MAD Magazine series number #422 2008
“Viva la Stupidity”
MAD is America’s longest running and best-selling magazine with that name. With its grinning, gapped-toothed idiot mascot, Alfred E. Neuman “gracing” its front cover, MAD satirizes politics, celebrities, sports and more in its legendarily moronic features including Spy vs. Spy, The Fold-in, “A MAD Look at..,” Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions and its iconic TV and movie parodies.
MAD was founded in 1952 and became famous for its parodies of films and TV shows, as well as strips like Spy vs. Spy and the “MAD Fold-In.” The magazine’s covers routinely feature the talismanic image of the gap-toothed Alfred E. Neuman, whose motto is, “What me, worry?”
Graphic novels help simultaneously develop verbal and visual literacy. If you have ever read a graphic novel, you know that reading the text alone is never enough to get the full story. You have to interpret the images for clues on characters and plot development.