- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Pr; First Edition edition (October 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560250917
- ISBN-13: 978-1560250913
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good Days and Mad: A Hysterical Tour Behind the Scenes at Mad Magazine Paperback – October 1, 1995
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This is an insider's potpourri, written in the breezy MAD style. I learned more from "Completely Mad," which is more complete, but this filled in a lot of the details from the perspective of someone who was there. And what lovely zany details they were. This is DeBartolo's love letter to his absent friend, publisher William M. Gaines. There are a couple of delightful little excerpts, but it's basically DeBartolo and Gaines' relationship, told to you as if to a friend. It's not a history so much as a memoir. Made me want to go out and get the William M. Gaines biography.
This book is not meant for children, but it shouldn't be censored. Most of us do things that children shouldn't be exposed to. I read this book a couple of years ago for the first time, and it reminded me of a more innocent time in America. The obvious example is William and Annie Gaines' wedding reception in the restaurant at the top of the north tower in the World Trade Center. Another was when William Gaines talked the Secret Service out of taking original MAD artwork that was printed in the magazine, based solely on him giving his word that it wouldn't be printed again.
Good Days and Mad honestly made me mourn the loss of William Gaines. Dick DeBartolo wrote a testament for the love of his boss and job by describing Gaines' personality and the atmosphere he created from DeBartolo's point of view. This book is sincerely an entertaining page turner. I try to read this book and Frank Jacobs' The Mad World of William M. Gaines about once a year. I see Jacobs' book as part 1 and DeBartolo's book as part 2 of the William Gaines story.
The author shares experiences at MAD that left an impression on him and made MAD what it was and what it is. Those events also helped to define the author, his style and how he got to where he is today.
This is what the book is about. To suggest the author should have censored stories is ridiculous. That defeats the purpose of the book. Why ask a question if you don't want to know the real answer, but instead some sugar-coated twist of the truth or omission? Ignorance is bliss, and other reviewers seem to punish the author for enlightening them and, by doing so, taking away some of their bliss.
If I wanted to read a story like that, I'd of picked up a work of fiction. This story is real and the author is very humble when he shares his perspectives with us. This is not biography of Prince Charles complaining how tough life is with all these servants and money around.
It's a tale of a true journey of both discovery and growth told in a humorous fashion in a way only a MAD writer could write it. I don't think the book was written for children, although I could find nothing truly offensive about it. The complaint about an S&M photograph is just ridiculous. Its a picture of a closet with leather chaps and such meant as joke. No one is wearing them.
If you can't face reality you have no business buying this book, let along being disappointed by it.
For me, I couldn't stop turning the pages. It's funny, it's true and it does what it's author intended for it to do. Answer all those questions I mentioned at the top of this review and why I purchased the book. How anyone could have expected anything different is beyond me. How anyone could suggest 'we don't talk about those things' is just poor advice. Closing your eyes or not talking about something does not change reality. To suggest the authors stories are inappropriate is like telling a professional chef how to cook. If you don't like the food, don't eat there and complain about it, go some where else.
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