by Ted on February 15, 2006

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Cracked Magazine, the unbearably crappy MAD rip-off of our youth, has been reborn as a sharp humor site featuring such favorites as Neal Pollack and Jay Pinkerton. For starters, check out More Cartoons that Might Offend in the Middle East, or the Spring Movie Preview:

V for Vendetta


An ex-mental patient builds a terrorist cell in dystopian future Britain, commits murder and blows up government buildings with the help of a bald-headed Natalie Portman. Luckily the terrorism’s completely inapplicable to real life, since in this fictional scenario, they only do it because the government lies. That sound you just heard was 10,000 impressionable trenchcoat-wearing outcasts cocking their semi-automatic rifles, by the way.


Because League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell already proved there isn’t a subtle, textured Alan Moore graphic novel in existence that can’t be turned into a feature-length Hollywood film about a farting donkey CEO on roller skates switching places with a pantsless Rob Schneider… with outrageous results!

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des von bladet 02.15.06 at 12:45 pm

Is outrageous results the new hilarious consequences?

I’m waiting for the Birth Caul, myself.


asg 02.15.06 at 3:14 pm

You mean “hilarity ensues”.


Blaine Emerson 02.16.06 at 12:14 am

I’m sure this comic won’t cause a stir.


Gary Farber 02.16.06 at 2:55 am

Good pointer.

Incidentally, I boringly linked to a couple of advanced real reviews of the movie of V For Vendetta a few days ago.

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November: now postponed ’til March 15th!


Belle Waring 02.16.06 at 3:50 am

ted got farbered!


Mike 02.16.06 at 7:08 am

Just wondering this morning whether V for Vendetta glorifies terrorism….


wolf 02.16.06 at 7:51 am

“Cracked Magazine, the unbearably crappy MAD rip-off of our youth”

As a loyal Mad AND Cracked reader back in the day – and we’re talking the 20 cent 16 oz. GLASS BOTTLE of Orange Crush day – you insult me sirt! While often a sad imitation, every now and then they would pull it off and, head to head, I’d prefer my new Cracked to my new Mad.

I realize that this isn’t a Chronicle.Com forum, but I’ve got a pet theory that we’d find that a good fraction of the late-asssistant, associate, and early-full crowd today, particuarly in the social sciences (outside of econ), took their political sensibility from Mad Magazine. Any takers?


john m. 02.16.06 at 8:29 am

Here’s what Alan Moore thinks of the movies based on his work (Not much btw)


dave heasman 02.16.06 at 12:18 pm

“Mad” came to England regularly, but “Cracked” and “Thimk” only rarely. I recall v little of them apart from one incredibly unfunny strip about “Elvis Pelvis” joining the army. Oh, and there was “Sick” which wasn’t. Demonstrated just how difficult it was to put together a comic magazine. Of course in those days Mad did parodies of Chaucer.


des von bladet 02.16.06 at 12:44 pm

Do Americans get Viz? And if they do, do they get it?


etat 02.16.06 at 12:55 pm

“but I’ve got a pet theory”…

On the money. Along with those dopey Big Daddy Roth stickers, and Marshall Ephron’s cooking segment on NET’s the Great American Time Machine.


hypochrismutreefuzz 02.16.06 at 10:51 pm

Mad was very good, from 1958 through about 1967 or so. Of course … Panic was much funnier.

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