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Mad Magazine's Old Parody Ads Were Better Than the Real Thing

Back in its glory days, better known as the 1960s and 1970s, Mad magazine was full of awesome fake ads like the ones archived in this Flickr account. Do yourself a favor and just start the slideshow while you're over there. Mad founder William M. Gaines refused to allow real ads in the magazine, which freed up his writers to make elaborate parodies that sometimes featured better composition and artwork than the originals (the "Barker 61" cigar ad being a prime example).
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Fool-Aid parody ad from Mad magazine

Odd : Boing Boing (3 years ago)

In 1978, over 900 people at Jim Jones' Peoples Temple in Guyana committed suicide by drinking Flavor Aid with cyanide added to it. This parody ad from a 1961 issue of Mad magazine is an uncanny harbinger of the tragedy. Note that th... Read Post

Fake ads from MAD Magazine

Odd : Boing Boing (2 years ago)

The Vintage Ads LJ group's challenge this week is to find great fake ads. As always, Man Writing Slash comes through with a great compilation post, this one featuring some classics from MAD Magazine. I always liked the Stalin one he... Read Post

Beloved ‘Mad Magazine’ and Movie Poster Artist Jack Davis Announces His Retirement at Age 90

Odd : Laughing Squid (2 days ago)

Jack Davis (previously), the legendary cartoonist whose work is most closely associated with his long run on Mad Magazine and the iconic movie posters he created during the 1960s and 1970s, has announced his retirement. The 90-year-... Read Post


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