April 21 – September 16, 2012
In 1952, editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines launched MAD, one of the most influential and imitated humor publications in the world. Originally created to parody popular TV shows, movies and, inevitably, comic books, MAD soon expanded into a wide-ranging satire of modern American culture. Features like the MAD Fold-In, “Spy vs. Spy,” the wacky sound effects of “MAD's Maddest Artist” Don Martin, the “marginal” cartoons of Sergio Aragones, and the motto “What, me worry?” have become indelible parts of popular culture, and the magazine's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is one of the world's most recognizable faces.
The Cartoon Art Museum's latest exhibition, What, Me Worry? 60 Years of MAD celebrates the rich history of MAD from the original comic book through the black-and-white magazine to its latest incarnation as a full-color bi-monthly publication supplemented by online content. This is the museum’s first exhibition to include both the MAD comic book and magazine.
Posted: March 26th, 2012 under Events, Exhibitions, Past Events, Past Exhibitions.
Tags: al jaffee, alfred e. neuman, antonio prohias, dave berg, ec comics, harvey kurtzman, jack davis, keith knight, mad, mad magazine, mort drucker, peter kuper, sam viviano, sergio aragones, ted rall, tom richmond