15 Classic Spoof Ads By “Mad” Magazine

The magazine didn’t have any real ads back in the 1950s and 1960s. Instead they nailed big-name advertisers — especially cigarette companies — hard.

1.

Winston’s tagline has been much derided by grammarians. Graveyards figured prominently in cigarette parody ads.

2.

The real 1960s Tiparillo ads were very sleazy.

3.

A Breck shampoo ad parody from 1964 featuring, yes, a Ringo Starr illustration.

4.

As someone who remembers the real print ads, I love this one.

5.

As the son of Appalachian Trail hillbillies, I can confirm that this Maytag spoof is correct.

6.

Mad also often hit the cigarette industry as a whole with their fake ads.

7.

Great illustration.

8.

All kinds of politically incorrect.

9.

Ha, that “gravy” was actually a laxative.

10.

Nice parody of the famous Tareyton ads.

11.

They didn’t pull punches.

13.

Miss Clairol — and women who dyed their hair blonde — get hit hard.

15.

Brigitte Bardot for American Ex…pense.

See many more of these—88 to be exact— on Jasperdo’s Flickr page.

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