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MAD magazine in 1968: (Original Post) NameAlreadyTaken Mar 2021 OP
I've often said that. How do you say you love your country yet you hate over half the people in it Walleye Mar 2021 #1
There are two kinds of people who were alive in the 1960s. MineralMan Mar 2021 #2
LOVED my Mad! CurtEastPoint Mar 2021 #4
I miss the little cartoons between the frames n/t Cheezoholic Mar 2021 #7
Yes! The brilliance of Sergio Aragones! IrishAfricanAmerican Mar 2021 #27
... speak easy Mar 2021 #38
This message was self-deleted by its author speak easy Mar 2021 #44
The Mad Fold-in. CrispyQ Mar 2021 #16
OMG! Do you remember the Beatles one? calimary Mar 2021 #20
... speak easy Mar 2021 #45
Yep! That's the one. calimary Mar 2021 #85
One of the funniest cartoons was a large lady at the top of an escalator, exiting... and..well... CurtEastPoint Mar 2021 #17
And "National Lampoon" Codifer Mar 2021 #32
Do you mean... Unknown Beatle Mar 2021 #49
As I recall Codifer Mar 2021 #68
What I mean is this... Unknown Beatle Mar 2021 #111
What I remember about National Lampoon was an ad. marie999 Mar 2021 #67
The greatest treasure Codifer Mar 2021 #71
+10 nt reACTIONary Mar 2021 #80
Couldn't wait for new issues to come out in the 50s,60's &70s KS Toronado Mar 2021 #11
Ha ha. Yes, I regularily read Mad Magazine back in the day LiberalLovinLug Mar 2021 #13
Well, like everything else at the time (except "women's magazines"), soldierant Mar 2021 #22
Touche LiberalLovinLug Mar 2021 #24
I'm female. It was a female cousin who wnylib Mar 2021 #29
Understanding I was only a boy, with no political opinions developed at all. LiberalLovinLug Mar 2021 #35
Young people in the US were wnylib Mar 2021 #40
Some U.S. young people were political, but plenty weren't. ShazzieB Mar 2021 #74
I graduated from high school in 1967. wnylib Mar 2021 #93
Hey, when I was in high school, I read MAD regularly and loved it! Silver Gaia Mar 2021 #31
Very cool! LiberalLovinLug Mar 2021 #37
I read it when I was a kid in the 70's, and Crunchy Frog Mar 2021 #55
My mom made me the progressive I am today ... electric_blue68 Mar 2021 #83
I wasn't meaning to undercut my mother's influence soldierant Mar 2021 #90
Got it... electric_blue68 Mar 2021 #92
I still subscribe to MAD... cayugafalls Mar 2021 #14
What? Me worry? AZ8theist Mar 2021 #18
I had a love hate relationship with MAD.. Loved the mag, hated that when a teen I looked like mitch96 Mar 2021 #28
Oh, snap you shouldn't be down on yourself...Alfred E. Neuman was a cool dude!!!! AZ8theist Mar 2021 #63
The definition of cool is... reACTIONary Mar 2021 #81
Looking like him in HS did work out well with the opposite sex. Good thing I grew out of it.. mitch96 Mar 2021 #84
+1 live love laugh Mar 2021 #36
I loved "Scenes You'd Like to See" Oldem Mar 2021 #19
My favorite was Spy .vs. Spy n/t aggiesal Mar 2021 #23
I was just thinking about Spy V Spy - soldierant Mar 2021 #69
Remnants of the cold war ... aggiesal Mar 2021 #77
So anonymous that they really were a yin/yang. soldierant Mar 2021 #78
Yep, and here I am. fwvinson Mar 2021 #25
Satire Stimulates Critical Thinking Skills MineralMan Mar 2021 #26
Wow... PutGramaOnThePhone Mar 2021 #58
I'm glad I was able to put that thought into your mind. MineralMan Mar 2021 #100
Yup. It showed you that you could think outside the box LiberalLovinLug Mar 2021 #105
Mad fan here! live love laugh Mar 2021 #34
Probably true true true! riversedge Mar 2021 #42
Ummmmm. . .I did not read Mad. Was reading Austen and Tolstoy and Ibsen and Fanon and niyad Mar 2021 #46
I was reading those, too. MineralMan Mar 2021 #56
Oh, I know. Was just giving you a difficult time. niyad Mar 2021 #64
I read every copy I could get my little hands on. Tommymac Mar 2021 #52
You don't happen to actually have that issue, perchance? jmowreader Mar 2021 #57
Sorry, just posted the image from an internet search. Tommymac Mar 2021 #60
I actually remember the "Superpatriot" DBoon Mar 2021 #66
Well, I certainly loved loved MAD back then. ShazzieB Mar 2021 #73
Oh, this gal read Mad Mag back in the mid-'60s! electric_blue68 Mar 2021 #86
Oh come on. I didnt know ANYONE growing up who didnt read MAD! oldsoftie Mar 2021 #106
Many people didn't read it. Most people didn't read it. MineralMan Mar 2021 #107
Why thank you! (I've still got a box of 'em from the 60s-70s) oldsoftie Mar 2021 #108
:) 1968 and it managed to leave off women on the march? Hortensis Mar 2021 #3
and gays... NameAlreadyTaken Mar 2021 #30
Since this is International Women's Day, would you consider posting this as its own OP for niyad Mar 2021 #48
I think I actually remember this. OAITW r.2.0 Mar 2021 #5
How things change but stay the same. rickyhall Mar 2021 #6
I bought my first Mad Magazine back in the late 50s or early 60s when I was a young teenager. Mickju Mar 2021 #9
They were at the barber shop when I was a kid. I loved Spy vs. Spy. rickyhall Mar 2021 #12
Yes! And all those little drawings along the margins and in the corners. calimary Mar 2021 #21
Kilroy Lives! mezame Mar 2021 #8
Looks Like H.L. Hunt ... Jopin Klobe Mar 2021 #10
H.L. Hunt's son, Lamar was the owner of the Dallas Texans football team. Mickju Mar 2021 #15
Is that before or after the eagle attacked him? malaise Mar 2021 #33
Must be bdamomma Mar 2021 #75
My favorite MAD Magazine cover ever (2006)! Bo Zarts Mar 2021 #39
+1 Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #54
I remember the song parodies. . . DinahMoeHum Mar 2021 #41
Theodor Geisel, 1941 LudwigPastorius Mar 2021 #43
The only thing he like is making money off the 93% bucolic_frolic Mar 2021 #47
fits right in with todays world. i too subbed mad and loved it . AllaN01Bear Mar 2021 #50
Archie Bunker lives! paleotn Mar 2021 #51
Super Patriot MAGA(t) Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #53
Alfred E. helped shape us into twodogsbarking Mar 2021 #59
What me worry! virgdem Mar 2021 #62
We all used to read MAD all the time. PatrickforB Mar 2021 #61
I got my username from MAD Magazine Poiuyt Mar 2021 #65
I must have been only 8 years old ... TomWilm Mar 2021 #94
Mad Magazine bdamomma Mar 2021 #70
Read This in 1968 Dr. Skull Mar 2021 #72
My parents forbade me from reading Mad Magazine... Darkstar53142 Mar 2021 #76
I also wasn't allowed to read Mad Magazine or watch Laugh In LeftInTX Mar 2021 #79
My story exactly... Found a paper bag of them.... reACTIONary Mar 2021 #82
My Dad subscribed to MAD Magazine for a lot of years Rhiannon12866 Mar 2021 #87
MAD's been delivering the goods for over half a century! Blue Owl Mar 2021 #88
The 1960's mind you Lokilooney Mar 2021 #89
This message was self-deleted by its author ExTex Mar 2021 #91
Cracked actually has well done humor on FB 90-percent Mar 2021 #101
This message was self-deleted by its author ExTex Mar 2021 #110
Mad Magazine was one of my favorites growing up RocRizzo55 Mar 2021 #95
William Gaines and the Usual Gang of Idiots RVN VET71 Mar 2021 #96
I must have been 11 The Wizard Mar 2021 #97
Love the town, hate the people malthaussen Mar 2021 #98
Sort of like MAD's parody of the The Rifleman ("the Rifle, Man!") Buns_of_Fire Mar 2021 #109
What was far-out satire in 1965 is normal in 2020. malthaussen Mar 2021 #99
K&R.......... turbinetree Mar 2021 #102
Holy crap that's seriously prophetic! Initech Mar 2021 #103
What a find. Funny this hasn't been aired long before this. BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #104

Walleye

(30,257 posts)
1. I've often said that. How do you say you love your country yet you hate over half the people in it
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:23 PM
Mar 2021

They must think of their country as just a piece of real estate. I guess that’s why they voted for a real estate scammer

MineralMan

(146,062 posts)
2. There are two kinds of people who were alive in the 1960s.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:33 PM
Mar 2021

There are those who regularly read Mad Magazine, and those who did not.

Those who read it can be found on places like DU. Those who did not are fond of Trump rallies.

That's my observation.

Response to IrishAfricanAmerican (Reply #27)

calimary

(80,266 posts)
20. OMG! Do you remember the Beatles one?
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:14 PM
Mar 2021

Full open, it depicted them coming down one of those rollaway staircases used for airplane passengers. Lots of fans and cameras and big round lights surrounding them. Then you folded it up and noticed that those big round “lights” had been strategically placed. ‘Cuz the Fab Four were suddenly bald!

CurtEastPoint

(18,501 posts)
17. One of the funniest cartoons was a large lady at the top of an escalator, exiting... and..well...
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:56 PM
Mar 2021

she got stuck and all of a sudden, she went flying and the accompanying sound was perfect: "POIT!"

Codifer

(528 posts)
32. And "National Lampoon"
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:56 PM
Mar 2021

and The "Fabulous Fury Freak Brothers", "Freewheelin Franklin", Fat Freddys Cat" and. most especially, "Idyll".

On edit: That should be "Furry" vice "Fury"...... makes more sense considering the decade.

Codifer

(528 posts)
68. As I recall
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 07:52 PM
Mar 2021

the cat would hide his scat. One panel had Fat Freddy looking in the usual spots (bed, shoes etc) while the cat was gloating about shitting in a planter hanging high on the wall. Freddy could smell it but could never find it.

 

marie999

(3,334 posts)
67. What I remember about National Lampoon was an ad.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 07:24 PM
Mar 2021

It was a picture of a VW Beatle floating on a pond. The caption was, "If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he'd be president today.".

Codifer

(528 posts)
71. The greatest treasure
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:04 PM
Mar 2021

(IMO) in National Lampoon was "Idyl" (yeah, only one "L&quot by Jeff Jones. It is well worth googling.

LiberalLovinLug

(14,139 posts)
13. Ha ha. Yes, I regularily read Mad Magazine back in the day
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:44 PM
Mar 2021

It was actually quite a radical mag, especially geared towards young people. Mostly boys I'd say. If I'm allowed to say that.

It kind of gave me permission to think more radically. Also to not worship celebrity, movie stars, etc. The way those artists made them look like idiots. As every other magazine DID worship celebrity.


soldierant

(6,505 posts)
22. Well, like everything else at the time (except "women's magazines"),
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:18 PM
Mar 2021

the "usual gang of idiots" was all male. But there was always plenty a young woman could appreciate. Where else could the progressive women in my generation have come from?

LiberalLovinLug

(14,139 posts)
24. Touche
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:36 PM
Mar 2021

I guess i had my own prejudices as a boy too. I never saw a girl with one, or talk about it like I used to do with my male friends, so I just assumed it was one of those things that girls just didn't like or want to participate in. Like hockey.


We'd bring them to school and share it with friends and have a good laugh. But I forget how there really wasn't any other more gender balanced humour rags back then. The National Lampoon was pretty testosterone driven magazine too.

wnylib

(21,146 posts)
29. I'm female. It was a female cousin who
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:45 PM
Mar 2021

told me about Mad Magazine when we were 11.

We were also fans of the Smothers Brothers.

I think there was less sharing of ideas between boys and girls then, but it doesn't mean girls were not discussing things among ourselves.

LiberalLovinLug

(14,139 posts)
35. Understanding I was only a boy, with no political opinions developed at all.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 04:01 PM
Mar 2021

And I based all my opinions of girls watching my two older sisters, and their friends. There were very strict definitions of what boys were to like, and what girls were to like. I just went along with it then, I was young, I didn't know any better.

And I lived in a very conservative home. In fact I voted Conservative, here in Canada, in my first election when I was 18 and so excited to vote for the first time. I had no political education. There was no internet of course. And only voted for the party that my Dad assured me was the proper choice. I never voted for them again.

I've gone through a lot of "evolving" over the decades.

wnylib

(21,146 posts)
40. Young people in the US were
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 04:11 PM
Mar 2021

political back then, first on civil rights, then Vietnam. My oldest brother was conservative. The one closest to my age was radical.

ShazzieB

(15,544 posts)
74. Some U.S. young people were political, but plenty weren't.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:28 PM
Mar 2021

I didn't know too many other kids who were concerned about the issues of the day. At least they didn't talk about if they were.

College brought out that side in a lot of people, including me. High school (where I lived) was all who was dating whom, which team was going to win the football game on Friday night, and trying to copy the "popular" girls' clothes, makeup, and hair in the hopes of becoming one of them. It...sucked.

wnylib

(21,146 posts)
93. I graduated from high school in 1967.
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 03:00 AM
Mar 2021

There wasn't a lot of political activism in my school. Most kids fell into the pattern you described. But we were all aware of what was going on nationally with the civil rights marches and Vietnam. We talked about it among ourselves. Some kids wore political buttons to school during the 1964 presidential campaign. Popular music began to reflect the issues as far back as Peter, Paul, and Mary with Blowin' in the Wind in the 1950s. In 1966, there was Janis Ian with Society's Child. At my senior prom there was an interracial couple who had not been previously dating. They went as a couple to make a social/political statement.

In 10th grade, when we studied ballad poetry in English class, the teacher gave us an assignment to write a ballad. I wrote about a man killed in Vietnam. We had to read them to the class and mine got applause, not because it was good (it was pretty mediocre), but because of the topic.

Some girls talked about marrying their boyfriends after graduation to keep them out of the draft. (A few actually did it.) One guy that I dated had researched the age of marriage without parental consent and suggested running off to another state to elope after he dropped out of college and lost his draft deferment. I was still a high school junior. When I didn't do it, he married another girl soon afterward.

Then there was the girl in my classes who was a very active Young Republican.

The kids about 2 years behind me were more active in both civil rights and Vietnam protests.



Silver Gaia

(4,482 posts)
31. Hey, when I was in high school, I read MAD regularly and loved it!
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:55 PM
Mar 2021

I also helped write an "underground" newsletter that we sold on the sidewalks around the school for a nickel a copy. (We weren't allowed to SELL them on school grounds, so we gave most of them away in the halls later, but the nickels helped us pay for printing.)

I wasn't like most girls in my high school, though. Most of them, however, turned out to be right-wingers.

Crunchy Frog

(26,525 posts)
55. I read it when I was a kid in the 70's, and
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 05:11 PM
Mar 2021

my mom read it when she was a teen in the late 50's.

I guess I wasn't old enough to realize that it was mainly meant to appeal to boys.

electric_blue68

(14,414 posts)
83. My mom made me the progressive I am today ...
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:33 PM
Mar 2021

My dad too. But she was even more so, and I was around her much more.

And I loved MAD Magazine, too!

soldierant

(6,505 posts)
90. I wasn't meaning to undercut my mother's influence
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 12:49 AM
Mar 2021

As a widow who was the sole support of me and her mother, she knew as much about injustice as a white person could likely learn in the 50's and 60's.

I was really thinking of kids who didn't have radicalized mothers.

electric_blue68

(14,414 posts)
92. Got it...
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 02:07 AM
Mar 2021

My mom a first generation Greek-American was an amazing woman, with some amazing experiences in her earlier life including being very cognizant of racism Southern and Northern.

She had a sports acquaintance in HS. My mom was a tennis player, her acquaintance who was black was a runner. It's possible that since my mom also played basketball in HS perhaps her runner pal also was on the team.

Anyway she saw on TV (while I was yet not watching TV News) the Bull Conner response to Civil Rights peaceful protesters among other terrible things. But she'd also occasionally hear stuff from other moms in the park as I was running around playing.

Going out and about in NYC as a professional and non-job stuff she'd run into African-Americans here and there. Since she'd already had positive experience she saw them just going about their days just as she was.

As she learned history, and seeing the difference between being welcomed as a first generation American contrasted with a people who'd been here 300 - 400 years, and usually couldn't catch a break she decided this was very unfair.

So she started to point stuff out to me about down South, BUT also what was said to her from other white mother's in the park. So she raised me right. My dad didn't usually talk about it per se but I had some black friends from 5th grade on and they welcomed them into our house, and I could go over to their homes too. My dad was also one for fairness.


mitch96

(13,670 posts)
28. I had a love hate relationship with MAD.. Loved the mag, hated that when a teen I looked like
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:45 PM
Mar 2021

Ol' Alfred E... Just put on wire frame spec's and it's me.. sad to say..
m

mitch96

(13,670 posts)
84. Looking like him in HS did work out well with the opposite sex. Good thing I grew out of it..
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:44 PM
Mar 2021

Looking like Alfred E, not reading MAD.......
m

Oldem

(833 posts)
19. I loved "Scenes You'd Like to See"
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:03 PM
Mar 2021

I'd like to see the Turtle get up for a speech and all the Democrats rise and one and boo him till he gives up and sits down. Same every time Qraham, Qruz, QHawley speak.

soldierant

(6,505 posts)
69. I was just thinking about Spy V Spy -
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 07:57 PM
Mar 2021

because gender came up earier, and Spy V Spy was the closest thing to genderless that there was in Mad.

aggiesal

(8,827 posts)
77. Remnants of the cold war ...
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:37 PM
Mar 2021

2 completely idiotic characters that was very well done and extremely funny.

PutGramaOnThePhone

(236 posts)
58. Wow...
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 05:40 PM
Mar 2021

this is a revelation for me in thinking about satire, and to be able to communicate more concisely about it. And jibes so much with your earlier “there are two kings of people...” post

MineralMan

(146,062 posts)
100. I'm glad I was able to put that thought into your mind.
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:23 AM
Mar 2021

Critical thinking is essential in today's world, I think.

LiberalLovinLug

(14,139 posts)
105. Yup. It showed you that you could think outside the box
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 12:13 PM
Mar 2021

Making Hollywood stars and politicians look like idiots.

Even Spy vs. Spy which was so popular. I think because the white spy was just as good/bad at his job as the black spy. One time one would win and then next the other. There was no "good" side and "bad" side.

And of course it was FUNNY.

niyad

(111,239 posts)
46. Ummmmm. . .I did not read Mad. Was reading Austen and Tolstoy and Ibsen and Fanon and
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 04:59 PM
Mar 2021

Last edited Mon Mar 8, 2021, 06:51 PM - Edit history (1)

Dreiser. But here I am anyway. May I stay, even Without reading the great Mad?????

jmowreader

(50,360 posts)
57. You don't happen to actually have that issue, perchance?
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 05:38 PM
Mar 2021

If so, could you post the poem "A CBS-TV Summer Memo to the Smothered Brothers"?

DBoon

(22,204 posts)
66. I actually remember the "Superpatriot"
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 06:54 PM
Mar 2021

After 50 years, Mad left an indelible mental imprint

We live in the post-Mad era now

electric_blue68

(14,414 posts)
86. Oh, this gal read Mad Mag back in the mid-'60s!
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 11:04 PM
Mar 2021

I remember the piece you posted!

I forget the overarching name for the reoccurring feature-
the one where they're comparing one group to another for the same behaviors.
Mad Mag's readership may have been mostly male but this particular version of this feature opened my eyes even more to sexism (maybe unintended on their part):
a male boss being loud to his underlings -"authoritative" "take charge", while a woman boss doing the same thing was called - "shrill", "bossy" .

Mad Mag made me a Mets fan!
I grew up in Washington Heights, and if you drew a straight line from our street into The Bronx it'd land a little south of Yankee Std. One of my Uncle's was a serious Baseball/Yankees fan, and my dad liked baseball, too. I liked sports so I became a Yankee fan, and went to games with my family.

Well, Mad Mag made so much fun of Manager Casey Stengel and his Mets that I started to feel sorry for them. My mom often in general terms rooted for the underdog.
That influenced me, as well. So over a long period of the me I became a Mets fan.
Now out of our city I root for either the Yanks, or Mets to get into the World's Series. When at home for the Subway's Series I got the Blue and Orange! 😁

The movie parodies were great. Spy vs Spy was clever.

There was a one-off where there were imaginary pills for ?socio-political-cultural events, conditions...
I'm not sure if I'm putting these two things together correctly but there was a "bomb" pill and if you took too many you'd get "too high" and that was represented by a literal Mushroom on the horizon - representing a real Atomic Bomb.

MineralMan

(146,062 posts)
107. Many people didn't read it. Most people didn't read it.
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 02:09 PM
Mar 2021

You apparently knew only smart people.

Truly.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
3. :) 1968 and it managed to leave off women on the march?
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:36 PM
Mar 2021

I'm surprised. Seriously. The Second Wave was upending centuries of traditional roles. That threat to the very foundations of society was a huge source of RW anxiety. It's not incidental that men of all races could vote a half century before any woman.

Or that people are still lead to believe by male-dominated institutions (including non-white) that equality among men is far more threatening to white men than is equality of women. But gender-role anxiety is something most conservative and liberal men tend to have in common, to widely varying degrees of course.

But the result is that the movement for equality is incredibly more focused on race than on gender, even though women are over 50% of all Americans and all races. Equal pay for women would enrich all racial and ethnic groups, and notably America's children.

niyad

(111,239 posts)
48. Since this is International Women's Day, would you consider posting this as its own OP for
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 05:03 PM
Mar 2021

visibility, and recs? And would you consider cross-posting in Women's Rights And Issues? Thanks in advance.

OAITW r.2.0

(23,288 posts)
5. I think I actually remember this.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 01:58 PM
Mar 2021

Could be I saw it years ago on some internet post, but 1968 would have been the time was I was avidly reading MAD, cover to cover. I particularly remember this caricature of the "super-patriot".

Mickju

(1,790 posts)
9. I bought my first Mad Magazine back in the late 50s or early 60s when I was a young teenager.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:27 PM
Mar 2021

When it was folded over it looked just like a Readers Digest except it was called "Readers Disgust." I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen.

calimary

(80,266 posts)
21. Yes! And all those little drawings along the margins and in the corners.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 03:16 PM
Mar 2021

Drawn by Sergio Aragones (I think?).

LOVED it all! AND “the usual gang of idiots”!

Mickju

(1,790 posts)
15. H.L. Hunt's son, Lamar was the owner of the Dallas Texans football team.
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 02:47 PM
Mar 2021

Lamar was spending a million dollars a year to keep the team going. A reporter asked his father, H.L., how long his son could keep that up. H.L. replied, "about a hundred years." Back then a million dollars was a lot more money than it is today. Of course the team ended up moving to Kansas City.

TomWilm

(1,832 posts)
94. I must have been only 8 years old ...
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 05:08 AM
Mar 2021

... when I got this in my mailbox.
MAD has kept me for going sane for all those years since!

bdamomma

(63,338 posts)
70. Mad Magazine
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:04 PM
Mar 2021

Last edited Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:39 PM - Edit history (1)

it's a classic. I remember my older brother used to get that magazine, never appealed to me, a strange magazine. but i liked the covers.

Dr. Skull

(26 posts)
72. Read This in 1968
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:12 PM
Mar 2021

I had to go to a friend's house to read MAD, and I remember reading this back then and feeling a little scared.

Darkstar53142

(71 posts)
76. My parents forbade me from reading Mad Magazine...
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:28 PM
Mar 2021

...a childhood friend lived across from a junkyard and found a box of old Mad Magazines.
We would read them from cover to cover. I had to crotch them when I brought them home like they were Playboys. Then I would have to sneak read them either at night with a flashlight or hidden in another magazine.

I'd have to say now that my entire life is based on the teachings of Mad Magazine.

LeftInTX

(24,292 posts)
79. I also wasn't allowed to read Mad Magazine or watch Laugh In
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:40 PM
Mar 2021

We were almost banned from the Smother's Brothers but they let us watch that one after we complained. (I think my parents didn't have anything else to watch anyway)

reACTIONary

(5,740 posts)
82. My story exactly... Found a paper bag of them....
Mon Mar 8, 2021, 10:05 PM
Mar 2021

... in a junk pile. One of the greatest treasures ever!

Response to NameAlreadyTaken (Original post)

90-percent

(6,813 posts)
101. Cracked actually has well done humor on FB
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:26 AM
Mar 2021
https://www.facebook.com/cracked

In High school art class in 1972, Missy Simon's dad was editor of cracked. I was socially retarded back then with a debilitating shyness problem, so I doubt I ever spoke to her more than twice the entire semester.

My 10 years older sister and 10 years older cousin read it. I remember all the fascinating artwork back then, and later on in the mid sixties also bought all the paperback re-issues with art by wallace wood, jack davis, norman mingo, Harvey kurtzman, will elder, etc.

My interest in Mad was overtaken by National Lampoon. Excellent and mature writing and illustration, plus the spin off into SNL. I saw the play Lemmings before snl was on tv and chevy chase, john belushi and jane curtan were some of the players I saw live.

Mad was real big on exposing madison avenue scams and other forms of acceptable corruption scams which continue almost unchecked to this day and a lot more excessive and predatory than fifty years ago!

And, as a fifty year Zappa fan, I was thrilled about this article;

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/294915475573332086/


-90% Jimmy
To quote DU'er Darkstar53142; "I'd have to say now that my entire life is based on the teachings of Mad Magazine."

-90% Jimmy

Response to 90-percent (Reply #101)

RocRizzo55

(972 posts)
95. Mad Magazine was one of my favorites growing up
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 06:39 AM
Mar 2021

My parents didn't like me reading it, but my grandparents said that if it got me to read, it was good.
Little did they know, I guess that it added to my radical political tilt later on.
Oh, and Mad was one of the very few magazines that had no advertisements, until recently. Then they went out of business. So sad. It was a legend in its own time.

RVN VET71

(2,685 posts)
96. William Gaines and the Usual Gang of Idiots
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 07:44 AM
Mar 2021

were all true American patriots and heroes, IMHO.

Talented, thoughtful, caring people, caring about the country and, especially, about its youth. I love that Mad ruined me for the Republican Party and its bullshit.

The Wizard

(12,449 posts)
97. I must have been 11
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 07:47 AM
Mar 2021

when I got hooked on Mad, The back cover had an ad for Salem cigarettes. It was an illustration of people sitting by a stream putting packs of Salem in the stream with the caption "Salem, don't inhale 'em."

malthaussen

(16,961 posts)
98. Love the town, hate the people
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 08:59 AM
Mar 2021

In a parody of spaghetti westerns in Playboy I read 'way back in the seventies, after he wipes out an entire town, the hero says he loves the town -- loves the rocks, the trees, the buildings, but hates the people.

-- Mal

Buns_of_Fire

(17,049 posts)
109. Sort of like MAD's parody of the The Rifleman ("the Rifle, Man!")
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 03:15 PM
Mar 2021

Mark: ...and you get in fights and shoot people because you believe in honor and justice and fighting for what's right, ain't that right, Paw?

Lucas: No, son, I believe in killing people.

malthaussen

(16,961 posts)
99. What was far-out satire in 1965 is normal in 2020.
Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:13 AM
Mar 2021

MAD gets more prophetic every year.

One of my MAD memories is a strip they did 'way back in the Fifties sometime, with baking companies making their products smaller and smaller, and putting cardboard dividers in their packages, so they could sell the "same" product at the "same" price and still beat inflation. That one definitely came true, but the companies ended up raising their prices anyway.

-- Mal

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