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The genius behind Mad magazine dies

Mark Fletcher
May 3rd, 2014 · 5 Comments

Al Feldstein took over a struggling Mad magazine in 1956 and made it arguable the best humour magazine ever. That’s certainly my view. Mad was the first magazine I can recall reading. When I worked at Pakenham Newsagency while still in high school it was the one magazine I’d read regularly. I loved it.  Spy vs. Spy, the back page fold ins and other features were things to read offer and over.

Feldstein died recently. The New York Times has an excellent obituary.


Category: magazines

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Allan Wickham // May 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I too loved Mad Magazine, I’m sure I used to drive the Newsagent crazy by asking him all the time if the new issue was in yet. I really hope that Mr Feldstien has “What me worry” on his tombstone….!


  • 2 Mark Fletcher // May 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Wasn’t it the best Al?! It’s the one magazine I hoarded at home as a kid.


  • 3 Allan Wickham // May 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    It was Mark, I used to love “The lighter side of….” Pages but more than anything I loved the tiny little cartoons at the outer edges of the pages. I used to flick through the pages time after time to make sure I hadn’t missed any of them.


  • 4 Shayne // May 3, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I actually had a pet fish I named Roger Kaputnik


  • 5 Mark Fletcher // May 4, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Jealous of that Shayne – bet he was a cool fish.


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