Mad #323 (Nick Meglin and John Ficarra) - Jurass-Has-Had-It Park Issue - December 1993

Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park was the blockbuster movie of 1993.  Based on a novel by Michael Crichton (1942-2008) who also wrote the screenplay, the movie grossed $914 million and hatched three sequels.  Mad sent artists Richard Williams (cover), Mort Drucker (parody), Sergio Aragones (marginals and "A Mad Look at Jurassic Park") and Duck Edwing ("The Jocular Jurassic Jolt") after this one.  The six-page parody ("Jurass-Has-Had-It Park") is one of Dick DeBartolo's best efforts.  Of all the dinosaurs in the issue, I think Drucker's T-Rex with bib and fork is the best description of this improbable theme park concept.  [JAM 4/30/2012]

Baby dinosaurs is hatched with a pacifier in its mouth (page 6).

Look for guest appearances by Big Bird, Bart Simpson (twice), Dennis the Menace, Charlie Brown (twice), Tintin, Lucy van Pelt, Henry, Sluggo and (of course) Barney in this issue.

Playing with Dino-Might - Jurass-Has-Had-It Park
Let There Be Lite - The 10 Commandments of Dieting
Joke And Dagger - Spy vs. Spy
Grade Moments in History - Mad Studies the First Day of School 30 Years Ago and Today
Tales From the Duck Side - The Jocular Jurassic Jolt; The Startling Seashore Signoff
The Bigot They Are ... - Mad Goes to a Skinhead Convention
A Scale of Two Cities - The Slim (But Nonetheless Undeniable) Differences Between Hollywood and Washington D.C.
Call Berating - Mad Gives a Listen to &@%#! Obnoxious Voice Mail
Berg's-Eye View - The Lighter Side
Serge-In General - A Mad Look at "Jurassic Park"
East Meets Jest - Mad's Neighborhood Dining Roundup
Sometimes a Grate Nation - Mad Contemplates, Investigates and Fumigates Some Bad Ideas Just Waiting to Happen!
Mock of Ages - You're Getting Too Old to Rock If
G.I. Joke - Going into Combat
The Faking of the President - Dive
Determinator - You Make the Call

Fold-In - Ticket, Drink & Hot Dog