While most fans regaled in Mad's scathing satire, I enjoyed the superb cartoons and caricatures, via the artistry of industry giants Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, Kelly Freas, Wallace Wood, Jack Rickard, Don Martin and, more recently, Tom Richmond, with whom I studied at his workshop back in March.
(And here, throughout this page, are samples of commissioned work from yours truly, in celebration of Mad's influential style.)
According to Smithsonian.com
— and, let’s face it, you have to have had some significant import or influence to have your story covered by the online arm of the venerable Smithsonian Institution — “
the satirical publication, which regaled generations of readers and influenced leading comedic figures, will disappear from newsstands after the release of its August issue. The magazine will reprint old material with new covers, which will be available in comic stores and via subscription. But aside from end-of-year specials and other one-off features,
won’t be creating any new content.
“Though silly, the magazine
had a serious mission: to encourage readers to think carefully and skeptically. “The editorial mission statement has always been the same: ‘Everyone is lying to you, including magazines. Think for yourself. Question authority,’” longtime editor John Ficarra once said. In
’s early years, this was a radical, subversive notion.’[T]he profusion of advertising and Cold War propaganda infected everything in American culture,” writer Michael J. Socolow explains. ‘At a time when American television only relayed three networks and consolidation limited alternative media options,
’s message stood out.’