History Magazine / Mad

19th Jan '17 9:16:26 AM Twentington
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** Dick [=DeBartolo=], whose other credits include question writing for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions, usually handled the GameShow parodies.
** Arnie Kogen usually writes parodies of sexual-themed works.

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** Dick [=DeBartolo=], whose other credits include question writing [=DeBartolo=] usually handles the GameShow parodies, most likely because he used to work for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions, usually handled the GameShow parodies.
** Arnie Kogen usually writes parodies of sexual-themed works.
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** Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies were drawn by Grey Blackwell because he was easily able to replicate the show's art style (although Viviano handled the two ''South Park''-themed covers for similar reasons).
** Al Jaffee used to love doing articles with creative technical takes on things (such as an article on planned obsolescence that showed cutaway views of products to indicate humorous ways in which they are designed to fail).

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** Most of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' parodies were drawn by Grey Blackwell because he was easily able to replicate the show's art style (although Viviano handled the two ''South Park''-themed covers for similar reasons).
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** Al Jaffee used to love doing articles with creative technical takes on things (such as an article on planned obsolescence that showed cutaway views of products to indicate humorous ways in which they are designed to fail).(cutaways showing how things work or don't work, random inventions, Rube Goldberg devices, etc.).
19th Jan '17 9:11:46 AM Twentington
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* AlanSmithee: Many articles have had pseudonymous bylines for various reasons. Some of the more popular are J. Prete, Josh Gordon, and Jack Syracuse (the last of whom is obviously Sam Viviano). Occasionally, other articles get one-time aliases, such as Dick [=DeBartolo=] calling himself "Dick Bic" on the ''Series/FamilyFeud'' parody due to him also working for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions at the time; Mort Drucker signing his art "Bob Julian" on the ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody; or a couple random parodies that Arnie Kogen credited to "Debbee Ovitz".

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* AlanSmithee: Many articles have had pseudonymous bylines for various reasons. Some of the more popular are J. Prete, Josh Gordon, Gordon (believed to be a pen name for longtime parody writer Arnie Kogen), and Jack Syracuse (the last (a recurring alias of whom is obviously artist Sam Viviano). Occasionally, other articles get one-time aliases, such as Dick [=DeBartolo=] calling himself "Dick Bic" on the ''Series/FamilyFeud'' parody due to him also working for Creator/MarkGoodson Productions at the time; Mort Drucker signing his art "Bob Julian" on the ''Series/TwentyFour'' parody; or a couple random two parodies that Arnie Kogen credited attributed to "Debbee Ovitz".
9th Jan '17 10:47:59 PM Twentington
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** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.

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** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.
6th Jan '17 12:45:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* DeusExMachina: Many parodies are like this, such as their ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' parody, which ended with [[spoiler:[[DoctorPhil Dr. Phil]] visiting the wives]].

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* DeusExMachina: Many parodies are like this, such as their ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' parody, which ended with [[spoiler:[[DoctorPhil [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorPhil Dr. Phil]] visiting the wives]].
5th Jan '17 3:09:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* IfItWasFunnyTheFirstTime: Despite many changes in format over the years, some jokes in this magazine ''never'' get old:
** Al Jaffee still does many of the concepts he started decades ago (like the Fold-Ins, the Mad Hate Book, and of course, "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions"
** Dave Berg started "The Lighter Side" in 1961, a mainstay of the magazine that was only retired due to him passing away in 2002.
** ''ComicBook/SpyVersusSpy'' was also started in 1961, and has [[OutlivedItsCreator survived Antonio Prohías's death]], appearing in every issue.
24th Dec '16 9:48:33 PM Valiona
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** In the parody of "The Shining," there's one such exchange.
-->'''Egbert Grisly''': They TOLD me that I would rot in Hell!
-->'''Wack Torrents''': Well, I'm glad you learned your less- Wait a minute!! You mean THIS place is HELL?!?


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* ForgottenFallenFriend: In the ''Film/TopGun'' parody, after "Goof" dies, Maniac is told that "When a buddy goes, you've just got to let him go!" He immediately responds, "Let who go?", causing the questioner to note that he learns quickly.


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* PyrrhicVictory: In the parody of ''WheelOfFortune'', one character wins a lot of useless prizes... and ends up having to pay over $1,000 in taxes.


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** The idea was mocked in the parody of ''ThirtySomething'', when one character tells another they are suffering because of the network's discovery that "there are millions of masochistic viewers who get off on misery!"


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* SeeYouInHell: Done a few times, such as in one parody of an AT&T commercial, when Gorbachev tells Reagan, "I'll see you in Hell, you Capitalist Swine!" before declaring thermonuclear war against the US after mishearing Reagan during a telephone conversation.
21st Dec '16 5:30:11 PM Valiona
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* ArcWords: In one story about a criminal and mass murderer known as Mole, it's frequently promised that one day, he'll go "straight to the electric chair." In the end, he accidentally tunnels his way straight to the execution chamber.



* ArcWords: In one story about a criminal and mass murderer known as Mole, it's frequently promised that one day, he'll go "straight to the electric chair." In the end, he accidentally tunnels his way straight to the execution chamber.



* HypocriticalHumor: The parody for ''Film/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' has this, combined with NeverMyFault, when the parents of the main characters drop [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F Bombs]] while complaining about their children swearing, and when they can't figure out why they're doing that, blame the media.



* SelfMadeOrphan: In the ''RoadToPerdition'' parody, as [[spoiler:John is killing Rooney]], who protests that he's [[LikeASonToMe like a father to him]], he declares that [[BondOneLiner now he's become an orphan]]

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* SelfMadeOrphan: In the ''RoadToPerdition'' parody, as [[spoiler:John is killing Rooney]], who protests that he's [[LikeASonToMe like a father to him]], he declares that [[BondOneLiner now he's become an orphan]]orphan]].



** The two protagonists of ''Spy vs Spy''. When they debuted, the introduction claimed that they "taught James Bond everything he knows... about what ''not'' to do!" And it shows.

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** The two protagonists of ''Spy vs Spy''. When they debuted, the introduction claimed that they "taught James Bond everything he knows... about what ''not'' to do!" And it shows. Generally, strips end with their plans killing their rival because of their opponent's incompetence, or backfiring and killing them because of their own incompetence.


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* TalkingDownTheSuicidal: Sometimes parodied. For example, in one strip, a Catholic priest named Father O'Malley tries to do this with a suicidal man on a ledge, but then the man whispers something to him, at which point the priest makes a phone call and leaves. Evidently, the man said something to the effect of "I'm Jewish," because in the last panel, Rabbi Nussbaum comes in and repeats the priest's plea to the man.


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** There's also the annual list of the 20 stupidest events of the year, which makes fun of all the events for which it's in good taste (for example, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks don't qualify, but Jerry Falwell's controversial statements after them do).
1st Dec '16 7:18:32 AM Mooncalf
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** Occurs at the end of their ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' spoof. While in the original Axel Foley mentions he stole three bathrobes before checking out from the hotel, here he's stripped the room bare of everything, up to and including the bathroom plumbing.
17th Nov '16 9:12:28 PM Valiona
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* DrivenToSuicide: In one article parodying [[RealityEnsues how the gifts from "12 Days of Christmas" make terrible gifts in reality]], the woman, having her apartment ruined, running into legal trouble and literally going insane from her boyfriend's gifts, kills herself and in her will, arranges for him to get the same gifts, which possibly makes this a ThanatosGambit.


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* YouAreACreditToYourRace Inverted in Monroe, when the eponymous character's lack of a strong physique causes some white supremacists in prison to question their race's superiority.
13th Nov '16 9:32:11 AM nombretomado
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early issues (of the magazine format) were very different. The humor was "lighter and softer", the tv/movie satires were less biting and more likely to deviate from the plot, and most notably, they had contributions by famous humorists of the day (Bob and Ray, DannyKaye, Sid Caesar, Andy Griffith, Stan Freberg, Jean Shepherd, etc.). It wasn't until the sixties until it gained its traditional format it's most known for.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early issues (of the magazine format) were very different. The humor was "lighter and softer", the tv/movie satires were less biting and more likely to deviate from the plot, and most notably, they had contributions by famous humorists of the day (Bob and Ray, DannyKaye, Creator/DannyKaye, Sid Caesar, Andy Griffith, Stan Freberg, Jean Shepherd, etc.). It wasn't until the sixties until it gained its traditional format it's most known for.
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