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I've been reading Mad Magazine for regularly for about 35 years, and have had a subscription for about 20. I got a renewal form in the mail yesterday, and I am actually considering not renewing.

Maybe, at 45 years of age, I've finally outgrown it. I am familiar enough with popular culture to get the jokes, but old enough to not care.

Sophistication and Mad Magazine don't usually go together, but in the past not all articles were aimed at 13-year-old boys. Gone are the musical parodies that used classic Broadway tunes (would kids today even know classic show tunes?). Dave Berg's Berg's Eye View poked fun of all aspects of life, from childhood to old age. Movie and TV parodies, once a staple, are infrequent now.

There are parts I still like. Monroe is pretty funny. I get a kick out of Planet Tad. John Caldwell's comics are usually very funny. Sergio Argonies (sp) has frequent feature articles besides the marginal dramas. Al Jaffe is still grinding out the fold-ins. Many of the new generation of artists are outstanding.

As I type this, I realize that there is indeed enough to amuse me, but I'm not excited to receive a new issue these days.

There does not seem to be anything to "graduate" to anymore. Gone are National Lampoon and Spy magazines. The Onion used to be good, but has grown tiresome, using the same formula over and over and over (although their non-newspaper-reprint books have have been exceptional, "Our Dumb Century" and "Our Dumb World" Atlas.)

What to do...
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I used to love Mad Magazine when I was a kid. Read it all the time. Dug the fold-ins. Have picked one up since sometime in the 80's.
 
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Drew1365 wrote:
Loved Mad when I was a kid. . . .
But then I discovered girls.


What exactly are you saying? Should I be insulted?
I discovered girls, too, you know. Doesn't mean I still don't like to laugh. I just didn't share Mad with my dates.

/harumph
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I subscribed in junior high and high school, then got tired of it.
A couple months ago, I was wating for my daughter to select some books in the teen section and I notived that they had a copy of Mad. So I picked it up to flip through it and some of the stuff had me laughing out loud. It was the issue with Hillary's campaign bus covered with bumper sticker. Some of them were really clever. I hit a few book stores hoping to find that copy, but failed. I flipped through one I did find and wasn't as amused. If it was a bi-monthly or quarterly, I think that I'd enjoy it more. As it is, I'll probably keep taking Z to the library and skimming it there.

Now with Analog, I plan to continue subscribing until my eyes go.
 
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qzhdad wrote:
Now with Analog, I plan to continue subscribing until my eyes go.


Swap "Asimov's" for "Analog", and I'm right with you.
 
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CameronL, I had a similar thing happen to me. I'd subscribed for many years, but didn't renew about a year ago. I'm not so sure that it was a nosedive in quality as much as the fact that I have so much competing for my attention, and it didn't make the cut. Agree that Monroe and Tad rule, though. Also agree that the Onion is waaaay past its sell-by date.

Oh, that there were a modern version of National Lampoon...
 
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Being out of sight and out of mind, I'm always surprised when I see it on the news stand.
 
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Mad magazine got repetitive to me when I was about 15 in 1979, much the way The Onion seems to be to you. Humor on the web became my new fix some 15 years after that.
 
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Potrazebi!

I find it inspiring that you've had a subscription all this time. I might just pick up where you are leaving off. My inner sixth-grader could use some revisiting.
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Well, I pulled the trigger and renewed. I'm still enjoying it.

I still wish NatLamp was still around, though...
 
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Cameron, I was cleaning out the basement this weekend and came across some old books and thought of you:

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CameronL wrote:
Well, I pulled the trigger and renewed. I'm still enjoying it.

And hey, if you get too bored again, remember that they're suitable for lining bird cages or house-training new pets.
 
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Totally late to the party on this one, but...

I used to read a lot of MAD and Cracked magazines (although mostly MAD) when I was a lot younger.

The other day I looked at a contemporary copy of MAD magazine and was shocked -- Advertisements! GLOSSY advertisements! I think it was the first time I realized how great the old MAD magazine was.. it used to be all content! no filler! the money seemed to be spent on the artists, not the print quality.

Anyways, a ramble... I can understand why you'd want to move away from MAD.. I'd love to see your collection, though.. I'll bet it something else.
 
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