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February 2nd, 2004

Mad v. Cracked

When I was growing up, there seemed to be a competition between the magazines Mad and Cracked. As I recall, Cracked was never as sharp as Mad was… even their mascot, Sylvester P. Smythe, was just a janitor. Alfred E. Neuman was and is, of course, the Father of our Country.

Cracked is still around, surprisingly. Mad was absorbed by the Time Warner monster and introduced color pages a few years back… and advertisements.

Posted in Childhood Memories

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 2, 2004 -- 7:54:47 am
Every once in a while I pick up an issue of Mad, and I can't stop the stray tear or two that comes when I page through all the ads. What's the deal with that?!

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 2, 2004 -- 10:13:25 am
There's no contest here..It's Mad Magazine all the way. Roger Kaputnik, Spy vs. Spy (vs. Spy!), the ever popular Fold-In, the artwork of Sergio Argones crammed alongside the cartoons. It's all legendary. Cracked? Nada.

Mad TV stinks, but the magazine will live forever.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday February 2, 2004 -- 11:49:32 am
Don't forget Mad the Board Game, where you progress around the board counterclockwise, and the object is to lose 42 million dollars first. I think it was 42 million...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday February 2, 2004 -- 4:33:20 pm
Anyone who has an old collection of MAD can attest to the reprinting of classic MAD bits. I've got them going back to the seventies, and it seems like MAD recycles often.
Has anyone ever purchased the pictures of Alfred E. Neuman? Remember, MAD used to offer them in quantity for extremely cheap.
I'm not a big fan of CRACKED, mostly because it doesn't have the recognizable authors, art, or articles. It's not as daring either. I don't recall CRACKED taking on political satire, though I could be wrong. I also think that MAD has toned down the political satire, but I admit, I haven't picked up a copy in years. Maybe I'll go get one for old times sake . . .

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday February 2, 2004 -- 9:32:43 pm
I was looking at an issue of Mad a few weeks ago at the grocery store. It's still a great magazine, but the ads do suck.

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Tuesday February 3, 2004 -- 1:07:31 pm
Most people don't realize this, but Dom Martin worked for both.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 5, 2004 -- 1:41:31 pm
Anyone remember a magazine called Bananas? At least I think that's what it was called. I just suddenly remembered having one and I'm pretty sure it was spoofing Indiana Jones in it (they kept talking about how all the walls were papier-mache and such).

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday February 5, 2004 -- 6:48:15 pm
I remember it along with Dynamite, Rob.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday February 5, 2004 -- 7:21:45 pm
Hey Rob. Hey Paul.

FROM: pope_hentai
DATE: Friday February 6, 2004 -- 5:00:53 am
i quit reading mad when they put in the ads out of respect for the late William M. Gaines

FROM: Jack Dorman
DATE: Sunday April 11, 2004 -- 9:16:34 pm
Doesn't matter really,because there both great bathroom reading.

FROM: Jack dorman
DATE: Sunday April 11, 2004 -- 9:21:39 pm
I think there used to be a magizine called (trash)Do you remember that?

Rob a Former Mad Fan April 2, 2009, 5:34 am

Mad is dead too me

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