This Day in Blogging History: Frazetta paints Ringo for MAD; Sterling on Web 2.0


What memories. I remember riding my bike to the drug store and buying this mag. 25 cents cheap.

I remember buying it for a nominally higher price, but the reach of MAD into popular culture never fails to amaze (and pleasure) me.

Remember, DC comics were 12 cents in 1964. Take a couple of pop bottles back, and buy the latest comic.
Such a deal.

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I remember that “ad” in that original issue of Mad, too.

It should be noted that this was a parody of the magazine ads for Breck Shampoo that made women look like religious icons.

At the time our parents were discussing if Mad Magazine was OK for kids. My own Mom pointed out that the jokes was harmless and dumb. Mad did sneak in some risque nudie suggestive drawings but thank FSM they quickly backed out of running those.

“I was fascinated by how a single image could be both beautiful and grotesque, precisely accurate and extravagantly exaggerated.”

He is a loathesome, offensive brute. Yet I can’t look away.

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