Cracked "Super" Magazine #11 Summer '96
Five out of five stars
“Cracked” is a satirical, humorous magazine that is very similar to “Mad Magazine” in format and style. The featured topic of this issue is a satire on the Marvel/DC crossover comics, where superheroes from each group either join forces against a common foe or end up battling each other. While the powers they possess remain the same, their names are slightly changed to increase the humor. For example, Superman is now Supedupman and the Flash is now the Flasher.
Movies such as the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the Rocky series are also lampooned in very humorous ways. The dialog is very similar to what is characteristic of “Mad Magazine,” much of which is spoken by half-wits, which is the nature of this type of wit. Old television shows such as “Get Smart” and “The Lone Ranger” also suffer from the satirical bite.
While not everyone is tickled by this form of humor, it is something that can be appreciated, provided that you are familiar with the subject matter. For example, if you do not know anything about the Lone Ranger the section called “Rangey Loner” will make little sense to you.