MAD Magazine: Humor in the '60s and Beyond

MAD Magazine: Humor in the '60s and Beyond

a fun part of childhood in the '60s

MAD Magazine was around before I was even born, and it is still going strong today.  Starting by lifting copies from my older brother's room, and then buying my own after he grew up and moved out, MAD was a fun part of childhood for many years.


I wonder if there is anyone alive today who is not familiar with the gap-toothed, perpetual oddball known as Alfred E. Neumann.  While other magazines based on satire became popular in recent decades, none measure up to MAD.  It contained regular features, such as The Lighter Side of-, Spy vs. Spy, spoofs of popular movies and t.v. shows, and the back cover's fold-in. 


My favorite MAD feature was Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.  As is the case with MAD itself, this feature showed humor could be ridiculous, hilarious, and usually clean.  An example of this feature:


Q: (from a woman just pulled over by a police officer) Did I do something wrong, officer?
A: No, today we're giving tickets out for doing things right.
A: No, I just got tired of lugging around these heavy summonses so I decided to give some of them away.
A: No, I'm giving a ticket to this crazy street because it's going the wrong way.


In my opinion, MAD Magazine is was not only a part of childhood, but an essential part.  It was appealing to teenagers and younger kids alike.  While magazines directed at the younger generation may come and go, the popularity of MAD has continued for well over half a century.