So it’s only now occurred to me that there is a MAD covers website, basically the one thing we were hoping to get out of the internet in 1996, and now it’s here. Thanks Doug Gilford!
The first MAD I ever got can be seen here. The back cover was pretty instructive at that age. The whole thing makes one really miss Heavy Metal, Omni, print media in general, when a guy could almost make a living painting pictures for magazines. My adolescence was basically about watching this stuff die and get replaced by shitty memes made with old pictures.