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I have Mad About The Sixties and Mad About The Seventies. Both of these publications are 8-1/4" x 10-1/2" (87 square inches), or about the same size as the original magazines. For some totally inexplicable reason, the aptly self-named "Idiots" at Mad decided to downsize Mad About The Fifties to 6-1/4" x 7-3/4" (48 square inches), a little over half the size of the original magazine. The print is much smaller, as are the drawings. In reducing the size of the drawings, much of the original detail is lost. This is particularly noticeable with artists such as Jack Davis, where exquisite detail is one of the hallmarks of his craft. The "Idiots" dropped the ball on this one.
I don't rank this book higher because of the size. I don't know why the publishers made it again. I have from Mad about the sixties to Mad about the eighties and the size of the books is just perfect. They reduce the size in Mad about the nineties and made again with this one. Sometimes it's hard to read but anyway not a bad compilation.
Have been a reader of MAD off and on over the years, as the magazine is not so easily available in Bombay, India. I accidentally happened to browse Amazon on my friends id and discovered a whole lot of compilations and as of now have most of them, except those which have not already been delivered. Must say that reading and re-reading the compilations and sharing and discussing them with friends is a silver lining to an otherwise long and tiring day.Waiting impatiently for the delivery of Mad Archives and the Don Martin Special.
Just go ahead and BUY this and all the other mads and die laughing.Its a worthwhile investment for good health and of course fights with friends ( Do make it a point to print your name in INDELIBLE ink on EACH page )its your copy and your investment of course.
As a kid growing up in the late 50s and early 60s, I remember the biting satire that Mad delivered and it never avoided the hot topics of the day. With this publication, I not only get to re-live some of those laughs but I get a history of how Mad came togerther and evolved over the years. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY BABY BOOMER!
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