Mad Magazine Message Board: Zodiac Media: Mad Magazine

By Lapumo (Lapumo) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:32 am:

Have been looking over some of the covers from old editions of Mad Magazine.While I have not being able to get at inside stories,I did come across the following that looks interesting:-
1.The june 1968 edition carried the story;-"Some famous protest buttons we'd like to see worn by some famous people".
2.Another edition entitled " Rosemia's boo-boo's"
3.Apparently, a phrase used often in this Magazine
is "You are doomed".It is even used in relation to the search facility on the site.
4.There are also humorous greeting cards available.
5.The magazine often took a saterical look at Movies.In oct.74, (albeit 10 months after the Exorcist letter) the magazine did a special on the Exorcist, calling it the "Ecchorist"

I must say the whole "feel" of this magazine had me wondering about possible links.Of course we know Allen had a large collection of this particular magazine.It's surprising this has not been discussed in more detail. Anyone ever look into this?

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 11:54 am:

As always, another interesting observation from you.The magazine should be checked from '63 to '74.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland) ( on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 12:13 pm:

Mad Magazine used to carry a fold-in segment on the back cover. I've often wondered if the 340-symbol cipher might have utilized such a device.

By Lapumo (Lapumo) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 12:57 pm:

"Fold-in" segment, can you elaborate a little more on that Doug,please?

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 02:58 pm:

The "My name is -" cipher could easily read:
I sent that idea to a certain author years ago; I believe it's mentioned in his blue Zodiac book.

Allen collected Mad magazines. In fact, thanks to Rob Huffman, I have one from his collection.

By Ed N (Ed_N) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 03:07 pm:

Lapumo: MAD's fold-ins were quite ingenious. The inside back cover would have a picture of some scene, and a short blurb about it at the bottom. You were directed to fold the page in (there were marks at the top and bottom to show you where to fold), and lo and behold, what was left exposed presented an entirely different picture, and the blurb actually said something else. I was always amazed at how the artists did that.

By Mike_D (Mike_D) ( - on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 - 08:28 pm:

What Z worry?
p.s.That LakeB.composite looks a lot like Alfred e.Newman.

By Ed N (Ed_N) ( - on Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 02:22 am:

The only time that Alfred E. Neuman, the "What, me worry?" kid, did worry was when he was running away from an erupting volcano. I saw that once many years ago... the caption read, "Yes, me worry!"

By Peter H (Peter_H) ( - on Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 05:32 am:

Mad magazine titles, no less. This is even better than the Chronicle's Santa Barbara Z victim. Keep it coming, folks.

Ed: Kudos for getting the spelling right.

By Jake (Jake) ( - on Thursday, May 16, 2002 - 07:02 am:

Has anyone tried RG's fold-in technique for locating the Santa Barbara murder site? I gave it a shot, but my hard copy of the map doesn't have the left-hand edge, so I couldn't be sure how accurate it was.


By Tony (Mahalo) ( - on Saturday, May 18, 2002 - 07:01 am:

Very interesting tie-in Lapumo.I know MAD mag well enough to have actually seen your examples.Thanks for some more inquisitive clues!