Mad Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman (along with the magazine itself) will be appearing less frequently starting in April.
It’s a less Mad world. Starting with issue no. 500, to be released in April, the monthly satirical publication will become a quarterly, though it will expand to 56 pages from 48. The changes were announced by DC Comics, which publishes Mad Magazine and is owned by Warner Brother Entertainment.
As befits the what-me-worry? attitude of the magazine, its editor, John Ficarra, had a sardonic spin on the news. “The feedback we’ve gotten from readers is that only every third issue of Mad is funny,” he said in a statement. “So we decided to just publish those.”