The end of satire: Mad magazine to cease regular publication

Comedian Al Yankovic laments loss of one of the all-time greatest American institutions

Mad magazine, a US institution famous for the grinning face of jug-eared, tiny-eyed mascot Alfred E Neuman, is to stop being a regular fixture of newsstands.

The satirical magazine will no longer be published monthly with new material from the autumn, its owners DC Comics said. Instead there will be end-of-year specials and magazines with classic and best-of content which will be sold in comic stores and direct to subscribers.

While Mad magazine is not disappearing, it is not going to be the force it once was.

The comedian and musical parodistAl Yankovic,a former guest editor, is a component of many to to be undertaken to social media lamenting the decision. He said he was ” profoundly sad … I can’t begin to describe potential impacts it had on me as a young child – it’s pretty much the same reasons I turned out weird. Goodbye to one of the all-time greatest American institutions .”

The comic book artistBill Sienkiewicz tweeted:” I hope people understand what this means to us as a nation, both as a culture and as a functioning critical society.

” MAD wasn’t JUST a humor publication. It’s not just the end of an period; it’s the end of …”

Actor and musician Steven Van Zandt tweeted a Mad cover poking fun of the Sopranos cast, of which, as Silvio Dante, he was part.” Making the cover of Rolling Stone was nice, but I didn’t feel meaningful until I built the extend of Mad Magazine !'”

Mad magazine was founded in 1952 as a comic book, the first issue written almost entirely by its editor Harvey Kurtzman. It became a magazine in 1955 and soon began building up influence and readership with its sharp parody and cheerful daftness.

Its readership peaked at more than two million in 1974 but in recent years it was widely acknowledged not to be the force it once was.

When Donald Trump likened the Democrat 2020 nomination hopefulPete Buttigieg to gap-toothed, freckled Neuman, catchphrase” What, me obsess ?”, it went over a very young politician’s head.

Buttigieg professed:” I’ll be honest. I had to Google that. I guess it’s just a generational thing. I didn’t get the reference.

” It’s kind of funny, I guess. But he’s also the president of the United State and I’m surprised he’s not spending more time trying to salvage this China deal .”

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ culture/ 2019/ jul/ 04/ the-end-of-satire-mad-magazine-to-cease-regular-publication

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