Inside Mad

For its latest hardcover, MAD magazine decided to go beyond the usual gang of idiots.

Within Inside MAD — an "ill-conceived collection of the magazine's high-quality stupidity," according to a typically self-deprecating press release — you'll find a series of the irreverent humor rag's best spoofs ever, as chosen by the magazine's own staffers. The book also contains essays by famous MAD fans including Roseanne Barr, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stamos, and Matthew Weiner, as well as an introduction by Judd Apatow, who thanks MAD for making him who he is today — i.e. "a man who desperately seeks attention by shocking people with graphic representations of other people's private parts."

But wait, there's more! After 430 patented MAD fold-ins, the magazine's editors decided to try something different — a fold-out, in the form of an incredibly detailed poster that gives readers a guided tour through MAD's history. Fittingly, this intricate illustration is the work of MAD vet Sergio Aragones, who's been contributing speech-free comics to the mag since emigrating to the U.S. in the early '60s. (His pick for the best MAD article ever, as revealed later in the book: Paul Peter Porges' "A MAD Look at Other Uses for Live Lobsters," published in September 1982.)

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Get an even bigger sneak peek at Aragones' opus — complete with a handy magnifying tool, so you won't miss a single gag — by clicking hereInside MAD hits stores nationwide today… though as the release cautions, it'll be tough to find in Hoboken.

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