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1970s Cracked Magazine accurately predicted 2009
Cartoon Brew ^ | 01/05/09 | Jerry Beck

Posted on 01/06/2009 10:17:08 AM PST by raccoonradio

This post is slightly OT, as I am discussing print cartoons, not animated cartoons. I received several old issues of Cracked Magazine over the holidays and I couldn’t help noticing how one humor piece, predicting life in the 21st Century, was surprisingly accurate.

“Today’s Swinger is Tomorrow’s Square”, illustrated by John Severin, appeared in the 1974 annual Super Cracked (It was most likely a reprint from a 1970 issue). In it, the writer predicts that young people will embrace the “skinhead” look, home computers (”Electronic Home Teacher”) and even the ipod: as “electronic brain stimulators” and a “musical computers” that young people are hooked on.

It’s not a stretch to think Bill Gates read Cracked, though I’d like to think Steve Jobs was a Mad man. I couldn’t find a Cracked index online - is there a Cracked historian out there who knows what issue this piece originally appeared in?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: cartoonbrew; cracked; generationgap; jerrybeck

1 posted on 01/06/2009 10:17:09 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
Don't the protesters in the bottom right remind you of the aging hippies at anti-war protests?

2 posted on 01/06/2009 10:18:33 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
"Electronic musical computer" = Ipod!


3 posted on 01/06/2009 10:19:41 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I’m not familiar with a Cracked index. There is probably a fan website somewhere.

There was a complete Mad (up through some “recent” year) released to CD (although I think there were some controversies because the artists/writers were not compensated).


4 posted on 01/06/2009 10:20:18 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: raccoonradio
you haven't used one four-letter word since we got here.

Sadly, that part of the prediction wasn't on target.
5 posted on 01/06/2009 10:21:17 AM PST by Mariebl
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To: raccoonradio

“Free the Moon From the Earth’s Tyrannical Pull” sounds SO TRUE.

I wonder if we can get Protest Warrior to carry that sign at some Earth Day rallies this year.


6 posted on 01/06/2009 10:22:01 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: weegee

I think the sun is the real cause of global warming. BAN THE SUN! :)


7 posted on 01/06/2009 10:22:48 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I remember Mad doing some “predicting the future” articles.
One of them used photo manipulation to “age” the Beatles
and talked about what they’d be doing in the future. They
didn’t count on Lennon being shot in ‘80 or Harrison dying of
cancer a few yrs ago.


8 posted on 01/06/2009 10:25:02 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

There’s certainly something to be said as to how the socialistic, centrally-planned economies of the 70’s have swapped places with the allegedly free-market capitalist ones.


9 posted on 01/06/2009 10:25:13 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Our government is an edifice of artifice.)
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To: raccoonradio

Where are the flying cars!? I was promised flying cars!


10 posted on 01/06/2009 10:27:57 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: raccoonradio

I remember the old SNL that had John Belushi as the last surviving member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players, going to the graves of all the cast members.

Guess they missed on that one.


11 posted on 01/06/2009 10:27:58 AM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: Army Air Corps

Islamists Mohammed Atta and Charles Bishop/Bishra saw to it that you’ll never get a flying car.


12 posted on 01/06/2009 10:30:50 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: raccoonradio

Was waiting for the prediction of a black president.


13 posted on 01/06/2009 10:31:21 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: raccoonradio
I remember an old MAD "You're a genius if...But you're an Idiot if.." that went:

YOU'RE A GENIUS IF you negotiate to eliminate all nuclear weapons (picture of an outdoor signing ceremony)

BUT YOU'RE AN IDIOT IF you really believe the other side really got rid of theirs (officials look up to see incoming ICBMs.)

14 posted on 01/06/2009 10:35:56 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: raccoonradio

Back in the day, I always had a preference for “Cracked” over “Mad,” and it was primarily due to Severin’s art, which I always loved.


15 posted on 01/06/2009 10:43:54 AM PST by greene66
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To: greene66

John Severin started at Mad (back when it was a comic book).

And Cracked is around today as a website (like the Onion) but it is far ruder than before (not safe for work, adult in content, pictures, and language). Also uber liberal in politics of at least some of the bloggers there.


16 posted on 01/06/2009 10:48:58 AM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: raccoonradio

I want my flying car.


17 posted on 01/06/2009 10:57:50 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter. Before the late bell. When I close the door.)
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To: raccoonradio; metmom; Clintonfatigued; wintertime

What a great find! I especially enjoyed the prediction for school.

Ping... I’m not pinging for a ping. I just thought the three of you would find humor in how an old early ‘70’s Cracked Magazine predicted the future, in particular school, in post # 2. ;-)


18 posted on 01/06/2009 10:59:19 AM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: weegee

It’s already happening:

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=67691

moon drifting away


19 posted on 01/06/2009 11:00:09 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: dfwgator
I remember the old SNL that had John Belushi as the last surviving member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players

I don't remember that one, but this Cracked comic reminds me of another SNL skit: The parents of teenagers do everything wrong - do drugs, etc. - in front of their teenage kids and lecture them to do the same. The kids are just the opposite - perfectly well-behaved. Once they leave the house, the parents look at each other and say, "They're gone! Whew! This reverse psychology really works."

20 posted on 01/06/2009 11:07:45 AM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: raccoonradio

Kind of funny. I use to get Cracked magazine along with MAD as well back in middle school and H.S. I still remember some funny things such as an ad parody for some product such as one to get a man to start to wear nice clothes, drive a fine automobile and listen to beautiful music (Muzak kind). I am the epitome of being the opposite. I weat jeans & t-shirt, listen to rock such as RUSH, The Doors and drive a P/U truck or a Subaru WRX Turbo. No fine car like a Buick.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 11:12:26 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: raccoonradio; Slings and Arrows

This is fantastic.

Pinging sling for his not-a-ping ping list.


22 posted on 01/06/2009 11:14:26 AM PST by Kevmo ( It's all over for this Country as a Constitutional Republic. ~Leo Donofrio, 12/14/08)
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To: raccoonradio

LOL! Good post! The more things change, the more they stay the same.....


23 posted on 01/06/2009 11:16:25 AM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: Army Air Corps
Where are the flying cars!? I was promised flying cars!

LOL!!!

24 posted on 01/06/2009 11:21:03 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Yo-Yo
I remember the very first thing I ever saw in MAD. I was about 7 years old and at the Dr Office:

World War III is coming
We hope that we survive
So that we can fight in
World War IV and V.

As a little kid that worried about being nuked by the commies, that gave me perspective that I have carried every since.

25 posted on 01/06/2009 11:25:39 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: raccoonradio

B-U-M-P everyone’s accusing me


26 posted on 01/06/2009 11:30:12 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: meowmeow
OK .. is it ME, or does the word 'slicks' in the RACING cartoon look like it begins with the letter "d" ... ?
27 posted on 01/06/2009 11:40:09 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: dfwgator

yup I remember that


28 posted on 01/06/2009 11:52:59 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: knarf

yeah it does! Odd!
Am reminded of how there used to be a theatre in the Boston area called the Flick and their logo in newspaper ads almost made it look like the F word...


29 posted on 01/06/2009 11:55:18 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: weegee

How about: “Why Should Only Saturn Have Rings?”

Or my favorite: “Don’t Make Fun of Uranus!”


30 posted on 01/06/2009 12:07:47 PM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Kevmo; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Add my voice to the flying car lobby.


31 posted on 01/06/2009 12:13:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (0bama must be well-endowed - look at how often he steps on his d---.)
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To: Army Air Corps

I found it interesting watching James Bond’s Goldfinger this past weekend and seeing the “homer tracking screen” in his Austin Martin DB5. Sure seemed similar to the GPS devices available in today’s cars.


32 posted on 01/06/2009 12:22:37 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Mariebl

......and they show plenty of “respect for disrespect”.


33 posted on 01/06/2009 1:03:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: weegee
“Free the Moon From the Earth’s Tyrannical Pull” sounds SO TRUE.

I wonder if we can get Protest Warrior to carry that sign at some Earth Day rallies this year.

bump for later

34 posted on 01/06/2009 1:29:17 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget. Never Again. And NEVER GIVE UP!)
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To: Tired of Taxes

“I especially enjoyed the prediction for school.”

And I hope that prediction comes true. It’s bad enough that our generation had the kind of schooling that it had, and the following one had even worse schooling. But the growth of homeschooling makes me hopeful.


35 posted on 01/06/2009 4:47:12 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If greed is a virtue, than corporate socialism is conservative)
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To: raccoonradio

I never realized iPods were supposed to be that big!


36 posted on 01/25/2009 6:28:30 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Back in black? White on rice? More redheads for the man? What???)
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