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John Ficarra (born ca. 1956) is an American publishing figure. He was hired as assistant editor of the American satire magazine Mad in 1980, shortly after his debut as a contributing writer.[1] He became editor-in-chief (a position he shared with Nick Meglin until 2004[2]) in 1984, when the incumbent (Al Feldstein) retired.[3]

John Ficarra
Ficarra at a signing for Inside Mad at a
Barnes & Noble in Manhattan
Area(s)Editor, Publisher
Notable works
Mad magazine

As Editor of MadEdit

Dave Berg often drew Ficarra along with other Mad staff members in an office setting from the late 1980s until 2002; Ficarra was depicted as a bespectacled young man with curly dark hair and beard.[4]

In March 2013 Ficarra was interviewed by Film Society of Lincoln Center, to explain how Mad created its annual movie-parody issue.[2]

In a July 2014 interview with Nerd Reactor, Ficarra explained the changes being made to Mad in an effort to make it more relevant to the 21st century.[5]

In August 2014 Ficarra participated in a Warner Brothers interview, to explain the creative process at Mad.[6]

In response to the 2015 attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on January 11, 2015 Ficarra made a personal appearance on the US television show CBS Sunday Morning, to describe the chilling effect which such attacks were having on the previous freedom of expression enjoyed by cartoonists in the Free World.[7][8]

In December 2015 Ficarra was interviewed by MStars News, to explain how the magazine created its annual 20 Dumbest People, Events & Things of 20xx issue.[9]

Ficarra retired with issue #550 (dated April 2018) after 34 years as the editor of MAD Magazine. #550 was also the final issue of the first volume of the magazine which launched at EC Comics in 1952 before being taken over by DC after EC crumbled in the mid-'50s. MAD Magazine was rebooted with a new #1 dated June 2018 and a new look, with illustrator and comic book artist Bill Morrison taking over as the new editor and the magazine shifting offices to California after decades in Manhattan (first on Madison Avenue and then on Broadway).[10][11]


  1. ^ [1] John Ficarra, still running comic's greatest gang of idiots
  2. ^ a b [2] John Ficarra-MAD magazine interview
  3. ^ Hedges, Chris (March 28, 2001). "For Mad, a Reason to Worry; Struggling for Relevance in Sarcastic World". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
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  5. ^ [3] Interview with editor of MAD magazine John Ficarra
  6. ^ [4] Another boring John Ficarra-MAD interview
  7. ^ [5] MAD Magazine's chilling response to the Charlie Hebdo murders
  8. ^ [6] MAD magazine editor on the hazards of satire
  9. ^ [7] Editor-in-chief John Ficarra (MAD magazine), Donald Trump Cover Interview
  10. ^ WELCOME TO THE ALL-NEW, SOMEWHAT-FAMILIAR MAD! (April 16, 2018) MAD Magazine Blog
  11. ^ Mad Magazine’s New Look Revealed at WonderCon 2018 (March 24, 2018) The FireWIre Blog

External linksEdit

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