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By Michele Alice
April 17, 2005
“Collectors are mad about MAD magazine.
When the inaugural issue appeared on shelves in late 1952, who would have guessed that the satirical comic/magazine would eventually be published in over 24 countries around the globe? Or that collectors would be willing to pay up to several thousand dollars for certain early issues, especially pristine copies of #1?
…In general, copies of MAD #1 through #5 are the most valuable in every condition, with prices declining for subsequent issues until #24 (July 1955).”