A revisit to a ‘Mad Mad World’

Classic satire magazine remains very collectible

Back in 2013, I wrote about finding some Mad Magazines in a wholesale/resell it shop. I had come across a compilation magazine of some of the old movies Mad had satirized including “Jaws” and “M*A*S*H*” as well as a few others. I realized at that time that I had the original magazines that parodied those films as part of my collection that dates to about 1968 or 1969. The collection is far from complete, but I have many issues kept in a large box in the attic. The habit of purchasing Mad magazines stayed with me for quite a long time, and the magazine continues to be published (Web site: www.madmagazine.com).

I recently had my son bring down one of the boxes which contained more recent issues of Mad (1990s). I took a few minutes and read through some of the features that I enjoyed in the past and once again was laughing out loud at the funny, pointed satire found within the pages.

I don’t know what these old magazines may be worth, but a trip to the Internet found that a 1957 issue is selling for $175 (too early for me). Another lot of about five Mads is listed at $31.99. Well I’m not selling mine because I still enjoy looking through them and of course, laughing at the silliness. One of my favorites was “The Lighter Side of ….” which poked fun on a lot of different subjects such as family relationships, work, school and many others.

The more recent issues of Mad continue the tradition, but I prefer re-reading my old copies as they contain pop culture of my era.

And whether you’re looking for old books, magazines, furniture, glassware or anything in between, there are several auctions and sales coming up in the next weeks. Here’s a few auctions that were received via e-mail.

A fine art auction is Thursday, October 26th, by Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary by holding the sale in its new gallery located at 49 Research Drive in Milford, Conn. Leading the sale are several fine paintings from a prominent collection in Michigan, led by William Glackens' The Bathers (est. $250,000-$350,000) and Abbott Fuller Graves' In the Garden (est. $100,000-$150,000). Many other important works by major, listed artists will also come up for bid. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sandra Germain at (203) 877-1711; or, you can e-mail her at info@shannons.com.

A Fine Antiques, Artwork & Sculpture Auction is planned for Saturday, October 28th, by Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery, online and at the firm's gallery in West Palm Beach, Fla. Over 400 quality lots will come up for bid, mostly pulled from prominent local estates and collections. A star lot is a pair of Georg Jensen Danish sterling silver compotes in the grape pattern -- 12 inches tall, the largest Jensen makes. Online bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, Auctionzip.com and eBay Live. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Scott Cieckiewicz at (561) 318-1834; or, you can e-mail him at scott@antiquesmodern.com.

A major Fall Toy, Comic & Comic Art Auction is planned for Saturday, October 28th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and at the firm's gallery in Cranston, Rhode Island. Featured will be an astounding collection of Hasbro G.I. Joe action figure dolls from the collection of a former Hasbro employee, plus a copy of Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962), the first appearance of Spider-Man, signed by Stan Lee. Online bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Bidsquare.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at (401) 533-9980; or, you can e-mail him at info@bruneauandco.com.

This information came from Connot Brothers Auction in Valentine, Nebraska. “We'll be selling a very nice group of items from Second Wind Church in Valentine on Nov. 2. The sale will take place at the Church, located at 148 E 1st St. We will have dinner on site too! This sale will be quick, so be on time! On Saturday, October 28, we will be doing the benefit auction for the Sandhills Area Foundation. We have the details for that on our website as well. Happy hour begins at 5:00 at the Bull Market on Main Street!” More information about Connot Brothers Auction is at www.connotbrothersauction.com or via telephone at (402) 376-3400.

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