Earlier this month, DC Comics announced that a Mad magazine will – mostly– stop doing what it’s done for some six decades, which is to pointedly mock American politics and culture. Barring the occasional the end-of-year special, future copies of Mad will consist solely of old material.
The publication, which first appeared in 1957, hit a peak circulation of 2.8 million in 1973, has been in decline since – leaving the younger people of today unable to recognize the trademark gap-toothed grin of MAD mascot Alfred E. Neuman.
Which is why 37-year-old Pete Buttiegieg didn’t understand when Trump likened the presidential hopeful to the magazine’s trademark cartoon cover boy.
Mad Magazine defined an entire generation’s distrust in the media, politicians, advertisers, and all forms of authority. Brooke spoke to national-affairs correspondent Jeet Heer about his recent article for the Nation.