MAD magazine has been around a long time, in fact since 1952. Below is the very first cover published for the October/November edition. Above is a portion of the October 2012 cover. (Notice the caricatures of Romney and Obama?)
See a compendium of MAD covers at Doug Gilford’s MAD cover site.
I’m not a comic magazine or MAD humor lover at all, but I can’t deny that I do appreciate the consistency and longevity of a magazine that can remain relevant throughout the years. Very, very impressed with that! The simplicity of many of the covers does nothing to diminish the impact of the covers. The talented and fortunate artist’s who illustrated the covers were simply amazing in their concept, composition, and style while maintaining the MAD brand. Speaking of brand, it’s interesting to note that MAD modified their logo many times throughout the years without interrupting their brand at all. With a strong brand – translate this as feeling your marketing imagery can be less rigid in terms of always having your logo appear in the same color or even typeface.
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