can refer to Mutually assured destruction
Mad is a humor magazine for older children and teenagers. Since the 1950s it has provided horror and satire, often shrewdly skewering the hypocrisy and foolishness of adults. The first Mad magazine was published by Harvey Kurtzman and William M. Gaines in 1952. It was called Tales Calculated To Drive You Mad and was a parody on superhero-comics. Mad has brought awareness of consumer hype, alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as the futility of age-old feuds such as the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since 1956 the mascot of the magazin is Alfred E. Newman, a grining boy with a missing tooth and protruded ears. He is seen on every Mad magazine-cover since this day. Famous authors and signatories of Mad are Dave Berg, Al Jaffee, Don Martin and Sergio Aragonés. Typical rubrics are the Fold-in pictures, Spy vs. Spy and "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions".