Debuting in August 1952 (cover date October–November), Mad began as a comic book published by EC before it became a magazine.
Alfred E. Neuman, fictional mascot and cover boy of the
Cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 – February 21, 1993) was
the founding editor of Mad. He was inducted into the comic industry’s
Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1989.