Ceasing publication, according to multiple sources, though the magazine hasn’t said anything yet.
My brother – who is 13 years older than I am – started out as a paperboy for the local newsstand when he was in 2nd grade in 1960. He bought MAD Magazine every month, as he worked at the newsstand through high school.
When I was old enough to read in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was this treasure trove of the entire 1960s run of MAD Magazine waiting for me, along with a bunch of book collections too.
I grew up on MAD. I learned pop culture references there. I learned history references there. Years later in high school and college, learning about the Cold War, I felt like the pages of MAD helped me kind of have this living satirical chronicle of it all. Names clicked into place; I knew Everett Dirksen, Dean Rusk, Adam Clayton Powell and others because of MAD. Movies – Sleazy Rider, The Sound of Money, Who in Heck is Virginia Woolf, Guess Who’s Throwing Up Dinner – I knew 'em all years before I’d see them, thanks to MAD.
RIP, but man what a great thing those magazines were. I’ll forever cherish that gift of having that collection around.