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Mad Magazine’s Al Feldstein Dies

Al Feldstein, who died at 88, turned Mad Magazine into a raging success.

Al Feldstein, who died at 88, turned Mad Magazine into a raging success.
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Al Feldstein, the former long-time editor of Mad Magazine who turned Alfred E. Neuman into an American icon, died in Montana on Tuesday at the age of 88.

Neuman, a freckle-faced nerd without a front tooth, was Feldstein’s vehicle to pan everyone, without regard to race, creed, religion or social status.

Photo by: Yossi Klavan

Photo by: Yossi Klavan

After George Bush was elected in 2000, The Nation , a political magazine that describes itself as “the flagship of the left”, used Neuman’s caricature with a one-word message: “Worry.”

Mad was so successful that its sales of more than 2,000,000 copies in the 1970s allowed it to profit without advertisements. The magazine was beholden to no one except its readers, who loved the parodies that broke through myths and holy cows of America’s lifestyle.

“We even used to rake the hippies over the coals,” Feldstein once said. “They were protesting the Vietnam War, but we took aspects of their culture and had fun with it. Mad was wide open. Bill loved it, and he was a capitalist Republican. I loved it, and I was a liberal Democrat.”

After Feldman retired  in 1984, its sales declined, but the magazine still is published.

He had moved from New York, where Mad was headquartered, to Wyoming and later Montana, where he ran a guest house and painted.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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12 Responses to “Mad Magazine’s Al Feldstein Dies”

  1. Bob Maram says:

    ”what me worry?” got me through a lot of problems. rest in peace, al.’

  2. My childhood was brightened by his work as were many others I’m sure.

  3. What me worry? Grew up on Mad.

  4. Yerribly sorry to hear this. I’ve been a MAD fan for many years and Alfred E. Neuman was surprisingly great. MAD wil not be the same without this member of “The usual gang of idiots”.

  5. good night Alfred.

  6. I loved Mad Magazine. Z”L!

  7. Sad he died. Must have gone mad. Bahaha! But seriously, he was a man filled with special giftings. So talented! RIP Feldstein!

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