MAD magazine had fallen off my radar for quite some time, and I had assumed it had met its demise. However, the latest edition, notably the Barbie parody, managed to tickle my funny bone once again.
Mad Magazine: What, Me Worry? MAD occasionally dabbled in spinoff musical projects; this unique compilation anthologizes its earliest such excursions.
But Inked is more than a book of cartoons. Dator also dives into the creative process, offering bonus commentary on how ideas have come to fruition, how one idea has led to another, and the various attempts to get an idea right. Along the way, he shows how a spark of imagination has turned into a laugh-out-loud moment with only a single image and caption, and how other attempts have found themselves on the cutting-room floor.
Al Jaffee made his first Mad Magazine debut 65 years ago. Jaffee is famous for creating the “Fold-In” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” will be 100 years on March 13.