The Avengers is the highest grossing movie of the year. The Walking Dead is the highest rated show on television. And Mad Magazine’s Totally Mad is atop the New York Times weekly Best Sellers list in their Hardcover Graphic Book category. It truly is a new golden age of comic books.
In order to celebrate Mad Magazine’s 60th anniversary, Time Home Entertainment Inc. released Totally Mad: 60 Years Of Humor, Satire, Stupidity And Stupidity. Mad Editor John Ficarra said, “If I knew the book was going to be this successful, I would have put a lot more effort into it. Oh well, too late now.”
The 256-page book is organized by decade. Totally Mad features a special foreword by long-time Mad fans Stephen Colbert and Eric Drysdale, plus five exclusive essays about Mad’s cultural impact, the origin of Alfred E. Neuman and the magazine’s history, including its landmark Supreme Court win against Irving Berlin, establishing the right to publish satirical lyrics. As a bonus, the book features a removable set of 12 classic front covers, dubbed “The Soul of Mad” by Mad Founder and Publisher William M. Gaines.