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MAD Magazine

Updated on February 20, 2014

May I present: Alfred E Neuman

Alfred E. Neuman is the gap-toothed, goofy-grinned icon of MAD magazine, the humor and satire comics magazine founded by William M. Gaines in 1952. The origins of the image are a mystery, but the name and the face were first paired in 1955, in issue number 29 (previously he had been called Melvin Coznowski and Mel Haney). In 1956 artist Norman Mingo painted the standard for the now-familiar face that has, in various guises, graced the cover of MAD ever since, with the accompanying motto, "What -- Me Worry?"

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In the '60s lawsuits over the use of the image were unsuccessful after MAD demonstrated that the face had been used for a variety of purposes since as early as the 19th century. In the late 1990s the publishers of MAD broke tradition and allowed the image to appear in advertising, a favorite target of the magazine's lampoons since its inception. An archetype of the carefree idiot, Neuman has since appeared in ads for computer gear, instant orange drink, milk and clothing.

Mad for Decades:

50 Years of Forgettable Humor from MAD Magazine

A running joke since 1956 has been Neuman's campaign for the U.S. presidency and his slogan: "You could do worse, and always have!"...

50 years of laughter - Every issue of MAD Magazine on 2 DVDs


Over 600 complete printable issues, cover to cover, that's over 17,500 scanned pages in full color

Wow. To think I have box after heavy box filled with old MAD Magazines in my house and even that only goes back to the 80s. Now I can toss all those out and just have everything on one coaster sized DVD

Absolutely MAD Magazine - 50+ Years
Absolutely MAD Magazine - 50+ Years

Read every single page as they were originally published - all the stories, letters pages, articles, and advertisements


How are you remembering MAD - and all the cartoons

Did you read MAD yet. Do you have any memories from these really funny magazines? Did you do those foldings on the back so the picture turned into a new one with different text?

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Don Martin
Don Martin

Don Martin

I remember, when I was a teenager and bought the very first issue of MAD Magazine in Swedish. We were litterary rollong on the floor laughing. This kind of humor was my humor. My best friend and I hurried to the drugstore in the lunch break and came back to school with the MAD in a firm grip.

Poor teachers. They could not calm us down during the lessons. On top of it all we had one teacher looking so much like Alfred E. Neuman (If you pronounce it fast is Alfred INHUMAN). Alfred is fiction but we talked about him as a new friend and partner in crime.

Of all those hillerious jokes and cartoons, we loved Don Martins Drawings. These guys with the toes hanging down from the feet. All the Don Martin´s were alive in our young humor part of the brain.

Alfred E Neuman Quotes

What , Me worry?

"Smoking helps you lose weight -- one lung at a time!"

"Today, if you ask a car dealer to let you see something for 10 grand, he'll show you the door!"

"Medical insurance is what allows people to be ill at ease!"

"Prison inmates are treated to cable TV, hot meals and a college education, while on the outside some people can only afford these things through a life of crime!"

"Thank's to the new welfare bill, the question "Paper or plastic?" now refers to many American's sleeping arrangements!"

"In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated!"

"Most people are so lazy, they don't even exercise good judgement!"

"If opera is entertainment, then falling off a roof is transportation!"

"A college jock is someone who minds his build instead of vice versa!"

"The only advantage to living in the past is that the rents are much cheaper!"

"Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places!"

"How come stealing from one book is plagiarism, but stealing from many is research?"

"It takes one to know one -- and vice versa!"

"Nowadays, a balanced diet is when every McNugget weighs the same!"

"Teenagers are people who act like babies if they're not treated like adults!"

"A teacher is someone who talks in our sleep!"

"How come we choose from just two people for President, and fifty for Miss America?"

"Who says nothing is impossible? Some people do it every day!"

"You can be on the right track and still get hit by a train!"

"Blood is thicker than water... but it makes lousy lemonade!"

"The U.N. is a place where governments opposed to free speech demand to be heard!"

"A plastic surgeon's office the only place where no one gets offended when you pick your nose!"

Spy vs Spy

Top hat figures

They were always trying to find a way to kill eachother. But in those decades that I read MAD magazine they never succeded! =)

Antonio Prohias's wordless, Cold War-inspired spoof of the agents of international intrigue portrays the twin enemies outdoing each other in elaborately stupid plots to achieve the other's demise. Assembled after Prohias's death, the volume commemorates the cartoon's 40th birthday as well as Prohias's compelling personal story (in 1960 he fled Castro's new regime in Cuba after being unofficially blacklisted for his political cartoons). Comic book fans, especially of the MAD variety, will love this intelligent tribute to an artist.

Are you a MAD fan or not? - share your thoughts

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    • MusicFan57 profile image


      6 years ago

      Was a big MAD collector in the late 70's / early 80's. Great stuff and miss it, I don't have my issues anymore. Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      I read MAD all the time when I was growing up. Enjoyed your lens!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Mad magazine was a favorite of mine through my childhood and teen years. I would use my babysitting money to buy it. I like MAD so much, that I read an issue while in labor with my third child! It kept my mind off things. "Squid Angel blessed."

    • Rankography profile image


      7 years ago

      nice lens, I grew up a big fan of Mad mag.

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Mad is a true classic.

    • mariaamoroso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sweden

      @paperfacets: I read MAD for years when I was a teenager. Today I have a subscribtion of the English MAD. Cannot be without it. I also bought the double DVD with all the old pages. Wonderful memories!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      A Swedish lady writing about Alfred E. Neuman? I beat me to it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      LOL! Just seeing the covers again makes me laugh! I remember MAD magazine from my teen years too. We loved buying them on vacation and reading them in the car. I am visiting the Books category today on our "back to school" angel bus tour, so I have am leaving you with angel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      I love MAD magazine! I started reading it at the age of 10 or 11. We still have certain family jokes and use catchphrases that came straight from MAD! At some point in my adult life, I drifted away from reading MAD, but I still love it! I never imagined that the complete collection of it was on DVD.Thanks for a wonderful, nostalgic lens. I really enjoyed it.

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      7 years ago

      I sure am. Mad is most definitely MAD! Love it.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Yea Mads back

    • Philippians468 profile image


      7 years ago

      this is hilarious! cheers

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      I never missed this when I was a kid, it was pure genius.

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      As a kid, I was addicted to Mad. I still remember some of the gags, especially Don Martin's. When they pointed out how much George W. Bush resembled the What, Me Worry kid, it was hilarious.

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      7 years ago

      ahhhh...pleasant flashback! thanks...and thanks for visiting my mom's butter tart recipe lens...we appreciate it!

    • hunksparrow profile image


      7 years ago

      I loved Mad magazine as a kid. Thanks for the memories!

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      darciefrench lm 

      8 years ago

      We used to play the MAD board game :) Angel blessed.

    • KarenHC profile image


      8 years ago from U.S.

      I always enjoyed MAD magazine when I could get hold of a copy -- I think my mother didn't really approve of it (or else she just thought it was stupid...), and she frowned at it in the house :-) But I'd read it when I could!

    • piedromolinero profile image


      8 years ago

      This brings back some memories. I remember that I read every Mad magazine and I was a boy. Thumbs up.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      8 years ago

      I am a BIG Mad fan, must have been passed on through my mother's milk. We all share this in our family!

    • CCGAL profile image


      8 years ago

      I had the coolest 4th grade teacher - Mr. Grady - who brought MAD magazine into the classroom and used it to get us to WANT to read. I loved it. What a cool lens idea! Just shared it on Twitter and in Facebook.


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