How MAD are you?

I know there are those of you out there that are crazy MAD magazine fans. You know who you are…

Well, we recently released the The MAD Magazine Poster Book. It has been selling like hot cakes! We’re out of stock on the poster book right now but will have more in stock in early December.

In the meantime, we want to know how mad you are for MAD.

Respond (detailing your MAD obsession, the boxes of issues still under your bed, about blacking out your tooth for a year as a kid, etc.) to this blog post for a chance to win Spy vs. Spy Book Ends (valued at $295.00)!!*

And, as an additional perk, the first 200 folks who order the The MAD Magazine Poster Book from us will get Issue #166 as a gift with purchase. In April 1974, MAD published its infamous “Finger” cover. Rejected by many newsstand dealers across the country, the issue saw limited distribution. Resulting in horrible sales, and one very depressed publisher. And with returns of this now rare and collectible issue pouring in, MAD’s publisher William M. Gaines sent several boxes of the issue to the MAD vault where they remained, undistributed and forgotten, until last year when the vault was emptied. Now is your chance, people, to get your hands on your very own copy of this legendary issue. (It will be sent to you with a Certificate of Authenticity to boot). Order today!

Madly yours,
Hannah Cox
Entertainment Marketing Manager

*We’ll pick the maddest of you on December 12th and notify the winner of the Spy vs. Spy Book Ends!

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  • Naomi November 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I had all of my dad’s original Mad magazines when I was a kid, they were kind of how I learned to read! Sadly, after my parents got divorced, my mom sold them at a garage sale while I was visiting my grandparents. Along with all my Barbies and my Bicentennial Schwinn… I am still pretty angry at her.


  • david November 29, 2008 at 1:29 am

    it’s amazing how many generations have been influenced and inspired (warped?) by mad and their usual “gang of idiots” like don martin, al jaffee, dave berg, publisher william gaines, and the iconic/omnipresent gap-toothed alfred e. neuman (memorably parodied himself on the cover of “the nation” magazine as an incarnation of g.w.bush in 2000).


  • Paul Schnebelen November 29, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I started reading MAD when I was about 8 or so, when I’d find old copies in second-hand bookstores, and eventually I started buying issues on the newsstands. I was quite the devoted MAD man (not to be confused with Mad Men) for a while, and I still love the compliations of the old magazines.

    I can honestly say that MAD Magazine made me what I am today – a skeptical smart-ass with a twisted sense of humor. 🙂


  • Patrick McInerny December 17, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Well i started reading mad when i was in grade school. I would steal them from my brother. This was way back when the issues by mail came wrapped in brown paper. I have continued to read and collect mad magazines and books from the smaller paper books ( i have nearly 200) to the issues from the nixon election. I could drone on and on about my collection, however i have noticed that the contest is over, which makes me wonder why you have run your ad in the newest issue when the contest has been over for a while.

    What me worry?

    no way. i did order the poster book though.


  • Harold Gonzalez December 24, 2008 at 3:04 am


    It's now Dec. 24, 2008 and I just discovered this contest….. IS IT OVER YET… IS IT TOO LATE TO ENTER? If not, I just gotta say, I've been holding on to boxes and boxes of MAD Mags in my closet since the 70's, I recently went back to reorganize my closet and rediscovered them, going over old issues again. Which is ridiculous since I own the MAD Issues on CD that they released years ago, and I can read them there as well. But it's just not the same as having that paper issue in your hands and flipping to each new idiotic joke and crude but obvious and intelligent observations of the times. I got so hooked I started buying up all the MAD Paperback books too, especially of Don Martin and SPY VS SPY, and I've kept ALL THOSE books in these MAD boxes also!!! I recently found that they'd collected all the SPY VS SPY into two HUGE Paperbacks collections and I went out and snatched them up right away (I still haven't finished reading them). But the craziest thing I did was that whenever these issues had a great back cover poster, I'd rip it out (Yes I ruined the issue)and hang it on my bedroom walls, creating a whole wall full of them, as well as the little joke sticker ads they came out with once in a while (which were also stuck to my room's garbage can where they obviously belonged, as well as my school notebooks! NOW THAT'S DEVOTION!!! (IF it's too late for the Bookends, can I at least Get a copy of the Finger Issue?). THANKS to ALL of MAD for the years of GOOD TIMES!!!….. Harry Gonzalez

    Miami, Fla. 33193


  • Rodrigo January 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I’m very MAD obsessed, at least, now I am thanks to this blog. Whilst thinking of how I could make up some terrific story about me worshipping a shrine of Alfred E., having my mom read MAD magazine to me at night or even playing that GAWD awful spy vs. spy videogame, I suddenly had a flashback. It was of me sitting in the back seat of the family car reading and re-reading thick tomes of MAD on long road trips. These were not mere magazines, these were study guides and are directly responsible for me having a sarcastic answer for every simple question. I have no idea where I got these collections or where they are now (which is going to drive me even MADDER)but there must’ve been a reason I blocked these memories, so, thanks a lot BLOG! I will be sending you all psychiatry bills pertaining to this issue.


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