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I was a HUGE fan during its 70's run. (I was born in '61 so it was a great balance of adolescent and adult humor.) I was also a fan of Cracked, mostly because of John Severin's work. I had TONS of the reprint paperbacks...a great part of my teen and young adult years!
 

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I remember reading MAD Magazine as a kid back in the '80's & laughing my @$$ off. Hilarious & laugh-out-loud funny. I especially liked Al Jaffee's Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, the fold-outs in the back, the movie/TV parodies, and "The Lighter Side of..." - great stuff here.

However, IMHO the magazine was at it's best from the '50's - '70's. I remember reading some of the reprints from that era (both the small TPB's & the regular size mag. reprints) and finding these issues extremely clever, witty, & well-written - with great artwork.

In recent years it's been a shadow of it's former self. I've picked it up & paged through in (on the newsstand) from the '90's -on, and it's not at all funny anymore. Sad.

In any case, no surprise that it's ending. It should have happened a long time ago.

Unfortunately, there have been a severe lack of current classic-era (what I would consider the '50's - '80's) MAD reprint Collected Editions (i.e., volumes reprinting multiple issues). Other than some now long OOP sub-par pocket-sized Trades from years ago - or the "best of" volumes like "Mad about the '60's", etc. - there really have not been that many reprints of this iconic mag.

Since I'm such a fan of the older material, I would definitely be for a series of CE's reprinting the title from the very beginning, unedited - with all of the articles, covers, etc. intact. I know there were some Archives reprinted years ago, but AFAIK they never went that far - and they're all OOP these days anyway.
 
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I purchased MAD over 3 different multi-year spans between 1965 and 1992. I discovered the magazine while on a family vacation to Chicago in 1965/66 (don't remember for sure) having purchased a copy from the hotel newsstand as I was out of reading material. I loved it and would purchase it whenever a a new issue appeared at my local newsstand. That continued until I graduated college and funds became a bit tight. I started again in the early 80s and purchased for a 6-7 year run. Basically came to the conclusion I was reading mostly recycled material and it all just felt the same. I wasn't laughing at the material so I stopped again. The last run was when I heard Gains had passed. I purchased the last 7-8 issues to get those last few with his name listed as Publisher. I sampled an occasional issue between then and now but it just never resonated like it did in the 60s/70s. I still own every issue I've purchased. Even though it's a pale echo of its early days it's sad to see it go.
 

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Since I'm such a fan of the older material, I would definitely be for a series of CE's reprinting the title from the very beginning, unedited - with all of the articles, covers, etc. intact. I know there were some Archives reprinted years ago, but AFAIK they never went that far - and they're all OOP these days anyway.
Those Mad Archives books were intended to reprint just the comic books (issues 1 to 23) but the last volume did include the first magazine issue (#24). It's fun to see the comic books but they definitely aren't yet the Mad of the 1960's and 70's that everyone is familiar with.
 

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Those Mad Archives books were intended to reprint just the comic books (issues 1 to 23) but the last volume did include the first magazine issue (#24). It's fun to see the comic books but they definitely aren't yet the Mad of the 1960's and 70's that everyone is familiar with.

The best part of the comic book run were the covers and Wally Wood/Bill Elder cartoon/comic book parodies. Those two were AMAZING at copying styles!
 

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Those Mad Archives books were intended to reprint just the comic books (issues 1 to 23) but the last volume did include the first magazine issue (#24). It's fun to see the comic books but they definitely aren't yet the Mad of the 1960's and 70's that everyone is familiar with.

Yes, that's what I remember about the Archives (never bought any, but did see them at one point). I knew they never went that far. So, I would definitely be all-for another series of CE's that delved into the later years of the magazine - but not sure if that will ever happen.

The compilation reprints out there ("Mad about the '60's", etc.) are only cherry-picking parts of various issues over certain eras/decades - which is better than nothing. However, my strong preference would be a series of CE's that reprinted every issue cover to cover, in chronological order, etc. Not sure if anything like this will ever come out, but it would be great if it did.
 

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Yes, that's what I remember about the Archives (never bought any, but did see them at one point). I knew they never went that far. So, I would definitely be all-for another series of CE's that delved into the later years of the magazine - but not sure if that will ever happen.

The compilation reprints out there ("Mad about the '60's", etc.) are only cherry-picking parts of various issues over certain eras/decades - which is better than nothing. However, my strong preference would be a series of CE's that reprinted every issue cover to cover, in chronological order, etc. Not sure if anything like this will ever come out, but it would be great if it did.
The closest they ever got to that was a CD-ROM in the late 1990's that reprinted everything from 1952 up to that point and in the 2000's, a DVD-ROM had everything from the beginning to the mid-2000's. If you're interested in either, I'd recommend waiting a few weeks or months because the prices have shot up since the announcement of the end of the magazine
 

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Yes, that's what I remember about the Archives (never bought any, but did see them at one point). I knew they never went that far. So, I would definitely be all-for another series of CE's that delved into the later years of the magazine - but not sure if that will ever happen.

The compilation reprints out there ("Mad about the '60's", etc.) are only cherry-picking parts of various issues over certain eras/decades - which is better than nothing. However, my strong preference would be a series of CE's that reprinted every issue cover to cover, in chronological order, etc. Not sure if anything like this will ever come out, but it would be great if it did.

Not with DC owning MAD.

They can't even get a hundred issue span of, say, Justice League of America reprinted before cutting bait and starting over again in another format.

So MAD? Best choice is finding a copy of that GIT DVD from a while back.
 

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The closest they ever got to that was a CD-ROM in the late 1990's that reprinted everything from 1952 up to that point and in the 2000's, a DVD-ROM had everything from the beginning to the mid-2000's. If you're interested in either, I'd recommend waiting a few weeks or months because the prices have shot up since the announcement of the end of the magazine


I have the cd rom.
 

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Not with DC owning MAD.

They can't even get a hundred issue span of, say, Justice League of America reprinted before cutting bait and starting over again in another format.

Sadly, I completely agree with this. In addition to being a huge movie/TV show fan, I'm also a fan of DC & Marvel CE's. And, DC's CE program has always been lacking from many different stand-points.
 

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Not a magazine that I had any particular fondness for. The only parts I did like were "The Lighter Side of..." and "Spy vs Spy". I found the mainstay of the magazine, movie parodies, boring. The back fold-in was good too, because that was where they used to make most of their political statements.
 

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I bought the complete set of The Fugitive solely on the basis on the Mad parody of it, which I have always remembered.
I assume I saw the show some in its original run although I don't recall it.

My favorite part of the parody was a frame with a water truck in the background labeled "Making Streets Look Like It just Rained, Inc."
 

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Not a magazine that I had any particular fondness for. The only parts I did like were "The Lighter Side of..." and "Spy vs Spy". I found the mainstay of the magazine, movie parodies, boring. The back fold-in was good too, because that was where they used to make most of their political statements.

To some extent, I agree. Though I liked some of the movie/TV show parodies, I strongly preferred the other sections as well - i.e., the Don Martin cartoons, the "Lighter Side of", the one-page mock ads, the fold out in the back, and various other articles, spoofs, etc.
 

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The back fold-in was good too, because that was where they used to make most of their political statements.
Mad has satirized politics since the 60's but they've been quite active in that area for the last 15 years or so. To the point where I'm shocked that a magazine that is basically supposed to be a product sold to everyone so clearly takes a "side".
 

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Unfortunately, there have been a severe lack of current classic-era (what I would consider the '50's - '80's) MAD reprint Collected Editions (i.e., volumes reprinting multiple issues). Other than some now long OOP sub-par pocket-sized Trades from years ago - or the "best of" volumes like "Mad about the '60's", etc. - there really have not been that many reprints of this iconic mag.

There is Spy vs. Spy: The Complete Casebook (a lesser, but much cheaper, version of Spy vs. Spy Omnibus) and its sequel, Spy vs. Spy 2: The Joke and Dagger Files.

These, too, might now be out-of-print.
 

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