Official Press Release
MAD Magazine, America’s best-selling humor magazine is intensifying its
already aggressive plan to take over the universe with the launch of two new
spin-off magazines (MADKIDS and MAD Classics) and a series of nationwide
promotions for the MAD brand.
Continuing its resurgence as a cultural tastemaker and publishing
powerhouse, MAD Magazine is thriving with advertising revenues up 42% this
year vs. 2004, its wildly inventive Mountain Dew campaign featuring its
legendary Spy vs. Spy characters and recent brand building opportunities
that include a NASCAR Racing program and the Take 2 Games Spy. Vs. Spy Xbox
game. The magazine was recently named as one of the nation’s top 50 by the
Chicago Tribune, and Hilary Clinton’s comparison of the President to one
Alfred E. Neuman drew national headlines this month.
“It’s an exciting time for us,” said MAD Magazine Editor John Ficarra. “And
we’re excited about all the excitement. Yes, I think it would be fair to say
that we’re experiencing an unusually high level of excitation. It’s
“MAD’s more than a magazine – it’s an attitude, an offbeat way of looking at
the world,” added Associate Publisher David McKillips.
Details of MAD Magazine’s mad, mad plans include:
Two new magazines:
MAD Classics. This month, MAD Magazine released the first issue
of MAD Classics, a 100-page full color magazine to be published 8 times a
year. MAD Classics targets avid fans who just can’t get enough of MAD’s
parodies and satire, with theme issues full of MAD’s “Best of the Worst.”
MAD Classics #1, on sale now, features a Harry Potter cover and
War of the World’s Outtakes.
MADKIDS. This November, MAD launches MADKIDS, a new magazine for
6 – 11 years olds. With an initial rate base of 200,000, MADKIDS will move
to a quarterly schedule in 2006 and will feature both age-appropriate
classic MAD MAGAZINE parodies as well as fresh, new content (including Spy
vs. Spy Jr. Comics and guides to new games, toys and movies). “It’s our
devious plan to corrupt the minds of America’s youth before they’re old
enough to realize how dumb we are,” said Ficarra. The launch of MADKIDS will
be supported by advertisements in various DC Comics’ kids titles including
“The Batman Strikes,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “Justice League Unlimited,” “Scooby-Doo”
and “Looney Tunes.”
New promotional partners:
MAD teams with Action Performance Companies and Great Clips to
introduce MAD KIDS. To celebrate its inaugural issue, MADKIDS is partnering
with Action Performance Companies and family-friendly hair salon Great Clips
for a national promotion tied into the Akins Motorsports #38 NASCAR Busch
Series car driven by sensation Kasey Kahne. At the Charlotte Motor Speedway
in October, the #38 car will sport a paint scheme featuring the MADKIDS logo
and new Spy vs. Spy Jr. characters. Action Performance will also manufacture
premium die-cast cars and MADKIDS racing products. The debut issue will be
featured in all 2400 Great Clips hair salons across the country throughout
the launch period, and will contain a special coupon for discounting
haircuts. MADKIDS and Great Clips are also sponsoring a national Contest,
whereby the Grand Prize winner will be illustrated by MAD’s Usual Gang of
Idiots in a future issue of MADKIDS.
MAD Sponsors This Summer’s Warped Music Tour, Dew Action Sports
Tour and GameRiot Video Gaming Tour. Special promotional events/activities
include: MAD Lounge (where fans can get their own MAD-styled caricatures); a
traveling wall mural with MAD Magazine cover images; giant-sized MAD Posters
and displays featuring Alfred E. Neuman; and magazine samplers, giveaways
and subscription incentives at all MAD booths.
MAD partners with White Castle. From August 15 – September 15,
MAD is partnering with White Castle Restaurants for a special in-store
promotion featuring free mini-MAD Magazines and subscription coupons at 395
participating restaurants.Program elements include a Spy vs. Spy / White
Castle poster and coupons for free White Castle Burgers in MAD’s October
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