It’s 1980 and disco isn’t dead yet. But MAD Magazine put the first nail in its coffin with this one-of-a-kind
MAD DISCO Special Edition.
It’s unique in many respects. It’s the only issue of MAD without a number or cover date. It’s the only issue of MAD devoted to a single subject to contain it’s own 33 1/3 floppy record. It’s the only 32 page MAD. And it’s the only issue of MAD to ever have: “MAD DISCO is an idea conceived by Dick DeBartolo” on the contents page. Here’s the back-story: I loved disco. Heck, I loved it so much I built a disco right inside my 50 foot houseboat complete with “infinity floor’, fog and bubble machines. And talk about a tough “door policy”. The only way to get into Disco Dick’s was to know it existed!
Meanwhile at MAD I wrote a lot of disco satires, which just kept piling up on the editor’s desk. Finally I told MAD Publisher Bill Gaines that if we didn’t do something with them soon, disco would be on its way out. So we could use all the material at one time, Gaines asked if I could get some of the other Usual Gang of Idiots to contribute enough to make MAD’s first (and only) Special Edition. I said I could, and I did! So MAD Disco was born. Features include: MAD'S Disco Owner of the Year / A MAD History of Dancing /MAD'S DISCO Mother Goose Rhymes /SLIPPED DISCO – The complete Disco Magazine /Don Martin's Guide to Disco Sounds / "SIX MINUTES" Looks at Disco
A 30 minute 33 1/3 RPM Record "MAD DISCO” is bound inside. A sample of one of the song is above. (It’s a floppy vinyl record – emphasis on FLOP.) Songs include: "DISCO SUICIDE" / "SORRY, NO WORDS" / "THIS TIME, THIS NIGHT" / "BARELY ALIVE" / “THE DISCO CLAP" / And a Disco Version of the World Famous MAD Song: "IT'S A GAS" - Lyrics by Dick DeBartolo, Music By Norm Blagman PLUS: Music & Lyrics for all the songs (except It’s A Gas) are also in this issue! Now how much you would pay for this? (Don’t answer, I can’t hear you.) Someone on Ebay feels it’s worth $39.95: http://tinyurl.com/ycw52r5
I’m selling my copies for half that: $19.99. And mine are autographed! Plus, the copies I have, have never been circulated. They have been sitting in Dick’s Gadget Warehouse for almost 30 years, so they do have “warehouse” yellow on each page to prove their heritage. Although there may have a mark here or there on the covers from storage, all have the floppy vinyl record in place just the way it came from the bindery. Most copies you'll find on sale have the record removed and played, or even missing. The record in each one of these issues is pristine. Each copy is sent first class in a protective plastic sleeve. First class postage adds $3.99, but it's the only First Class thing about this great offer!
****** More MAD Garbage From Dick's Gadget Warehouse!
Alfred is 7 1/2" high & 8" wide -- ear to ear.It's 1996 - yes 13 years ago - and MAD came up with the Alfred E. Neuman Mouse Pad.
These Alfred-head shaped mouse pads were designed as a give-away for people who signed up for a MAD subscription. I think it came free witha 3 year sub, but I can't remember back that far.
Along with the Official MAD Mouse Pad there was a postcardsized "Instruction & Care" card whichwas written by one of the Usual Gang of Idiots, often called MAD's Maddest Writer. Oh okay, I wrote it.
It includes important tips like: DRY CLEAN ONLY!
Warnings such as: Never repeatedly run any object, such as a computer mouse, over your pad.
And warrantee information: Lifetime Warranty will remain in effect if you do not remove your MAD Mouse Pad from its Official Shipping Envelope!
There's more, but you'll read that when you order your own Official Alfred E. Mouse Pad! (You will order one, right?) These are not the thickest mouse pads you've ever seen, but my guess is most people won't actuallyuse them as mouse pads. They'll be more like a conversation piece. Just show it off to your friends, and the conversation will immediately start! The first question most likely will be: "You paid HOW MUCH for that piece of garbage??" Of course to be honest, these are part of MAD's history & once they're gone, they'll be no more.
Price is $11.99 for the Official Alfred E. Mouse Padand "Instruction & Care" card.I'll autograph the back of the 'card card'. First Class postage is $3.99.
Rather than accept contributions as some have suggested, your purchase will help me to continue topay off the rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse. $355 a month for the past20 years! And a bit lower for the previous 5 years when I had a smaller room.But I have stupidly spend more than $85,000 or so saving this kind of garbage!
Your book comes with it's own OFFICIAL Diploma from THE SCHOOL OF HARD YOCKS! It's suitable from framing assuming you have a real cheap frame and don't care what kind of garbage you hang on your walls! Also cutting out the diploma ruins the book, so hopefully you'll buy a another copy!
Here's another very rare MAD paperback book!
|Another gadget warehouse book find! Uncirculatedcopies of MAD Murders the Movies! Written by Dick DeBartolo, Illustrated by Don "Duck" Edwing. Edited by Nick Meglin.
First published in July, 1985! Reissued in November, 1990 after Dick DeBartolo discovered the 1985 issues were accidently shredded ! (And that's why they're never were any royalites!Yep, that happened!)
Satires of some of the best films of all time! * Groan With The Wind * The XXorcist * The Maltease Foul-Up * The Phantom Of The Uproar * Mutiny On The Bouncy * Franken Shtick * Robbin' Hood * The Wizard is Odd
You can buy a "very good condition" collector's copy for $12.00 + $3.99 S&Hhere:
Or you can buy an uncirculatedcopy from me, autographed to you (or a friend) for $9.99 + $3.99 S & H. (Bonus!!! There is some Dick's Gadget Warehouse Yellow on the interior pages at no extra cost!) This is a 7" X 4 1/2" 196 page paperback book.