Thursday, 23 July 2015

KID'S KLASSIC KOMIC KOVERS - U.K. MAD #1...


Image copyright DC COMICS (TIME WARNER)

The U.K. edition of MAD #1 appeared in 1959 and lasted until #381
in 1994.  In between, there's an interesting story to be told about its fate
and fortunes, but, for today, I'm only interested in the first issue's cover
so that's all you're getting, too.  But, hey - it's ALFRED E. NEUMAN
for crying out loud - what more do you want?!

8 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I'd never actually heard of Mad or Alfred E. Neumann until a couple of years ago - I even had to google Alfred E. to find out who he was so I'm astonished there was a UK edition of Mad from 1959 till 1994, it passed me by completely !!

Kid said...

The U.S. edition is still on sale in comic shops like Forbidden Planet, CJ - you should give it a try.

Phil said...

I don't recall the UK edition at all. I still remember reading MAD though. Either they were US imports or they had the exact same covers as the U.S. Versions. Because I remember distinctly the parodies of Superman and Star Trek the motion picture.

Kid said...

When they printed the parodies, Phil, they generally had the covers to them (although a different numbering, and probably the other contents differed), but in the '70s. the U.K. edition started carrying parodies of British TV programmes and would've had their own covers, different from U.S. ones.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

At least you guys aren't in the dark about this popular mag. Of course I wish the latest issues were back to being black & white again and only parody ads, not real!

Kid said...

I suppose the ads are a price to pay for sales not being what they once were, Chris.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I suppose that's true. Nobody reads a magazine much these days, let alone buy one.

Kid said...

Well, I don't know about 'nobody', Chris, but it certainly seems that not enough people do, sadly.

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