A classic Mad cover from 1964 spoofs the monster mania of its time with the Frankenstein Monster assembling an Alfred E. Neuman model kit.
Artist Norman Mingo was first hired on in 1956 to provide painted covers, a necessary style upgrade after the title had converted from comic book to magazine format. Mingo, then 60 years old, with a long and illustrious career already behind him, would go on to produce a lion’s share of magazine and paperback covers for Mad until 1979. He passed away in 1980.
Over the last decade, the venerable magazine has undergone profound and perhaps inevitable changes, notably the introduction of color content and — gasp! — advertising. Now comes the news that with issue #500, this coming April, Mad will shrink from a monthly to a quarterly schedule. Blame so-so sales complicated by a slumping economy and the slow-motion collapse of print media. What, me worry, indeed.
Mad official website.
Mad cover gallery.
Norman Mingo on American Art Archives.