This April will bring the 500th issue of Mad Magazine and, starting with that issue, the publication will be moving from monthly to quarterly circulation.
Editor John Ficarra said in a statement, “The feedback we’ve gotten from readers is that only every third issue of Mad is funny. So we decided to just publish those.”
Quarterly issues will see a slight bump in pages, from 48 to 56. Mad Kids and Mad Classics will, unfortunately, be shut down entirely. This is just conjecture on my part but it may be that Mad uses the extra time between issues to flush out its online presence since, you know, the internet is kind of a big deal nowadays.