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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

MAD Magazine to Cease Publication

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MAD Magazine will cease publication later this year, according to reports. Blogger Jedidiah Leland reportedly discovered the news after a MAD editor confessed to the magazine's doom in a Facebook group, and shortly thereafter, cartoonist Ruben Bolling seemed to confirm the report on Twitter. Of course, Bolling is not a MAD cartoonist (although he did have work published in it in 2005), so he may have been simply responding to the growing volume of responses to the Leland report.

Per the report, "I just heard from a friend of mine who is in a Facebook group with MAD writer Stan Stinberg that, after the next two issues, MAD will no longer be publishing original material. Instead, it’ll publish reprinted material until it’s subscription responsibilities are fulfilled and then the magazine will cease publication."

We cannot find the Facebook post in question, or even any account in the name of Stan Stinberg, on Facebook at present.

The venerable humor magazine, which launched in 1952 at EC Comics, relaunched in 2018, going bimonthly in a move that many fans suspected spelled a short lifespan for the magazine. Like DC's 2018 Vertigo relaunch, it seemingly did not bring in enough interest or revenue to revitalize the flagging brand.

ComicBook.com has reached out to DC Comics for comment, but has not, as of yet, received a response.

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By Russ Burlingame - July 3, 2019 10:11 pm EDT Originally published on comicbook.com

This is a terrible development! Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

8 comments:

  1. 2019 seems to be a year of nostalgic cancellations. I suppose I can't really complain though. It's not like I've personally purchased a MAD magazine in decades. Still, it's a bummer to hear this is potentially happening.

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    1. I too haven't read MAD Magazine in years... I don't pick up any news stand publications anymore, not even comics. But still, I remember being a kid and reading it and laughing at the irreverent humor of it. It was like being a closet rebel, reading something you weren't supposed to. I guess it just isn't as popular with today's generation... Its a shame.

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  2. My older brother had a ton of these!I remember getting a kick out of folding the back cover to reveal a totally different and humorous image.

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    1. I wouldn't think that could be easily replicated with digital comics...

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  3. this is heartbreaking. Mad Magazine was always popular here in Brazil in the 80s and 90s. We had the translated american content and a few local cartoonists adding some local stuff. Inspired me as a kid to be a cartoonist. Well, i still have a Mort Drucker big book to keep as a memento

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    1. Very sad. It's like the end of an era... I felt the same way when Cracked went out.

      I wonder if it will maintain an online presence...

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  4. Bummer. Never purchased Mad or Cracked but always thumbed through them at the grocery store. Spy vs Spy!!!

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