I guess it's so.:-( I came here after reading the Chicago Sun-Times' version - which didn't mention the continued DM availability but said that the annu.issue will have new material! Why would DC bother with continued magazine publication at all?
Glad it will be available still in the direct market--at least for now, I hate to say.
I literally learned to read by reading MAD and Garfield strip books.
Maybe they should make MAD comic book size again?
Tom Richmond's article gives me new information and reminds me of what I had forgotten. I think I knew that Gaines retained control. His death and the decision to move the operation across the country (think Agriculture Dept) were probably a one-two punch.
It's hard to believe that a reprint version that's only available in comic shops will survive, even if some people still want it. If it's non-returnable that will probably be the coup de grâce.
...I think Mad has tended, briefly, to be an underperformer in comics shops all throughout the DM era. Would this reprint version concentrate on the personality names among the Mad cartoonists - Sergio, Don Martin, et Al?
...It looks like a 2nd part to this reply isn't going up. Sob!!!!!!!!!!!
The end of MAD made Page 3 of both "The Daily News" and "The New York Post" with them having the same take on it, surprisingly. It may not mean much to millennials but to those of my generation and prior ones, it was as risqué and thought-provoking as kids could get!
MAD was virtually necessary in the pre-Internet days. How else were children supposed to learn to mistrust authority?
I see that the 1973 Marvel comic book title Crazy was all reprints from the earlier Not Brand Echh.
I wasn't aware that the magazine Crazy was a Marvel title.
Apparently they also had a 1953 comic book title of the same name that ran 7 issues.
I've seen any number of pieces bemoaning the end of MAD, but, oddly, none of them related it to the overall picture of magazine publishing. Glamour magazine killed its print edition last November and is online only. Entertainment Weekly will go monthly in August and is focusing online. Ebony has been circling the drain the past two years ever since it was sold in 2016 to some hedge-fund guys who don't know what to do with it. Last month, Ebony laid off its online staff and a week later cut everybody else.
One of MAD's problems, like many a pioneer, is that it has influenced any number of imitators and competitors who are far more nimble at getting their stuff out there. How does a bimonthly magazine compete when people can get doses of satire around the clock from places like The Onion, College Humor, JibJab, Funny or Die, or YouTube channels like How It Should Have Ended and Epic Rap Battles of History? Not to mention clips from Steven Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel and their brethren ,,, which I won't mention because what they do is more suited to old farts like us, not the presumed 13-year-old MAD reader.
Even MAD's foremost competitor, Cracked, has survived in the online era by turning itself into a clickbait trivia site. Its personality is nothing like Cracked the print magazine (which we discuss starting here); the online Cracked takes a snarky tone more like, well, MAD.