In the wake of Mad magazine’s success, Cracked was founded in 1958, and the humor magazine proved to be durable for over forty years.
Discover the secret origins of the magazine and its history with former and future Mad and Marvel Comics contributors John Severin, Jack Davis, Don Martin, Bill Elder, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Al Jaffee, along with Cracked veterans Bill Ward, Don Orehek, George Gladir. Award-winning alternative cartoonists included Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, and Bob Fingerman.
Crammed with creator interviews, rare photos and art, and a complete checklist of every issue, Volume 1 covers the 1950s through the 1980s, with a Foreword by Steve Ditko.
"Sick beat the pants off Cracked when they were in competition."
- Joe Simon, former Editor of Sick magazine and Captain America co-creator
"A book on Cracked; a sure-fire way to land you on the New York Times bestseller list!"
- Andy Simmon, former National Lampoon and Cracked Editor
"It sounds like an interesting and formidable journey you've taken on. The Cracked history is worth mining, I imagine, and from my limited knowledge I don't believe anyone has done a complete effort yet. If you need anything I can provide please let me know. My memory is as faded as my jeans but I'll do what I can. Thanks for taking the time to send an email that's not about Debt Relief, Mortgage Rates or Penile Enlargement...."
- Kit Lively, former Cracked writer
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