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Al Jaffee

Banes at 12:00AM, Sept. 8, 2016

MAD Magazine shows up once in awhile in our conversations around The Duck. Not a whole lot, but once in awhile. And when someone mentions it as an influence or whatever, there's usually a chorus of Duckers who chime in, expressing their agreement and their love for MAD.

Al Jaffee, a staple (if you will) of MAD was recognized this year by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-working cartoonist ever!

At the age of 95, Jaffee has been doing his thing for somewhere around 60 years. Incredible!

Of course, Jaffee's unique contribution to comics was creating the MAD Fold-In. It was (and is!) a parody of “fold outs”. An image poses a question, and then the reader folds the page in to see a new image and text.

I loved MAD Magazine; and I also loved the MAD books about Willie Weirdie, a creepy kid featured in collections of mostly single-panel gag cartoons, and the Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions series, also single panel cartoons, which presented facepalmingly dumb questions from some dimbulb character, and usually at least three sarcastic answers from another character. I had several of these books as a kid. They were truly formative…though I'm not sure if that's a good thing…

Al Jaffee is still going strong. This video of him discussing his Guinness Records achievement and the Fold Ins put a huge smile on my face.

So congratulations to Al Jaffee, still working at MAD!



KimLuster at 7:22AM, Sept. 8, 2016

Haha I've never bought one of these, but I had a neighbor that got these all the time and I'd read his (he also got Cracked)! They were splendid!!

Gunwallace at 1:39AM, Sept. 8, 2016

Fold in. Fold out. Laugh loud.

bravo1102 at 12:36AM, Sept. 8, 2016

Al Jaffee lives in the tri-state area and makes appearances at local comic conventions in NJ. Snappy answers to stupid.questions has taught generations. Though so many don't know it. I had stacks of Madison magazines and paper back books going back to 1970. Most were so dog-eared from frequent reading I didn't mind selling them off at a yard sale.

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