Mad magazine, a pioneer of modern satire, will soon cease publishing new content (washingtonpost.com)
Mad magazine, the once-subversive humor publication that helped redefine American satire and influenced a half-century of comedians and comic artists, will soon disappear from the newsstand. And after October, it will cease being the fresh creative force that it was across seven decades. "Age hits everybody: It hits magazines, it hits the movies, it hits technology," legendary Mad cartoonist Sergio Aragonés told The Washington Post on Thursday. "It's been a logical development." Mad magazine hit a peak of more than 2 million subscribers in the early '70s, when it memorably satirized shifting social mores and cultural attitudes. Emblematic of that era - when Mad flexed the most pop-culture muscle as a powerhouse of topical irreverence - was a Watergate-era sendup of President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew in a "big con" spoof of the hit Oscar-winning movie "The Sting." Click Read More below for additional information.