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Old 07-03-19, 10:17 PM
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Rumor: MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

The rumor going around the net the past hour is that people in the know have been informed that Mad Magazine is being cancelled. The next 2 issues will be the last ones with original content and from then on, it will be reprints until subscriptions run out. I, like many, subscribed to MAD last year with a Groupon $5 offer. My sub runs out in 2020 and I wonder if the magazine will get there. Another sad effect of the bean counters due to the AT&T merger with WB

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Old 07-03-19, 10:27 PM
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That sucks majorly! Used to love it as a kid in the '60s. Haven't kept up at all, but it's damn sad when iconic things die off.
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Old 07-03-19, 11:05 PM
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yeah, what a bummer. I use to collect mad magazines when I was younger and few comics.
always the best covers.
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I just subscribed yesterday through a groupon deal.
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Old 07-04-19, 12:42 AM
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What, me worry? I haven't read it in many years.

Still, it is disappointing to hear of its demise.

And it's ridiculous that the subscriptions will be comprised of reprints. I can only hope they'll all be classic/vintage issues to give them at least some value.
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Like most here, I bought it as a kid/teen and haven't picked up an issue in years. Most kids today aren't interested, so it's no surprise it's folding.
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Old 07-04-19, 06:27 AM
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Plus there is no reoccurring characters that are iconic enough to market in other forms of media.
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Old 07-04-19, 10:16 AM
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Honestly, I didn't know this was still being published.
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Old 07-04-19, 01:56 PM
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Ending on reprints. Reminds me of what DC did to Adventure Comics back in the 80s. Reduced it to a digest-sized reprint title. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
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Old 07-04-19, 03:29 PM
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Mad folds in.
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Old 07-04-19, 04:31 PM
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I had a complete run of about fifteen years before I finally conceded that I had outgrown the magazine and stopped subscribing. It went from The Poseidon Adventure to Rosanne. Mad magazine taught me a lot about questioning authority, and I'm grateful.

Cracked magazine was once a second-tier title. But Cracked made a brilliant transition to online publishing, and Mad didn't.
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Old 07-04-19, 05:36 PM
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Sadly, Cracked.com is a shell of its former self now. Most of the good writers jumped ship/were let go a while back.
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I picked up a few issues back in the day, mostly movie parodies, but MAD never really did it for me. But yet another piece of our childhoods comes to an end. I've noticed how very few cultural institutions from the 20th Century are hanging around in this new digital era beyond superheroes.
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I’m not sure I ever bought the magazine but I read it, and bought books of Spy vs Spy, Don Martin, and Sergio Aragones. Most of the movie references went over my head as I hadn’t watched stuff like True Grit.
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I subscribed my kid to it from a Groupon offer about a year ago. The magazine is terrible now. Nary a chuckle to be found. The smart satire is way dead in that magazine. It deserves to die.
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Re: Rumor: MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

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Sadly, Cracked.com is a shell of its former self now. Most of the good writers jumped ship/were let go a while back.
Yes, it is. Now it's mostly pictographs. I feel that Cracked was able to re-brand themselves well in the Internet age after folding the magazine in the 90's. MAD simply felt out place and Paul Levitz himself admitted today in a FB post that he didn't know how to bring the magazine to a modern audience.
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Old 07-05-19, 05:54 PM
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Sad to hear, I bought it once in awhile when I was a kid, but haven't picked one up in years. IMO, it's greatest attribute was to teach kids to question authority.

And so dies the last publication originally started by EC Comics. Hey, it had a good run, it lasted over 60 years longer than the rest of the EC line.
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Old 07-05-19, 11:10 PM
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I had an annual subscription that I got for free from a posting on here a little over year ago. I only received two issues of what was supposed to be a one year subscription. i flipped through the tow issues I got and it was entertaining enough that I would have continued the subscription if their was a decent subscription deal. But I wouldn't pay to resubscribe if they were not consistant with sending out all or any of the magazines I paid for. I definetly would not have paid the $5.99 or $6.99 cover price in the store for the book, but $10-$15 for a 6 to 10 issue I would have considered. I guess if though if they can't get enough buyers, they cant make much money considering they really don't have any ads in their magazines.
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Old 07-06-19, 08:20 PM
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Re: Rumor: MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

Now word comes out that new Mad may still come out in some form as a yearly special or something.
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Old 07-06-19, 11:33 PM
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Now word comes out that new Mad may still come out in some form as a yearly special or something.
What I read is that new material will be released in an MAD Annual at some point each year, but WB/AT&T already started firing some people from the staff.
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Old 07-07-19, 10:34 AM
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I was a huge Mad Magazine fan as a kid/teen. I bought one every chance I got back then. Sorry to see it go, but with the internet being what it is, I am surprised that newspapers and magazines are still around.
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Old 07-07-19, 12:07 PM
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I used to watch MADtv a bit, which obviously was inspired by the magazine. I paged through the magazine a few times or so at stores or when Id see it places. Never really bought it on my own though.
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In a weird coincidence, last week my uncle gave me a small stack of MADs from the early 60's. I've been reading through them this weekend, I expected everything to be terribly dated (as satire often is) but I was pleasantly surprised that there were still some very funny, fairly topical articles and comics inside, I enjoyed them more than I thought I would, and that just makes me more sad that the magazine is folding.
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Old 07-08-19, 08:12 AM
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I started buying "Mad" back in the late '60s and I considered it at the time a more "adult" item (more mature in sensibility, as strange as that may seem) than the comics I was buying. This was back in the days when the great EC artists were still working on the mag. When I first started buying it, Mad was 25cents. I was heavily into it for a long time, buying the paperbacks, and the specials (which always came with a novelty item, like a vinyl record or stickers). I stopped reading before I got out of high school, and never seriously picked up another issue. I tried to get one of those CD compilations of the early issues, but I couldn't find a reasonably-priced copy.
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