Comic Review: MAD Magazine #13 (DC Comics)

Issue 13 of DC’s MAD Magazine is a collection of MAD Mocking Music. What, me worry? These days, MAD magazine is a themed combination of the ‘best of’ their long […]

Issue 13 of DC’s MAD Magazine is a collection of MAD Mocking Music. What, me worry?

These days, MAD magazine is a themed combination of the ‘best of’ their long and illustrious run, with some new material. What a long, strange trip it has been, indeed!

Included in this issue’s theme are stories reprinted from throughout MAD Magazine’s ‘magazine’ phase, that is, from 1955 through to today. Some of the more recent parodies and jokes read a bit harsh, even more, tasteless perhaps. Ah, the changing of the global sense of humour: more jarring, less subtle. But that’s not to say that MAD of early days was gentle, because we can see that it wasn’t. Just that the mode of delivery, the artwork, the story angle, the visual tone, and yes, the addition of colour has changed the presentation. Wham bam, let’s rock and roll!!

Here are some of the topics: Recycling Madonna’s Old Bras, One Fine-Ass Day with Lizzo, Billy Eilish, Babysitter. But no worries, there is plenty for us older folk: Remembering Woodstock, Comedy Albums by Musical Artists, and much much more. Stuff from 1955, 1961, 1970, and more recently too.

Artists include our old favourites: Jack Davis, the recently late Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Sergio Aragones. Plus a multitude of ‘The Usual Gang of Idiots’ from recent years.

All in all, a great look back, a great collection of MAD’s poking fun at Music in all its forms and figures through the past 65 years. Some hits, some misses, some Deep Cuts.

DC MAD Magazine #13, $5.99 for 56 pages of content. Teen

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