Talk:List of film spoofs in Mad

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This list needs to be redone[edit]

it badly needs to be redone into decades lists sorted primarily by date. I might do this sometime next week.. if I forget by the next couple of week please remind me. Acidburn24m (talk) 06:42, 21 November 2007 (UTC)


I dimly recall Sin Doll Ella the Tennessee Williams version of Cinderella and Night of the Living Bra "the supporting cast gives an up-lifting performance" (ok, NOTLB may have been a movie poster parody). I suspect the list is incomplete. Ah, altavista saved my sanity: Sin-Doll Ella by Tennessee Williamsburg appeared in Mad #35 - October 1957. Not quite the Disney version. I was nine. Naaman Brown (talk) 01:18, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Five Year Plan[edit]

Hi, TCGnome. Dividing into half-decades accomplishes a couple of things. It gives a fuller sense of the magazine's historical timeline and progress. MAD's format was different in 1960 than it was in 1969, particularly as far as emphasis on TV/movie parodies goes. Noting the 1960s' prodigious first-half/second-half jump from 10 spoofs to 38 is more informative about the extent and timing of that change than does the full decade's total of 48. Half-decades also give a more detailed picture of the contributors' roles; e.g. Mort Drucker's pace of output, and its changing ratio within the overall numbers. Other contributors' percentages are also enlightening. So is the magazine's more recent "slowdown" from 59 spoofs in five years to 48, to 20, to a number that is looking as if it will be fewer than that. Finally, a half-decade format also allows for the next update to occur in 2014 instead of 2019.
The effort is very much intended to augment your good work here. Hope that answers your concerns.Potter Zebby (talk) 07:42, 1 April 2012 (UTC)
I object dividing the tables into half-decades. I think that there is no real justification to split into half decades. The half-decades at the top table is also not compatible with the tables that appear in the rest of the article in which there are no such divisions, and therefore I believe the splitting at the top alone causes some confusion too. In any case I suggest that we wait and allow more Wikipedians to participate in this discussion and to indicate what they think should be done. In the meantime, please refrain from edit warring unless a consensus is reached in this discussion which would favor splitting the tables to half decades. TheCuriousGnome (talk) 12:39, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
Instead of splitting the decades in the overview table, I think it would be better to add an elaborated text segment below that table which would add extended information on this topic and would help emphasis the major contribution and influence of the most prominent artists and writers over the years or in specific time periods.
If the rest of the participants in this discussion would choose to split the table in the overview section than I think we would need to split all the rest of the tables in the article as well (As aforesaid, I oppose this sort of change unless the majority of the participants in this discussion would decide that this is the best way to go). TheCuriousGnome (talk) 12:55, 3 April 2012 (UTC)
The edit warring admonition is unnecessary. I hope that you'll notice the gap between my above message and the accompanying edit, which didn't occur until it was certain you'd been back on the site. I'd also left a head's-up note on your Talk page.
To my mind, the main problem with the decade approach is that its effectiveness in conveying valuable information varies by decade. For the 1960s, it obscures the magazine's major shift towards regular TV/movie parodies. For the 2000s and 2010s, it obscures the deemphasis on same. In between, it works well for the magazine, but is less illuminating than it could be for the writers and illustrators.
As an example, it's informative to show Mort Drucker's incredibly steady output contextually, for what it represented within the overall arc of MAD's production. Your preferred chart shows Drucker producing 75% of all movie spoofs for the 1970s and 74% for the 1980s. Over the same period, the half-decade chart reveals 77%, 72%, 66%, 51% of the magazine's movie spoofs by half-decade increments, which provides a fuller understanding of both Drucker and MAD. Similar percentage-based observations can be gleaned by seeing Siegel's' steady output and DeBartolo's increasing totals, or Torres, Devlin or Mejia being able to take recent slots with their smaller numbers.
It would be a simple matter to split the larger lists into half-decades if the seeming incompatibility or confusion between the tables troubles you. Doing so makes a bigger and more useful difference with the contributors' list, IMO. But I would happily agree to that additional change if it eases your primary concern. There are certainly other Wikipages that are broken into half-decade segments, from Saturday Night Live to R-7 satellite launches.
One snag: before this chat, the most recent message on this page was more than 3 years ago. I don't think sitting back and waiting for an influx of participants is feasible. There's only the two of us. If you had an extra finger, you'd BE the majority of participants in this discussion! So let's work this out amenably. It was your work and your chart that made me think to add the additional context, and I'm entirely appreciative of it!Potter Zebby (talk) 19:15, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

What do you think of the following compromise proposal - creating another table which would appear in the Overview section that would contain statistics for the entire life span of the magazine without splitting it to decades or to any other periods of time. This way the readers would be able to see more clearly Mort Drucker's impact for example. What do you think? TheCuriousGnome (talk) 06:05, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

I just added an example of what I meant to the article. What do you think? TheCuriousGnome (talk) 06:21, 4 April 2012 (UTC)


The excessive and malicious tagging of the article by User:TenPoundHammer breaches the WP:OVERTAG guidelines and has been reversed. The article is presently under discussion elsewhere and this kind of disruptive behaviour outside it is deprecated. Mzilikazi1939 (talk) 18:19, 9 February 2017 (UTC)