Mad Magazine: Values of Back Issues
Founded by Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines, the American comedy magazine known as Mad hit the shelves in 1952.
Originally a comic book, Mad developed readerships of over 2,000,000 in the 70s, known for the brilliant satirical pieces that filled each page.
The comic ran for 23 issues before being converted to magazine format, primarily to avoid the attention of the Comics Code Authority.
Public figures, politics, entertainment and pop culture are the usual targets for Mad’s satirical stabs.
Nowadays, the mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is generally slapped on the cover to stand in for a new movie or event that the comic focuses on that issue.
In the beginning, the cover art was much different, as if growing and morphing to find itself.
MAD Comic #1
Record Sale: $24,000
Minimum Value: $200
Mad Comic #1
Record sale: $24,000
Minimum value (in poor but complete condition): $180
"Tales Calculated to Drive You… MAD." Published in October of 1952, the first Mad comic portrayed a frightened family awaiting some sort of beast named Melvin. For only ten cents, children could read a series of stories meant to drive them insane.
In a 2010 interview, Al Jaffee, a lifelong Mad contributor, made the statement: "Mad was designed to corrupt the minds of children. And from what I'm gathering from the minds of people all over, we succeeded."
Articles in the first comic book consisted of "Hoohah!" with art by Jack Davis; "Blobs" by Wally Wood' "Ganefs" by Bill Elder' and "Varmint" by John Severin.
MAD Comic #2
Record Sale: $4,000
Minimum Value: $40
MAD Comic #3
Record Sale: $2,800
Minimum Value: $30
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MAD Magazine #24
Record Sale: $2,000
Minimum Value: $20
In the 24th issue of the comic, Mad decided to turn into a magazine. This was largely due to the attention the publisher had received from the Comics Code Authority (essentially censoring its other titles).
Launching a new era, publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman paraodied the TV show, "This is Your Life," wrestling, space travelers, and Bufferin.
MAD Magazine #24
Record Sale: $2,650
Minimum Value: $20
In many ways, Alfred E. Neumann IS Mad Magazine. His face is probably what you think of when you hear the name of this iconic publication.
This first appearance on the cover of Mad is a key issue. A recent sale broke the record, with a CGC 9.6 selling for $1,750 at ComicLink.
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