MAD magazine

MAD Magazine’s New Facial Recognition

As MAD Magazine begins a new era today with its new logo design, Heller speaks with Bill Morrison, executive editor, Doug Thomson, MAD design director and Suzy Hutchinson, MAD art director about this new incarnation of probably the oldest American humor and parody magazine.

Crossing MAD Avenue

In 1972, Dick De Bartolo and Bob Clarke produced MADvertising, a comic—asinine—approach to American advertising propaganda. They were not biting the hand that fed them because in the early days, unlike today, MAD did not accept advertising.

Sam Viviano: Designing MAD-ness

Strong art direction coupled with nuanced design are fundamental to MAD magazine’s spot-on parodies and satirical observations, and driving it all is art director Sam Viviano.

A Wild Madhouse Riot of 1950s Comic Book Satire

Okay, here’s the setup. Marilyn Monroe knocks Joe DiMaggio’s head off with a baseball bat. So they go to a Chinese laundry to get it put back on. But the proprietor can’t help them because—get ready—it’s a hand laundry! Okay, see, this place has human hands hanging off clotheslines, and, and… Hmmm. Maybe you...

Resurrected: A Multifaceted Icon of Comic Book Art

I originally came to know Wally Wood for his comical comics, mainly his acclaimed work for Mad back in its 1950s, pre-magazine incarnation. But his personal life was a drama verging on tragedy and culminating with his suicide in 1981. Only now, three decades later, is his story heading toward a happy ending, with...