2/16/10

Cracked Magazine, January 1978


Growing up, there wasn't much I loved more than a good Cracked, Crazy or MAD magazine.  They each had their strongpoints: Crazy had Marvel superheroes, Cracked had lots of monsters and the gorgeous artwork of Severin, and MAD.... well, MAD was just awesome from front to back.

I still have all of my old magazines, and each one reminds me of a certain time.  The above Heaven Can Wait issue of Cracked was purchased at an airport when I flew from Boston to visit relatives in Ohio. I'd never seen Heaven Can Wait  (thirty years later, and I still haven't), but that was beside the point.  Who cares if your eight year old brain missed half of the pop culture references, it was still a joyous read all the way around.

So, click here to download the entire February 1978 issue. Why'd I choose this one to scan? No reason, really, I hesitate to scan an old MAD magazine since their backissues are currently available for sale on CD -and I don't want to step on any toes there, if you know what I mean.  Depending on how many of you download this issue, I may scan some more issues of Cracked and Crazy. Let me know what you think.

21 comments:

  1. The first issue of Cracked I got as a kid had Kojak as the main strip and it was always John Severin's artwork that made me love it over Mad. The way he was cartoony yet realistic at the same time just blew me away (and still does) and his likenesses were superb. The Kojak strip dropped Yul Brynner and even a shaven, Kung-Fu era David Carradine into the mix and you knew exactly who they were (the joke being one of them saying 'I feel like I'm part of a pawn shop sign'). Mad may be more famous (and maybe more funny overall) but for me, Cracked and Severin were the perfect mix.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I wouldn't be interested in MAD or National Lampoon since I have the DVD sets of both and they're readily available.

    If I had stuff to scan, it would be Cracked or Sick or Crazy or any number of now-defunct humor magazines that are being lost.

    30 years ago my family moved out of a single-family house and I had to get rid of my collections. You have no idea.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Heaven Can Wait is a good one to Netflix.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love your blog so, so much. But this post especially hits home, as I remember this cover and look forward to looking through the download. Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I remember these. I liked Mad most of all, and for some reason considered the others as cheap knock-offs. Not saying they are, just that's how my 8-year-old mind thought of it.

    You should check out Heaven Can Wait, it's pretty good, but I really like the side story with Charles Grodin and the always lovely Dyan Cannon.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Congrats on having your old magazines; I recently realized that like half of my Dragon magazines (I had a subscription all through the '80s, in my teens) are missing, and it is very frustrating.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was a contributing artist and writer for Cracked in their final years and it was so much fun working with those guys. They were really loose and easy-going. The new owners of Cracked have an online site now and the humor is much harder-edged and aimed more at college kids. I miss the silly old days!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am 47 years old & have never read a single Cracked Magazine! I loved MAD from '69-80, but like Retro Hound I always saw Cracked as a pale imitation, or something for kids even younger thsn me!

    FYI, everytime I see a reference to 'Heaven Can Wait' I'm reminded of my first double date; We were supposed to see 'Jaws 2' with another couple, but when we all got to the theater 'Heaven' was playing & the girls said "We want to see this!" When me & my pal Bill objected, my date said "Fine--you guys go watch Jaws & we'll see this one." (We saw Heaven, naturally.)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Kosmikat- You summed it up perfectly. Severin's work was cartoonish, but not exagerated and so looked realistic... and the likenesses were spot on. What struck me was how prolific he was -he contributed A LOT of material quickly.

    Retrohound & Apachedug - I wasn't quite so discerning as a kid - I gobbled up not only Cracked and Crazy, but alos Sick and Wacko... which I still have.

    Mporcius & David- About 7 years ago, I sold my EXTENSIVE collection of comic books at a yard sale for about five bucks. They were old, valuable, rare, and wonderful.... I probably spent it on a Red Bull and a Slim Jim at the gas station. AAAARRRGGGH! What was I thinking? If I had at least made good money for them on ebay the burn wouldn't sting quite so bad. The couple that purchased my boxes of gold own a comic book store here and I could tell they were sweaty with excitement, but didn't want to make it too obviousle.

    Gunnar&Sherry- Wow. I'm impressed! I've seen the new Cracked, and it may as well go by a different name. It had me wishing for the silly old days too.

    And thanks to Franklin Mint for the recommendation, and thanks to Kristen for the kind words.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I had that very issue. I don't have any issues of Cracked anymore, but I am lucky enough to have a stack of Circus magazines from the mid 1970s.

    I wish I still had my collection of Pizzazz magazines.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link

    ReplyDelete
  12. My sister and I would sneak Mad magazine and laugh and laugh at the innapropriate humor behind my parents back. I also loved and still love the movie, "Heaven Can Wait". It was on TV a few weeks ago.

    ReplyDelete
  13. The closest I ever got to Mad Magazine, Cracked etc were those Wacky Packages stickers that we had in grammar school. I was fascinated with them and loved them so much! I never was able to collect them all...unfortunately my parents thought MAD etc were junk and I never actually owned an issue. I do remember this issue of Cracked and I saw bits and pieces of this movie.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I just finished reading my very first CRACKED! Thanks for the download Gilligan... ok, now I feel bad for what I said in my earlier comment, both the humor and art were much better than I'd expected.

    Now I'm kinda sorry I didn't give this mag a chance when I was 14.

    PS. Loved the "Retrospace Download" image at the end!

    ReplyDelete
  15. In the 60s, I read Mad Magazine. I was never interested in the mags you mentioned. In the 70s, I 'graduated' to National Lampoon. That's a magazine I wish I still had my back issues of.

    I have never seen Heaven Can Wait either but I totally got the cover as soon as I saw it, before I read what it says on the cover.

    ReplyDelete
  16. You should check out Cracked.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh hell, I read Mad as a kid (Cracked came after I "grew up"...I remember them doing knock-off on the TV show MASH, and for some reason I seriously remember their take on the movie "Grease" - the ending was "become a slut and get your man!"

    Good times, good times...
    __
    Barbara
    http://ifididnthaveasenseofhumor.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. My book "If You're Cracked, You're Happy" comes out this November 2010, from BearManor Media.

    Contact me at funideas.mark@gmail.com for more information.

    -Mark Arnold.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Please post more issues of Cracked!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks so much for posting this. I'll second the motion to please post more issues. I'd especially love to see issue 148, 149, 152, or 155 if you've got any of them... I had all those as a kid but got rid of them long ago. Like others here, I always liked Severin's parodies better than those done by Drucker, Torres, or Davis over at Mad.

    ReplyDelete
  21. In the 5th grade, I remember foolishly bringing some copies of Mad and Cracked to school, only to have them swiftly confiscated by the teacher; I was then told to see the Principal about it; he informed me he would give them back at the end of the school year.
    The last day of school came, and I promptly went to see the Principal about getting my Mad & Cracked issues back, but she laughed and explained he had thrown them away, and was genuinely surprised that I had remembered that he had confiscated them.
    I should have demanded financial compensation!

    ReplyDelete