Ok, here's the deal; While I was missing from its pages for the previous five issues, Cracked (and its parent company) got sold to American Media (the owners of the National Enquirer and the Weekly World News). Little did we, the freelancers, know it was the beginning of the end. There was still a lot of material in the pipeline from the old regime that would make it into the pages. But the new editor had his own crew coming in. The level of competency between old and new is really noticeable. Note the cover. And the new editor insisted he was an ace artist and had his own "cast of characters" he was going to turn into regular characters in the pages of Cracked.