The American humor magazine Mad was founded in the year 1952. The editor of this magazine is Harvey Kurtzman, and the publisher is William Gaines. Mad was launched as a comic book, which later became a magazine. This magazine was extensively imitated, and it highly affected the satire (a genre of literature) media. Satire is usually meant to be humorous, and its primary purpose is often helpful in social criticism.
Al Feldstein, the editor of Mad magazine, managed to increase readership over two million during its 1974 circulation pinnacle. Mad has published 544 regular issues, hundreds of reprint, and book compilations and various other print projects.
The Mad magazine is the last remaining title of EC Comics line. These magazines offer the satire on all elements of life and culture, entertainment, politics, and public figures. It has a different format of recurring sections such as Television and Movie parodies. It also consists of free-form articles. The mascot of the Mad, Alfred E. Neuman is the focal point of the cover of the magazine. His face is often replaced with the celebrity who is ridiculed in the article.
Mad was started as a comic book. It was published by EC Comics. The debut of Mad was in August 1952. The headquarters was located at 225 Lafayette Street, Lower Manhattan. The office was later moved to 485, Madison Avenue. The title is trademarked as MAD. Harvey Kurtzman wrote the entire first issue by himself. The illustrations were featured by Harvey, Wally Wood, Will Elder, and John Severin. The comic book was converted into a magazine to retain Harvey as its editor from its 24th issue of 1955. Kurtzman continued to be the editor for only a year after the switchover. But, the switchover caused Mad to be removed from the Comics Code Authority.
Alfred E. Neuman:
Alfred E. Neuman is the Mascot of MAD magazine. He is considered to be the world’s biggest idiot. He is illustrated saying things like: “Naysayers have it all wrong!” and his motto is: “What, me worry?” Alfred E. Neuman was featured on many magazine covers and was claimed by MAD magazine in the 1960s.
MAD is noteworthy for its ad-free nature. No advertising has been published in the magazine for years, and yet the MAD has been a successful magazine over decades. MAD had run a finite number of advertisings in its first two years after being converted into a magazine.