Mad Magazine may be coming to an end.
Longtime Mad contributor Evan Dorkin bid the publication goodbye on social media. In a series of Tweets, he described how he received a "crushing" email about Mad shutting down. "Today won't end. Goodbye, MAD Magazine. As a youngster I was a huge fan of the 70's era, as a young adult I rediscovered the 50's comics, as an old nerd I somehow became a contributor (often working w/ Sarah Dyer) for the last decade +. Getting the e-mail today was crushing," he wrote.
Mad's closure follows the retirement of DC's Vertigo imprint. Two weeks ago, DC announced that all of its content will be organized and marketed under three, age-specific labels -- DC Kids, DC and DC Black Label -- starting January 2020. The new labeling system will result in imprints like Vertigo, DC Zoom and DC Ink being retired.
At the time of writing, it is unclear why Mad is shutting down. CBR has reached out to DC for comment.