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Al Jaffee (born March 13, 1921) is a cartoonist, best known for his work in MAD Magazine. He was born in what is now known as Savannah, Georgia. March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A cartoonist at work. ... MAD is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ... Savannah Savannah is a city located in (and the county seat of) Chatham County, Georgia. ...


Jaffee began his career in 1941 working as a comic book artist for several publications, including Marvel Comics. He joined the "Usual Gang of Idiots" (as they call themselves) at MAD magazine sometime in 1955. In 1964 he created the MAD fold-in. The MAD fold-in, a feature in which a picture inside the back cover of the magazine is folded to reveal a new "hidden" picture (as well as a new caption), is still one of MAD's signature features and still appears in the magazine. 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Marvel Comics, sometimes called by the nickname House of Ideas, is an American comic book company. ... 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The MAD fold-in is a feature found on the inside back cover of every MAD Magazine (except for 20 worst people places and things of issues, in which it is sometimes found within the pages of the magazine) since it was introduced. ...


Jaffee contributed to many features of MAD as both a writer and artist. Some features which he has created include "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" and several articles on inventions and gadgets in an elaborately detailed style. Many of these features he has expanded into stand-alone books. The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... In lay terms, an invention is a novel device, material, or technique. ...


Today Jaffee does commercial artwork for advertisements and illustrates children's books. He still works for MAD Magazine and is its oldest regular contributor. He recently appeared in his 400th issue of the magazine, a total unmatched by any other writer or artist.


In 2005, the production company Motion Theory created a video for recording artist Beck's song "Girl" using Jaffee's MAD Magazine fold-ins as inspiration. Beck Hansen Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. ... MAD is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ...


Some of the Usual Gang of Idiots:

Sergio Aragonés (born 1937) is a cartoonist and writer. ... Dave Berg (Brooklyn, June 12, 1920 – May 17, 2002) was a cartoonist, most noted for his work in MAD Magazine. ... Jack Davis (born December 2, 1924) is an American cartoonist and illustrator. ... Mort Drucker is a cartoonist and caricaturist from Brooklyn, New York. ... Don Martin (May 18, 1931–January 6, 2000) was a popular American satirical comic artist and cartoon artist who contributed to MAD magazine from 1955 to 1987. ... Antonio Prohias (January 17, 1921 - February 24, 1998) was a cartoonist most famous for creating the Spy vs. ... Wallace Wally Wood (June 17, 1927–November 2, 1981), best known for his work in EC Comics and Mad magazine, was an imaginative writer-illustrator who freelanced to a wide variety of markets. ...

External links

  • Jaffee's entry at the International Museum of Cartoon Art
  • Samples of MAD Fold-Ins

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Al Jaffee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (268 words)
Al Jaffee (born March 13, 1921) is a cartoonist, best known for his work in MAD Magazine.
Jaffee began his career in 1941 working as a comic book artist for several publications, including Timely Comics and Atlas Comics, the 1940s and '50s precursors, respectively, of Marvel Comics.
Jaffee continues to do commercial artwork for advertising, and he illustrates children's books.
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