Here is an interesting time line of the evolution of MAD Magazine’s logo:
The illustrations within the logo appeared intermittently after the solid color one debuted in MAD #87, and pre-1955 several issues of MAD had a logo that matched the cover concept, like a parody of LIFE magazine in MAD #11, a newspaper headline in MAD #16 and a few other examples.
This is from the MAD Mumblings forum I mentioned yesterday, courtesy of contributor Mark AKA “THEMADBUG!” from Australia. The thread it’s from is a petition to get MAD to revert to the classic logo that was used for over 30 years from 1964 to 1997. Personally I think the current logo fine (although I am glad the slant of the italics has lessened gradually since 1997), but would have no problem with a return to the classic one, either.
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