“Mad’s” Dick DeBartolo

Some sad news about “Mad” Magazine the other day, when the iconic publication announced it will effectively end its 67-year run this fall.

After August “Mad” will be sold only via subscription and in comic book stores, and each issue will only include articles previously published.

For decades, one of the msot prolific and popular “Mad” writers was Dick DeBartolo, sometimes known as “Mad’s Maddest Writer” He was hired by founder Bill Gaines in 1962.

And .. if you ever wondered who thought up those crazy questions on “The Match Game” or “Family Feud,” he’s the guy.

I talked with DeBartolo in 1994. He had just come out with a book, celebrating the life of “Mad”:

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