My mother bought me my first MAD magazine off the newsstand at a Stop & Shop supermarket in 1969. The cover featured a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid parody that I believe was drawn by Jack Davis.
I read that issue over and over again—at least until I convinced mom to buy the next month’s issue. I was nine and it was the funniest thing I ever saw.
Over the years, I subscribed to MAD and bought the paperbacks collecting the material I missed in earlier years. MAD was my gateway drug—I dabbled in Sick and Cracked, although they left me unsatisfied. Stan Lee started publishing CRAZY at Marvel Comics and I even managed to get a few letters published there.
As I grew older, I started focusing on the names of the artists and writers I liked best—Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Dave Berg, Jack Davis and Sergio Aragones—the usual gang of idiots. I also heard about MAD’s precedents such as Trump and Humbug but they were never available until now.
Today, not only do I have a hardbound collection of the entire 11-issue run of Humbug, but I’m also honored to welcome two of its top contributors and co-owners, Al Jaffee and Arnold Roth, to the show.
You can LISTEN to this interview with legendary cartoonists AL JAFFEE and ARNOLD ROTH, contributors to MAD, TRUMP and HUMBUG magazines, by clicking the audio player above!