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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: ASK FRANK JACOBS ! Reply with quote

The MAD Store.Com (Your Online Humor Source) and MAD Mumblings.Com is pleased to announce that MAD's premier poet laureate and longest-ever tenured writer Frank Jacobs recently registered an account here at the MAD Mumblings Forum and wants to answer your questions about MAD magazine, William M. Gaines and his (Frank's) nearly 50 years of creating some of MAD's funniest and best-loved material.

All that we ask is that you keep your questions on topic and profanity-free. It is an honor and a privilege to have Frank join us here, so please show this very special guest the respect and consideration he has rightfully earned.

So...what are you waiting for?

ASK FRANK JACOBS!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any tips for young writers, Frank?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some time ago, you said that you were doing an update of your book "The MAD World of William M. Gaines"; is this still happening?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would assume that the UGOI might be prone to an occassional practical joke or crazy shannagin.

If so, could you let us in on what a few of the wilder pranks were all about?

I mean ever since I heard the rumors that the Disney guys had drawers full of pictures of Mickey, Minnie and the gang in compromising 'situations,' I've been really curious about what it would be like to work with a bunch of creative types.

.... inquiring minds want to know (and me too) ....

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

opsman666 wrote:
Any tips for young writers, Frank?
For an aspiring writer, I suggest taking courses in journalism in high school and college, which to me are more helpful than classes in, say, creative writing.
Meanwhile, wangle a gig as a reporter on your school newspaper. There's no better training ground. If you stick to it, you"ll almost always be employed by some journal or magazine. That can lead to investigative reporting, writing the great American novel, or even freelancing for a (gulp) humor magazine.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir Eric wrote:
Some time ago, you said that you were doing an update of your book "The MAD World of William M. Gaines"; is this still happening?

Sadly, not at the moment. I've tried several times to find a publisher, but so far -- nada. But maybe one day I'll get lucky.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MinervaDoe wrote:
I would assume that the UGOI might be prone to an occassional practical joke or crazy shannagin.

If so, could you let us in on what a few of the wilder pranks were all about?

I mean ever since I heard the rumors that the Disney guys had drawers full of pictures of Mickey, Minnie and the gang in compromising 'situations,' I've been really curious about what it would be like to work with a bunch of creative types.

.... inquiring minds want to know (and me too) ....

Bill Gaines loved practical jokes. A couple of them are detailed in "The MAD World of William M. Gaines."
On one of the MAD trips, the staff and idiots were having lunch in a French village. All the other people there were locals. Duck Edwing stood up and made a speech, telling everyone there how Dave Berg single-handedly saved the town when he wiped out a German machine-gun nest. All this was made up, of course, but Duck had Dave stand up and take a bow. The villagers cheered and treated Dave as a true French hero, which, of course, he wasn't. Dave Berg did fight in WWII, but he never served in France.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Frank 01.gif. Welcome to Mad Mumblings Dot Com.

My question is:



Did you worry about the 'Nixon Administration' from 1969 onwards because is seems to me that you took a political stand in the 1970s?.Were you also responsible for some of the subliminal ridicule of the 'Johnson Administration' from the mid sixties?.


Thanks Frank for taking a stand on moral issues in parody & satire!.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flight From Ashiya wrote:
Hi Frank 01.gif. Welcome to Mad Mumblings Dot Com.

My question is:



Did you worry about the 'Nixon Administration' from 1969 onwards because is seems to me that you took a political stand in the 1970s?.Were you also responsible for some of the subliminal ridicule of the 'Johnson Administration' from the mid sixties?.


Thanks Frank for taking a stand on moral issues in parody & satire!.




Over the years, MAD got tougher with Presidents. JFK got off easy. LBJ was hit a bit harder, especially regarding Vietnam. Nixon became a wonderful target. He was spoofed without mercy. Jimmy Carter was almost too dull to spoof. I wrote a piece titled "Commemorative Stamps We'd Like to See." One stamp featured a likeness of Carter with the inscription, "Mediocre President." I received a letter from an outraged reader for that one.
Nixon was the first President who got the full treatment. He was such an easy target. Reagan got off easier. In recent years, Clinton and Dubya have been hit the hardest, even more than Nixon was.
One piece of info about MAD: Regardless of the political views of the staff, both the Democrats and GOP receive equal treatment.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's taken me a few days to find a way to phrase a question to Frank Jacobs that does not include the words "YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN!!!" at some point...

...But I think I've figured it out. Actually, I have more than one question for Frank, but I don't want to test his generosity and patience more than necessary.

So I'll start with this:

In the '60s and '70s, MAD commissioned you to do several full-length "MAD musicals" ("East Side Story," "South Chicago," "The White House Follies Of 1972/77," "The Ring and I," "The Force and I," etc. etc.) but by the mid-80s and through the '90s, your music-parody work seemed to be restricted to one-shot spoofs of Top-40 hits. Were you disappointed with this apparent "sea change" in the way MAD's editorial staff has approached musical spoofery in the past two decades?

(I'm dying to hear your answer - as a MAD fanatic and a musician myself, this has been a concern of mine for a long, long time.)

Thanks in advance, Frank! And thank you for giving so much of yourself so unselfishly to MAD Mumblings within the last month! 03.gif

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the boards Frank! I'm curious-around 1987, what got you into writing non-musical TV and movie satires between 1987-91? It seems you replaced Lou Silverstone's genre with spoofs such as L.A. Lewd, Thirtysuffering, and St. Healthscare (all illustrated by Mort Drucker in September 1987, April 1989, and September 1988) among others, but I'm just curious about the 1987-93 period-it seemed like a changing time for MAD with Larry Siegel and Silverstone's retirements/respective move to Cracked, less Arnie Kogen articles (temporarily), and increased dominance of Dick DeBartolo and Stan Hart in the TV/movie satire department, and the 1990-93 art of Mort Drucker, Angelo Torres, and Sam Viviano seeming to be far lighter than other years. Kudos to Frank and the guys who concocted the interviews!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you ever met Alfred E. Neuman? What's he really like, when he's not doing a cover shoot?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

canucklehead wrote:
It's taken me a few days to find a way to phrase a question to Frank Jacobs that does not include the words "YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN!!!" at some point...

...But I think I've figured it out. Actually, I have more than one question for Frank, but I don't want to test his generosity and patience more than necessary.

So I'll start with this:

In the '60s and '70s, MAD commissioned you to do several full-length "MAD musicals" ("East Side Story," "South Chicago," "The White House Follies Of 1972/77," "The Ring and I," "The Force and I," etc. etc.) but by the mid-80s and through the '90s, your music-parody work seemed to be restricted to one-shot spoofs of Top-40 hits. Were you disappointed with this apparent "sea change" in the way MAD's editorial staff has approached musical spoofery in the past two decades?

(I'm dying to hear your answer - as a MAD fanatic and a musician myself, this has been a concern of mine for a long, long time.)

Thanks in advance, Frank! And thank you for giving so much of yourself so unselfishly to MAD Mumblings within the last month! 03.gif


Canucklehead, you’ve cut to the heart of the matter. Not too long before he died, Irving Berlin reflected on the changes in popular music in the 1960s. He said, “It was as if I owned a store and people no longer wanted to buy what I had to sell. The world was a different place. The death of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the social protest. The Beatles and other groups reached audiences that I couldn’t. It was time to close up shop.”
So he did, but some great songs remained, known to MAD’s readers, that I could parody – mostly standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, and Berlin himself. Gradually, as rock took over, the number of great songs dramatically decreased. A few craftsmen emerged – Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, etc., so, as in “Keep on Trekkin’” and “The Ring and I,” I parodied such songs as “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “The Sound of Silence,” and “Blowing in the Wind.” Three Barbra Streisand films were big hits, allowing me to write my favorite (and best, I think) MAD musical, “On a Clear Day You Can See a Funny Girl Singing ‘Hello, Dolly’ Forever.”
I recall writing a set of Billy Joel parodies, discovering that his songs, though immensely popular, lacked the craft in lyrics of, say, Lerner, Hammerstein, and Lorenz Hart. But this was a period when Joel, the Beatles and others were almost exclusively performing their own material. This was a new wrinkle. For example, I’m not aware of “Piano Man” being recorded by someone else.
When I turned “Born in the USA’” into “Porn in the USA,” I realized that Bruce Springsteen’s numbers were sadly lacking in polish, relying instead on his booming, electrifying performance. This had become the norm.
Rock had taken over, then rap and hip-hop, and most people under 40 knew nothing better. My opinion about rap and hip-hop is unfit for print.
The times they were a-changing, and MAD was compelled to cater to a new generation. The era of the MAD musical had come and gone. But don’t blame the magazine’s staff or writers. They did what they had to do to survive, and I think we’d all agree that a world with MAD is better than a world without it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

frank jacobs wrote:
My opinion about rap and hip-hop is unfit for print.

I'm in no danger of ever being famous, so I can be politically incorrect and decry rap and hip hop as the garbage that they are. My big surprise was when it went mainstream. Once that happened, I started to believe all the rhetoric about what the current generation of kids lacked.

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My favorite oxymoron is "rap artist."
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