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March 1: William M. Gaines (1922)

It was on this date, March 1, 1922, that American publisher and founder of MAD Magazine, William M. Gaines was born. Gaines became a comic book publisher literally by accident when, in 1947, his father, a comic book publisher, died in a freak boating accident. Gaines invented the black-and-white, self-deprecating satire magazine, MAD, in the wake of the hysterical Comic Code Authority, which branded full-color horror and science-fiction comic books injurious to our young people. MAD Magazine’s comic skewering did not spare religion. One satire, called “The Academy for the Radical Religious Right Course Catalogue,” included perfect caricatures of Pat Robertson, Phyllis Schlafly, Donald Wildmon, Ralph Reed and other religious bigots of the day. When emphasizing his sincerity, William Gaines would often declare, “On my honor as an atheist…”

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Originally published March 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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October 31: John Keats

John Keats (1795) It was on this date, October 31, 1795, that British poet John Keats was born in London. His family was close, and when his father died in an 1804 riding accident, and his mother died of tuberculosis six years later, the 15-year-old Keats, two brothers and a sister, turned to each other. […]



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