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MAD Magazine: Time Stole Its Cover From Us!

By in Huffington Post on May 19, 2017

By Ed Mazza

MAD magazine is seeing red over Time’s new cover, which shows the onion domes of Moscow looming over the White House of President Donald Trump.

Time also released an animated version of the cover online:

TIME’s new cover: How Trump’s loyalty test is straining Washington https://t.co/4ZQG16wS8f pic.twitter.com/tnng9Wy6km

— TIME (@TIME) May 18, 2017

But MAD featured a similar image in December, although not as a cover:

Once More, With Stealing Dept.
TIME MAGAZINE RIPS OFF MAD MAGAZINE?https://t.co/dWYykrr4tJ pic.twitter.com/bfYrj2DpUb

— MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) May 18, 2017

The magazine’s editors wrote:

“Once More, With Stealing Dept.In 1952, Time Magazine called MAD ‘a short lived, satirical pulp.’ Now they’re stealing our material! Honestly, we’re flattered, but we would have appreciated a credit ― something like, ‘Idea stolen from MAD, which in 1952 we called a short lived satirical pulp!’”

Brobel Design created The Time cover, and its primary artist, Ed Gabel, told Inverse that he hadn’t seen the MAD image.

“I love MAD. I think MAD is a fun read,” Gabel told the website.

MAD is part of DC Comics, which is owned by Time Warner… which also owns Time Inc., publisher of Time magazine.

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