Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Completely Mad: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine” as Want to Read:
Completely Mad: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Completely Mad: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Reidelbachs witty text analyzes the magazines influence on the culture at large & men & women who put out this national treasure (or desecration, depending on your point of view). Alexander Isleys lively, sophisticated design incorporates 200 black-and-white drawings from Mad masters, as well as over 350 color shots, including reproductions of every one of the maga ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1992 by Little Brown (first published October 1991)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Completely Mad, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Completely Mad

From Girls to Grrrlz by Trina RobbinsManga by Jason ThompsonSuper Pop! by Daniel HarmonCompletely Mad by Maria ReidelbachRambo Goes to Idaho by Scott Abels
Pop Culture
4th out of 22 books — 8 voters
The Mad Reader 1 by William M. GainesThe Bedside Mad by William M. GainesThe Brothers Mad by William M. GainesMAD's Greatest Artists by Sergio AragonésThe Mad Archives, Vol. 1 by Jack Davis
Best MAD Magazine Books
17th out of 112 books — 11 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 280)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Apr 09, 2009 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
In addition to tracing the origins and history of the magazine, there are separate chapters on the magazine’s dominant concerns—for instance, one chapter is on Mad’s parodies of popular culture (television, films, cartoons), while another is on its subversions of Madison Avenue. One particularly well-researched chapter explores the origins of the iconic Mad mascot, Alfred E. Neuman. Includes reproductions of cover art and panels from the stories. You might want a magnifying glass to see the fine ...more
The best parts of this book are the numerous cartoons, articles, and cover reprints from Mad magazine over its 50-year history. I read the magazine as a teenager in the 60's and it brought back some of subversive glee it gave me at the time.

The subject matter content is also pretty good. I thought the most interesting parts were about Mad's pre-magazine origins and the side bars about the various artists.

Would recommend this to anyone who was ever enthralled by Mad, comic books, or satire.
Fine, benign overview of the magazine--best when talking about Gaines and his staff and controversies; worst when attempting to explain satire, the late twentieth century, or why Mad is funny. (Didn't quite kill the frog, but he's not looking at all well.) Biggest annoyance: sidebars that continue over several pages. No substitute for any copy or anthology of Mad, but a great reminder of why I miss them.
captain america
my opinion of the book itself may be marred by fond remembrances of hours of reading mad as a kid in the 60s. i had to sneak copies into the house as it was forbidden by my parents as "garbage".
times have changed.
Surprisingly informative! I was really impressed & learned a lot about the early comics industry in the United States. :D
Khairul H.
I love this book! About the early days of MAD Magazine and how it became one of America's favourite satirical comic mags.
Aaron Goodier
A good resource on the magazine Mad Magazine.
The most interesting parts with the reprints of old material from Mad. The story of Mad had some other notable events (Supreme Court battles, etc.), but not so much.
Great stuff.When I got divorced I tossed a huge collection of Mad,which sucked.I just didn't have space.This is a great history book.
Tim Decker
MAD magazine is not only a cultural icon but an amazing journey of all the artist involved.
Scott Sandberg
Always a fan of MAD magazine!! Fascinating insight into the best satarical periodical ever!!
Paula added it
Jan 28, 2015
Kurt Bali
Kurt Bali marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2015
Joe marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2015
Frances Levy
Frances Levy marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2015
Ruth marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
Jason K.
Jason K. marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2014
Matt Faul
Matt Faul marked it as to-read
Dec 08, 2014
Rim Khan
Rim Khan marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2014
Dmshepherd marked it as to-read
Nov 19, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • MAD's Greatest Artists: The Completely MAD Don Martin
  • The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book
  • Up Front
  • Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF
  • The Giants Novels (Giants, #1-3)
  • The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland
  • Uncle Sam
  • Peepshow: The Cartoon Diary
  • Algebra: Structure and Method, Book 1
  • Top 10 Paris (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)
  • The Best Software Writing I
  • The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist
  • Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class
  • The Doonesbury Chronicles
  • Final Cut: Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists
  • The Hungry Scientist Handbook: Electric Birthday Cakes, Edible Origami, and Other DIY Projects for Techies, Tinkerers, and Foodies
  • Penny Arcade Volume 6: The Halls Below
  • Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide
Quick Reference Guide for Access 7 Windows 95 Quick Reference Guide for Works 4 for Windows 95 Works 3 for Windows Microsoft Word 97 Visual Reference Basics Quick Reference Guide for Access 7 Windows 95 with Template on Back Cover

Share This Book