Someone Bought This: Mad Magazine WWF parody cover

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Mad Magazine WWF cover

Poor Alfred E. Neuman does the job again!

This is the cover of Mad Magazine #285 from March of 1989. I remember it had some very funny parodies of the then-current WWF wrestlers inside.

The above cover image and all information used in this induction are courtesy of Doug Gilford’s Mad Magazine cover site. It’s an excellent collection of every Mad Magazine cover ever produced, collectables, and information. Highly recommended!

How many of you Crappers used to read (or still read!) Mad Magazine? Did you have this issue? Tell us in the Comments section below.

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23 Responses to "Someone Bought This: Mad Magazine WWF parody cover"
  1. James S says:

    I collect mad magazines from the 50s-90s and I actually have a wrestling themed special issue around my room some place

  2. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    There’s been a few different covers/articles in MAD Magazine over the years. Off the top of my head, I remember:

    * A cover of Stone Cold twisting Alfred E. Newman’s neck as if it were a Twizzler;
    * An article for a wrestling chess set from the “Crank ‘Em Out Mint” (“Adorable” Adrian Adonis’s rank? Queen. [It was written during the 80’s, I should point out]);
    * A copy of “Slam’s End” wrestling merchandise catalogue; and
    * An article of pro wrestling haikus. (Come to think of it, I wonder if Blade’s read that article…)

  3. Walt says:

    Speaking of MAD wrestling parodies, did anyone see the MAD parody on CN called “WWE Bought a Zoo” or “Les The Miz?”

  4. Skinner rules says:

    Bought that issue cause of the cover. It had 3 pages with 6 cartoons lambasting the storylines of the time. Wasn’t the best MAD ever did, but the cartoony art style is a glorious sight to behold. I recently saw all of this posted on some bolg.
    There are actually quite a few wrestling stories in old Superman and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen comics.

  5. Wrestlecrap's Janitor says:

    I’d love to find this issue.

    I had a sizable collection of Mad and Cracked stashed away somewhere but I’m not sure if I still have any of it.

  6. The Gold Standard says:

    I remember it for one of their “Dream Matches”….Stink vs. the Undies Taker. It was great

  7. SilentStranger says:

    It wasnt this issue, but I remember one MAD I had had an article parody about wrestling, and while some of the wrestlers were just generic designs, some were pretty obvious parodies, like a Sgt Slaughter one and a Kamala one. I also loved the joke they had about wrestling being the only sport with more champions than challengers

  8. Dangerous Dave says:

    I remember I had the MAD Magazine parody of “No Holds Barred” at one point. It was hilarious!

    EVIL PROMOTER: If you want to save your girlfriend’s life, you’ll agree to a fixed fight!

    HULK HOGAN: What’s the catch?

  9. The Angry Jobber says:

    I wonder if this was the one where they had inserted WWF wrestlers into the movies? Bruno Sammartino as the Godfather. Bobby “the Brain” Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon in “Good Morning Vietnam”, and JYD and Ted Dibiase in “Trading Places” were the ones I remember most. I think there was also a George “The Animal” Steele in “Big” as well IIRC.

  10. drunkenmaster says:

    I still have this issue!

  11. Sean says:

    Sad fact: Hulk Hogan is the only person still alive of the people featured on that cover 🙁

    • Bastard1 says:

      When did Neuman die? Oh, you’re thinking like, metaphorically, since MAD hasn’t been relevant since the ’90s (if that).

      • James S says:

        I hate to say it because I used to love MAD, but you’re 100% right. The magazine hasn’t been the same since they decided to print it in color and have real ads in it.

        • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

          I stopped reading MAD in about 1993 and I’ve heard from other people that it’s not as good anymore, too.

          • James S says:

            I read it through out the 1990s but to me, it really started to lose something around 2002, which is around the time I stopped read it for the reasons I mentioned already.

          • James S says:

            If you’re interested Paul the anthology series (Mad about the 50s, Mad about the 60s, Mad about the 70s, Mad about the 80s, and Mad about the 90s), are excellent and funny looks into those decades.

          • James S says:

            Yeah I have them, and they’re all really funny. Mad about the 80s is probably my favorite, and the rest are tied for second 🙂

  12. James S says:

    I saw an issue of Mad magazine from the UK where Alfred was called the Ultimate Worrier.

  13. Wrestlecrock says:

    I remember this issue…

    The Undies Taker and STINK!

  14. TMS says:

    I had that issue, bought specifically for the cover, and the article inside. I always liked finding the wrestling themed articles. I still have a few old MAD magazines tucked away in my closet somewhere, bought at flea markets mostly. I used to have a pretty impressive collection of them though. Lost during several moves over the years.

  15. Jay "The Brain" Mann says:

    Mad has done a lot of parodies of wrestling. Hell, they still do, as one of the more recent ones has a parody of the Did You Know? segments.

    They also had a “Super Special” issue all about wrestling, (In 1998, they had another wrestling issue, which had the Undertaker crunching Neuman like an accordion and oddly, the 80’s WWF logo)

    Oh, and looking through that site, Alfred actually had a girlfriend for about 2 issues.

  16. Matt McGovern says:

    I remember the MAD cartoon parody WWER…

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