Home to one of the iconic TV parodies, ‘Star Blecch,’ December 1967’s MAD #115 also features a couple examples of surprising prognostication.
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.’
An analysis of the long National Lampoon MAD Parody that appeared as an article in a 1971 issue, looking at what they got right and what they got wrong.
A review of a book of interviews from the Comics Journal with Harvey Kurtzman, exploring his career from ‘Hey Look!’ to ‘Little Annie Fanny.’
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.’
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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.
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.