On Tuesday Barbra Streisand, who turns 71 today, received the Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which she considered a great honor. And yet, she never considered it a great honor to appear on the cover of MAD, which we can’t blame her for.
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MAD has a long history of running a wide variety of material on our back covers: fake ads, magazine parodies, comics, and more.
For the last few weeks, we've been posting excerpts from the essays Frank Jacobs wrote for our 60th Anniversary book, Totally Mad: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity.
It was 40 years ago today that the movie The Godfather debuted, ushering in an era of stand-up comics stuffing cotton in their mouths to do bad Marlon Brando impressions and providing hack screenwriters an endless supply of classic lines to reference (READ: steal) in their movies. (“Make him an offer he can’t refuse,” “Leave the gun, take the cannoli,” “It’s not personal, it’s just business.”) Not to be left out of the fun, MAD published a spoof of "Don Minestrone” and his loving (but violent) family in MAD #155, December 1972.
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