In MAD #346 from June 1996, the lead parody is a spoof of ‘Ellen’ BEFORE Ellen DeGeneres came out, along with a look at ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus.’
The slice-of-life manga Yotsuba&! is an utterly delightful look at a single father raising his adopted 5-year-old daughter.
The latest graphic novel from Mike Rosen, ‘Firebrat,’ is all about the True Meaning of Christmas, which includes Zwarte Piet, the Yule Cat and more.
The new collection ‘Your Black Friend and Other Strangers’ by Ben Passmore is deeply political without being preachy, and occasionally pretty dang funny.
Though the first three issues were setting the stage, it was Mad #4 that was the first big hit, thanks to the first direct comic parody, ‘Superduperman.’
Though Mad #2 was an early triumph, Mad #3 feels like a step backward with weak stories and jokes, though it still features a classic in ‘V-Vampires!’
For those playing along, MAD #2 comes — surprisingly — right after MAD #1 and it’s a continuation of the promise made by the last half of that first issue.
Fantagraphics recently released ‘Dementia 21’ by ero-guro nansensu artist Shintaro Kago, and the book is an outstanding introduction to Kago’s world.
The Nib #1 just came out this month, and it’s a beautifully curated look at death, combining outstanding design and great comics.
MAD #1 — talking about the original 1952 issue, not the 2018 relaunch — was quite different from what MAD would evolve into, but an auspicious beginning.