This week is "MAD Magazine Week"!
When I was a kid I wasn't really into super-hero comics, my comic of choice was MAD Magazine. I was born in '71 so I would've missed out on MAD from the 60's and early 70's – what I consider their heyday – if it wasn't for my cousins who were 10 to 15 years older than me. Every time we visited I'd ask permission to go down to their basement to study the piles of back issues. They even let me have a few.
Back then MAD was a lot more raunchy than it is today. Just check out the above issue from April 1974 (with the finger) – they can't get away with a cover like that today. Back then MAD also made light of drug use and, if your pre-pubescent eyes were sharp, you'd sometimes stumble upon some nudity...in cartoon form.
The issue I read over and over again was actually a mini-issue that came inside MAD Special Number 15 from 1974. It was a nostalgic mini-issue of MAD comics from the 50's – the third in a series. Here's a PDF of the complete Nostalgic MAD mini-comic...
[DOWNLOAD] The Nostalgic MAD mini-comic No. 3