I was browsing through Doug Gilford’s meticulous documentation of every Mad comic cover from it’s inception in 1952 until this day when I came across the first one I ever bought. For me it was like buying a crossword or puzzle book because the whole magazine had in-jokes that I didn’t understand and poked fun at tv shows or movies that I was too young to see. I suspect the magazine gave me my off-colour and obscure sense of humour that I fall upon to this day. It also instilled me a great desire to find out why a joke was funny if I didn’t get it. Sadly the copies of the magazine I have still in my collection range from $3-$5 in value which aren’t much of a payback for the years spent lugging the boxes around from house to house. Here’s hoping my Rollingstone magazine collection from 1990 to today is worth a little bit more.