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Alfred E. Newmann and Hot Rods

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 4t64rd, May 15, 2008.

  1. Other than the fact that it was people building hot rods that were in the same age bracket as those who would read Mad magazine, is there any other connection? Wikipedia says a similar character was used as nose art before Mad's use of him.

    My late buddy Don, had A.E.N. and "What, Me Worry?" on his cars and I was wondering if he was just weird, or if there were others that thought to put that image on their cars, like the Chevy sedan in Ryan's 57 Nationals Pt 2 story

    Oh and here's something classy for ya:
  2. jonnycola
    Joined: Oct 12, 2003
    Posts: 2,061


    I always thought that the guy, Alan, who makes Ol Skool Rodz looks like the love child of Alfred E. Newmann and William Shatner...
  3. Oh dude....that's just WRONG :eek: :D

    Still funny though(sorry Alan:eek:)
  4. Jonny69
    Joined: Jul 24, 2007
    Posts: 275

    from England

  5. Mopar34
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,028


    I think I still have a 24" X 36" poster of the Mad presidential candiate from 1960 or 64. Not in great shape but all in one piece. He was a popular fellow back in the early 60's.

    I also liked the two spy characters (black and white) that usually had some kind of wild custom or hot rod.
  6. lostn51
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,667


    i never was into mad magazine like all of my friends were but did look at their books all the time. they always had a twist to the pop scene and i uased to love the folding pictures at the end of the mag. but being the gearhead i always was i was more of a CARtoons kinda guy...................
  7. BruceVE
    Joined: Aug 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,331

    from Sacramento

    When I was a kid I never missed the newest issue. My favorite was Spy vs Spy. Hadn't heard that song in a looooong time.
  8. I was always going to get Alfred E Newman inked on the shoulder. Just figured it went along with my personality. :eek:

    I think there are probably a lot of us who never missed an issue. R&C and Mad Magazine were the two that I had subscriptions to when I was a little guy.

    Hotrods? Sure it seems to me that there was often some sort of a distorted car of some sort in there somewhere.
  9. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,848


    One of my funniest ones was the "Used car sale" abreveations ? Such as "PW.St.-- instead of power steering they said " Probably was stolen". The whole article was funny as shit.
  10. HEBE GB
    Joined: Sep 6, 2007
    Posts: 142


    An Alfred E Neuman winged deathshead with ''mad angels, what me worry '' rockers would be interesting,but just a little mad.:D
  11. customcory
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,832


    In one of the old magazines I got there is a 32 , I think, with a blank grille insert with Alfred and "What, me worry" under it. I use to wonder if Mad magazine was so popular in the fifties that you wouldn't think twice about painting it on your car, or if the guy was bragging about the fact that, "What , me worry" , had something to do with, he wasn't worried about anyone out running him. It would take me awhile to find the picture! My brother always got stuff like Mad magazine. I liked the fold together back covers the most, went straight to it!:D
  12. LowHeat
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 74


    I had ol' Alfred stenciled on the back of my old bug. "What, me worry?" was kind of the motto for that thing.
  13. BruceVE
    Joined: Aug 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,331

    from Sacramento

  14. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,477

    Member Emeritus

    There is one on the back of a sedan in Ryans 57 nationals video post.
  15. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Mad and A E Neuman were icons of the time so it isn't a surprise that they found thier way onto cars.

    I still remember our schoolbus driver jumping my ass when I was in Jr. High for reading Mad. Said it was communist magazine. Guess I had very permissive parents, lol.
  16. hotrod mike
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,729

    hotrod mike

    I used to have "It's A Gas" on a flexi-disc. I think the magazine it came in is still here somewhere but I sold to flexi to a collector for $35. That was at least 10 years ago. Spy vs. Spy was too cool. Mike
  17. BruceVE
    Joined: Aug 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,331

    from Sacramento

    Wasn't the magazine"Cracked" an off shoot of Mad?
  18. That just might cause you some serious anxiety. ;)
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,591

    from SIDNEY, NY

    Just a pale imitation, along with "Sick" magazine.
  20. Don Martin Ruled.....I practiced doing his art for hours in Social studies class. I can still do a pretty good Martin cariciture.
  21. I would get Cracked in the late 70's, some sort of Star Wars parody in each issue.
  22. Phule
    Joined: Jul 31, 2003
    Posts: 84


    Mad, Crazy and CARtoons. Unfortunatly, Mad being the only one left, ain't what it used to be.
  23. rjm7404
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12

    from home

    Nobody mentioned the Collection on CD. Was it 1999 or 2000? Had every issue of MAD up to that date. Also had Spy vs Spy cartoons, and others and "It's a Gas" as the theme song when loading. It was like PDF format so you could zoom in on the little doodles in the margins and copy and paste them.
    Was I the only one that bought one?

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