For about 35 years, off and on, I have been reading and collecting MAD. It hasn’t been easy to collect, certainly not in the early 1980’s. Especially as I live in Australia. Here in Australia, we have our own MAD Magazine. …much of it is the same as USA …but we often got our own …

I first started reading MAD in 1976, at the age of 11.  Some kids on the school bus were passing an issue around, so I looked at it too.  A few months later, I bought my first issue from the newsstand, and I was hooked. 

My obsession with MAD began some time before I finished elementary school when I discovered a few of my dad’s childhood issues in our garage attic – including pristine copies of #186 and #193, with their brown paper mailing covers still attached!

My first contact to MAD magazine was 46 years ago, when I was 14 years old. We stopped at a highway station, while I was travelling to Austria with my parents. There I bought my first MAD magazine, the German MAD number 36 from the 1st Edition.

Hi MAD-fans, collegues and eventually freaks! Since I was born 1953 I had the opportunity to read Swedish MAD in my teenage years 1963-1970.

The main part of my collection are the paperbacks, books and magazines from the USA. And of course original artwork, especially done for paperbacks!

How exactly does one become a trade MAD-addict?  Well, my name is Jason Levine and here is my story.