MAD 1, no. 1

Mad Magazine no 1 by Harvey Kurtzman cover, two adults scared by a large shadow, and a small child calling it 'Melvin'

MAD 1, no. 1

Edited by Harvey Kurtzman

1952

In 2010, veteran MAD contributor Al Jaffee told a reporter, "MAD was designed to corrupt the minds of children. And from what I'm gathering from the minds of people all over, we succeeded." Originally published in comic-book format by EC Comics, the company whose blood-and-guts Tales from the Crypt became a lightning rod for critics like Fredric Wertham, MAD later reformatted itself as a magazine, thereby escaping the Comics Code Authority's scrutiny.

From the start, MAD lampooned countless aspects of American life, from television sitcoms and advertising jingles to psychoanalysis and presidential politics.

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Mad Magazine no 5 by Bill Morrison cover, a giant Donald Trump is terrorizing the town

MAD , no. 5

Edited by Bill Morrison

February 2019