The 10 Greatest ‘MAD’ Magazine Covers


We’re going to go out on a limb, and assume that many of you could use a good chuckle right about now. If can believe it, this month marks MAD Magazine’s 60th year of bringing comedy, pop culture satire, and high-quality potty humor to America. To celebrate, the folks behind the insanity are releasing Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity , full of cartoons, comedy writing and illustration from “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” complete with a foreword by Stephen Colbert and Eric Drysdale. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite covers from MAD‘s long and storied history. Check out our picks after the jump — and since there’s no way to narrow this down to a definitive ten, be sure to tell us which of your own favorites we ignored in the comments. And if you need a hand remembering (or want to go further down memory lane), we recommend checking out this amazing compendium of all the covers.

Mad #125, March 1969. Cover photographer: Irving Schild

Mad #83, December 1963. Logo: Harvey Kurtzman

Mad #151, June 1972. Cover art: Norman Mingo

Mad #374, October 1998. Cover art: Roberto Parada

Mad #105, September 1966. Cover art: Norman Mingo

Mad #20, February 1955. Cover art: Harvey Kurtzman

Mad #166, April 1974. Cover art: Norman Mingo

Mad #236, January 1983. Cover art: Jack Rickard

Mad #242, October 1983. Cover art: Richard Williams

Mad #157, March 1973. Cover art: Norman Mingo