Take That Don Draper!

Can we all agree that Mad Men is not as good as previous seasons? Don Draper is barely even showing up for work (he’s too busy being John Hamm elsewhere on the screens). In fact, the great advertising world, inner sanctum stuff has been considerably reduced (so far). In double fact, maybe that is why AMC is premiering The Pitch, a real life, contemporary fly-on-the-wall-Survivor-esque show devoted to showing two advertising agencies in mortal combat over one client.

Whatever. Madvertising or Up Madison Avenue by Dick De Bartolo and illustrated by Bob Clarke, may not take the place of the missing Mad Men inside nostalgia, but this 1972 vintage volume is MAD’s way of biting the hand that never fed it. MAD was once so totally advertising-free that it could take hilarious shots at the advertising establishment. This is not one of the best of MAD’s satiric achievements, but it is a curio of a time when advertising hyperbole was frowned upon. Now, it is celebrated.

6 thoughts on “Take That Don Draper!

  1. Michael Dooley

    “You said you don’t know what’s going on; I bought you the latest Beatles album.” Huh. Sounds like I called that one, a whole week in advance. Turn off your mind relax and float down Madison.

  2. steve heller

    Yes, indeed. The best episode of the season (and most disturbing) and perhaps of the entire run of the show. Sally’s revelation was incredible. And Peggy’s exchange with her mom (“I thought you’d be happy I’m not marrying the Jew!!”) brought back a few unpleasant memories of my own. Dooley, you’re right. I bow to Mr. Weiner, et al.

  3. Michael Dooley

    Can we all agree that tonight’s Mad Men episode, with Don’s American Cancer Society award and his dinner table Heinz pitch with Meagan, ranked among the best episodes of any season?And “Take That” and “Good Riddance” to those who already rushed to judgment, even with Bert indicating at the end of last week’s episode that it’s back to business at SCDP. Okay: not exactly “rushed,” after six episodes set in a 1966 where, as John Lennon wrote at the time, tomorrow never knows.

  4. A Reader

    No, we can’t all agree that this season of Mad Men is not as good! I’m finding the episodes that have aired thus far some of the strongest of the show’s run. They feel looser, funnier, and weirder (in a good way) than anything that’s come before.