Comic Review: Mad Magazine #12 (DC Comics)

With MAD Magazine’s transition to a partial reprint publication, it’s time to check-in and see what’s up in issue 12. This DC parody magazine has a long and ‘illustrious’ past, […]

With MAD Magazine’s transition to a partial reprint publication, it’s time to check-in and see what’s up in issue 12. This DC parody magazine has a long and ‘illustrious’ past, beginning in the 1950s as a comic book, then a black and white magazine.

Issue 12 is mostly reprints, with some new content. To MAD’s credit, this actually works. The old and new blend together to give us a fun and irreverent poke at Television.
Old strips are illustrated by some of the classic MAD artists, including Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Sergio Aragones, Paul Coker Jr, and more. Some of the black and white material has been tastefully colourized to help it ‘age’ better. The new material wraps its 2020 sensibilities around the older stuff in a seamless manner.

It’s still zany, if a bit puzzling, when we transition through the decades, looking back and glancing sideways at popular culture, courtesy “the usual gang of idiots”, as they used to say.

DC MAD Magazine 12, $5.99, Teen

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