Mad Magazine

Mad in the 1980s

This controversial magazine was founded by editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. Until 2018, the magazine saw 550 regular issues. Mad magazine had a good run and a rich history. From the early 1960s, the publisher was based in Lower Manhatten at 485 Madison Avenue. In the magazine, it would say “MADison” avenue. The magazine was notorious for its ad-free publishing, and from issue #33 to #402 it was totally free of advertisements. The most successful American magazine in this category. The freckled face boy with a gap in his teeth became synonymous with the Magazine. Here are some covers of issues during the 1980s

January 1986 #260

The year of Back to the Future. The hit film with Michael J. Fox and time-traveling back to 1955. Note the comical way the issue was printed as supposedly 1955, but corrected with “1985”


Mad Magazine Fall 1988 Super Special Edition

Super Special

December 1988 #283

1988. The year of Crocodile Dundee and Rambo III


December 1985 #259

Ronald Reagan, Central America and Rambo II. The year 1985 certainly had enough going to write about.


December 1982 #235

Issue 235 featuring the movies Rocky III and Conan the Barbarian.


March 1986 #261

Mad magazine and Miami Vice. The hit tv show of two detectives in Miami, Florida.