Now I Got Worry: MAD Magazine Ends 67 Year Print Run

The RNRG pays homage to the magazine that helped us laugh at ourselves

April 1968

It was MAD Magazine, along with the Bill Apter wrestling magazines, that made me a better reader when I was a kid.

I have been poring through MAD since I was 9 years old, and it’s always been such an amazing source of humor and current events told in the most irreverent way by some of the comic book artists ever. Mort Drucker. Don Martin. Sergio Aragones. Al Jaffe. Dave Berg. These were the men who helped shape my perception of the world as I entered my tweens.

And while my own tastes as a reader segued into the music magazines that helped shape my professional future, I always took a moment to peruse MAD at the mag rack of my local Tower Records or Waldenbooks, forever chuckling at the way by which they took the piss out of whatever pop act was hot at the moment.

Going through Google images last night after the news broke across the Internet, I found a few covers and pages from MAD that proves there was no more of a sharper, funnier or more pointed critic of the critics than the Usual Gang of Idiots. And while MAD isn’t going away altogether as it transitions into a digital only thing, we pay homage to yet another treasured print magazine lost to someone else’s idea of progress.

 

MAD meets The Beatles, Sept. 1968

 

The Beatles by Don Martin

 

MAD goes disco with a free record!

 

VIDEO: The MAD disco record!

 

MAD’s special heavy metal issue, July 1989

 

MAD blocks out the New Kids, March 1991

 

MAD’s Monster Music issue with Silverchair

 

MAD on “The 27 Club” by Luke McGarry

 

MAD tosses Jacko in the trash, by Lila Ash

 

VIDEO: The MAD Magazine TV Special 1974

 

 

 

 

Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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