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Details have emerged regarding the future of MAD Magazine following the end of original content later this year. You can read the plans, which include the continued publication of archival material and specials, here. The story as originally published continues below.

MAD Magazine will cease publication later this year, according to reports. Blogger Jedidiah Leland reportedly discovered the news after a MAD editor confessed to the magazine's doom in a Facebook group, and shortly thereafter, cartoonist Ruben Bolling seemed to confirm the report on Twitter. Of course, Bolling is not a MAD cartoonist (although he did have work published in it in 2005), so he may have been simply responding to the growing volume of responses to the Leland report.
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The venerable humor magazine, which launched in 1952 at EC Comics, relaunched in 2018, going bimonthly in a move that many fans suspected spelled a short lifespan for the magazine. Like DC's 2018 Vertigo relaunch, it seemingly did not bring in enough interest or revenue to revitalize the flagging brand. Two years ago today, MAD hired Bongo Comics co-founder Bill Morrison as its new editor-in-chief following the departure of veteran editor John Ficarra and other key members of his staff, who declined to make the cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles with the rest of DC's editorial team.

The 2017 reorganization and subsequent 2018 reboot both struggled with finding an identity for MAD in an increasingly satire-saturated world. Between websites that can deliver topical comedy in real time and a fiercely divided American populace who cannot agree on what comedy is because their preferences break down along party lines, MAD struggled to find an elusive niche. When political humor seemed to work, MAD doubled down on lampooning the Trump administration, which earned some critical praise but likely alienated conservative readers as well as putting the magazine in direct competitions with late night shows that were delivering content nightly rather than once every two months.
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Keepalowprofile

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Hoarders gonna hoard. :D

Just kidding.

With mad magazine folding, right now would be the time to make some money on those old issues.
When events like the magazine stopping production it sends people into a buying frenzy. Remember ding dongs and Twinkies and how the prices shot up. As it turns out it was just a stunt like taco Bell is trying to convince us there is a shortage on tortillas.
I predict the value of the magazines will be at their highest value now.
5 years or 10 years they probably won't be worth anything.
 

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I've thought of it! last week that box of foxed comics was worth $10, this week worth $100 to a sucker.
My orignal plan was to enjoy them for a while, then give away again. But now I'm calculating...
Last thing I'm going to is cling to them in the fervent belief that they will always be worth money.
Prices rise and fall of everything.
The hype over mad magazine going defunk will momentarily drive the prices up.

Quicky thumb thru them them put them on eBay. Use the money to buy something you really want.

It would be a win for everyone.
 

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BuffettGirl

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Antonio Prohías did his last Spy vs Spy in 1987 and he passed away in 1988. Everything after that was different artists. But yes they have been done in color.
Did they stay black and white? I was addicted in the early 80's. One of the few American things we could get easily in Johannesburg.
 

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Ripley

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Sucks that Mad is going away, but the last two years all it's done is bash on Trump. So no loss really
It’s hard to keep satirizing someone who’s so cartoonishly immoral & incompetent. At some point, you just get discouraged by the real state of the world. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
 

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I've thought of it! last week that box of foxed comics was worth $10, this week worth $100 to a sucker.
My orignal plan was to enjoy them for a while, then give away again. But now I'm calculating...
Last thing I'm going to is cling to them in the fervent belief that they will always be worth money.
When you're done with 'em, drop me a line.
 

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