Without MAD Magazine’s unique satirical style of cartooning, we never would have heard the name “Weird Al” Yankovic. When you hear that fact, it boggles the mind. And yet when it’s given thought, it makes complete sense. He even was the editor for one year. Yes, it’s a random trivial fact, but this magazine was built upon taking the trivial and making it hysterical. And it wielded this style of writing to make the reader widen his grin as wide as Alfred E. Neuman’s. Maybe inspiring a finger stuck up their nose, too.
“All Good Things…”
In any case, it’s the end of an era. After becoming the masters of lampoon in its pages, MAD Magazine is slated for cancellation. After 67 years of satirical comedy that has inspired readers and celebrities, DC Comics – its publisher – has announced its final issue will land on newsstands in August.
Published originally by former horror comics editor William Gaines after Frederick Wortham’s lynching of comics during the fifties, the magazine became notorious for satirical comedy. Regardless of the genre, movie, or issue, MAD was there to squeeze as many laughs as it could out of the moment. No matter the president, no matter how flashy Henry Cavill looked in red and blue, MAD was there to offer a funny way of looking at the world. At its height it even spawned the FOX sketch comedy series MAD TV and the successful animated series MAD.
But don’t expect Alfred E. Neuman’s gap-toothed grin to fade into obscurity. Rather, you can expect the paper to adopt a “nothing new” approach to keeping MAD in the public eye.
A New Home
After the tenth, final printed issue, DC says that MAD will go into reprinted material under a “Best of” format. It will also become unavailable at newsstands and convenience store. Instead, readers can find it at their local comic book shops only.
Maybe that means Weird Al can do public appearances on FCBD?