Time also released an animated version of the cover online:
But MAD featured a similar image in December, although not as a cover:
The magazine’s editors wrote:
“Once More, With Stealing Dept.In 1952, Time Magazine called MAD ‘a short lived, satirical pulp.’ Now they’re stealing our material! Honestly, we’re flattered, but we would have appreciated a credit ― something like, ‘Idea stolen from MAD, which in 1952 we called a short lived satirical pulp!’”
Brobel Design created The Time cover, and its primary artist, Ed Gabel, told Inverse that he hadn’t seen the MAD image.
“I love MAD. I think MAD is a fun read,” Gabel told the website.
CORRECTION: This article previously misstated that Time Inc. is owned by Time Warner. The two companies parted ways in 2014.