May 02, 2014

    Mad mag's ex-editor dead at 88


    AL FELDSTEIN, a long-time editor of American humour magazine Mad, has died at age 88, according to a funeral home announcement.

    He died at his home in Livingston, Montana, on Tuesday, according to a statement by jazz guitarist and Mad expert Grant Geissman that was posted on the website of the Franzen-Davis funeral home.

    As editor of Mad during its heyday in the 60s and 70s, Mr Feldstein played a key role in its rise to popularity.

    Also a comic book writer and artist, he started working at EC Comics in 1948, launching horror titles such as Tales From The Crypt, which was first adapted into a film in 1972.

    He left comics to become the editor of Mad in 1956, taking over from founding editor Harvey Kurtzman. The magazine satirised American pop culture and became a commercial success with a cult audience.

    Mr Feldstein retired in 1984, settling in Montana to paint works of art that are now featured in numerous galleries, moving away from science fiction and horror to focus on nature. He also opened a horse refuge with his wife, Michelle.

    Mr Dennis Harrington, the owner of Montana's Planet Bronze Art Gallery, which sells Mr Feldstein's works, said they had known each other for 17 years and called him "really down to earth".

    "He was just so sure of himself," Mr Harrington said. "He talked to me about the magazine, and he would get a smile on his face because he went away from that. He moved to Montana because that's the life he wanted - to be by himself, paint nature and be a part of it."

    Mr Feldstein is survived by his wife and a stepdaughter.