CRACKED used to be the Milhaus van Houton of kiddie humor magazines. It was earnest and tried really hard but never quite cut it. I read it (and CRAZY) but it was never up to MAD's standards. So, it is really uncanny seeing how CRACKED has become a diabolically smart and observant webzine.
The contemporary MAD is an odd mix of recognizable classics and stuff aimed at today's young'uns that whooshes past my ear. I simply don't know enough about tween / teen culture to know what they're mocking. The presence of slick ads is disconcerting.
If you want to see something uncanny: Netflix has 26 episodes of a MAD animated show that ran on Cartoon Network. It has cartoons based on Aragones and Don Martin strips that are astonishing. Also, Spy vs. Spy segments that are done by a rotating crew of animators.