A LITTLE CRACKED BACK STORY...
CRACKED Mazagine (spelled incorrectly on purpose) was a US based American humor magazine founded in 1958. It proved to be the most durable of the many publications to be launched in the wake of MAD magazine.
CRACKED had a mascot, Sylvester P. Smythe. The Smythe character was referred to as CRACKED's janitor. Unlike Alfred E. Neuman, From MAD magazine, who appears primarily on covers, Sylvester sometimes spoke and was frequently seen inside the magazine, interacting with parody subjects and other regular characters.
CRACKED's publication frequency was reduced in the 1990s, and was erratic in the 2000s. Due to financial, and national printer distributing issues.
In 2006, the magazine was revived with a new editorial formula that represented a significant departure from its prior MAD style. The new format was more akin to "lad" magazines like Maxim and FHM. The new formula, however, was unsuccessful and CRACKED again canceled its print magazine in February 2007 after three issues.
Later that year, the brand was carried over to a website, CRACKED.com, which became one of the world's best humor sites.
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