Yay for Mad! Sales Going Up

Tom Richmond, Mad magazine illustrator, examines the required postal mailing sales figures for the publication. They show some positive news:

According to the figures in issue #507, MAD‘s annual paid distribution average per issue in 2010 was 188,825. That’s up from 2009 by a considerable 40,721 copies per issue. That’s also the highest level since 2007, and bucks a two year decline trend.

MAD still outsells most comic books by a pretty good margin. … MAD still outsold that best selling comic by an average of over 60,000 copies every issue. Some of the figures on that DC list are astounding… there was a time when only selling and average 33,000 copies an issue (the 2010 average for Action Comics) would get that title instantly canceled. …

2010 was a pretty good year for MAD. Circulation rose by 27.5%. It increased in frequency from quarterly to bi-monthly. A brand new animated TV show debuted on the Cartoon Network in September.

That’s news to me. There’s a Mad cartoon now? I’m glad to see the venerable publication still out there and plugging.

2 Responses to “Yay for Mad! Sales Going Up”

  1. Dwight Williams Says:

    And reclaiming some past vigour in the process, by the looks of it.

  2. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    the MAD cartoon is a 15 minute show on Cartoon Network and it does a good job of translating the magazine into animation. They even animate some of the classic Don Martin gags. My 14 year old son loves the show and is now re-reading some of his older brother’s back issues.




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