THE CLASSICS GONE 'MAD'
Without a doubt, one of the most influential publications of the last 60 years has been Mad Magazine. It may seem surprising to a generation raised on blogs and digital comics, but the New York based satirical magazine defined parody and comic illustration since it's inception as a comic book in 1953. To circumvent the Comics Code Authority that was hammering down censorship on parent company EC for it's horror themed publications like Tales From The Crypt, Mad converted to a magazine in mid 1955, allowing it to continue it's biting commentary on American life, raunchy humor and subversive illustration. It was responsbile for spotlighting some of the greatest American illustrators of the 20th Century including Mort Drucker, Jack Rickard, Jack Davis, David Berg, Norman Mingo, Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee and a list almost too numerous to continue.
In it's hey day, Mad created some wonderfully witty cover images for it's move spoofs, often pitting it's dim witted mascot Alfred E. Neuman in roles opposite that month's biggest movies stars. The gags were quick, and still offer a chuckle decades later. Below are our favorites;