Today only: classic MAD MAGAZINE artwork at MOCCA in NYC

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MAD Magazine Contemporary Art Treasures

One Day Only: October 29, 2008 10 am to 5 pm

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA – and Heritage Auction Galleries are pleased to present a one day showing of “MAD Contemporary Art Treasures: The Most Classic Original Art” from MAD Magazine.

On view will be 36 pieces of iconic artwork from the early years of MAD Magazine for the first time to the generations of readers that learned humor and satire from the skillful art and parody of MAD’s creators. Included are 12 classic covers, which, in the words of legendary MAD publisher Bill Gaines represent “the heart and soul of MAD Magazine.”

“This is a trove of the most iconic MAD covers and specialty art from some of the magazine’s greatest illustrators,” said Jared Green, Vice President of Business Development at Heritage. “These covers made Alfred E. Neuman a celebrity. His notoriety is owed in large part to these featured artworks by Norman Mingo, Kelly Freas, Jack Davis, Bob Clarke and Richard Williams.”

All of the art features MAD’s mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. Of special note is MAD Magazine #30, which depicts Alfred with a Democratic donkey and a Republican elephant; MAD #30 is especially important as it marks the first official appearance of Alfred E. Neuman on a cover of MAD, setting the standard for decades to come. Also on view are MAD Magazine #126, featuring Alfred as Uncle Sam, MAD #181, featuring Alfred as George Washington; and MAD #243, a masterful Richard Williams’ cover featuring Superman reading MAD Magazine.

This one day show is a preview of Heritage Auction Galleries’ November 2008 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10012

Tel. 212-254-3511

Tuesday – Saturday: 12 – 5
Thursday: 12 – 6
Closed Sundays

General Admission: $5


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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