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Mad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed Autograph

Mad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed Autograph
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Mad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed Autograph
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Mad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed AutographMad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed AutographMad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed AutographMad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed AutographMad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed AutographMad Magazine October 1962 Al Feldstein Bill Gaines Signed Autograph
Mad Magazine-October 1962-No. 74-46 pages-8" X 10 1/2"-color-48 pages. This vintage Mad Magazine-originally sold for twenty five cents ("cheap").Mad is an American humor magazine founded by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines in 1952. It is the last surviving title from the notorious and critically acclaimed EC Comics line.Offering satire on all aspects of American life and pop culture, the monthly publication deflates stuffed shirts and pokes fun at common frailties.With its first issue released in August 1952 (but cover-dated October-November), Mad was a comic book, and part of the line of EC Comics published from the Lower East Side in New York City. Written almost entirely by Harvey Kurtzman, the first issue displayed the cartoon talents of Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Will Elder, Jack Davis and John Severin. The first two issues of Mad spoofed only comic book genres of romance, horror, sports and science fiction without overtly specific references. However, with the third issue, Kurtzman turned to direct parodies, targeting the well-known radio programs ("Dragged Net!"), and the Lone Stranger!.In 1955, with issue 24, the comic book was converted into a magazine. The company's financial status grew shakier in 1956 when Leader News declared bankruptcy, leaving EC over $100,000 in debt. Only the Gaines family's investment of capital and a fortuitous deal with the much stronger American News distributor kept Mad afloat.After the bulk of EC's line was canceled in 1954-55, the company was completely reliant on the improving fortunes of Mad. In a creative showdown, Kurtzman insisted upon a 51 percent share in the company; when Gaines rejected the demand, EC was without its creative dynamo and Kurtzman was without the magazine that crystallized his talents. Al Feldstein returned to EC, and oversaw Mad during its greatest heights of circulation. Taking over with issue #29, Feldstein set to work assembling a phalanx of talented humor writers and cartoonists. Feldstein's first issue as editor coincided with the debut of Don Martin; crucial longterm contributors such as prolific writer Frank Jacobs and star caricaturist Mort Drucker quickly followed. Al Feldstein joined Mad in the same year that Time described it as a "short-lived satirical pulp." By the time he left, 28 years later, the magazine was commonly cited as one of the three greatest publishing successes of the 1950s, along with Playboy and TV Guide. The magazine has been autographed on the front cover by Al Feldstein and Bill Gaines.........BOTH MAD MAGAZINE AND AUTOGRAPHS ARE IN USED CONDITION.......