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Knowledge Waits: The Mad Covers of Sergio Aragones!

This is the first of a new feature that is basically just comic book facts that interest me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

This past week saw the latest issue of Mad magazine (#522), which had a cover by the legendary Sergio Aragones. Did you know, though, that despite working for Mad for over FIFTY years, this is only the THIRD cover that Aragones has ever done for the magazine proper (not counting specials or other one-shots)? Obviously, it is not THAT weird when you think about it, as Mad has had a certain amount of “regular” cover artists, so the fact that Aragones did not get the chance too often is not that surprising, but that it only happened on THREE issues still surprised me when Mad’s Ryan Flanders told me about it the other week.

Read on to see Aragones’ three Mad covers!

First up is 1979’s #210…

Next is 1990’s #293…

Finally, we have this past week’s #522…



Mad is sort of the New Yorker of comedy magazines (or at least it used to be).They prefer more painterly covers, and leave the cartooniness inside. Because apparently cartoons don’t sell?

Good Lord, does that say $5.99 for a Mad Magazine now?

I believe they’re in color on glossy paper now. Not that it makes it less of a ripoff.
And I have that 1990 one, despite only having a handful of issues!

Nothing's CHEAP

July 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

Don’t go down to the magazine rack and look at the other publications, Moniker, or you just might fall into a dead faint. How would you feel about dropping $2.50 for a daily newspaper (or $5.00 for the Sunday NY Times)?

Who reads MAD anymore?!

Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm


Maybe he works really slowly.

Wow, that is very surprising! Even more so in light of how prolific Sergio is; he could probably fill the entire magazine every month all on his own.

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