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MAD and MRR, RIP

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by SteveNomad, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. SteveNomad

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    Two magazines that were widely distributed during the 20th Century have mostly discontinued their appearance as new paper magazines, MAD MAGAZINE, the home of Alfred E. Neuman, that large-sized comic book/magazine...and MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL, the newsprint-printed punk rock fanzine...professional fanzine/" prozine ".
    To be precise, the regular magazine Mad " is switching to reprints only, no new material (Or possibly very little new - There comment on this has differed). " Maximum Rock N Roll ", meanwhile, will or already has discontinued it's regular paper magazine and will switch to an online version.
    The kast new Mad is on the stands now, I haven't kept track of MRR. You can find longer stories on both discontinuations, I can't link.
    I imagine I'm not the only one here who bought and read either!:grinning: Especially Mad.
     
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    Autistamatic He's just this guy, you know? V.I.P Member

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    MAD magazine was never published in the UK but my local newsagent used to buy in random packs of import magazines & books. I lapped up every drop of MAD that I could. I loved their movie parodies. I heard of their demise a few months back and was tremendously saddened by it.
    "What me worry?"
    Nope, but I'll miss you Alfred.
     
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    ...When was this period you bought MAD??How old are you?
    In the past, under the original publisher/business founder William M. Gaines, I have read that Mad liscenced foreigneditions, with some reprinted American content and some locally produced, but I guess not the UK. I have read of that pattern of American comics (+ magazines in general?) landing in Britain on a " packages that filled spaces in Transatlantic shipping " level, somewhat randomly...one issue would appear but the next would not?.I think? Did these sold-to-Britan copies sell for a somewhat lower retail price than if they had been priced in Britain based on a literal currency exchange of $ to f, rather than being ' bargain bin ' castoffs, as I guess they were?
    The " new " Mad will only be sold through subscriptions and through direct market comic book stores, not " newsstand/neesagent " venues. With the emphasis on reprints, I suppose they will be doing a lot of reprints if deceased Mad old-timers Don Martin and Dave Berg...not as topically inclined as much of their material - though Berg could be: I wonder if they'll reprint old Nixon-era strips about long hair, the " Generation Gap ", and protest signs!!!!!:D Not to mention campus protests:mad:...........
    Another less topical Mad old-timer, Sergio Aragones, was still with them in the last new issue:oops:...........
     
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    I'm 49 and the newsagent in question was my local until I was 14, so 1984. I managed to pick up a few issues since and have managed to get digital copies sometimes in recent years. Pricewise I seem to remember buying it for the cover price but in sterling, i.e. if the cover price was 50¢ I would pay 50pence so technically a higher price at the exchange rates of the time. Plenty of marvel & DC superhero comics turned up in the same shop via the same method too, but they weren't of interest to me.
     
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