After nearly seventy years, the popular satirical publication Mad Magazine will not be coming out with new content, after its next issue. Any new issues from now on will feature best-of-content and other nostalgic material from its sixty-seven years of publication, as well as new covers. It will also only be available to subscribers, and in comic book stores.
Mad Magazine was a highly influential publication for many growing up, since its first issue was released in 1952. It was first established as a line of comic books, before changing to magazine format in 1955. It was heavily recognized for its idiosyncratic front covers, which would parody current affairs as well as other popular TV programs. The mascot, the gap toothed Alfred E. Newman was also often featured on the front covers.
DC, the publishers of the magazine, stated that “After issue #10 this fall there will no longer be new content – except for the end of year specials which will always be new. So starting with issue #11, the magazine will feature classic, best of and nostalgic content from the last sixty-seven years.” They did not explain their decision.
Many fans, including parody singer-songwriter Weird Al Yankovic, responded to the news and shared their sadness.
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“I can’t begin to describe the impact it had on me as a young kid – it’s pretty much the reason I turned out weird” he said. “Goodbye to one of the all-time greatest American institutions.”
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