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A disappointment1 novembre 2012
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I really hate doing this, but this book is A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!
Like many other people out there, I grew up reading MAD. As a matter of fact, I got to learn more about politics, society and life in general from MAD than from any other form of education.
So where does this book fail? For starters, we only get a page or two reproduced from different issues over the years (so we don't get the complete stories). While there's no real problem there (after all, reproducing the complete stories would need more than a 1000 pages), the thing is that we usually get a two-page spread from the magazine printed on a single page of this book. This means that the art is reproduced at about 25% of it's original size, making the text completely UNREADABLE! Maybe this book is aimed at a younger generation, one that can watch a complete film on their iPhones. And then, when we do get a two-page spread reproduced over two pages, the art seems to have been scanned from a second generation xerox copy. What happened here? Some lines from the original artwork are missing (this is all the more evident with Jack Davis' art). I don't know why, as the recent book on Mort Drucker reproduces his work quite fine.
About the only things worthwhile here are the reminiscences by Frank Jacobs about Bill Gaines, the MAD lawsuits, the MAD trips, etc., but unfortunately they only amount to about 12 pages throughout the book. The other good thing is found at the end of the book, where we get an envelope with 12 reproductions of Gaines' and co.'s favorite covers. These appear without the logo and accompanying text, so you get the full color art as it was originally done. Most are by the late, great Norman Mingo, with an occasional one done by Kelly Freas and, oh yeah, the one done by the monkey. Other than that, I'm sorry, but this book doesn't really make it. The black and white material reproduces badly, and it's only when we get to the 2000's and beyond, that the art actually reproduces fine (maybe because they got the original digital files for that). Thankfully, I already knew about 60% of the material contained in here (I stopped reading MAD in the early 90's), which probably means I was either an avid MAD reader, or have already seen them reprinted elsewhere.
In my opinion, this book fails as a 60th Anniversary book. As a matter of fact, had the art been reproduced from the original artwork, this would have been a much better book, but as it is, it seems to have been done cheaply.
I'd suggest you have a look at the "look inside" button Amazon offers before buying this book, and if you can see or read the smaller art, you can give it a try (unfortunately I had pre-ordered this book before they had that, otherwise I wouldn't have ordered it).
The only real book about MAD worth looking for was the one written by Maria Reidelbach, Completely MAD (unfortunately long out of print) or the one by Dick de Bartolo (also out of print). Otherwise simply buy any of the other MAD reprints offered here (you'll get at least the complete stories).
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A Blast from the Past!29 octobre 2012
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Plus a number of the best moments from later years. I grew up with Mad magazine in the 60's. It's subversive humor and hilarious parodies could make a whole day better. True, as I got older, and after William Gaines died, I stopped reading it on a regular basis. But still to this day I can pull one off the newsstand and get a few grins & yucks from a copy.
(Mostly) Hilarious, but even if every article or bit isn't a hit, the next one will be.
Don Martin, Al Jaffee, Frank Jacobs , Mort Drucker, Antonio Prohías and Dave Berg all have some of their best work showcased here.
PS- in some of the "bits' you may need to break out the higher power reading glasses!
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The graphics and presentation are supremely glitzy and elegant, but the subject matter was poorly chosen and was truncated9 mars 2013
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First, let me begin by reiterating a remark by another Amazon.com reviewer (D.C.). I agree D.C.'s remarks that, "This means that the art is reproduced at about 25% of it's original size, making the text completely UNREADABLE! Maybe this book is aimed at a younger generation, one that can watch a complete film on their iPhones."
In my own judgement, I found that about 15 percent of the reproductions were too small to be easily read.
TOO SMALL TO READ. Regarding the complaint about small reproductions, half of THE MADISON AVENUE PRIMER, with art by Wallace Wood, is readable, but the other half of THE MADISON AVENUE PRIMER, was reproduced in a shrunken version and cannot be read, except perhaps with a magnifying glass. THE MADISON AVENUE PRIMER is one of the best of all the stories in Mad Magazine, not only because the art is by Wallace Wood, but also because one of the raisons d'etre of Mad Magazine is to parody Madison Avenue's advertising agencies.
TRUNCATED STORIES. Many of the stories are truncated. The most unfortunate example of this is IF KIDS DESIGNED THEIR OWN XMAS TOYS, with art by Jaffee. Only two illustrations are shown from the original story. The original story had about ten illustrations. I own all of the Mad Magazine issues from the year 1957 to 1965. Therefore, I am able to determine when a story is re-published in its truncated form, and I am also able to determine when a story is reproduced in a shrunken form.
OMISSION OF THE BEST MATERIAL. My biggest complaint is that this book omits much of the very best material, in particular, material that was published between 1958 and around 1963. In my opinion, nearly everything published by Mad Magazine after the year 1968 or perhaps after 1969, is not particularly exciting, not particularly clever, and not particularly original. Unfortunately, Mad Magazine has not re-published any of the issues from the years 1958-1963. What is especially disappointing is that the magnificently clever work by WALLACE WOOD is, in essence, lost to the American populace. In particular, I love WALLACE WOOD's story about little children who ask their daddy what they do at work, WALLACE WOOD's parody of the Night Before Christmas, and WALLACE WOOD's depiction of a pushcart evolving into a grocery, which evolves into a superdupermarket, and which finally evolves back to an ordinary pushcart. These three stories, in my opinion represent the pinnacle of cleverness and genius for this particular genre. Unfortunately, none of these three stories were included in the book under review. At present, WALLACE WOOD's body of work is represented by a couple of books devoted to him. While I have not seen these, it is my guess that these cover only only his SCIENCE FICTION drawings, which are perhaps a bit too risque for many customers, and it is my reasoned guess that these books fail to include any of WALLACE WOOD's work from Mad Magazine.
To summarize, one problem with the book under review is its failure to highlight the most clever and original of Mad Magazine's output, that is, work published from 1958-1963. Although I was glad to see some representation of Wallace Wood's work, I was disappointed to see that my three favorite creations by this artist were not included. Another problem is that the book failed to reproduce the full-page presentation from Mad Magazine issues -- I mention this because the magazine, as published, contains little cartoon drawings in the margins, and amusing cryptic comments configured to tantalize the curious mind.
Is there anything good that I can say about the book under review? Yes, I liked the story about William Gaines refusing to do business at a restaurant, because of the restaurant's stringent requirement that male customers wear a tie.
Another good point, is that the book under review can inspire readers to explore specific issues of Mad Magazine, or perhaps specific years in the history of Mad Magazine. For this particular use, all that is needed is just fragmentary stories. Perhaps that was the intention of the editors who prepared this book.
Hopefully, some day another editor will put together another compendium of Mad Magazine's best output, where the result will not be as damaged and mutilated as the book under review. And that is my summary of this book. It is the case that this book has damaged and mutilated the original stories, by reproducting the stories in a truncated form, and by reproducing parts of some stories in a shrunken form that is too small to read.
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^60 Years of Mad Shredded!28 janvier 2013
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I've been a Mad fan on and off for many years. So how could I not love this book? Well, I came across this book at my local library. Lucky for me!!! I would have been very unhappy if I had paid good money for this. This book is a mess. Here's the problemm: TOO MANY OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE PAST ARE DELIBERATELY PRESENTED INCOMPLETE! Perhaps, as a history of what Mad has done, this idea of presenting snippets from the past works, but I wanted to read or reread some of the great pieces from the past in their entirety!!! How irritating and frustrating to not get the entire piece of humor. Apparently, the book editors had this rather stupid plan...(Oh wait, the word "stupidity" is on the cover twice. I should have spotted that.) Anyway,they had this rather stupid plan to limit each piece from the past to only two printed pages in this book. The result is that any article or parody more than two pages long, is cut short, sometimes to two pages, sometimes to one or even a half a page. Huh? What's the point of giving the reader only the beginning of a story? Would you want a book of short stories that cut off the ends of stories that were too long? Or how about a biography of all the Presidents that ended each President's life story at age 30? Or how about 60 years of Playboy centerfolds but you only get the top half or less of each playmate's photo? Awful concept. Very disappointing! And not funny!
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Wear your reading glasses5 décembre 2012
Dennis R. Satterlee
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I'm one of the older fans of this magazine having discovered it in its 10 cent comic book days. I read it through high school and college and was thankful to rediscover some of the decade collections in the large format size that began coming out in the 1990s. Since this book is a larger format still, I felt that the font would be readable even to my tired old eyes. Sadly, the editor has chosen to "shrink" the magazine pages so that he could fit small copies of Mad covers on the bottom of most of the pages making much of the print very hard to read. Also, very few articles are complete in themselves. We instead get snippets of what the magazine might have been like. I found it a very poor representation of what could have been an enjoyable bit of nostalgia for older Mad fans.