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Monday, November 5 2012

We Hold These Truths To Be…: Adam Duritz's Exit and "Totally MAD 60"

The 60th anniversary book of the magazine, Totally MAD 60, is a living breath piece of the Founding Fathers' vision…


Sunday, July 8 2012

"It's a Crime, Batman": "MAD #516" takes on Censorship's DNA

It's a truly sad story that just as the self-censoring institutions began to crack, the idea of self-censorship entered into the popular imagination. And it's a story MAD #516 retells hauntingly.


Thursday, April 26 2012

Getting at the (Quad-) Core: "MAD #515"

This issue of MAD #515 in hand, and it's easy to realize that we've never been closer to some of the nightmare scenarios of Philip K. Dick. And it's equally easy to realize that forewarned is forearmed…


Monday, March 12 2012

"MAD #514" Tackles Paucity, not Impoverishment

On the cover of MAD #514 the famous gothic window in the Grant Wood-original, American Gothic, is covered up by signage advertising an all-you-can-eat buffet, Melissa McCarthy wears a longtime MAD-mascot Alfred E. Neuman brooch, and there's almost no empty space between McCarthy and Gardell as Billy Gardell brandishes an oversized piece of silverware, rather than the more familiar pitchfork.


Wednesday, January 4 2012

MAD About You: An Open Letter to MAD's "Usual Gang of Idiots"

Thanks a lot, you Usual Gang of Idiots. You just broke Satire! Used to be I could sit back on my couch and chuckle it up because satire was just entertainment. No chance of that after your "20 Dumbest of 2011".


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