Mad Magazine will cease operation of its satirical magazine after 67 years of publication.
After the August issue, No. 9, is released, the publication will no longer be available on newsstands, according to a person familiar with the matter.
CNN reports that after issue 10 of the current volume, they will reprint earlier material with new covers. The only truly new material will be end-of-the-year specials, books and special collections.
Founded in 1952 as a comic book, it transitioned to a magazine format in 1955 and became a cultural touchstone. During its peak in the 1970s, Mad Magazine had more than 2 million subscribers.
Plenty of celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the magazine, including actor Mark Hamill and entertainer Al Yankovic, whose characters were featured on covers.
Hard to imagine a world without @MADmagazine- My older brother's collection helped me learn to read. It taught a generation how to question & mock the status-quo. An honor & a career highlight to be ridiculed mercilessly by that "usual gang of idiots" ❤️You Madly, Lube Skystalker pic.twitter.com/GvKpQszL7A— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 4, 2019
I am profoundly sad to hear that after 67 years, MAD Magazine is ceasing publication. I can’t begin to describe the impact it had on me as a young kid – it’s pretty much the reason I turned out weird. Goodbye to one of the all-time greatest American institutions. #ThanksMAD pic.twitter.com/01Ya4htdSR— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 4, 2019