Reports are coming in that from August this year, MAD magazine will no longer be available via news stands ending a 67 year tradition. No new content will be created and the magazine will only be available via comic book stores and subscriptions.
CNN, amongst others, have reported the sad news;
Once a cultural touchstone, Mad Magazine is halting the publication of new content and vanishing from newsstands.
The seminal humor publication will no longer be available on newsstands after its August issue, according to a person familiar with the matter.
After that, issues will be available only via comic book stores and subscriptions, the source said.
The source indicated that issues after No. 10 of its current volume will reprint earlier material with new covers. However, the magazine will continue to publish its end-of-year special, books and special collections.
The revered satirical publication was founded in 1952 as a comic book. In 1955, it switched to a magazine format.
Former Mad Editor Allie Goertz, who resigned last month, lamented that there will no longer be new content after issue No. 10.
“MAD is an institution with such a rich history,” Goertz tweeted. “It informed just about every comedian and writer I (and probably you) look up to.”
This is very sad for a magazine that has brought anarchic parody and humour to a galaxy far, far away. Here are a few of the covers that have parodied all things Star Wars.
Farewell to what has been a great institution for so many years!