October 2013– DC Comics announces they are closing their New York offices…
Feb 2018– MAD #550 drops on news stands. This is the final New York produced issue…
February 2021- MAD #18 is released. A “Spy vs. Spy” tribute issue featuring the final original Peter Kuper Spy vs. Spy.
Read Tom’s blog post to fill in a lot of dates between those shown above, plus endnotes.
This is the clearest rundown to date of the changes that have happened to MAD magazine.
Then, this past Sunday, he is asked who owns his work as one of The Usual Gang of Idiots. Tom replies with a great lesson on copyright in relation to his MAD work and his freelance assignments.
He gives a paragraph to succinctly define various situations(below).
One Time Copyright Use
Long Term Copyright Use
Work for Hire
And then closes with a summation on how these circumstances transfer to reality.
Both posts are fascinating.