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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US

In this fanciful rendering—by brilliant MAD Magazine artist Ed Steckley—major publishing heads and song-management trailblazers encounter a haunted house presided over by a hybrid beast that’s part giant bat, part Alfred. It’s a tribute, of course, to smash Netflix series Stranger Things, which helped drive classic material by Kate Bush and Metallica up the streaming charts. For the likes of Jon Platt, Jody Gerson, Guy Moot, Carianne Marshall, Larry Mestel and Merck Mercuriadis, meanwhile, there’s nothing more terrifying than the prospect of dealing with us for another year.

This image marks the astounding Mr. Steckley’s first-ever cover for us, but the experience of working for HITS has already provided him enough trauma to last a lifetime.

Boy’s Head Logo™ & © EC Publications, Inc. Courtesy of MAD Magazine

HITS LIST:
CHANGE IS NOW
Is a seismic shift occurring? (2/23a)
UPDATE: A RECORD YEAR FOR LIVE NATION
Rapino's putting asses in seats on a massive scale. (2/23a)
TOMMY MOTTOLA:
THE HITS INTERVIEW
His Latin chapter is a page-turner. (2/22a)
NOTHING MATTERS DOES MATTER
Give 'em hell, KG. (2/23a)
BEYONCÉ’S HISTORY LESSON
A startling crossover move (2/21a)
OUR TOP 10 LIST FOR 2024
Just kidding. But we'll get there.
STRUM AND DRANG
How guitar music got big again.
GRAMMY GRAMMY GRAMMY
Start digging out your formal wear and let's do this.
THE NEXT BIG MONEY PLAY
it's not what you think.
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