Trivia / Cracked

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Trivia for the magazine:

  • Executive Meddling: What brought the mag down. Tabloid owner Dick Kulpa bought the mag, and as a cost-cutting measure, turned most artists' and writers' pays to flat-rate instead of by page. As a result, many veteran writers/artists left, such as Walter Brogan and John Severin. Kulpa was literally running the mag from his kitchen table, plastering it with tabloid-like covers, constantly delaying releases, and overall ruining the mag through his lack of experience.
  • Follow the Leader: By far, Cracked was the most prominent Mad clone: a parody mag with an Expy of Alfred E. Neuman in Sylvester P. Smythe.