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Mad Magazine has been around for nearly 60 years. I freely admit that I’ve been reading it nearly that long. I was probably 8 or 9 when I snitched my first issue from my cousin Dean. After that, I used my allowance to buy it (25¢ Cheap!) whenever I found it at the drug store. What can I say? It has always appealed to my warped sense of humor.

On April 1st, DC Comics released the Mad Magazine (Cheap!) app for iPad. No April Fool’s joke (but it was Alfred E Neuman’s birthday). Yep. I grabbed it. The app is free, and the actual magazine is $1.99 per issue or $9.99 for a one-year subscription. That’s about half the print price. Note: the subscription is set to renew automatically. I don’t let any of my subscriptions renew automatically, but it was easy to go in to my iTunes account and turn that off.
The magazine itself has been fine-tuned to take advantage of the iPad. Tap on any panel and it zooms in, ditto the speech balloons. The great Marginal Thinking “Drawn Out Dramas” by Sergio Aragones behave the same way. No more eye strain or reaching for the magnifier. If you’ve been ignoring these, you’ve been missing out on some of the best humor around.
And that famous fold-in on the back page? The current issue has two fold-ins, and all it takes is a swipe of the finger from B to A to fold it. Swipe back the other way to flatten it back out.
 There are also links to the Mad blog – The Idiotical, TV clips, exclusive content, and even a chance to buy items like a great Alfred E Neuman case for your iPhone.
Check it out. The downloadable preview of the current issue is only 4 articles, but it will at least give you a chance to explore the interactive features. Now, if I could only figure out how to get rid of the preview…
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