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Mad Magazine to Stop Publishing New Content

It will disappear from newsstands after August
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2019 7:00 AM CDT
Cartoonist and curator Brian Walker talks about the artistic history of "Mad" magazine ahead of the opening of a new exhibit on "Mad" artists and illustrators on May 3, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
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(Newser) – Alfred E. Neuman, it's time to worry. After reports Wednesday that Mad magazine was going to cease publication, owner DC Comics said the satirical publication will survive—but not as readers know it. The publisher says the 67-year-old magazine will no longer have new content, apart from end-of-year specials, and will no longer be available at newsstands, NBC News reports. It will now only be available in comic shops and via subscription. DC Comics confirmed to CNET that August's issue will be the last one available at newsstands, and the last before the magazine switches to using reprinted content with new covers.

Mad, which was founded in 1952, moved its headquarters from New York City to the West Coast last year, Fox News reports. Contributor Evan Dorkin tweeted that it was "crushing" to receive the email about the magazine's future. He said that "for all intents and purposes," the magazine is folding, but it "had an amazing run. It helped breed smartass cynical stupid-smart humor, pop-culture drenched, dealing, using, shrugging." Weird Al Yankovic tweeted: "I can't begin to describe the impact it had on me as a young kid—it's pretty much the reason I turned out weird. Goodbye to one of the all-time greatest American institutions." (Pete Buttigieg was confused when President Trump likened him to the magazine's iconic Neuman character.)

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