At least it’s red, white, and blue.

§ July 4th, 2010 § Filed under force of july § 5 Comments

So this is Mad #217, cover date September 1980, and it’s pretty close to the end of my original Mad-readin’ days. I started reading Mad probably in late ’76, and I think I mostly stopped by about 1981…from about 7 years old ’til I was about 12, which is pretty much the right age span for one’s initial exposure to Mad.

Anyway, I’m posting it here today because 1) it’s red, white and blue, and it’s the Fourth of July, and, uh, well, this is what I’ve got, and 2) it’s a cover that’s always stuck in my head…I thought it was pretty neat looking way back when, and I still think it’s pretty neat lookin’ now. Kind of wish I still had my copy…though the likelihood of my copy still being nice enough to replace the scan of the slightly-raggedy example shown above would have been pretty slim. (I, ahem, “borrowed” that scan from one of the comics database sites…both the Grand Comics Database and the Comic Book Database have the same image.)

Well, there you go…my holiday post. Happy Fourth of July, where applicable, and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

5 Responses to “At least it’s red, white, and blue.”

  • Jimmy Deam says:

    Does that cover refer to the group KISS as “The” KISS? It’s hard to make out.

  • John says:

    Don Rickles never did get to be President, but he was the Senator from Oklahoma from 1981-2005.

  • Bob says:

    Here you go, you can “return” that “borrowed” scan now.

    I would totally vote for President Cookie Monster. “And, if elected, me promise… COOOOKKIIEEE!!! OMNOMNOMNOM”

  • ExistentialMan says:

    Uh…yeah, I definitely would have voted for a Phyllis Diller/Leon Spinks ticket in 1980.

  • jb says:

    You can still get a copy of one of those DVD-ROMs that reprints 50 years of Mad issues at amazon for $40 or so.