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  • Executive Meddling:
    • Paul Laikin, a former writer in the 1950s and 1960s, came back to become editor in 1985. He was kicked out after only two issues due to his refusal to have John Severin draw anything, submitting sloppy cover art painted by his son, crediting writings to other family members to give them bonuses, and recycling content from Sick and other humor mags to get more money out of existing material. His successor Mort Todd managed to turn things around a bit by attracting underground cartoonists like Dan Clowes, Bob Fingerman, and Peter Bagge, but publishers rejected his attempts to use such artists to make for a Darker and Edgier feel. Editor duties were passed onto Lou Silverstone (a former MAD writer) and Andy Simmons (son of National Lampoon writer Matty), and things seemed okay for a while.
    • But then came Dick Kulpa (of Weekly World News fame) Under his editorial oversight, many new artists and writers were brought in, and as a cost-cutting measure, payments were done flat-rate instead of page-by-page. As a result, veterans such as Walter Brogan and John Severin quit. Kulpa and former Marvel writer Barry Dutter (who would later take over as editor himself) also plastered the mag with a myriad of filler, including reprints of older articles, cheap gags done by themselves, and for some reason, a second Godzilla parody done by then-future MAD artist Tom Richmond. Many of the gags were extremely over-the-top gross or Totally Radical, and there were several editing mistakes, ranging from typos to cut-off captions to improperly resized art. 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. Scott Gosar took over as editor in 2004, but by then it was too little, too late.
  • 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.
  • Old Shame: According to Facebook posts, Ed Steckley hated Mr. Precious, saying that he only intended for it to be a one-shot but the editors kept pressuring him into making more.
  • The Other Darrin: Many of their recurring featured were passed along to several artists throughout the years, although some moreso than others:
    • The first few Nanny Dickering interviews were drawn by John Severin. Art duties were passed to John Langton, B.K. Taylor, and then Sururi Gümen before it became largely the domain of Bill Ward. After he left, Rob Orzechowski became the main artists, but others contributed on occasion as well (including Severin).
    • "Shut-Ups" jumped artists several times, although Charles Rodrigues and Don Orehek tended to get most of them.


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