Mad Magazine Appoints New Editor Ahead of Move to West Coast

DC Entertainment is bringing the gang to Burbank

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit normally trades in movie-news exclusives. But to kick off this last week of June, he was afforded by a trusted source the jump on a big announcement involving a print-media holding.

John Ficarra, overseer of Mad magazine since 1984, is passing the Alfred E. Neuman torch to Bill Morrison. Morrison has been named the publication’s fifth editor as part of plans by DC Entertainment to relocate the property from New York to Burbank, Calif. by year’s end. From Kit’s item:

Morrison, the current president of the National Cartoonists Society, won an Eisner Award for drawing the first issue of The Simpsons comic and is a four-time nominee for his own comic, Roswell, Little Green Man.

“I don’t know anyone who loves and respects Mad as much as I do,” said Morrison. “I’ll definitely have my work cut out for me, but I’m dedicated to upholding the high standards of absurd and irreverent humor that the public has come to expect from MAD. I’ve been asked if I will continue to include artist Al Jaffee in the magazine; as soon as I find out who he is, I’ll let everyone know.”

Ha ha. Good one. Read the rest of Kit’s item here. Mad magazine reduced its print frequency in 2009.