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The influence of Mad Magazine has been profound, but strangely overlooked. Only recently, graphic novelist Art Spiegelman pronounced it his “Talmud.”
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I have read Mad magazine from day one. The headline attracted me. There
have been many Jewish artists and writers through the years. I find it
unbelievable that the name William Gaines was not mentioned.
"Bill" Gaines founded Mad with Harvey Kurtzman in 1952, but
Kurtzman left in 1956 while Gaines continued to be the publisher until
his death in 1992. As for the Jewish angle,, his father changed his
name from Ginzburg or Ginsberg to Gaines. Although "Bill"
Gaines may have been born Jewish, he was an atheist Credit should be
given where credit is due.
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