For the last few weeks, we've been posting excerpts from the essays Frank Jacobs wrote for our 60th Anniversary book, 

 

Each week for the rest of the year, we'll be posting excerpts from the essays Frank Jacobs wrote for our 60th Anniversary book, 

 

Each week for the rest of the year, we'll be posting excerpts from the essays Frank Jacobs wrote for our 60th Anniversary boo

 

Each week for the rest of the year, we'll be posting excerpts from the essays Frank Jacobs wrote for our 60th Anniversary book, Totally Mad: 60 Years o

 
 

This shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise, but it’s a fact that anyone who works at MAD doesn’t have much of a life. Which means that even on a day off, we still manage to think about MAD! But sometimes that’s a good thing.

 

Happy Birthday to William Gaines, MAD’s profoundly misguided and psychologically unbalanced foun

 

The cover of MAD # 411, which went on sale shortly after the 9-11 attack, was not the cover originally planned for that issue. In fact, another cover was already printed and awaiting to be bound with the magazine’s interior pages when the attack occurred. The working title of the planned cover was “The New York City Marathon” and it was written and illustrated by longtime MAD contributor John Caldwell. Here it is:

 
Bill Gaines with mini-carJimi Hendrix reading MAD! Sergio Aragonés on Laugh-in! A half-naked William M. Gaines!
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