The future of humor laden MAD Magazine has seemed uncertain. In the current age of digital comics and changing media landscape, MAD continues to publish their satire rich funny papers under the roof of DC Comics.
Today, it was announced that Bill Morrison will be stepping into the editor’s chair, making him only the 5th editor in the publication’s 65 year history. You’d probably recognize Bill’s work from The Simpsons, and Futurama, as well as his Disney animation days. He’s also the President of the National Cartoonists Society.
Current editor John Ficarra (who has been running the magazine since 1984) will remain with MAD through year’s end, serving as a consultant to assist with a big transition. MAD, who’s headquarters has historically been in New York, will be moving their entire operation to the DC headquarters in Burbank, California.
Hank Kanalz, senior vp editorial strategy and administration said:
“The combination of his pedigree as an editor, writer and artist and his crazy sense of humor makes him the ideal person going forward to maintain MAD magazine’s leading-edge position when it comes to what’s funny in the world today,” said Kanalz in a statement.
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said:
“The passion and hard work from our MAD colleagues in New York has been instrumental in preserving the enduring legacy of MAD magazine, and for that we are extremely grateful. I’d especially like to thank John Ficarra and his team for the countless laughs and their unwavering commitment to the company, as well for remaining onboard during the transition of the MAD operations to the west coast. I have the utmost confidence that Bill, together with the editorial team in Burbank, will continue MAD’s legacy of humor and subversion as only MAD can.”
And Mr. Editor of MAD Magazine Bill Morrison said:
“I don’t know anyone who loves and respects MAD as much as I do. I’ll definitely have my work cut out for me, but I’m dedicated to upholding the high standards of absurd and irreverent humor that the public has come to expect from MAD. I’ve been asked if I will continue to include artist Al Jaffee in the magazine; as soon as I find out who he is, I’ll let everyone know.”
We couldn’t be happier for Bill! Count us in for a review of his first issue at the helm.