RIP Mad Magazine.

Gough

Moderator
Sep 29, 2006
41,949
68,631
AFL Club
Hawthorn
The decline of the magazine is inevitable and this was always going to happen but in those dim dark ages before the internet Mad was one of those things that as a kid made you realise there might be a bit more going on out there than people were letting on. Vale Alfred E Neuman.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Chief

110% sass!
Dec 1, 1999
75,527
45,283
Brisbane
AFL Club
Carlton
The decline of the magazine is inevitable and this was always going to happen but in those dim dark ages before the internet Mad was one of those things that as a kid made you realise there might be a bit more going on out there than people were letting on. Vale Alfred E Neuman.
That sucks. Still have a big collection under the house.
 

Cleavy

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 28, 2004
27,786
15,612
Melbourne
AFL Club
Hawthorn
thankfully I downloaded a 500 issue collection a while back, should keep me going for a while.

do you guys with the collection have the Australian editions or the US editions (or both)?
 

MC Extra Dollop

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 17, 2006
20,869
17,314
AFL Club
Geelong
Haven't seen one in probably 20 years (there's a lesson in that) but they were tremendous. Inherited a cousin's collection at the end of primary school and Dad had a few from the 70s.

And once you got bored of the fold ins and the lighter side of and took the time to look at the wordier sections you found that was where a lot of the genius was. Thankfully the Australian versions that I remember were probably 75/25 ratio in favour of US content. The Australian stuff had the local relevance; the US stuff was far superior in every other way.

I still pull out a bit regularly that has somehow become tattoed in my memory from an old Mad. Whenever I'm with someone and we go past a lighthouse, I'll say 'You know the name "lighthouse" is a misnomer: they actually weigh several hundred tonnes'.
 

Andre

Premium Platinum
Sep 3, 2002
23,256
25,277
Adelaide
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
It was great back when a kid (born 73, so the 80's was my Mad Magazine time). I loved Spy v. Spy (Team black), but magazines (Newsagents in general really) are a dying breed. I know my boys (13 & 11) haven't seen a Mad at our place. I doubt at school or any friends either. Magazines in general they'd never pick up. It's a bit sad from a Nostalgia point of view, but I wouldn't be trading no internet for that world to be back if I had the chance.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Ed_Gein

You are nex !
Dec 17, 2003
15,152
5,847
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
LFC, BVB, Rangers, Valencia, Storm
Yeah I liked Spy vs Spy and the Image at the back you could fold into another. Actually never bought a copy, just used to flick through them for those two things in the newsagents when I saw them as a kid. Could tell others were doing the same, the back page had crease marks with people folding it, haha.
 

Plugger35

The umpires are always right!
Sep 27, 2008
95,234
93,832
AFL Club
St Kilda
Other Teams
Chelsea, Black Caps, Subiaco
I was another 80s kid that bought Mad mags religiously, had a great collection but my old man threw them all out after I left home and left them in the garage.

I remember returning to ask him where they were and he was like "I did a bit of cleanout and threw them all out", he also threw out all our old board games.

Had no concept that they might have sentimental value from our childhood.

My old 80s collection would probably be worth a pretty penny now.

The early to mid 80s Mad mags were peak Mad, they were all legit US content but then the Aussie content crept in and you could tell the difference.

The US cartoonists parodies of films and tv shows were bang on with the likenesses, the Aussie cartoonists doing parodies of Home and Away, yeah nah.

Don Martin was my favourite Mad cartoonist.

My favourite cartoon of his was a down and out ventriloquist telling his mate that he'd lost his job, his wife had left him and he wanted to end it all.

The words he was saying were coming out of the bottle of booze he was drinking.

His mate then said "Oh come on Seymour that's the booze talking".

Even as a kid I realised how brilliant that was and have never forgotten it.
 
Last edited:

Silent Alarm

sack Lyon
Jul 9, 2010
23,950
25,565
AFL Club
Fremantle
I was another 80s kid that bought Mad mags religiously, had a great collection but my old man threw them all out after I left home and left them in the garage.

I remember returning to ask him where they were and he was like "I did a bit of cleanout and threw them all out", he also threw out all our old board games.

Had no concept that they might have sentimental value from our childhood.

My old 80s collection would probably be worth a pretty penny now.

The early to mid 80s Mad mags were peak Mad, they were all legit US content but then the Aussie content crept in and you could tell the difference.

The US cartoonists parodies of films and tv shows were bang on with the likenesses, the Aussie cartoonists doing parodies of Home and Away, yeah nah.

Don Martin was my favourite Mad cartoonist.

My favourite cartoon of his was a down and out ventriloquist telling his mate that he'd lost lost his job, his wife had left him he and he wanted to end it all.

The words he was saying were coming out of the bottle of booze he was drinking.

His mate then said "Oh come on Seymour that's the booze talking".

Even as a kid I realised how brilliant that was and have never forgotten it.
You always nail nostalgia and sentiment – a bit of a less is more approach. Let the personal versions of our feelings fill in the gaps.

You got a missile now or something?
 

Chief

110% sass!
Dec 1, 1999
75,527
45,283
Brisbane
AFL Club
Carlton
I was another 80s kid that bought Mad mags religiously, had a great collection but my old man threw them all out after I left home and left them in the garage.

I remember returning to ask him where they were and he was like "I did a bit of cleanout and threw them all out", he also threw out all our old board games.

Had no concept that they might have sentimental value from our childhood.

My old 80s collection would probably be worth a pretty penny now.

The early to mid 80s Mad mags were peak Mad, they were all legit US content but then the Aussie content crept in and you could tell the difference.

The US cartoonists parodies of films and tv shows were bang on with the likenesses, the Aussie cartoonists doing parodies of Home and Away, yeah nah.

Don Martin was my favourite Mad cartoonist.

My favourite cartoon of his was a down and out ventriloquist telling his mate that he'd lost lost his job, his wife had left him he and he wanted to end it all.

The words he was saying were coming out of the bottle of booze he was drinking.

His mate then said "Oh come on Seymour that's the booze talking".

Even as a kid I realised how brilliant that was and have never forgotten it.
I remember that one exactly.

Also the one where the guy brings his parents back to meet his girlfriend.

"Mom, dad, you will love her. She's the type you never see any more, an old-fashioned girl! Sweetie, I'm home!"

Girl walks out starkers "Is that you dear?"

They did a tasteful nude for the discerning 9 year old.
 
Top Bottom