Because of my father I started to love comic books very early... especially MAD Magazin. At first I was just interested in the MAD paintings......
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!
One day in 2004, I was snooping around in my grandparents attic, when I found a box of stuff that belonged to my uncle and dad,inside the box was 3 issues of mad magazine #122 #131 #141.
I was born in 1955; the first year that “Mad Magazine" launched! How cool is that? In the 1960‘s my father & mother owned a Jewish delicatessen/restaurant in Chicago, IL & just down the street was a small “corner drug store".
The main part of my collection are the paperbacks, books and magazines from the USA. And of course original artwork, especially done for paperbacks!
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...
How exactly does one become a trade MAD-addict? Well, my name is Jason Levine and here is my story.
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.