It’s inconceivable to over-estimate Nick’s significance to MAD.
For over 50 years he was, within the phrases of MAD’s founder and writer, Bill Gaines, “the heart of the magazine.” More than simply an editor, he was a finder and nurturer of lots of MAD’s contributors, myself included. He was additionally a confidant, advisor and constant good friend.
Countless MAD covers, articles, and premises got here from Nick’s endlessly artistic thoughts. He was additionally a shameless punster. (George Washington Cross -Dressing the Delaware,” yup, that was Nick.
In addition to being very a humorous author and sensible editor, Nick was a real modern-day Renaissance man with deep information of and keenness for artwork, the theatre, movies, opera, and sports activities — particularly tennis. (For years his MAD enterprise card listed him as “tennis editor”.)
It was my true honor to have recognized Nick and labored aspect by aspect with him for over 25 years.
From John Ficarra, former Editor-in-Chief of MAD Magazine