Facts about the UK MAD Magazine edition
A little history first. During the 1950s, when US comics were banned in the UK, several small printers and importers became publishers overnight by producing UK black and white editions of US titles. These included Len Miller & Son (best remembered forMarvelmanand Fawcett western reprints), Alan Class (68 page horror reprints, including some pre-Code gory gems!) and Thorpe & Porter, with its own line of 68 page reprints including both Marvel and DC western, crime and science fiction titles. But what made Thorpe and Porter (or TP as their teepee/wigwam symbol humorously named them) stand out from the pack was their full colour line reprinting ofClassics Illustratedand the monthly 32-page UK editions of the US 48-page 8 times-a-yearMAD Magazine.
Check out the following page by former UK MAD editor Dez Skinn to read much more about the MAD magazine in Great Britain: