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).
Glory days, my friends. Glory days. We’re talking about a time back in the early 1960s when the advertising world was blossoming. There were four-hour martini lunches. It was all about the thrill of the pitch. And you could get your... Read Post
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