Monday, January 12, 2009

Mad Magazine - December 1956

Welcome to “Magazine Monday”! It’s a “MAD” Magazine Monday!

From December 1956, this issue of MAD Magazine is the first to have Alfred E. Newman on its cover. I grew up reading all of my older brothers MAD Magazines and books, my mind was undoubtedly shaped and/or distorted by these magazines. I’ll still pick one up every few months and they still make me laugh out loud.

The index page showing all the fun stuff inside. I was going to ask if anyone wants the entire issue posted, but it’s so much fun I’m going to go ahead and post the whole thing on Bonus Sunday.

The article on “Dizzyland” is classic standard MAD satire, as they stated in the index page “which shows how jealous we are” it makes me think this was all in good fun. It’s interesting to see the focus on how much money Walt appeared to be making.

Now without further interruption, here is the “Dizzyland” MAD piece. Step back in time, pretend you are a child again, read and laugh out loud. 

My favorite quote from Fantasticland: "Don’t get the idea because we’re drawn smiling, were happy!"

MAD had very little advertising in 1956 (one small shoe ad) and had no advertising from 1957 to 2001 (how cool was that!) so here's a funny “joke” ad about tires that don’t need a car!

It’s December 1956 therefore an Elvis satire is in order!

This “Mouse Trap” piece is a good representation of the MAD style of humor.

The back cover is fantastic; it’s the reverse side of the front cover. MAD was and is famous for all the little details in their drawings, this is no exception.

Come back on Bonus Sunday for the entire issue.

P.s. I'm at the Park today!!!!!!!


TokyoMagic! said...

What a hoot! Great graphics. Thank you for sharing this!

The Viewliner Limited said...

MAD is insane. I love this magazine. Looking forward to the whole mag on SUnday. Thanks Tim.

Daveland said...

This magazine formed me as a child! Great post! Don Martin was my favorite cartoonist.

Major Pepperidge said...

Super great! Years ago I found a stack of very early issues, I think maybe even issue #1. They're in a box somewhere now, I've got to dig them out and see!

Katella Gate said...

What ever happened to Disney Dollars? I don't see them being promoted like they once were...

Disney On Parole said...

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

FYI, the entire first 46 years of MAD are commercially available on DVD:

It's currently OP, but used copies are available (via the link, eBay, and so forth).