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Exclusive: MAD Magazine Targets Worst Things in Cartoons

Get your first look at Mad's take on 'Family Guy.'

It's hard to believe that MAD magazine has been around for so long. Like many others, I read the magazine growing up and it's great to see the magazine still doing what they do.

In the next issue, #520, on sale February 19, the cover features Alfred E. Neuman mixed with a little Adventure Time.

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As you can see from the cover, one of the features in this issue is the debut of their "50 Worst Things about Cartoons." Let's face it, cartoons aren't what they used to be. It'll be interesting to see what exactly their angle and take on all of this is.

Aside from the cover, we've also been given an exclusive look at the show coming in at #28 - Family Guy. This is how they see it:

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We know MAD mocks and parodies pretty much everyone. This is their take on Family Guy. The art is by Peter Bagge. Again, we'll have to wait for when the issue goes on sale February 19 to see what else is included and what their criteria is.

EDIT

If you're interested in ordering the issue, there's a special 60th anniversary subscription deal going on.

Click HERE for details.

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Posted By SHARKBEARAGATOR

Family Guy...Family Guy is pretty terrible

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Posted By Fuchsia_Nightingale

Like Mad is the authority on good cartoons

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Posted By Dragonborn_CT

@Timotheus316 said:

@Dragonborn_CT: I second that and quit watching it after they raked Kirk Cameron over the coals and Meg "got saved" while Brian burned Bibles.

It seems everyone I talked to say that episode is arguably the lowest point in the series.

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Posted By GR2Blackout

I hate Family Guy, and I'm interested to see what they have for Adventure Time (even though it's one of my favorite shows), so this sounds pretty good IMO.

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Posted By Timotheus316

@Dragonborn_CT: I second that and quit watching it after they raked Kirk Cameron over the coals and Meg "got saved" while Brian burned Bibles.

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Posted By Death Certificate

Some people are missing the point of satire.

Also Family Guy hasn't been funny since they brought it back from cancellation.

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Posted By gavinsanity254

Family Guy may be hit-or-miss, and sprung from the same concept as the Simpsons, but it's still a heck of a lot funnier than the Simpsons has been in 20 years.

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Posted By nintendork666

The worst thing about this is they actually made this joke already in June 2011...

MAD #140

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Posted By 202122

why hate on adventure time???

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Posted By DanialCarroll

I love most cartoons (including Family Guy and Adventure Time), so I doubt this issue would do anything but offend me.

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Edited By OmgOmgWtfWtf

Mad has gotten pretty bad over the years. Cracked.com is much better :D

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Posted By fables87

@mewmdude77 said:

all you guys complaining about Mad do know it'd kind of their thing to make fun of anything that's popular. I'm sure they like a lot of these cartoons, but they're trying to be funny. It's nothing against those cartoons. It's like their movie parodies. they don't have anything against the movies, they just poke harmless fun at it. They make fun of themselves all the time, and I guarantee that #1 will be their own show.

I said that before! Seems like people don't get satire on here.

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Posted By Johnnyjavavee

Man.. If you write for a living you should really learn how to form a sentence.

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Edited By mewmdude77

all you guys complaining about Mad do know it's kind of their thing to make fun of anything that's popular. I'm sure they like a lot of these cartoons, but they're trying to be funny. It's nothing against those cartoons. It's like their movie parodies. they don't have anything against the movies, they just poke harmless fun at it. They make fun of themselves all the time, and I guarantee that #1 will be their own show.

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Posted By Funrush

@Icon said:

I love Adventure Time. Family Guy is hit and miss though.

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Posted By Fantasgasmic

@BlackShadowCat said:

Family Guy is awesome. It's funny because it pushes bounderies. The Simpsons is kind of sweet compared to it!

This really dates you as being a young'un. Or dates me as being old.

…get off my lawn you kids!

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Posted By dangallant984

@Dud317: well, if you're in your thirties, you should have read Mad back in the 80's, early 90's, for it to have had any real impact. For me, as wacky as it was, it was like an oasis of sanity that saw through the bullshit of popular culture and the adult world. There's no doubt in my mind that it made at least four generations of kids realize how clever they really were.

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Posted By Dud317

@dangallant984: @dangallant984 said:

it's like what you're reading now, but on paper. Y'know, like a comic book?

What's paper?

Yeah, that was more of an attempt at a dying print joke rather than sheer ignorance. I'm in my 30s and remember what life was like pre-internet. I never got the fascination with MAD.

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Posted By dangallant984

I honestly think that anyone who would rank Family Guy above Mad Magazine, especially on a comic book site, must be some kind of pitiable, ignorant philistine.

I'm not saying I don't think Family Guy is pretty funny sometimes, but there's no denying that it is amongst the basest style of humour; Mad Magazine, on the other hand, while being written primarily for the benefit of children, actually offers genuine and provocative cultural criticism. To compare them at all is kinda just asinine. So, oops, I guess..

And I love Adventure Time, I think it's one of the best cartoons on, but nothing is above genuine criticism, and I bet I'll get a chuckle hearing what Mad has to say about it. Five bucks says it includes a psychedelic drug reference. Ha! you guys!

@Dud317 said:

What's a magazine?

it's like what you're reading now, but on paper. Y'know, like a comic book?

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow, lol. The bit on Family Guy is kinda abrasive, but oh so very true at the same time. Cannot help but smile at it.

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Posted By kriminal

the fact so many people are arguing about regular show is because its so popular. old people cant get over their crappy smurf and flinstone cartoons. im 18 but i dont say adventure time and regular show suck because i grew up on ed ed and eddy, spongebob, and farily odd parents. but haters need no justification i guess

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Posted By BatteredArmor

Used to love Family Guy, then it went to hell. No, you know what American Dad went to hell, The Cleveland show went to hell (though it didn't have nearly as far to fall) Family Guy had to create a plane of existence worse than hell, go there, and defecate all over it before they ended up where they are now.

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Posted By redbird3rdboywonder

Don't understand the support for Adventure Time, i freaking hate it, I'd rather have acid poured on my eyes and set on fire before I watched it or Regular show. Used to love Family Guy but it's gotten pathetic now just like CN for that matter

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Posted By Mezmero

Worst thing about cartoons is that Mad TV tried to make some.

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Posted By Cavemold

amazed its still on

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Posted By Dud317

What's a magazine?

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Posted By kid Apollo

how can you hate Adventure Time? im 24 and watch it with my 3 yr old nephew, we both find it hilarious. some of the toungue-in-cheak jokes are classic

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Posted By OriginalVenom

This is absolutely hilarious! Think about how AT would be if Finn had that face hahaha.

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Posted By Aronmorales

GETTING! GettinggettinggettingGETTING!

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Posted By sparty-dbq

Are there even more than 50 cartoon shows right now? They probably have to really reach with some of them. They probably have other good shows on this list like Regular Show and Archer.

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Posted By Cancer the Conqueror

@Mbecks14, @Deadcool: Nice.

@Logan Reilly: The joke is on...who? For what?

@longbowhunter: I hear you dude. I just got into Regular Show. That "Sandwich of Death" episode last week got me laughing harder than anything in a good long while.

@ptigrusmagus: Dude, if you don't like dry humor that deliberately has no punchline, don't read it, but don't go on saying those that do might as well be handling used toilet paper. It never ceases to amaze me how blood-curdling some people can get with unapologetic, nothing-is-sacred-style satire.

@Spideycap: Dude, handle some criticism. I look to Adventure Time the same way as the first three seasons of Spongebob: When it's good it's excellent, but sometimes they can seriously slip up on the characterization and plotting.

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Posted By Spideycap

Adventure Time is one of the best things to happen to cartoons and TV in general in awhile, wrong again MAD.

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Posted By tgoldberg

Ugh, MAD. I can't friggin' stand that magazine. I know 8-year-olds who can come up with more clever material than them.

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Posted By Mbecks14

Is the #1 worst thing about Cartoons how they keep cancelling the best ones?

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Posted By Mr_riddler

You'll pay for this Alfred E. Neuman!

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Posted By NightFang3

I'll take Family Guy over Mad any day of the week.

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Posted By VaizD

In other news, Mad is angry it's not relevant anymore and is taking it out on things that are.

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Posted By RedOwl_1

@Deadcool said:

Mad? But Mad has a terrible cartoon, how are they gonna tell us about terrible cartoons if they have a terrible cartoon.

LOL so truth

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Posted By Floronic_Man

Adventure Time is a super fun, crazy imaginative world full of stuff influenced by DnD,Magic,hard core fantasy and even sci-fi. I look forward to every single new episode and am never disappointed.

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Posted By Gambit1024

I'd love to see them try to target South Park. Love that show so damn hard.

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Posted By fables87

I like Family Guy, but it has it's moments. Adventure Time I just don't like. But isn't Mad satire? Why is everyone getting so worked up about satire?

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Posted By cacarl

It is MAD people. Of course they are going to try to get you "mad" with this article. I used to like Family Guy, but now they do that stupid thing of wasting the first 5 minutes, after the credits, with some pointless scene. I may buy this issue of MAD, it looks like it will be funny.

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Posted By amazing_webhead

That's what MAD does: they find the worst things about everything, exploit them, and turn them into hi-friggin'-lariuos jokes.

Yeah, cartoons aren't what they used to be, but they've started to get better again.

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Posted By LaserLambert

this isn't even the worst things about Family Guy, maybe the worst content-wise, but the worst is the laziness of the jokes, and the overall lack of respect that they have in their own audience.

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@Dragonborn_CT said:

anyone with even the bit slight of faith in any religion is either retarded or evil".

I spend my days wondering this...

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Posted By lvenger

I prefer South Park to Family Guy anyway. Parker and Stone might not be better voice actors than Mcfarlene and Green but they're much better writers and their comedy, the extreme lengths they go to in each episode as well as the underlying points the show makes it a great show. They even wrote a musical "The Book of Mormon" which from reading the synopsis is better than Ted in every way IMO.

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Posted By Gambit1024

I can see how people don't like Family Guy. I'm sorta neutral on that show. Adventure Time... I just don't get it. I don't hate it, I don't love it, I just don't get it.

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Posted By sentryman555

@Deadcool said:

Mad? But Mad has a terrible cartoon, how are they gonna tell us about terrible cartoons if they have a terrible cartoon.

I was just thinking this.

Also I think South Park answered all the plagiarism stuff about Simpsons. Its hard not to steal something from them because at this point simpsons has done everything.

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Posted By SoA

@SavageDragon said:

Family guy used to be funny because it was always on and had a freshness to it. Now its really hit or miss.

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