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Mad began as a comic book published by EC, debuting in August 1952 (cover date October–November), and located in lower Manhattan at 225 Lafayette Street. In the early 1960s, the Mad office moved to 485 Madison Avenue, a location given in the magazine as “485 MADison Avenue”. The title is trademarked in capitals as MAD.

The first issue was written almost entirely by Harvey Kurtzman, and featured illustrations by Kurtzman, along with Wally Wood, Will Elder, Jack Davis, and John Severin. Wood, Elder, and Davis were the three main illustrators throughout the 23-issue run of the comic book.

To retain Kurtzman as its editor, the comic book converted to magazine format as of issue #24 (1955). The switchover only induced Kurtzman to remain for one more year, but crucially, the move had removed Mad from the strictures of the Comics Code Authority. After Kurtzman’s departure in 1956, new editor Al Feldstein swiftly brought aboard contributors such as Don Martin, Frank Jacobs, and Mort Drucker, and later Antonio Prohías, Dave Berg, and Sergio Aragonés. The magazine’s circulation more than quadrupled during Feldstein’s tenure, peaking at 2,132,655 in 1974; it later declined to a third of this figure by the end of his time as editor. When Feldstein retired in 1984, he was replaced by the team of Nick Meglin and John Ficarra, who co-edited Mad for the next two decades. Since Meglin’s retirement in 2004, Ficarra has continued to edit the magazine.

Gaines sold his company in the early 1960s to the Kinney Parking Company, which also acquired National Periodicals (a.k.a. DC Comics) and Warner Bros. by the end of that decade. Gaines was named a Kinney board member, and was largely permitted to run Mad as he saw fit without corporate interference.

Following Gaines’ death, Mad became more ingrained within the Time Warner corporate structure. Eventually, the magazine was obliged to abandon its long-time home at 485 Madison Avenue, and in the mid-1990s it moved into DC Comics’ offices at the same time that DC relocated to 1700 Broadway. In 2001, the magazine broke its long-standing taboo and began running paid advertising. The outside revenue allowed the introduction of color printing and improved paper stock.

In its earliest incarnation, new issues of the magazine appeared erratically, between four and seven times a year. By the end of 1958, Mad had settled on an unusual eight-times-a-year schedule, which lasted almost four decades. Gaines felt the atypical timing was necessary to maintain the magazine’s level of quality. Mad then began producing additional issues, until it reached a traditional monthly schedule with the January 1997 issue. With its 500th issue (June 2009), amid company-wide cutbacks at Time Warner, the magazine temporarily regressed to a quarterly publication before settling to six issues per year in 2010.

[Wikipedia contributors. “Mad (magazine).” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 Apr. 2016. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.]

 

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MAD Magazines

Period: 1952 - Ongoing
Last added item: MAD Magazine #540

540 items

MAD Specials

Period: 1958 - 1969
Last updated item: The Worst from MAD #1

12 items

Period: 1958 - 1969
Last updated item: More Trash from MAD #1

12 items

Period: 1963 - 1969
Last updated item: MAD Follies #1

7 items

Period: 1970 - 1999
Last updated item: MAD Super Special #11

131 items

Period: June 2000 - March 2005
Last updated item: MAD XL #1

34 items

Period: April 2000 - September 2004
Last updated item: MAD Color Classics #1

10 items

Period: August 2005 - May 2009
Last updated item: MAD Classics #1

25 items

Last updated item: MAD 84

14 items

Last updated item: MAD Kids #14

14 items

Period: 1970 - 1973
Last updated item: MAD Special #10

10 items

MAD Books

Format: Paperback
Last added item: Don Martin Drops 13 Stories

53 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: MAD Poster Book

15 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: Insanely Awesome MAD

13 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: Dave Berg looks at Things

39 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: Mad (Yeech!) Monstrosities

40 items

Format: Big Book
Last updated item: The MAD Archives #4

4 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: Mad-ly Yours

42 items

Format: Paperback
Last updated item: Mad's Bizarre Biz

11 items

Format: Paperback
Last added item: The MAD Bathroom Companion #4

4 items

MAD Merchandise

Last updated item: FLEER Sticker Album

74 items

Last updated item: ALFRED RESTAURANT MENU #1

105 items

Last updated item: Sales Rack for MAD Magazines

5 items

Last updated item: BACKSTAGE CREW PASS

91 items

Last updated item: MAD SHOW PROGRAM #1

12 items

Last updated item: IT S A MAD MAD MAD WORLD VIDEO

11 items

Last updated item: GOT MILK ALFRED POSTER

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Last updated item: MAD MICROWAVE POPCORN

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Last updated item: PROMO CARD SET MADMAG.COM

84 items

Last updated item: MAD STRAIGHT JACKET (1950s/60s)

119 items

Last updated item: MAD CHRISTMAS TREE

131 items

Last updated item: 1990 MAD Magazine Calendar

8 items

Last updated item: Frank Jacobs Letter

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MAD Related Stuff

Last updated item: Panic #1

12 items

Last updated item: Journal of Madness #5

18 items

Last updated item: Plop! #6

21 items

Last updated item: Read - Inside MAD #15

1 items

Last updated item: Creepy #1

4 items

Last updated item: Cracked #177

23 items

Last updated item: Witzend #10

5 items

Last updated item: Creepy Archives #1

1 items

Last updated item: Sally Forth #1

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Last updated item: The Jungle

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Last updated item: National Review #23

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Last updated item: Destroyer Duck

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Last updated item: Honk! #1

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Last updated item: Tales From the Crypt #1

8 items

Last updated item: Starslayer #5

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Last updated item: Cannon #2

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Last updated item: Groo: Houndbook

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Last updated item: Snarf #10

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Last updated item: Mona #1

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Last updated item: Bat Lash

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Last updated item: Squa Tront #9

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Last updated item: Impact #2

1 items

Last updated item: JEM & Les Femmes #6

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Last updated item: Twist #3

1 items

Last updated item: Buzz & Bell - Space Cadets

2 items

Last updated item: Funnies #1

12 items

Last updated item: Qua Brot #1

1 items

Last updated item: Wimmin's Comix #17

1 items

Last updated item: Weird Science #2

3 items

Last updated item: The Haunt of Fear

3 items

Last updated item: Weird Science #1

2 items

Last updated item: Crypt of CTHULHU #61

1 items

Last updated item: YOUTH Magazine

1 items

Last updated item: The Mighty Magnor #1

2 items

Last updated item: The MAD Panic #67

50 items

Last updated item: Flashback Magazine

1 items

Last updated item: Spin Again #5

1 items

Last updated item: LIFE Magazine

1 items

Last updated item: MADzine #1

13 items

Last updated item: Mini Haha Komix #1

1 items

Last updated item: Star Wars Tales #4

2 items

Last updated item: Coronet Magazine

1 items

Last updated item: ICON Magazine

1 items

Last updated item: TWIG #4

1 items

Last updated item: MAD Freaks U.S.A. #5

1 items

Last updated item: Creepy Comics #9

2 items

Last updated item: Maggie #1

1 items

Last updated item: Mars Attacks #3

1 items

Last updated item: Spawn of Mars

8 items

Last updated item: Spacehawk

1 items

Last updated item: Boogeyman #1

4 items

Last updated item: Space Circus #2

1 items

Last updated item: EC Fan-Addict #1

1 items

Last updated item: Cat Tales #10

1 items

Last updated item: Aquaman #19

11 items

Last updated item: Batman #340

1 items

Last updated item: Haunt of Fear #4

1 items

Last updated item: Cracked Super #7

1 items

Last updated item: Dynamite #47

1 items

Last updated item: EC Sampler

1 items

Last updated item: The Groo Bazaar #1

1 items

Last updated item: Strange Tales #2

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Last updated item: Reset

1 items

Last updated item: Apocalypse Nerd #4

2 items

Last updated item: Batman #30

19 items

Last updated item: Alice in Comicland

1 items

Last updated item: Groo Carnival #3

4 items

Last updated item: Groo vs Conan #1

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Last updated item: Intense #1

2 items

Last updated item: The Goon

1 items

Last updated item: The Vault of Horror #4

3 items

Last updated item: Sweatshop

3 items

Last updated item: Neat Stuff #1

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Last updated item: All In Magazine

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Last updated item: Wertham was Right!

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Last updated item: Star Wars #2

1 items

Last updated item: Kurtzman Komix #1

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Last updated item: Spice Capades

1 items

Last updated item: Unite the Stupid

1 items

Period: 1st October 1958 - 1st April 1959
Last updated item: Frantic! #2

2 items

Last updated item: Alter Ego #86

1 items

Period: 1st August 1960 - September 1965
Last updated item: Help! #21

9 items

Period: 1st August 1957 - 1st October 1958
Last updated item: Humbug #11

11 items

Period: 1st April 1990 - 1st September 1990
Last updated item: Barf #1

1 items

Period: 1st October 1973 - 1st April 1983
Last updated item: Crazy #1

1 items

Last updated item: Trump #1

1 items