Thursday, July 7, 2016

You're Probably Around My Age If...

...you know who this character is:



Yup, that's Alfred E. Neuman; the fictitious mascot and cover boy of the American humour magazine, MAD, which was founded in 1952. My two brothers and I, along with many friends, were huge fans back in the 70s when I was much, MUCH, oh so much younger.



I would read it from cover to cover because it was that good. But one of my absolute favourite series in the magazine was 'The Shadow Knows', cartoons that would depict people in a normal setting while the shadows on the wall showed what they really wanted to do. Here's an example:


This satirical publication was the best. And a major contributor to my wacky sense of humour and hugely slightly warped mind!

How about you? Do you know this magazine? Did you ever read it?

51 comments:

  1. Haha, Martha! I loved "Mad," and the cover you chose is brilliant! And I loved "The Shadow Knows!" Thanks for the great memories! Have a great day!

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    1. Fun times, eh? That was such a great magazine! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I always loved Spy vs Spy!

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  3. Oh yeah, my brothers and I were huge fans of Mad magazine! Loved it all.

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  4. Loved that magazine. Would fight over it with my brother who got to read it first.

    Betty

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  5. Oh yeah. The fold-in page was always fun.

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  6. My friends would talk about this magazine but my Mom wouldnt let me have one.
    Lisa

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    1. Aw, that's too bad, Lisa! Did you sneak a look from their copies?

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  7. I liked the folded page as well.

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  8. I grew up with Mad Magazine in the 1950s, and am most familiar with Alfred E. Newman. In the 1950s Prince Charles looked amazingly like him. What? Me worry?

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    1. HAHAHA...yes, there was quite a resemblance between the two!

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  9. I definitely remember Mad magazine (or the paperback sized books). Thanks for the memories! -Jenn

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  10. I was a big fan too! Hell, I even read its weaker competitor, "Cracked." Remember that one?

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  11. I do remember the magazine but for some reason I never read it. I think I was too engrossed in those stupid Teen rag mags and pulling out the posters of the Teen idols to hang over my bed.

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    1. I enjoyed those, too! But a little satire was necessary, as well :)

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  12. I also was a big fan. Even now, when I occasionally see one on the store shelf for sale, I pick up a copy. I should just subscribe because, I probably would still find it funny.

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    1. Oh, you are good. I haven't read one in years, Cheryl, but I'm always so tempted to get one when I see them!

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  13. Like you I know it and read it regularly. It's also something I'll never forget. Thanks for bringing it up.

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  14. Was never a fan of the MADD ! but was and still is a fan of ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS ! still listen to old time radio lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. We all have things we look back on that we enjoyed. This magazine was not for everyone but most of us 'older' folks know of it.

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  15. I mean MAD! good grief these phone key pads are tiny lol !

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  16. I think many recognize at least the face if not the name

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  17. Step brother who was a teen at the time, introduced me to Mad as a ten year old...I loved it and thought he was cool for sharing it. We were not close and did not live in the same country, so this is one of the few nice memories I have with him.

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    1. Aw, well I'm glad it brings back a nice memory of him!

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  18. I certainly know that face from somewhere!

    All the best Jan

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  19. Not read it no. But have seen it so bonus points for me.

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  20. Ha! The shadow made me smile. Listening back to old cassettes from when my siblings and I first started singing, I wonder if our audiences felt the same way...but they always told us what a great job we were doing. Eventually we improved. I'm glad they were kind, even if the music is dreadful to try to listen to now!

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    1. I bet you all did great. And most people are very kind!

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  21. My brothers and I devoured those magazines! I still remember some of their parodies--Botch Casually and the SumDunce Kid. And I loved Spy vs, Spy. This is definitely a blast-from-the-past!

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    1. It sure is! Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen. Always nice to see new people here!

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  22. I friend of mine used to get every copy of this! We would laugh our heads off over it!

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  23. I do know this magazine :) have not read it for many a year though. My grandpa had a collection of old ones. Good times :)

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  24. I got hold of Mad Magazine in the early 1990s when I visited a more outstanding magazine vendor.
    I rarely smiled though, i just read the stuff for fun.

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    1. You should have been laughing! This magazine was funny. And crazy.

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  25. Never knew his name but know the face and the magazine, and yet have never read it.

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