to a quarterly magazine. MAD Editor John Ficarra said, “The feedback we’ve gotten from readers is that only every third issue of MAD is funny, so we’ve decided to just publish those.”
So where are MAD Magazine’s“Usual Gang of Idiots” when you need them most? Of all the original members, which included Don Martin, Sergio Aragones, David Berg, Mort Drucker, Jack Davis and Al Jaffee only Jaffee remains at the magazine.