Mad #555 (Bill Morrison) - Dumbest People 2018 - February 2019

It is fitting that The Monster (DJT) is on the cover of MAD's annual "20 Dumbest" issue.  This is a man who hates humor in all of its forms.  He is all things ugly and depraved.  MAD's New Gang of Idiots (NGOI) is obviously trying very hard to continue the long tradition of MAD humor.  And for that I am truly thankful.  In today's world, humor has been forced into the background by the numerous lies and general evilness that represent the litany of Trump's tragedies that we suffer daily.  The MAD staff showed restraint by limiting the list to twenty: misogyny, corruption, refugee abuse, attack on blackness, attack on humor, gun violence, nuclear terror, cluelessness, Roseanne (Racist) Barr, Tide pods, treason, children in peril, Nazis, political crimes, stereotypes, business failures, unqualified judges, misdirection, Sarah (Liar) Sanders and Papa (Racist) John's Pizza.  There was certainly enough dumbness in 2018 to fill several issues.  The classic parody art that we generally find in this issue seems to be missing.  The best of the twenty are "Apocalypse? Naw" by Mark Fredrickson and "The Useless Submarine" by R. Wilcox Deckert & Nathan Kane.  The one positive aspect of MAD #5 is "A Listless Story" by Desmond Devlin and Tom Richmond.  Although it must have been difficult to create a parody from a timeless work of nostalgic satire by the great Jean Shepherd (1921-1999), it is good to see this ray of hope within an otherwise depressing account of the past year.  [JAM 12/8/2018]

02 A Listless Story (Leg Lamp on a Loop Dept.)
08 A Mad Look at After Christmas
12 Equal Time: The NRA's Edward Gorey Parody [fake content]
13 The Mad 20 Dumbest People, Events, & Things of 2018
36 The Lighter Side of Christmas (Merry (Redacted) Dept.)
38 Spy vs. Spy (Joke And Dagger Dept.)
40 The Wisenheim Museum: Glenn Barr (Drawing a Crowd Dept.)
41 Potrzebie Comics
42 The Chancers
45 Lukey & Mukey
48 Spaghetti & Meatball
51 The 27 Club
52 Shorts & Briefs
54 Incoming! (letters)
56 The MADifesto

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