The Mad Cover Site Basic Knowledge Quiz

20 questions to help you learn some of the MAD basics


1. MAD has been around since 1952.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above


2. MAD's first publisher was this big, bearded fellow.
  • Sergio Aragones
  • William Gaines
  • Will Elder
  • George Woodbridge


3. MAD's first editor was Harvey Kurtzman.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above


4. MAD's official mascot is named:
  • The Yellow Kid
  • Moxie Cowznofski
  • Alfred E. Neuman
  • Prince Charles


5. MAD was part of the EC Comics family of titles which included Weird Science,
Tales From the Crypt, Frontline Combat and Panic.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above


6. MAD changed from a comic book to magazine with which issue number?
  • Issue #22
  • Issue #23
  • Issue #24
  • Issue #25
7. MAD's staff of contributing writers and artists is called The Usual Gang of Idiots.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above


8. This feature by Dave Berg satirized every day events of normal American life.
  • The Lighter Side
  • The Regular Side
  • The Brighter Side
  • The Darker Side


9. The picture above is an example of which "MAD's Maddest Artist's" work?
  • Mort Drucker
  • Jack Rickard
  • Don Martin
  • Jack Davis


10. Since 1964, he's been the creator of the MAD fold-in, the inside back cover gag that asks a question and gives you the surprise answer with a fold of the page.
  • Angelo Torres
  • Dick Debartolo
  • Duck Edwing
  • Al Jaffee


11. This MAD writer is known for his poem and musical lyric parodies,
"Do-It-Yourself" fill-in-the-blank articles and fictional character obituaries.
  • Arnie Kogen
  • Frank Jacobs
  • Tom Koch
  • Paul Peter Porges


12. Spy vs. Spy depicts the never-ending battle between The Black Spy and The White Spy (and occasionally The Grey Spy). This man created the feature back in 1961.
  • Wally Wood
  • Stan Hart
  • Antonio Prohias
  • John Caldwell


13. This editor presided over MAD's most successful sales circulation of issues during the 1970s.
  • Al Feldstein
  • Harvey Kurtzman
  • John Ficarra
  • Nick Meglin
14. MAD reprinted past articles in many different print forms over the years.
All but one of the titles below is an example.
  • MAD Special
  • More Trash From MAD
  • MAD Follies
  • The Best From MAD
15. MAD has produced a lot of collectible junk over the years with this one exception.
  • Cuff Links
  • Straight Jackets
  • Soft Drink Vending Machines
  • Board and Card Games
16. During the 60's, 70's and 80's, MAD published eight issues a year and had no outside advertising sponsors.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above


17. Somebody in the list below was not a MAD contributor.
  • Andy Griffith
  • Sid Caesar
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • Groucho Marx
18. Which item from the list is not a recurring feature in Mad?
  • Movie and TV parodies
  • Advertising satires
  • Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions
  • Chili Recipes


19. Which of the following is not a MAD movie spoof title?
  • Botch Casually and the Somedunce Kid
  • Austin Putzers: International Schmuck of Misery
  • Harry Plodder and the Lamest of Sequels
  • One Cuckoo Flew Over the Rest
20. MAD has been published in Brazil, The United Kingdom, Sweden, South Africa and Norway, but it has never been published in Iceland, France, Taiwan or Turkey.
  • True
  • False
  • Maybe
  • All of the above

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